District 7

The train ride from eight to seven was one of the longest of the tour it was going to take us a full day to get there. Peeta and I made sure that we weren't stuck in a compartment with annoying people like we were for the train ride from nine to eight. Four hours stuck in a compartment with a bunch of giggling girls; I was going to kill someone and I am pretty sure that Peeta starts to twitch every time someone laughs. Thankfully this time we had managed to get Finnick, Annie, Johanna, Beetee and Wiress. I liked our little group for the first time in my life these were my friends; I had people that I could talk to, eat lunch with and laugh with. People who cared how about what I was doing, how I felt and if something was to happen to me. It was a weird feeling for me having so many I have always just had one friend at a time.

"They are so cute," Annie said; Sometime during the first hour Johanna's head had slowly fallen on to Wiress shoulder and now they were snuggled together quietly sleeping.

"Peeta where is the camera I want to take a picture," I said looking through his bag. Maybe I could make copies and plaster them everywhere.

"Here," he pulled the camera out of his pocket and threw it at me.

"Lucky I can catch," I said poking out my tongue. Snapping a picture of the cute couple.

"I'm going to want a copy of that," Finnick laughed.

Beetee had pulled out something electronic (I had no idea what it was) and started fiddling with it. He had a cute little pair of glasses and a little tool kit filled with tiny hammers, pliers and screwdrivers. Peeta had tried his best to be interested in what he was doing but gave up after a ten minutes.

"Now I think I am a smart person but he just hurts my head," Peeta said coming over resting his head on my lap.

"Its okay he makes anyone look dumb," I leaned down kissing him.

"I don't mean it," Beetee said without looking up from what he was doing.

"We know," Peeta laughed.

"So my brother use to tell me this story about how the people in seven lived in tree houses," Annie laughed as she looked out the window.

"Has one of the stories your brother told you ever been true?" Finnick laughed but stopped as soon as he saw Annie's face.

"He is only saying that because my brother never liked him," Annie snapped crossing her arms.

"How could someone not like Finnick?" I laughed as I played with Peeta's hair. I wanted to go back to eight and climb back into bed with him.

"He said that he was a bad influence on me," Annie said poking out her tongue.

"I was seven," Finnick sighed it seemed like they had this fight before.

"He forced me to steal my aunts necklace and then he lost it in the ocean," Annie said staring at Finnick.

"One I dared you to steal the necklace so you didn't have to do it and two you were the one that pushed me into the water when you knew it was in your pocket," Finnick snapped.

"It was an irreplaceable diamond necklace," Annie snapped back.

"I don't know why your still mad at me you're the one that stole it," Finnick let out a giant sigh.

"How about we stop fighting and wait until Johanna wakes up to see if the people in seven do live in trees," Peeta said rolling over.

"You know sometime I do think that you're still a bad influence on me," Annie said turning her nose up in the air. God Finnick don't say anything, don't say anything.

" I mean you make me do all this stuff I don't want to do and you endanger your life," Annie sighed.

"If it wasn't for me your would still be the scared little 13 year old that hadn't left her room in over a year," Finnick snapped.

"I was happy in my room nothing could hurt people in there," she said getting up and sitting next to me.

"In those four years have I let a single thing happen to anyone?" Finnick snapped. Annie didn't say anything she just crossed her arms and refused to look at him. I wish I had gotten a book out of my bag or had something to pretend to be doing; so it wasn't so awkward.

"The answer is no," I wish I could have fallen asleep like Peeta.

"I was just telling people what my brother use to tell me," she said resting her head on my shoulder.

"Your brother is dead Annie," Finnick said looking her straight in the eye.

"I know that Finnick I was there," she said jumping up and running out of the compartment.

"I shouldn't have said that," he sighed.

"I wouldn't have," Beetee said.

"Damn it," Finnick muttered getting up and leaving as well.


"Smell that!" Johanna grabbed my arm as soon as we got off the train. "Just breath it in."

"Pine," I laughed.

"It smells like home Katniss," she said hugging me. "Smells just like home."

"It smells good," I laughed.

The train station in seven was surrounded by trees everyway you looked. Annie let out a small whimper and grabbed Wiress's hand.

