Chapter 15

"and then the Mocking-Jay appeared and everyone went silent and still. No-one wanted to miss what this beautiful creature was going to do next, and by the looks of it it was going to be pretty great."Cinna says as Idina and Daniel looked up into his eyes clearly in wonderment and dying to know what was going to happen next. "Hey kids whats going on?" Katniss says as she and Peeta walking into the room. "Aw momma you came in just as mister Cinna was just at the good part" The kids protest. "oh sorry kids, Cinna please continue" Katniss says gesturing to Cinna to continue which he does. "then the mystical mocking-Jay takes her bow and and places a fire arrow in it and takes down a hovercraft. And then shouts "Fire is catching and if we burn then you burn with us" She says screaming up at the sky" Cinna says with such excitement and laughing slightly as he sees the kids expression. Cinna's eyes flit to Katniss who is shaking slightly. Peeta must feel Katniss begin to shake so he takes her out of the room. "We'll be right back kids" Peeta says leading Katniss outside in to the hallway. "Hey love come on look at me, did you have a flashback?" he asks Katniss who has tears in her eyes as she begins to speak. "I wish they would stop Peeta" Katniss says looking up at Peeta "What would stop love?"he asks gently caressing Katniss's face as she says nothing. "What do you want to stop?" "the memories of everything we have gone through" "I bet you do love but unfortunately like prim said earlier there is nothing we can do to escape those memories."Peeta says wrapping his arms around her as she cries. "however I wouldn't want the memories of you me and the kids to go away now that life is so good now" Katniss says giving a small smile which Peeta smiles as he says "Hey there's that smile" Peeta says giving her a kiss. "Peeta let's go call paylor and see whats going on with the intruder that claiming to be David Everdeen" Katniss says getting up and walking towards the stairs. "Alright love right behind you" Peeta says following, just as they reach the bottom stair there is a knock on the door which prompts Katniss to grab her bow and fit an arrow into it. Thinking it was David coming back to test her and Peeta's threats. Katniss moves closer to the door motioning to Peeta to stand clear. The door open/ s on its own as Katniss pulls back. "Hello sweetheart?, Mellark?" the voice says as Katniss gives a sigh of relief, "Hey Haymitch come on in"Katniss says calling out to her self-adopted dad. "Thanks sweetheart, how's it going?" he asks as he see's the two standing in the entryway Katniss is still clutching her bow. "Why do you have that out sweetheart?" Haymitch asks still eying the bow. "We thought it was David coming back to test the threats that Peeta and I gave him earlier" Katniss says setting the bow down on the table by the door and walking towards Haymitch and giving him a hug. "It's good to see you haymitch" Peeta says coming up and shaking his dad's hand. "Likewise Peeta" Haymitch says. "So what are you guys doing" he asks as they walk into the living room. "Well we were going to call Paylor now,but first I want you both to listen to this song" Katniss says she goes over to the music player and presses play as Peeta and Haymitch sit down as Katniss turns up the music on a few seconds later a soothing female voice begins to sing

"Don't know just where I'm going
And tomorrow, it's a little overwhelming
And the air is cold
And I'm not the same anymore
I've been running in your direction
For to long now
I've lost my own reflection
And I can't look down
If you're not there to catch me when I fall."

Katniss who is this?" Peeta asks as the singer takes a break as a piano plays. "Her name is Idina Menzel and she was a singer who lived during the dark days. I found this when I was cleaning up a few months ago. I've listened to it a few times and I think this song applies to our situation"Katniss says,"I like her voice love" Peeta says pulling Katniss into him as they listen to it "Haymitch do you like?" Katniss asks she lays her head on Peeta's shoulder looking over at Haymitch. "It's different sweetheart" "That doesn't answer my questions dad" Katniss says "Let me just say if you like it I like it" He says as the singer begins to sing again.
"If this is the moment I stand here on my own
If this is my rite of passage that somehow leads me home
I might be afraid
But it's my turn to be brave
If this is the last chance before we say goodbye
At least it's the first day of the rest of my life
I can't be afraid
Cause it's my turn to be brave"

