AN: This is my first Hunger Games story. It's very short, just something that popped into my head as I read it. Don't tell me it doesn't work in canon and there's nothing to support his feelings because it's not supposed to work in canon. I haven't finished reading the books so this is just an idea of how the scene may have been like from Gale's point of view.

Last Words

I couldn't believe that I was probably saying goodbye to Katniss for the last time.

Catnip. My best friend.

No, don't think like that, Gale. Don't think like that. She's strong. She can make it.

I want more time with her. I don't want her to leave.

For one selfish moment I wish that she hadn't volunteered and that Prim was sitting in this room instead of her. But that's a horrible thought. Little Prim wouldn't last a moment in the games and Katniss would die if she died.

The Peacekeepers are back.

I need more time.

I don't want this to be the last time I see her.

But I have to stop thinking like this. I have to support her. So that she wins. It's just hunting.

"Please, can I have some more time? Just a little longer?"

They're shaking their heads, gripping my shoulders and leading me out of the room.

Katniss grabs my hand.

"Don't let them starve!" she cries, her voice panicked.

I grip her hand tightly.

"I won't! You know I won't!" I reply desperately. "Katniss, remember I-"

They pull us apart and slam the door.

"-Love you," I whisper to the shut door.

I'm leaving now. I may never see her again. But I've realised something.

I only realised when she was taken away from me.

I only realised now how much I care for her.

Part of me wishes we had run away this morning, left when we had the chance. It's the selfish part of me returning. The part which doesn't care about Prim or my own siblings. The part which only cares about me. And Katniss.

I turn away from the doors, my heart heavy.

I hate reaping day and I hate the Capitol.

The hate burns viciously in my chest. I want to curl up, to squash the pain and to have Katniss back. But I have to live with the hand that fate has dealt us.

The End