"Why so many trees?" I knew I shouldn't have laughed but it was kind of a stupid question.

"The whole districts is like this Annie," Johanna sighed. "Ever spare square inch of seven is covered in a tree of some sort."

"You are 78%..." Annie started rattling off another one of her statistics when Beetee interrupted her.

"Annie did you know that only 98% of the things we worry about ever end up coming true?"

"98%?" she asked biting her lip.

"So even if there is a 78% chance of you getting hit by a falling branch but by you worrying about it there is only a 98% chance that it wont happen," he said.

"Do braches fall often?" she said looking at Johanna. We all knew that Johanna wasn't the nicest person and she usually didn't try and sugar coat things when Annie was being like this.

"Never there is a whole group of people who's job it is to climb up the trees and cut down the loose and dangerous branches," there was a collective sigh of relief when she said it.

"Oh," Annie said looking up at the trees. "If you say so," she said letting go of Wiress and wondering off.

"Thank you for that," Finnick said to Johanna.

"For what?" she laughed.

"For making up that story for Annie," he laughed draping his arm around her shoulder.

"What story you idiot there is; my sister does it," she said punching Finnick before walking over to get her bags.

"Annie still mad at you?" I asked as we lined up to collect our bags. Apparently where we would be staying was too isolated for the bus to reach so we had to walk.

"Why is she mad?" Peeta asked.

"In a nut shell Finnick is an ass," I laughed.

"Peet will you get my bag I need a smoke women are stressing my out," he said ignoring me.

"Sure," Peeta said looking confused. "So what happened after I fell asleep?"

"Apparently Finnick made Annie steal something…. I really have no idea," I shrugged. I really didn't know what was happening.

"I am so glad you pay so much attention," he said grabbing one of Annie's bags and throwing it at me.

"You were asleep. Why weren't you paying attention?" I asked as he handed me another one of our bags from the pile.

"I was just saying it might have explained why Annie was the way she was if you were playing attention," she said handing me another bag.

"We don't need to know what is wrong with Annie she is just Annie," I would like to know but I'm not going to push it.

"I was just saying," he said handing me another bag.

"This isn't ours?" I took one look at it and handed it back.

"Its Johanna's isn't it?" he took the little carry bag back and looked it over in his hands.

"No," I laughed looking at the floral bag again.

"What are you doing with my bag?" little Clove screamed as she climbed over the pile of waiting bags.

"Sorry," Peeta said smiling handing over the bag. "Thought is was Jo's."

"This bag is vintage," she said pointing her finger "and I know what you two are up to."

"What are we up too?" Peeta laughed.

"Gale told me that you try and do something now that we are dating," she snapped opening the bag and looking through it. I laughed a little to myself I hope her relationship with Gale lasts longer than mine.

"It was just a mistake," Peeta laughed grabbing one of Finnick's bags at Clove's feet and she fell back dramatically.

"You pushed me," she yelled trying to get up but she was wedge between several bags.

"You fell," I nearly snorted I was laughing so hard.

"He pulled the bag out from under my feet," she screamed.

"Sorry I didn't mean to let me help you up," God that boy is too nice for his own good.

"Don't touch me," she screamed trying to get up.

"Just let me help you up," Peeta laughed.

"Get off me don't touch me," she screamed.

"Peeta just leave her she is a bitch," I said pulling him away.

"I'm a bitch really," Clove yelled.

"Did I stutter?" I yelled at her.

"Get off me," Clove yelled as Peeta tried to help her up again.

"I didn't mean to," Peeta said as I pulled him away.

"You are to nice for your own good," I said poking him.

"Sorry," he said smiling.

"What did you do?" Finnick came over laughing as we watched other people try and pry Clove out of the pile of bags.

"She fell," I got in before Peeta could open his mouth. I secretly wished that he did push her; she deserved it.

"I would have pushed her," Finnick laughed. "For someone so small she is so irritating."

"You apologized to Annie yet?" Peeta asked.

"Come on man your meant to be on my side," Finnick sighed.

"How do you see that?" Peeta laughed.

"It's the Bro code," Finnick laughed. "You're meant to be on my side."

"Okay I will keep that in mind," Peeta laughed.

