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Life has gotten harder in District 12. Old Cray, our head peacekeeper, has been taken away and replaced by a strict man who is cracking down on anything.
Needless to say and to quote Gale, 'He is making all our lives a living hell.'
Also Prim and I can't act like a couple in public anymore because, in order for Katniss to protect us; she has to label me and my family as her cousins.
I hate not being able to act like Prim's boyfriend in public but, if it is what will protect us and more importantly protect Prim then, I am by all means okay with it.
Prim and I were walking through town one evening because Katniss sent her and I into town to pick up something for dinner.
It was all fine until we started to see peacekeepers forcing people into the center square. Oh great not another whipping.
Our new head peacekeeper has been enjoying whipping "law breakers" and making the rest of us watch. I couldn't see the prisoner so well because he had a burlap sack over his head.
They tied him to the whipping post and tore off the bag. My heart sank then my body filled with rage as I saw it was Gale. Darn it Gale! He was finally caught hunting outside the fence.
He of all people should've been smart enough to stop hunting but, Gale is a rebel to the system as it is.
"This man is charged with poaching outside district borders. He is sentenced to a public whipping." The head peacekeeper informs us all in a spiteful voice.
I see him uncoil the whip and start to strike my brother. With each hit, Gale is wailing and yelling in excruciating pain. I know the whipping charge for poaching is 15 lashes.
But, Gale has already gotten 23. He is bleeding, scarred, and unconscious from the lashing.
Darius, another peacekeeper, tried to put a stop to it but, the new head peacekeeper knocks him unconscious with the butt of the whip's handle.
I always thought Darius was a womanizing, flirting creep but, I admire him for trying to help my brother. He raises the whip to strike Gale again but, the lash doesn't hit Gale.
I see Katniss diving in and taking the lash for Gale. It struck her face and her eye is swollen and her forehead and cheek are deeply lacerated.
I feel Prim, who had taken hold of my hand halfway through the whipping, pulling me along to assist Katniss and my brother. Peeta beat us there.
He was arguing with peacekeeper over the fact that he had done more than enough lashings to Gale and it was unethical now that he struck Katniss, who was innocent.
"What say do you have in this?" asks the peacekeeper. "Those people are my fiancé and her cousin. Her family is mine to look after as well." Peeta says firm.
The peacekeeper leaves, Peeta and I untie Gale while Prim's healer mind set has taken over and she is surveying Katniss and mostly my brother's wounds.
"We need to take him back to our house; mother will have what we need to help. Peeta and Rory; I need you to carry Gale back to our house. Katniss try to stay calm; stress will only make your wounds bleed more." Prim orders us in her very mature and respectful tone.
As I'm carrying Gale with Peeta, I can't help but, feel in dept to Peeta for the rest of my life. If it weren't for him my brother would be a white, cold, bloody corpse on the ground right now.
I have no idea how I'll ever repay him. We get to the Everdeen's house in Victors' Village. Right when Mrs. Everdeen saw Katniss and my brother, she sprung into action along with Prim.
I've always admired Mrs. Everdeen for her skills as a healer and Prim shares her same mind set and always helps her mother.
When I was 6, I found out that the Mrs. Everdeen and Prim helped all the sick and injured people from the mines and the Seam.
Since by that time I was hopelessly in love with Prim, I tried a multitude of plans to get myself hurt so, I could see her.
Some include trying to sprain my ankle on a root, to break my leg falling out a tree, and once I was almost gonna throw a rock at a nest to aggravate some tracker jackers.
But, all those and many more plans were failures because either my mother, father, or Gale would stop me before I could hurt myself.
I realize now that all of those plans especially the tracker jacker one were all completely stupid and ridiculous because, I have Prim now as my girl and I know now she loves me as much as I love her.
All though I know it is terrible, I wish I was the one hurt on that counter because Prim is currently cleaning out Gale's wounds. Why can't that be me?
Wow, I am a sick person for wanting that just so my girlfriend can touch me in any way.
Beside that though, watching Prim and her mother work is amazing because they are so good at what they do as healers.
After hours of bandaging and cleaning, they finally are finished helping my brother. I look over to see Peeta leaving and I go up to him and shake his hand.
"Peeta thank you for helping my brother." I say mature and grateful.
"It's no problem at all Rory. I hope your brother feels better. I'll go tell your mother you and Gale are here." Peeta says giving me a smile. Peeta and Prim are very alike in so many ways.
One is that they both have the ability to make you smile no matter what. With that Peeta and I give each other a nod and he walks out.
