Effie raises her glass, "A toast! To Katniss and Peeta. The reason we are all at peace!" I think. Yea the reason. The reason Finnick died. The reason Gale and I don't speak anymore. Oh, how I loathe coming back here.
There's a knock at the door. Effie stands, "I'll get it." She doesn't return for another 5 minutes. A man walks in with her. I know him from somewhere. "Hey Catnip." It's Gale. Peeta jumps out of his seat and stumbles on Gale. Everyone had to pull them apart. Peeta yells, "What are you doing here?!" Gale yells back, "I'm not here to see you!" I walk towards Gale. Everyone releases him, "You weren't invited." He smiles, "Correction: everyone in Panem was invited." I wanna laugh but I can't. I pull him in the other room.
"What do you want?"
"I want to see the kids."
"You have a lot of explaining to do."
"Let me see them."
"Like I said before, I always wanted to protect your family. It was Coin's idea. I didn't know it was my bomb. If I didn't drop those bombs then all of you would've died. You, me, Peeta, Prim, your mom-"
I hug him. Peeta won't understand this but I do.
I go back in the room and get Rye and Willow. Rye looks at Gale, "You killed my aunt." I look at him "Rye, we don't talk about that."
"I didn't get to meet her!"
I finally hit him on the back of the head. I hate hitting my children but if they deserve it then I have to.
Willow quietly says, "Hi." She doesn't talk much at home so it surprised me that she talked to Gale. "So your mommy's friend?"
"We go way back."
That's a good way to put it. True, we aren't friends. But, we aren't enemies, either.
Willow holds her arms up. Now, in our house, that means she wants Peeta to pick her up. She's such a daddy's girl. But, I was too.