"Am I your bro?" I asked.

"No," Finnick laughed.


Turns out that Annie was somewhat right about the people in seven living in trees; all the houses that we passed were elevated off the ground so that in some places it looked like the houses sat in the tree tops.

"I am not liking this," Annie whispered.

"Its okay Ann," I said gripping her hand tightly. We were in the middle of a 'pine farm' basically it was a big forest that they used for lumber.

We were here to see the different ways that the people that work in sevens pine farms cut down trees. Personally I think it is a big mistake setting a bunch of teenagers loose in the middle of a forest with a bunch of axes and chain saws even if they are being supervised.

"I am not liking this," she said again.

"Want me to come back to the room with you?" I asked putting her arm around me.

"No," she said shaking her head. "I'm going to prove Finnick wrong."

"That's my girl," I laughed as a teacher from seven got up in front of everyone and started talking.

"Why can't my boyfriend be like Peeta?" she laughed.

"Because men like Peeta don't exist in the real world," Johanna said coming out of nowhere.

"Then how do you explain how Peeta is here?" I asked her sticking out my tongue.

"Well there must be something wrong with him," Johanna whispered as the teacher stopped what she was saying to stare at us. "A third nipple, webbed feet, some kinky sex thing."

"Nope," I laughed.

"He has a tiny penis?" Annie giggled.

"I think it is normal," I laughed.

"There has to be something wrong with him," Johanna laughed.

"There isn't," there was nothing wrong with Peeta.

"He snores, picks his nose, farts in bed anything," Annie said joining in.

"He is a morning person," the only thing that I could think of.

"That's disgusting," Johanna spat.

"Oh you poor thing," Annie laughed.

"So what is wrong with Finnick then?"

"How about we start with what is right with Finnick it will be a much shorter list," she sighed.

"Okay we are going to break up into groups and each of you is going to have an instructor and they are going to give you a little tour of the farm then show you some of the ways we cut down the trees and then end with some fun," the teacher boomed, staring in our direction. Like we were the only ones that were talking.

"Groups of ten please I'll give you ten 2 minutes to organize yourselves or I will do it for you," she snapped.

"See you bitches," Johanna said walking off.

"Where are you going?" I called after her.

"I don't wanna have to spend the whole day with you people," Johanna said.

"Get your ass back here," Annie yelled.

"I don't want to be in the loser group," she moaned walking back to us.

"But your one of us now," I laughed.

" I always knew this day would come," she said putting her face in her hands.

"Its okay it's not that bad," Annie said rubbing her back.

"What's wrong with her?" Peeta said.

"Your not a morning person," she sobbed.

"What are you talking about?" Peeta looked confused.

"Its nothing," I said mentally counting our little group.

"How could you? You were so perfect," Johanna cried falling into Annie's arms.

"Why are my friends always so weird?" Peeta sighed.

"Because you are our leader," Finnick said putting his arm around Peeta's shoulder.

"3," Wiress announced when she joined us with Beetee.

"Okay this isn't hard people," the teacher yelled coming up to us.

"You two over there," she pointed to Annie and Johanna.

"You three with them," she said pointing to Peeta, Wiress and Finnick.

"You two that one," she said pointing to Beetee and I. "See ten that wasn't so hard was it.

"See you," Peeta said grabbing my waist and kissing me.

"Bye," I said quickly kissing him again then joining my new group.

Apparently the idea of fun in district seven involves giving us a map each and telling us to follow the marked path to make it back to camp.

"I see no point in this," Beetee said as he helped me over a fallen tree.

"I don't know it is kind of relaxing," I laughed as soon as the teacher had told us what we were doing Beetee had something to say about it.

"There is no educational value here what so ever," he groaned. Once we had our maps the teacher instructed us that we were to break up into groups of 2 and that it was going to be a race. The person that arrived back at camp first was the winner.

"We are perfecting our map reading skills," I laughed.

"No we are not! there is a vital flaw in how they presented us with this challenge," he said taking the map off me. "You see they have presented us with a topographic map."

"Wait what is that?" I asked, he really did make me feel like I was stupid sometimes.

