This hasn't been beta'd all mistakes are mine. I saw the movie today and this plot bunny wouldn't leave me alone. :)

Title: 180 seconds
author: Cindy Ryan
Summary: What if Gale had managed to get a letter to Katniss while she was training at the Capitol?

Returning to her room after the first day of training Katniss found a sealed envelope resting on the pillow. Hesitant she reached for it and opened the flap. On a tattered piece of paper Katniss found Gale's familiar hand writing.
With slightly shaking hands she sat down on the bed. This was real; some how Gale had gotten a letter through. How he'd managed it or how much it'd cost him she didn't know.

Swallowing hard Katniss began to read.

Catnip,

I'm not sure why I'm writing this letter or if it'll even reach you.
One hundred and eighty seconds wasn't long enough. Granted at the time I didn't know what to say. I just wanted to reassure you that you'd come home.
That we'd see each other again.
We'd hunt and laugh just like the old days.
Not sure how good I did.

District Twelve isn't the same already without you.
I know you can do this. It'll be the toughest thing you'll ever have to do.
You've done tough before and succeeded.
This is no different.

Concentrate on coming back to Prim and your Mom. That'll get you through the rough stuff.
There will be rough stuff: count on it.
Count on Peeta too. He's not like the others; not in it for the glory.
You can trust him to get you home.

Trust yourself. You have good instincts; use them.
Your Dad taught you well rely on that too.

I know I'm not telling you anything you don't already know. In a way it's
making me feel less useless.
Don't worry I'll take care of Prim like I always do.

Go in there and kick ass. Show the Capitol how it's done.
Most importantly; come home.

Gale

Katniss reread the letter four times before there was a knock on the door and Effie calling her to dinner With a last look at Gale's familiar handwriting and heartfelt words of encouragement Katniss folded the letter and placed it in the pocket of her dress.
Having a part of Gale with her would make facing what was to come a little easier.

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