"Care to dance to my love?" Peeta whispers getting up and holding out his hand out to Katniss who immediately accepts. "I would be honored, Peeta"Katniss says getting up and putting her arms around his neck, while Peeta wraps his hands around his beautiful amazing wife's waist. Katniss lays her head on Peeta's shoulder as they continue to dance while the song continues.
"All along all I ever wanted, was to be the light
When your life was daunting
But I can't see mine
When I feel as though you're pushing me away
Well who's to blame, are we making the right choices
Cause we can't be sure if we're hearing our own voices
As we close the door even though we are so desperate to stay.
"

Katniss feels a tap of her shoulder and see's that it's haymitch "Mind if I cut in Peeta?" he asks "No not at all dad" Peeta says gliding Katniss into Haymitch's open arms. Her arms go around his neck like they did Peeta's earlier. "I love you dad" Katniss says quietly laying her head on Haymitch's shoulder. What was said pushed Haymitch over the edge. "I love you too sweetheart" he says as tears fall his face as they dance. "Wouldn't trade it for anything less" Katniss says softly/ ""Like wise sweetheart likewise" Haymitch says as they and the song continues.
"
If this is the moment I stand here on my own
If this is my rite of passage that somehow leads me home
I might be afraid
But it's my turn to be brave
If this is the last chance before we say goodbye
At least it's the first day of the rest of my life
I can't be afraid
Cause it's my turn to be brave"

"I think it's time I returned you to your husband, Sweetheart" Haymitch says gesturing to Peeta who comes over and takes Katniss in his arms. "Well hello again" Peeta says holding her tightly in his arms. ""I think this next part is about us" Katniss says as they continue to rock back and forth as the verse begins, as Katniss closes her eyes totally relaxed in Peeta's arms as she rests her head on his shoulder.
"
And I might still cry
And I might still bleed
These thorns in my side
This heart on my sleeve
And lightening may strike
This ground at my feet
And I might still crash
But I still believe"

"Your right my love that verse is close to our lives" Peeta says whispering into Katniss's ear as Katniss sighs contently still with her eyes closed. "I love you Peeta" she says. "I love you too Katniss"He says
"This is the moment I stand here all alone
With everything I have inside, everything I own
I might be afraid
But it's my turn to be brave
If this is the last time before we say goodbye
At least it's the first day of the rest of my life
I can't be afraid
Cause it's my turn to be brave"

The song ends with a flourish, Katniss opens her eyes and finds herself looking into brilliant blue eyes as she hears "Hey beautiful, nice to see your beautiful gray seam eyes again" which makes her smile. Then they hear footsteps as the next song begins. "Hey I know this song" a voice says as they turn toward it and see Cinna,The Kids,Prim all standing in the door way. It's was Idina who spoke earlier. "What are you guys doing?" Prim asks. "Just dancing to music little duck" Katniss says still holding on to Peeta as the song begins. "How do you know this song Dee?" Katniss asks her daughter, as they walk to where Peeta and Idina dance "A kid at school was singing it last week.

"I remember tears streaming down your face
When I said, "I'll never let you go"
When all those shadows almost killed your light
I remember you said, "Don't leave me here alone"
But all that's dead and gone and passed tonight"
"Come dance with me daddy" Idina says tugging on her dad's pants "Alright princess Dee" Peeta says picking her up. "Want to dance to Daniel?" Katniss asks her young son holding out a hand to him Daniel doesn't say anything he just nods taking his mothers outstretched hand as she picks him up. Once he's in Katniss's arm's Daniel rests his head on Katniss's shoulder she feels him relax almost at once as the chorus begins. Katniss looks over at Peeta and mouths "I love you" which Peeta returns.
Just close your eyes
The sun is going down
You'll be alright
No one can hurt you now
Come morning light
You and I'll be safe and sound
AS the chorus ends Katniss feels her son go limp "Dan? Dan? Daniel? No response. Katniss pulls her son off her shoulder. She smiles as she looks down at her sleeping son. "Did he fall asleep love?" Peeta says coming over and Katniss can see he's in the same situation with Idina. "it's not at all surprising they've had a long day" Katniss says turning off the music. "We should put them to bed" she adds. "Good Idea love" Peeta says walking towards the stairs. Few minutes later the kids are in fresh pajamas