"It is a map that shows the shape and elevation of the terrain you see," she said handing me the map. "The lines that are close together indicate that the terrain is steep say a hill or an incline and the lines that are far apart indicate that the terrain is flat."

"Okay," here I was thinking that they were all different paths or roads.

" It is the wrong type of map with the tall trees and limited lines of vision it is hard to tell if the terrain is a incline or flat and the fact that the didn't tell us which way was north when we started so basically we are just walking around blind," he snapped.

"Well we came from this way," I pointed in the direction we were heading.

"How do you know that?" he sighed looking over the map.

"Because I recognize the trees," there were makings on the trees around us that I recognized.

"They are trees they all look the same," he sighed spinning around in a circle pointing at the trees.

"No there not," I laughed. "There is a few around here that are different species of pine or they have been mixed with other trees see," I said finding a tree. "The bark on these are just a little different from the others and when we were walking I noticed that they run in a line all the way back to where we started."

"But we don't need to go back where we started we need to go to the camp ground," Beetee sighed it is funny to see the all but gives up where there is something he doesn't know.

"Yes but if we know that that was is back where we started then if we go roughly this way," I said positioning myself in the right direction. "Then we should end up where we need to be."

"Are you 100% sure?" he asked looking closer to the trees I pointed out then consulting the map.

"Not 100% but if you have a better idea we can do that," I said crossing my arms.

"Give me a second I am thinking," he said sitting on the group putting his face in his hands.

"Beetee," apparently it took him a while to think.

"Shhh."

"Okay we will do it your way," he said jumping up.

"Are you sure because you could think about it again," I snapped. I was getting a little annoyed that he thought he was better than me.

"No I have thought through all the options that have been presented to us and this is the easiest and the most logical," he said starting off in the direction I had pointed out.

"What were the other options?" I asked following him.

"None of them were feasible," he said almost tripping over a fallen branch.

"Watch where you're walking please," I said helping him up I really didn't want to be carrying him all the way back to camp.

"How was it you were able to tell the different between the trees?" he asked.

"My father use to take Gale and I hunting when we were little. He taught us how to pay attention to what is happening around so that if we got lost we could find our way back," I stopped for a second. I haven't thought about my father in a long time; I use to think of him everyday.

"My father invented the smallest music player ever," he didn't sound at all proud of him.

"Is that the one that can be implanted?" a few years ago there was a lot of hype about the new age of music a device that could be implanted into the arm and controlled by a remote.

"Yeah that's the one," he sighed.

"Whatever happened to that?" most of the high tech stuff that the Capital and the first handful districts never made it to 12. However we always one or two spoilt people would often get a hold of it and flaunt it for the whole district to see. This didn't happen with this implant.

"It killed someone," he snapped.

"Oh really how?" was it rude to ask?

"A women got a small electrical shock which shorted out the implant which caused her heart to stop," he sighed.

"Ouch," there was no other way to put it.

"Total recall of all the implants and my father was put into jail for murder," he said totally throwing me.

"But he didn't do it," how can someone be put into jail for something they had no control over.

"Apparently he overlooked some safety issues in the initial phases of development. Okay enough about my father what does he do?"

"He worked in the mines back in 12 but there was an accident and he died," I said stopping.

"I'm sorry," Beetee said putting his arm around me.

"It was a while ago just I haven't thought about him in so long," I sighed and started walking again.

"People say that once you stop thinking of people everyday that means you are living for them," how does he remember all this stuff.

"Who says that?" it was really good and did make me feel better.

"Well I just made it up," he laughed. "But I did make you feel better."

"Yeah you did," I said punching him.

"Hey look," he said surprised "We made it."

"Oh I knew you doubted my genius," I laughed. All I wanted to do at the moment was climb into bed.

"I didn't doubt you just your methods," he laughed.

"Oh thank God," Annie came running over throwing her arms around me. "Never leave me alone with her again."

"Thank God," Johanna said joining us.

"All she does is talk about cutting down trees," Annie sobbed.

"All she did was talk about was getting hit by the falling trees," Johanna yelled.

"Well if you were a little more careful I wouldn't have been like that," Annie yelled.

"You mean if I was paranoid," Johanna yelled I had a feeling that they had been fighting for a while.