I look back to see Prim's mother trying tiredly to pick up a sleeping Prim to carry her up stairs.
"Um Mrs. Everdeen. I'll carry Prim upstairs. You can go to bed. Also, thank you for helping my brother. It means so much to me." I say then Mrs. Everdeen gives me a hug.
"It is no problem Rory. But, thank you; I'd appreciate it if you carry Prim upstairs. Aw, you are such a nice boy. (She kisses my forehead and looks at me.) If I had a son I'd want him to be like you." She says smiling at me.
I smile back and pickup Prim and start to carry her upstairs. Prim, who is 13 like me now, seems to be getting even more beautiful and mature with each passing day.
Although under all that she is that angel-like little girl who kissed my cheek when we were 5. I lay her down in her bed and tuck her in.
I kiss her forehead and start to walk away when I hear her beg, "Rory, please don't go." I look back at her to see her looking at me with pleading eyes.
"Please, you can't leave I need you." She is almost about to cry. Oh no, my weakness is about to make a reappearance. I know she doesn't mean just to stay here in her house.
I know she wants me to stay here with her in her room. I've been dreading this moment because I still don't know if I'd be able to control myself if she kisses me.
"Prim, I don't think your mother would want you and me in the same bed." I say trying to find some way out. Even though, I desperately want to.
"It's okay, sometimes Peeta comes over and holds Katniss as she sleeps when she has nightmares. Just please Rory I need you." She pleads again and I see tears in her eyes.
Darn it, why am I so weak? Why does she have to have such an impact on me? Why can't I just walk away like most 13 year old boys do in these situations? I know the answer to all those questions.
I love her. I love more than my own life and I would do anything she wants or needs me for. I love her unconditionally and as much as she denies it, she has me wrapped around her little finger.
Whether she knows she does or not. I sigh and say, "Okay Prim, I'll stay." She smiles and makes room for me under her covers. I feel her snuggling up to me and I wrap my arms around her.
I feel her playing with the hairs on the back of my head with her fingers. 'Don't give into temptation Rory. Just try to ignore it.' My mind tells me. But, feeling her so close to me is making it so difficult.
I haven't been this close to her in months. It felt so good but, I was fighting to stay in control. "Rory?" I hear Prim whisper into my ear.
Stupidly, I look down and see her looking at me with what looks like want written all over her face. Especially in her eyes. "What is it Prim?" I ask.
"Rory, please. I want you. I need you." She says then I feel her lips on mine in a second before I can even answer her.
I am fighting to keep myself under control and I feel my mind and body telling me two different things. My mind tells me, "Rory stop it right now!" but, my body is telling me, "Good, give into it."
As a last ditch effort I say through the kisses, "Prim, no I can't. I…" but, she says, "Please Rory." I then feel her weaving her fingers into my hair and kissing me more intensely.
My hands move to her waist and pull her closer to me. 'It's over, I'm a goner' is all I can register. She is unbuttoning my shirt and eventually gets it completely off me and throws it away somewhere.
I feel her run her hand along my bare chest and I feel her smile. I am brought back though when I realize that I'm trying to pull off her dress. I pull away to stop myself.
What is wrong with me? Rory Hawthorne you are the stupidest boy on Earth to succumb to simple teenage desires.
I regret stopping the kiss a little when I see confusion and hurt on her face. "Rory, don't you want me?" she asks then I say to her.
"Prim, listen to me. I want you. I want you desperately. But, it's like I told you before, I can't do it. I can't lose control with you and do something we might regret later. I love you too much to do that."
"I wouldn't regret it. I know what I want. I love you." She says looking at me with her beautiful blue eyes. "Prim, what if I got you pregnant?" I say trying to reason with her.
"I would have your children in a heartbeat." She says and tries to kiss me again.
I manage to stop her and say, "No Prim, we are 13. This along with what might happen after that is beyond us right now. We are too young. Just remember though, I do want you just later on in the right way. I care too much about you." I say then kiss her lightly.
"Can't you care less?" Prim asks with a hopeful smile. I laugh a little and say, "Nice try Prim." I hear her sigh. "Hey, I love you. Remember that." I say and kiss her lips softly.
"I love you too Rory. So much." She says then settles in and falls asleep in my arms. I look at my bare torso and see my shirt a few feet away on the floor. That was a close one.
If it would have gone on for another more minute or two we would've done the unthinkable. But, what was that I saw from her tonight? It was like a completely different person than the Prim I know.
But, I always forget that Prim and I are both teenagers with similar desires so I can somewhat understand now. Soon I drift off peacefully with the girl I love in my arms.
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