and they are tucked into bed. Katniss and Peeta kiss their forehead and walk towards the door. "Good night Idina and Daniel" Katniss says. "Sweet dreams kids" Peeta adds closing the door but leaving it open a crack. Katniss and Peeta go back downstairs taking their place on the couch. "How are they?" Haymitch asks as they sit down again. "They are sleeping peacefully" Katniss says. "Well that's good sweetheart" he says as the clock strikes ten-thirty. "Well I'm going to head back to my place" he says getting up and stretching, his back cracking a little bit when he's finishing. "I'll see myself out, good night Mellark family" he says at the door. "See you tomorrow Haymitch" Katniss says as Peeta waves to him. Katniss yawns and looks over at Peeta. "I'm thinking it's time for bed love" Peeta says "Judging by the size of that yawn" he adds chuckling. "I agree, it's been a long day" Katniss says laying her head on his arm as she stand by him. Without warning Peeta scoops Katniss into his arms and heads towards their bedroom. "We'll see you guys in the morning" Katniss says giggling as Peeta takes her away, "Don't stay up too late little duck" Katniss calls from down the hall. "No worries Katniss" Prim calls back. Katniss lays her head on Peeta's chest and Peeta once again gives her a kiss while he walks. Minutes later Peeta places Katniss on the bed and she sits up. Peeta starts to help her undress but she stops him, "No I got it my love" Katniss says. Peeta nods. They both change into their pajamas and Katniss unties her braid and runs her fingers through it. Peeta must have seen this and comes over with a brush and begins to brush Katniss's hair. "No please allow me" he whispers and Katniss goes still and allowing him to brush her hair. As Peeta continues to smooth out her hair Katniss begins to hum the brave song they danced earlier.

"Don't know just where I'm going
And tomorrow, it's a little overwhelming
And the air is cold
And I'm not the same anymore
I've been running in your direction
For to long now
I've lost my own reflection
And I can't look down
If you're not there to catch me when I fall."

When she's done singing Katniss turns to Peeta and pulls him into a hug as she mumbles something inaudible. "I'm sorry I didn't quite get that my love" Peeta says. "I said I'm glad we can finally put all of this behind us. How ever we should keep an in eye out for HIM" Katniss says happily but her voice becomes bitter as she says him. "I'm glad as well Katniss" Peeta says holding her tightly. "Wanna try sleeping now my love?" he asks. Katniss nods as she crawls into bed followed by Peeta who as soon she lays down wraps his arms around her, she feels instantly safe and falls into sleep at once.

Hours later Katniss and Peeta are woken up by screams coming from the kids room. They both bolt out out bed and run to their kids who sound they are like they are in pain. Katniss bangs into the kids room and to her horror she see's both of their kids sitting up screaming. Katniss goes straight over to Daniel while Peeta goes over to Idina. It takes a while to wake the kids up but once they wake up they crawl into their parents laps and placing their heads on Katniss/Peeta's shoulder. "hey sweetheart/ hey buddy its OK what don't cry you're safe" the parents say to the kids are still sobbing silently as Katniss picks up her shaking daughter as Peeta who stands up still holding a sniffling son. Katniss and Peeta take them downstairs to the kitchen,

Peeta sets Daniel on the kitchen counter however when he steps away from his son, Daniel begins to shake again still partly due to being scared and half-asleep. "Hey hey it's OK buddy I'm here, I'm just making some hot-chocolate for you its OK it OK do you want some?" Katniss is still holding Idina who still has her head on katniss's shoulder she no longer shaking but is dozing on and off. "Hey Katniss why don't you take the kids into the living room that you and the kids will be more comfortable." Peeta says as he makes the drink. "Alright that's a good idea Peeta" Katniss says still holding Idina and holding out a hand for Daniel. "Come on Daniel" Katniss says softly. Which he does. "I'll see you three in a minute OK buddy, I just got to get the drink ready" Peeta says as Daniel looks over his shoulder as they head into the living room. Katniss takes her two nightmare-ridden kids and she sets Idina down and sits down on the couch with Idina and Daniel climb up on either side of her, both leaning into their mother which makes prompts Katniss to wrap her around her kids who are beginning to cry again softly. "Shh it's OK nothing whatever you two have been seeing in your dreams, it's not real" Katniss says as she tightens her hold on her softly crying kids. Katniss was breaking on the inside. She hated seeing her kids in pain. And now to see her kids crying from the nightmares they've had tonight, no kid should have to go through that. "Alright here is the hot-chocolate and as a special treat some cheese-buns. Idina and Daniel both look at Katniss who urges that it's ok "daddy made them for you to make you feel better go ahead" Katniss says kindly. "Look I'll have some too" she adds taking a bite of cheese-bun and a sip of hot-chocolate. "Man that's good thanks Peeta" Katniss says just as she's finished speaking little Daniel reaches out and clutches a cup of cocoa and swiping a cheese-bun and giving a small smile.

