Well here we are with the last chapter! I really can't believe it; I've been working on this story for a little over 3 months I'm so glad that you all enjoyed the last chapter, hope you like this one too! Thanks to all of you who reviewed, it's so great to have e-mails popping up all the time with reviews from you all
This chapter will probably be quite long seeing as I want to fit everything in and have a good ending so buckle your belts and start reading…
Disclaimer: I do not own the Hunger Games…
His hand moves towards the red button and just as I'm closing my eyes, ready for the bullets to enter my body, I notice a slight movement next to the entrance. Haymitch. Everything happens so fast, I watch in horror as Snow's hand descends on the button that will lead to our deaths but I also see Haymitch enter the room and pull the trigger on a gun. A bang ruptures in the room and Snow falls over in his chair. Dead.
I slowly open my eyes and look around me. Peeta and I are still in our rope nets and the spikes are still digging into my skin, Finnick and his group are still tied up and gagged but something is different, Snow is gone forever. I guess I can't be mad at Haymitch for saving our lives when he did, but I still wish that I were the one to pull that trigger. A bullet through the heart was too merciful for someone like Snow but we didn't really have time for torturing when our lives were about to be ended.
"Would you mind getting me out of this thing before I die from loss of blood." I call down to Haymitch. He looks up like he hadn't noticed us dangling from the ceiling before until now. He nods and grabs a knife, stands on a chair and cuts through the ropes and helps me down. I'm already feeling weak from my multiple cuts and have to lean on him for support. Haymitch hands me a small knife after setting me down next to Finnick and the rest of the tied up party while he hurries to set Peeta free as well. I get to work on sawing through Finnick's bonds, once he his free he takes the knife from my hand and proceeds onto Johanna, then Twill and finally Arya. They look fine except for a few cuts here and there, nothing as bad as me. I'm going to have these scars for the rest of my life.
I begin to feel myself slipping away from the world when Peeta is beside me, telling me to stay awake.
"Please, stay with me Katniss!" My eyes keep closing no matter how hard I try to keep them open.
"Haymitch, we have to stop the blood!" I hear him say frantically. I then hear the sound of ripping fabric and pieces of someone's shirt being wrapped around all the cuts on my arms, legs and back. Peeta is starting to freak out but I can't stay awake, I say those three words before I fall into unconsciousness.
"I love you Peeta." Then I black out.
"I love you Peeta." I hear her whisper before she falls unconscious.
"Don't worry kid." Haymitch says beside me. "She'll be fine in a few hours time." I continue helping Finnick and Arya patch her up with my now shredded t-shirt, but that's all we can do right now until we get real medical help.
"What do we do with him?" Arya asks once we're finished with Katniss and points to Ex-President Snow lying on the floor in a fast accumulating pool of his own blood.
"We'll get some of our men to dispose of him later." Haymitch tells us. "But right now, I need Finnick to go through that door and onto the balcony and tell everyone that Snow is dead, we won, and we will soon be taking over the capitol." Finnick nods and begins walking to the door.
"What about Katniss?" I ask. "Peeta you can carry her to where we left Annie and Madge, where they took Gale." I nod and move to gently lift Katniss off the ground safely into my arms and follow Arya and Twill out the door; Johanna remains with Finnick and Haymitch at the balcony.
Twill shows us a quicker way out and within minutes we're out on the street. Dead bodies are everywhere and the rest of the capitol soldiers are being told to surrender or be locked up. I guess Finnick and Haymitch didn't waste any time telling everyone that their President is dead; most people are shouting and throwing their weapons on the ground, smiling with victory. Even some of the CS's are smiling, I guess they were fighting for Snow against their own accord. The throngs of people move away as the three of us walk down the streets, some of them telling us exactly where to go and others asking if there is any way that they can help out. Thankfully Arya takes care of all the talking and I only have to keep my mind on carrying Katniss. She still hasn't stirred an inch, just lies limply in my arms, if she didn't have bandages covering her body she would probably look like she was asleep, but I know better.
The citizens of the capitol that were hiding in their bright colored houses are swinging the shutters open and talking merrily with others below them, like we didn't practically just go through the 3rd World War. I begin thinking about who they will elect as the new president. President Coin of District 13 will probably be the one chosen but a powerful mayor from one of the other districts could be picked as well. I'm glad I don't have to choose.
After about 30 minutes of walking we finally get to the edge of the capitol, thankfully the force fields surrounding it have been shut off so we won't have to worry about getting fried or something terrible like that. Our small group searches around for a while, trying to locate Annie's assembly, we do end up finding it eventually. Madge is snuggled up to Gale, she'll never let him out of her sight again; Annie and Thresh stand up when they see us approaching, and Annie keeps looking behind me, probably looking for her husband.
"I-is he okay? D-did he m-make it?" She finally gets out. I nod smiling. "Don't worry Annie, he was just telling everyone the news on the President's balcony then he'll be right over. She sighs in relief. "Oh good!" Then she notices who I'm carrying.
"Oh no! What happened to Katniss?"