"You have .." Annie started but Johanna interrupted her.

"I know! You have a 78% chance of getting hit with by a falling tree."

"I was scared," Annie stomped her foot. "And you did nothing to make me feel better."

"Because I refuse to baby you," Johanna screamed people were starting to stop their conversations and stare at us.

"I can't help it," Annie screamed.

"Yes you can its just if something is to hard or you don't want to deal you go crawling back inside your shell."

"How about we stop fighting and just take a breath," I quickly jumped in.

"No shut up," Johanna snapped. "Something bad happened to you I get it but we all have things that follow us around you just have to learn to deal with it."

"I am dealing with it," Annie screamed.

"No your not you stand there and you rattle off percentages and facts. You hide behind Finnick and retreat into your room," Johanna yelled.

"Come on Jo that's enough," I snapped.

"Well… well what about you," Annie stuttered.

"You are so bitchy and surly. Why Johanna did something happen to you? Did something happen in your life that hurt you? Did someone break you?"

"That is none of your fucking business," Johanna yelled backing off.

"Really? You stand there and be all high and mighty with me because I don't want to go through something again but I have to mind my own business?" Annie screamed.

"Yes something happened to me but I am not letting the fear that something might happen to me ruin my life." This was just going around in circles.

"I am not afraid something will happen to me," Annie yelled. "I am afraid something will happen to you."

"What the hell are you talking about?" Johanna spat.

"I don't care if anything happens to me I just don't want to see anything happen to you," Annie screamed.

"What the hell are you talking about?" Johanna said looking confused.

"You're my friend I don't want to see anything happen to you," Annie screamed.

"I'm your friend?" Johanna said.

"Yes you idiot and I want you to be more careful and I don't want to see anything happen to any of you," Annie stomped her foot.

"Its okay Annie," I said pulling her into a hug.

"I'm sorry I didn't know," Johanna said hugging both of us.

"Group hug," someone yelled joining in ruining the moment.

"Finnick," Annie said breaking free from our hug and throwing herself at him. "I'm sorry."

"No it was my fault," Finnick laughed.

"I'm so sorry," Annie said again.


"Where is Peeta?" It had been a while since the last team had stumbled through the trees and it was going to be dark soon.

" He was with the guy from 6 I think," Finnick said looking around.

"He will be back soon," Johanna said still looking shocked from what Annie had said.

"We are waiting for one more group," the teacher got up in front of the group. "Now dinner is being served so we are going to get you to all go inside and I am sure they will join us soon."

"Peeta," I whispered. I was starting to get really scared pair after pair had found there way back to the camp but Peeta wasn't among them.

"Peeta!" I just stood there I couldn't move. "Peeta."

"Come on Katniss let's go inside I am sure he is already inside," Finnick said taking my hand.

"No," Peeta would have come and found me straight away he wasn't inside. "Peeta," I said pushing my way through the crowd.

"Mrs Trinket… Mrs Trinket," I said trying to get her attention.

"Come along let's get you inside," she said guiding me towards the doors.

"No Peeta isn't back yet," I said panicking.

"We know darling," she said taking my hands. "I want you to go inside we are doing all we can to find him."

"No where is he?" I backed away from her and bumped into something.

"Katniss," Finnick said taking my hand.

"Come on," I said pulling him to the tree line. "We need to find him."

"Mr. Odair Miss Everdeen, you are not going out there," Mrs. Trinket yelled.

"Katniss look at me," Finnick said taking my face into his hands. "They are probably just lost. I know you are freaking out but getting yourself all worked up."

"What if something has happened?"

"I know but he is just lost, we all know he is bad he is with directions," Finnick laughed.

"Is he?" I couldn't think all I could see in my head was the image of Peeta lying dead in a forest in district seven.

"Lets go inside," he said taking my hand.

"No I think I'm going to stay out here until Peeta gets back," I wasn't moving until Peeta was back.

"Its getting dark Katniss," Finnick said. Teachers and people that I had never seen before had started gathering in a group in the middle of camp. They were just standing there talking.

"Exactly it is getting dark why are you just standing there?" I screamed.

"Sit," Finnick said pushing me down.

"They're not doing anything," I yelled again.

