Catching Fire + Elements [1/4]
Slowly I raise my eyes and take in the water spreading out in every direction. I can only form one clear thought. This is no place for a girl on fire.
The blue shadows under his eyes. I wonder if he slept at all. Couldn’t have been long. I think of his agreeing to go with me yesterday, his stepping up beside me to protect Gale, his willingness to throw his lot in with mine entirely when I give him so little in return.
You’ve given them an opportunity. They just have to be brave enough to take it.
Only the blast of the anthem, cranked up so loud I can feel it vibrating through my bones, lets us know where we stand in the program. I automatically rise and, as I do, I sense Peeta reaching out for me.
"I know it’s not fair of me to hold you to the things you did in the games. You saved us, I know that. But I can’t go on acting for the cameras and than just ignoring each other in real life. If you could stop looking at me like i’m wounded, than I can quit acting like it. And maybe, we have a shot at being friends."
Peeta realized he was not handeling what happened between them in the right way. He knew that they had to be on the same team, and at this point they were not. They were on opposite sides of the tracks. They had both taken part in ignoring each other for months and months. After being forced into a situation that was not in their favor, they didn’t know how to act around each other or what to do. Both of them were dealing with extreme PTSD and both of them wanted to seperate themselves from the games completely. So they ignored each other. Peeta may have wanted this at a time because he was hurt and didn’t know how to handle it, but he realized that he needed Katniss. She was the only one who understood what he had been through and was continuing to go through. He never expected anything from her, per say, but he did have a little bit of hope that some of the things she said and did in the arena meant something. The fact that he could admit he was wrong, the fact that he KNEW she owed him nothing, is really important to the development of their relationship/friendship/connection. He wanted Katniss to have what she wanted, he wanted her to be the one making the decision. He didn’t want whatever they had to be an obligation. After months of not being able to face each other, they were finally on the same page.
"That night, on the stage before the Training Center, we bubble our way through a list of questions. Caesar Flickerman, in his twinkling midnight blue suit, his hair, eyelids, and lips still dyed powder blue, flawlessly guides us through the interview. When he asks us about the future, Peeta gets down on one knee, pours out his heart, and begs me to marry him. I, of course, accept. Caesar is beside himself, the Capitol audience is hysterical, shots of crowds around Panem show a country besotted with happiness.”
Catching Fire, Chapter 5
"Prim!" I rip through a wall of green into a small clearing and the sound repeats directly above me. Above me? My head whips back. Do they have her up in the trees? I desperately search for the branches but see nothing. "Prim?" I say pleadingly. I hear her but can’t see her. Her next wail rings out, clear as a ball, and there’s no mistaking the source. It’s coming from the mouth of a small, crested black bird perched on a branch about three metres over my head. And then I understand.
It’s a jabberjay.
I take Peeta’s face in my hands. “Don’t worry. I’ll see you at midnight.” I give him a kiss and, before he can object any further, I let go and turn to Johanna.