"She was cut badly by some spikes in a rope net before Haymitch was able to kill Snow, she lost quite a bit of blood and fainted, but she'll be fine." She gives me a small smile then hurries over to help the others with the wounded.
I find a small spot of grass and softly lay Katniss down onto is then I sit down next to her and await further orders. I guess we won't all have to move back to District 13 now, I wonder what's left of our District, probably nothing but ashes over a graveyard. So many people were killed during that bombing even though we got a lot of people out. I hope that we can go back and live in the remaining victor houses, I doubt those were bombed, and rebuild the town, and hopefully get back to normal.
Dreams of living in the victors village with Katniss as my wife and Finnick and Annie and Madge and Gale living close by fill my thoughts as I sit quietly on the patch of green grass.
When I regain consciousness I find myself lying on my back on soft, green grass with Peeta sitting next to me. From what I can see, people are running around in all different directions, then I remember, we won the war and the president is dead!
"Peeta?" I croak, barely recognizing my own voice. He quickly looks down at me, a smile lighting up his features.
"Katniss! You're awake!" He leans down and kisses my forehead. "How do you feel?"
"A little woozy, but other wise pretty good."
"You lost a lot of blood, it'll take some time for you to heal." He tells me. I nod and close my eyes again, whispering, "I'm tired Peeta." He kisses me again and takes my hand in his, rubbing circles with his thumb. "You get some rest, I'll take care of you." I let out a small smile and fall instantly back to sleep.
When I wake up again the crowds have diminished a considerable amount since the first time I woke up, I look beside me and notice that Peeta is no longer sitting there. I don't let myself panic or anything, he was probably called away to help with the wounded or something important. I see Annie and Finnick embracing a few yards away, relieved that the other is still alive and well. Madge is asleep in Gale's arms and Twill and Arya have set up a small medical center for the more serious injuries. The sun is just started to go down, leaving the sky looking like its on fire; Peeta's favorite color. I think to myself.
I lay there for a while not wanted to try and move for a while, and just wait for Peeta, it's a little while before he comes but when he does he apologizes then sweeps me into his arms like a bride.
"Where are we going?" I ask him when he starts walking.
"I'm taking you home." He says.
"Back to District 13?" He shakes his head grinning.
"Nope, we're going to District 12."
"Yep! And we're going to live in the victor villages." He leans down and pecks my lips.
"What about the election of a new president?" I ask.
"Oh, President Coin is going to be crowned or whatever they have planned, tomorrow and right after that we get to go home."
"I thought we were going now." I whine.
"Be patient Kat" He chuckles. "We're going to sleep at Finnick and Annie's old house tonight."
"Okay." We don't say anything until we arrive at the large home.
"We're the first ones here?" I say, more as a statement than a question.
"I guess so, But Finnick told me to go ahead and that they would follow in a bit." He holds me with one arm and with the other unlocks the door and kicks it open with his foot.
"I was told that you will be sharing a room with Madge just for tonight, hope that's okay." Peeta tells me as we ascend the staircase.
"It's fine." I say. We finally get to the top of the stairs and come to the room that I stayed in the last time we were here. Peeta opens the door and lays me on the huge king bed with the light green canopy. Then he walks over to the windows that overlook the street and slides the curtains open to let in some natural light. It hurts to lie on my back because of the cuts but I suck it up, not wanting to burden Peeta with more of my complaining. Thankfully he doesn't notice.
"I can't believe that it's really truly over." I say. Peeta turns around from where he was staring out the window and comes to sit on the edge of the bed.
"We can begin a brand new life now." He says taking my hand and giving it a gentle squeeze. My lips curve up into a small smile just before I drift off to sleep once more.
We all slept in the next day because the ceremony wasn't until noon. When I woke up Madge was still sound asleep next to me. I slowly sat up, inwardly groaning at the pain that just that small movement caused me. The next step is to move my legs to the edge of the bed and stand up, I manage it after a few tries and wobble over to the closest to try and find something to wear. Not surprisingly the closest is filled with girls clothes; I don't feel like searching through them all so I just grab the first thing I find: jeans and a dark green sweater that'll cover all of my scars. I finish the outfit with a pair of brown leather boots. After braiding my hair I am already physically exhausted and fall into a comfy chair next to the window.
I guess I must have fallen asleep because what seems like just a few seconds later Peeta is waking me up.
"Hey." He whispers with a smile. "How did you sleep?"
"I slept well, just a little sore." I reply. "Is it time to go?" He nods. "Yeah, we only have a few minutes to get down to the president's mansion." I put my arms around my neck and he puts one of his arms around my waist and the other under my legs, being careful not to touch any of my bad cuts. "So we can get there faster." He tells me, explaining as to why he's carrying me. I nod and don't object.
10 minutes later we arrive in the ever-growing crowd of District and Capitol citizens. All the citizens of the capitol that surrendered are allowed to keep their homes and go on living normally just under Coin's rule. Peeta sets me down on a chair then sits down next to me and takes both of my hands. Soon enough Coin steps up onto a makeshift stage and everybody claps. Once she's quieted them down she makes a speech thanking everyone for their bravery and stuff like that. A man that I've never seen before steps up after her speech and places the president's crown on her head and everyone claps again; and just like that, it's over and we are free to go home. In her speech, Coin told everyone that they are free to either go back to their own district and rebuild or settle down somewhere else. I think that most people decided to go back to their own home but a few were feeling adventurous and took the train to one of the districts that they had never visited before.
