*I'm just going to put this in so people could get a taste of the sequel, if you haven't been reading it already. This is Now That I'm Not Alone.*

here it goes…

Chapter 1 Katniss's POV

"Mommy!" There was a cry from down the hall. Peeta had his arms around me while we lay in bed. He was warm to the touch. I didn't want to get up. "Mommy!"

"Katniss, your turn."

"I don't wanna go!" I moaned. "I'm warm here."

"I went earlier."

I sighed and uncovered myself. I put my feet on the floor. It was cold and sent shivers up my body. "It's so cold!" I whispered.

"If you would have let me buy you those slippers I walked out the door before he could finish.

I walked down the hallway and into Andy's room. "Mommy!"

"I'm here Andy." I rubbed my eyes and yawned. "What do you need?"

"Mommy, I can't sleep." Not again. This has been happening for the past week. She looked at me with her blue-gray eyes. "Can I sleep with you and daddy tonight?"

"Come on, follow me." She only has slept in our bed a few times since she moved out of her crib. I reached for her hand. She grabbed her stuffed bunny, Mi Mi, off her bed and took my hand. We walked into me and Peeta's room. He was sitting up in bed. "Go to daddy." I told her. She ran to Peeta and threw her arms around him.

"Why can't you sleep tonight?" Peeta asked.

"There's a monster in my room." Andy started crying. "I keep telling it to go away but it won't listen to me."

"Well, I'm gonna tell the monster in the morning that it needs to go bother Prim."

"Auntie Prim gets rid of the monsters." Andy smiled. I got into bed and lay down. Andy lies down in between me and Peeta. "Guess what?"

"What?" I asked with my eyes closed.

"Tomorrow is your birthday, mommy."

"Yes it is."

"I'm going to sleep now. I'm tired."


"Good night."

We both mumbled, "Good night," and fell asleep quickly.

I woke up to sunlight on my face. I sat up and combed my fingers through my hair. Andy was still sleeping and Peeta was sitting on the edge of the bed. I kissed Andy's forehead and climbed over to Peeta. I put my arms on his shoulders and looked at the side of his face. He looked worn and tired. "You okay?" He didn't say anything. I turned his head and kissed his lips. He kissed back.

"Katniss." He mumbled and pulled back.


"Happy birthday."

"Thank you." I put my chin on his shoulder. He got up and picked me up and kissed my forehead.

"What is it now?"

"Don't say it!" I groaned.

"Twenty." I threw my head back. "Hey, I hit twenty two months ago. There's nothing wrong with me." I smiled at him. "Don't say anything."

"I won't. We don't have enough time." He put me down and pulled me in to a hug. "Should we wake Prim? What time is it?"

"It's only eight. But sure."

We stood there for a while. I stared at his hair. It was all over the place. "You need a haircut." He nodded and closed his eyes.

"Mommy," I let go of Peeta and looked to Andy. She had blond hair just like him. It was in a side braid and ended a couple inches past her shoulder. She crawled out of bed and hugged me. Her head came up to just below my waist. "Happy birthday!"

"Thank you so much."

"I'm gonna go get Auntie Prim." She let go of me and was out of the room before I could stop her. A few moments later, Andy was dragging Prim into our room.

"Morning," I said.

Prim smiled. She turned seventeen not too long ago. "Hey sis. You're out of the teens."

"Don't say anything about it. I feel old as is."

Andy stared up at me. "Why did you feel old before today?"

I crunched down to look at her at the same level. "Because I have you."

"Do all kids my age have parents your age, or are you older than them?"

That question came out of the blue. Never before had she asked us this. I could feel the question linger in my mind. I looked up to Peeta. He opened his mouth and spoke. "No, Andy. We're actually really young."

"Then why does mommy say she's old?"

"I don't know honey." I smiled softly at him and stood up. "Let's go downstairs and eat since we're all up."

how was that? more to come!

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