"That taste good to you Daniel?" Peeta says gently to his son then in answer goes over to where his daddy is sitting and reaches up for a hug which Peeta immediately gives him. "Thank you daddy" Daniel says whispering as he clings to his daddy. "You're welcome Daniel, you feeling better?" Peeta asks rubbing his sons back as he would do for Katniss. Daniel doesn't say anything but he nods. Idina follows her brothers lead and takes a cup and a bun as well. The Mellark family sits in silence enjoying the cocoa. After a while Idina and Daniel go back to cuddling into their mom.

"You guys feeling better?" Peeta ask as he picks up Idina and sits back down next to Katniss as Idina lays her head on her daddy chest. "Kid's" Katniss says cautiously as the kids look at her not saying anything. "were the nightmares you two had earlier were they about your former grandfather?"she asks as the kids look around at each other then at their parents. "It's OK you can tell us"Peeta says lovingly. The kids nods in unison. "do you guys want to talk about it?" he asks. "OK" the kids say together. "OK now who want to share their nightmare retelling first?" Katniss asks as she takes a sip of hot-chocolate. "You go first Idina" Daniel says. "OK thanks Daniel" she says. "In my dream grandpa had Daniel and I tied up and grandpa would yell at us and when we wouldn't he would say he would come and..." Idina tries to go on but can't. Tears falling down her cheeks as Katniss holds her tightly. "what did grandpa say he was going to do"she asks whispering in her daughters ear. "he said he would come and hurt you and daddy" Idina chokes out. Then Daniel crawls over to his big sister and and begins to comfort her holding her "shh it's OK Dee, momma, daddy and I are here don't cry" he says trying to be comforting. "thanks Dan" Idina says. "My dream is over you can go Dan" Idina adds drying her tears.

It turns out that Daniel had similar nightmares only Daniels ending was different which was he was running and David was right behind him and he never got to Katniss,Peeta or haymitch. "Well my loves don't worry daddy and I wont let anything happen to you guys. Do you guys want to try to sleep again." Peeta asks but he needed not ask because the kids have fallen asleep in their parents arms. "Should we put them back in their room or should we take them into our room" Peeta asks. "Well I'm pretty comfortable here and the kids aren't that heavy. Why don't we just stay here" Katniss says as Daniel cuddles into her content. Obviously having a good dream while in his mom arms. "must be a Mellark thing" Katniss says "What are you talking about?" "Peeta take a look at Daniel" she says. "what does he remind you off" Peeta looks and it seems to click. "It reminds me of when we sleep" Peeta says softly caressing his beautiful wife's gorgeous face. They get more comfortable again and Mr and Mellark fall asleep with their kids on their wrapped in their arms. It's early morning when the family wakes again.

The kids must have slept better as did Katniss and Peeta because no-body had a nightmare or episode or panic attack. "Hey good morning love" Peeta whispers "Good morning Peeta" Katniss says "It looks like the kids had a good night after we calmed them down and gave them a snack." Peeta says smiling. "I still can't believe how sweet Daniel acted when he comforted his big sister, I've never felt prouder"Katniss says smiling. "Well you know what they say the Mellark family are very special people"Peeta says chuckling. "Yeah I've heard that, in fact that's one of the reason's I fell in love with you bread boy" Katniss says leaning over a giving Peeta a kiss on the lips. They are broken apart as there is a knock coming from the front door.