"Stop yelling and sit back down," he snapped. "Everything is going to be fine."

"You don't know that," I screamed trying to make a break for the trees I was going to find Peeta; but I didn't make it two steps before Finnick grabbed me by the waist and threw me back down into the chair.

"Everything is going to be fine just sit down," he yelled. What was I doing Peeta had been gone for a little over 20 minutes and I was a mess. A million things were going through my head what was going to happen if I had to go home without Peeta. How would people look at me?

What was I going to do? For the first time in my life Peeta had made me think of my future. What if I had to go back to 12 and live the life I would of if I never met Peeta? Looking after Prim, working at the same dead end job and walking around on eggshells around my mother.

"They are back," someone yelled.

"Peeta," I jumped up pushing Finnick out of the way and sprinted across the lawn. He was limping supported by the boy from six I had no idea what his name was.

"Peeta," I had to push several people out of the way just to get to him.

"Sorry I'm late," he said with a giant smile on his face. Part of me wanted to slap that stupid smile off his face and the other half of me wanted to kiss him.

"Where the hell have you been?" I said slapping him I guess my hatred won.

"I fell," he said looking confused.

"Don't ever do that again," I said poking him.

"I was a little afraid that no one was going to come and look for us," Peeta said touching my face.

"Of course we were looking for you," I said throwing my arms around him.

"Oh Ah Ah," Peeta moaned.

"Watch out he hurt his ankle," the boy said.

"Who the hell are you?" I snapped at whoever he was.

"Katniss I just got my foot caught on a root, I am fine." Peeta was an idiot I wanted to hit him again.

"How about we get him inside," Finnick said taking over supporting Peeta from the boy from six.

"Didn't think that me going for a long walk would cause such a fuss," Peeta laughed.

"Come on Peet who would carry my bags," Finnick laughed. I took Peeta's other arm and draped it over my shoulder taking as much of his weight as I could

"You would find someone else," Peeta laughed. "Everyone would."

"Come on you're a good little porter,' Finnick joked.

"I'm nothing special," Peeta smiled.


Peeta's ankle was sprained; straight away the Doctors had him taken him to the hospital in seven. He said that they took scans and did tests and had to walk around on crutches for a while.

"These are so cool," Finnick said hopping back and forth using the crutches. Because Peeta couldn't navigate through the trees they had sent us in a car so we could get there safely. The car was small with giant wheels and navigated though the tree easily. Now we were left to wait at the train station for everyone else.

"Yeah it would be better if I didn't have the ankle to go with it," Peeta laughed reaching for my hand.

"You okay Annie?" I said getting up and moving away at the moment I didn't want Peeta to touch me. I was to mad, mad that he made me feel the way I did when he was gone. A normal person would be relieved that Peeta was safe and sound but I was furious.

"Why wouldn't I be okay?" Annie gave a weak smile.

"What you said about watching your friends getting hurt," I said.

"I am fine," Annie said scribbling something down in her notebook.

"What's wrong?" Peeta said he was walking without his crutches.

"Finnick," I yelled. "Would you give him back those things."

"Sorry," Finnick said handing the crutches back to Peeta.

"I am okay without them," Peeta laughed.

"No your not just use them dammit," I screamed at him storming off to the other end of the platform.

"Katniss what's wrong?" Peeta said hobbling over sitting next to me.

"Nothing," I said sliding across the bench to get away from him.

"There is something wrong," he laughed sliding along. This wasn't a joke I jumped up.

"No there is not," I snapped at him.

"Come on tell me," he said moving my hair and kissing my neck.

"Stop it," I said sitting back down.

"You think that you can solve everything by kissing me," I pushed him away.

"It usually works," he smiled.

"Well not this time," I snapped.

"Now I know there is something wrong," he said sitting down next to me putting his arm around me.

"Don't," I said shrugging him off.

"Tell me," he said grabbing my hand.

"Its what you said to Finnick last night," I snapped.

"What did I say to Finnick last night?" he laughed which made me even madder.

"That we would find someone else," I snapped.

"Well its true," he said it with no pity in his voice.

"That you were afraid that no one was looking for you," I was finding it a little heard to breath.