After the ceremony Peeta carries me over to our group waiting for us at the train station. Finnick and Annie and decided that they will to come live with us in one of the many victor houses in 12, and as soon as Madge and Gale were married they will be joining us. Haymitch says that he lived long enough in that fancy house and decides to move to District 2 where he will be closer to the capitol to give Coin any help when she needs it. Thresh and Rue decide to go back to 11 and the other survivors from these past games reunited with their families and are going home later today. Carla found her grandparents who had been living in another district and thought she was dead, and went back to live with them yesterday; we were sure going to miss her, Prim especially, but they promised to write and visit each other as often as they could. The rest of the Hawthorne family is waiting for us in District 12 where they will move in to another victor home next to Gale and Madge.
Everything was coming together. We all hugged Haymitch before he got onto his train and even though he tried to cover up his emotions I could tell that he would miss us. Cato and Colette are now serving Coin for as many years as she sees fit, I couldn't help but laugh when I saw them wearing white uniforms waiting on tables after the ceremony. We didn't want to stay for the food so that's why we are waiting at the train station right now so that we can get back to our families.
I'll move into a victor's house with Mother and Prim and Peeta will do the same with his family until something happens in the future. Now that the Hunger Games are over and Snow is dead, I think that I am beginning to change my mind on getting married and having kids, I guess that I'm kind of secretly hoping that someday I'll be able to do that with Peeta, my boy with the bread, the boy who helped me to love again.
Back in District 12—2 days later
"Katniss could you get the door please?" I hear my mother call from the kitchen where she is currently making our very first meal in our new home. Everyone moved in yesterday and I still can't get over the huge house that we get to live in now. Madge and Gale are planning on getting married next month and couldn't be happier for them.
The doorbell rings again awakening me from my daydream and I quickly hurry to the door and swing it open.
"Peeta!" I say when I see him standing their on our doormat, a grin adorning his handsome face.
"Hey, want to go for a walk?" I nod and stick my head back in the door let mom know where I'm going, and grab my coat.
"Okay honey, just be back in time for dinner." I close the door behind me and take Peeta's hand.
"All unpacked?" He asks. I nod. "I hardly had anything to bring with me so it took all of about 5 minutes. He chuckles, "Yeah that's pretty much how it was for us too."
Are you going to rebuild your bakery again?" I ask.
"My Dad has been talking about it, I know he wants to, I guess we'll see."
"Where are we going?"
He smiles, "I was thinking about the meadow, how does that sound?"
"Sounds amazing." I say.
We walk through the dead streets of what once used to District 12, rubble and pieces of buildings and burnt wood litter the street heading into the Seam. The only buildings that seem to be untouched are the houses in the victors' village along with the Justice Building and one little shop; the rest have been burned to ashes.
We soon come to our meadow, it looks almost exactly how we left it all those months ago, except for the color of the grass which has changed with the seasons..
"It's beautiful." I breathe.
"Just like you."
"I love you Peeta." I tell him, looking out at the brown grass of the meadow.
"I love you too Katniss." He holds me tight as we just enjoy each other's company. All of a sudden Peeta pulls away and gets that serious look in his eyes.
"I have something to ask you." He says. "Yes?" Then he gets down on one knee, and pulls a small velvet box out of his pocket; I can't speak.
"Katniss, I know we're young and that you never wanted to get married, but will you do me the honor of marrying me, sometime in the future, when we're older?" I stare into those beautiful blue eyes that I have grown to love so much, I already know my answer, I just have to gather the courage to say it out loud.
"Yes Peeta, when we're a little older, I would love to marry you." He grins and slides the small diamond ring on my finger then stands up, picking me up he swings me around until we're both dizzy.
"This is the happiest day of my life." He says. "Mine to." Then I lean down and touch his lips with my own, we kiss until we're both out of breath.
A little while later we walk hand-in-hand back to my house where we will eat dinner with our two families for a little celebration. We settle down onto one of our many sofas to wait for dinner to be ready, I sigh in contentment and lean my head onto his shoulder, he automatically puts his arms around me.
"Please don't ever leave me Peeta, stay with me." I whisper. He kisses my head and says, "Always."
Wasn't that like the best ending?! I've had it planned since I started the story! Haha.. Sorry if this chapter went kind of quickly but I thought that it would get kind of boring if I dragged out the ceremony and speech and all that. So hope you liked it, this was the last chapter but I want your guys's opinion: Should I write an epilogue or just start writing the sequel? Before you answer here is my summary for the sequel:
Summary: 3 years after the rebellion Katniss and Peeta get married and Gale and Madge are celebrating their 3 year wedding anniversary. A sort of sequel to "Stay With Me" but more modern day. Join the two couples as they go on a cruise across the Caribbean. Will it be just a normal honeymoon lazy cruise or will something big happen and turn it into an adventure?
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