Katniss immediately going into hunter mode grabbing her bow and that she left on the table yesterday. Slowly she makes her way to the door with Peeta right behind her. "Whose there?" Katniss calls but still there only silence "Whose out there, identify your self please" Katniss calls. "Open the door sweetheart, there's a visitor her and they are dying to see you" Haymitch's voice says behind the still closed door. Katniss looks at Peeta who nods. Katniss still has her bow in hand makes her way to the door still in hunter mode. She places her hand on the knob preparing to open the door opens as she says "Alright haymitch' who here to see me" "Take a look for your self sweetheart" Haymitch says "Hello Katniss" a voice says behind her. Katniss's eyes immediately begin to fill with tears as she turns around to face the owner who spoke earlier. Katniss turns around and comes face to face with a women but not just any women, this was the women who took care of prim and herself. The same who was a expert healer, the women is in face Rochelle Everdeen. "Mom?" Katniss says softly tears still falling softly down her face. "Hello sweetheart" Rochelle Everdeen says coming over and embracing her eldest daughter in a hug as tears fall down their faces as they hold on to each other. All events of the past seem to melt away as they hug. "Katniss who is it?" Peeta's voice rings out as he looks outside. "Peeta my mom's here come say hello" Katniss says as she wipes her tears away and helps her mom do the same. "Rochelle Everdeen it's so good to see you. How did you get here?" Peeta says as he hugs his mother in law. "Well I got in last night but I didn't want to visit with out resting up first" She says smiling. "Where did you stay?" Katniss asks placing a arm around her mom's shoulder. "Before you answer lets go inside it's a little cold out here."Katniss suggests as she leans in "Mom would you like to meet your grandchildren?" she asks her. "Katniss I would love to meet your children" Rochelle says following her daughter and her husband to where her adorable grandchildren play as the adults approach the kids Idina quickly gets up and goes behind her mom shaking slightly as she holds on to her mom's pants.

"momma whose that women?" she asks looking at her unknown grandmother. Katniss feels another tug around her middle and looks down to see Daniel-James hanging on her tightly looking at the unknown nervously as well. Katniss gently detaches her self from her kids and bends down to eye level bringing them on either side of her and puts an arm around her two beautiful children before she begins to speak in a soft voice. "Idina Daniel you see that women standing by your daddy in the door way?"she asks pointing they look to where she's pointing they nod, well Idina Daniel she is your grandmother, would you like to meet her?" Katniss asks kindly looking from her daughter to her son and back again. The kids both nod nervously as Katniss stands up holding out a hand to her kids which they nervously take. Idina doesn't say much as she walks keeping her head down as they go. Daniel is griping katniss's hand like no tomorrow he's still shaking as well as they walk back to where their dad and unknown grandmother are waiting. The kids aren't saying much Katniss smiles at Peeta before speaking "Mom I would like for you to meet my two beautiful children Idina-Prim and Daniel-James. Idina,Daniel this is your grandmother"Katniss says smiling as the kids and her mom meet for the first time. Grandma Everdeen kneels down to the kid's level "hey kids its nice to meet you" she says smiling holding out her hand to them. The kids take a step forward leaving their mom's side "hi grandma" the kids say softly as they shake their grandma's hand.

"Momma can Dee and I go back to playing?" Daniel says. "Yes you can Daniel just play softly." Katniss says as she watches her kids go back to playing. "They look like you and Peeta" Rochelle says. "Thanks mom, it's so good to see you, I can't believe your here. So when are you opening the new hospital?" Katniss asks gesturing to the couch which they sit at. "Well Katniss I'm not opening a hospital here in twelve, I came back to twelve because I wanted to move on with my life and I really really wanted to see you and Peeta and meet the kids" Rochelle says reaching up and caressing her daughters face "I missed my little girl" She adds which makes Katniss shiver slightly. "Katniss" a voice calls and then there is footsteps coming down the hall and in walk Prim "Katniss whats going-" She asks but stopping as tears start falling down her face as she see's the women sitting next to her sister. "Katniss is that?" she asks as Katniss nods as tears fill her eyes as she watches as her mom and little sister reunite for the first time in fifteen years. "mom is it really you?" Prim says walking over to her newly reunited mother. "Yes Primrose it's really me but how did you survive?" Rochelle asks tears in her eyes. "Well after I saw Katniss being carried away from the site. And as the second bombing went off I was able to hide behind a overturned car. I passed out due to lack of blood" Prim says as she leans forward to hug her mom tears in her eyes. Katniss continues to watch the reunion of mom and little daughter she silently gives thanks that they have been given another chance to be a family again.

The song that Katniss and Peeta dance to is called Brave by Idina Menzel

The song following is one every true Hunger Games fan should know Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift.

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