"Technically they weren't yet," Peeta laughed.

"Would you shut up," I screamed at him.

"Its is all true." Peeta was the most amazing person I knew the whole of 12 would mourn his death.

"No its not," I yelled getting up.

"Come on Katniss you know it is. My family and friends will mourn me but after a while they move on. I have done nothing with my life yet that people will remember me for," he smiled.

"What will I live for?" I could feel myself starting to cry.

"Come on Kat," he said putting his arm around me pulling me closer. "You will move on find a nice guy settle down do something with your life and over time you will completely forget about me," he said.

"Stop talking like that Peeta," I said pushing him away.

"What? Because I am able to see the truth," he said.

"No that you are so blinded by this self deprecation thing you have going on you can't see the impact you have on everyone around you." I was really crying now. "You are amazing and I don't know why you don't see that."

"Katniss don't cry please," he said reaching for my hand.

"You can walk into a room and within seconds you are best friends with everyone in it. When you talk to someone you make them feel like they are the most important person in the world."

"That's called being friendly Katniss. Maybe you should try it sometime," he sighed leaning on his crutches.

"No its not. You made Annie feel better when you said you would help her with her stories, you go out of your way to make people feel good about themselves."

"I am nothing special Katniss," he snapped at me.

"Yes you are why don't you see that. You can make someone that has never loved anything fall deeply in love with you," I yelled before I realized what I was saying.

"What?" he said.

"Nothing," I said walking away.

"Katniss don't walk away from me," I heard Peeta coming up behind me.

"I don't want to talk to you anymore Peeta," I said without turning around. I wanted to go home I wanted to see Prim.

"Katniss don't walk away from me," he yelled. I had never heard him yell like that before. "Turn around and talk to me."

"I think I am done talking Peeta," I said turning around.

"I'm sorry I didn't know how you felt," he said reaching for me.

"I can't do this Peeta," I said stepping just out of his reach.

"Katniss I love you too its okay," he said smiling.

"I just can't Peeta I'm sorry," I couldn't even look at him.

"No! Look at me Katniss, this is not over we are going to talk about this," he yelled. "I know your scared Katniss admitting you love someone is a hard thing to do," he calmed down.

"I can't do this Peeta," I said. Maybe things could just go back to the way it was.

"No your not walking away from this I will not let you," he yelled.

"You don't have to let me Peeta I can't do this. I can't feel the way I felt last night again and the best way to do this is just to stop this," I needed to run away and hide.

"We are not doing this," he said sighing.

"Yes we are," I yelled.

"Why give me one good reason and I will gladly walk away," he crossed his arms.

"You changed me," others were starting to arrive.

"How?" Peeta spat.

"I am something I'm not when I am around you. I left Prim I'm thinking of moving to another district to go to university. I'm not talking to Gale. Before I met you there wasn't a day that I didn't talk to Gale."

"I don't believe you," Peeta said shaking his head. " I don't believe that you did all that stuff just because of me. Try something else."

"Last night I wanted to die because I didn't know where you were for 20 minutes…" I said but Peeta interrupted me.

"That is what love is Katniss. Not a reason to break up with someone," he snapped.

"No I realized that sooner or later your going to get bored with me and I'm going to be forced to live without you," I wanted to hit something.

"That is never going to happen," he said reaching out.

"Yes it will and I want this to end on my terms not because you found someone you like better than me or I do something wrong," because it was inevitable I was going to screw this up some how.

"I am never going to find someone I love more than you," Peeta said trying to touch me but I darted out of his way.

"You will," I was certain of that now someone as amazing as Peeta shouldn't have to settle for me.

"I won't but if that's the way you feel I'm going to have to respect that," he said shifting the all his weight onto his bad ankle and wincing in pain.

"It is," I couldn't look at him it could be the pain in his ankle or what I had just done but I swear Peeta was starting to cry.

"Katniss you don't have to be scared I'm not going hurt you," he said desperately.

"I have made my decision Peeta," I said crossing my arms.

"So we are done?"

"Yeah we are done," I said turning and walking away from him.


Okay I know that most of you are not going to like this chapter and honestly I cried a little writing it but it is all going to be alright in the end…. just keep reading!