A/N: Hello! Here is a little excerpt from first chapter to the sequel to this story. If you want to read what happens before this part, and after then check out the sequel! Just click on my author name and look for the story called Edge of Collapse. I'm really excited to be starting the new story, I hope you're all excited to read it and I hope you'll enjoy it. :) You have all been great. Your support means a lot. Keep it up. May the odds be ever in your favor.
Two men dressed in all black walked out in front of her family. Katniss stopped dead in her tracks.
"Miss Everdeen," one of them said. "This way please."
Katniss followed them without a word, glancing over her shoulder and her mother and Prim. The men led her into the study where Prim usually did her homework. They opened the door for her and then shut it after her without following her. Her breath caught in her chest when she saw President Snow seated at the desk.
"Hello, Miss Everdeen. Please, sit."
Katniss shook herself from her daze. "President Snow. What a pleasure." She said coolly.
"Now Miss Everdeen, why don't we both agree to not lie to each other?" He said sharply.
"Yes, I think that would make things go faster." She agreed.
"Very good." He leaned across the desk. "You see, Katniss, I have a problem."
His breath stank of blood. Katniss tried to ignore it, but how does someone's breath smell like blood? Did he drink it? "What would that be?"
"Panem is fragile. It is delicate, and certain things can collapse it. Things, perhaps, like a handful of poisonous berries."
"Must be very fragile, then." Katniss said.
"Yes, unfortunately. I'll cut straight to the point. Your love story isn't believed in every District. They believe that when you pulled out those berries you were defying the Capitol, showing rebellion. Some people have even conjured a silly fantasy that they can do it too." He looked at her hard. "Do you know what that means? It means that they think an uprising wouldn't be too impossibly hard."
"What are you trying to tell me?"
"You fought very hard in the Games, Miss Everdeen. But they were games." His voice was harsh. "Would you like to be in a real war? Imagine thousands upon thousands of your people, dead. Your loved ones, gone."
"What do you need me to do?" Katniss asked.
"Convince them that you're in love with that boy. That he's the only reason you pulled out those berries. Your love blinded you and made you make a rash decision to end your life because only one of you could survive and you couldn't live without him."
Katniss spoke before she could stop herself. "But I am in love with him."
"Don't lie." Snow said loudly. "In the Games, we have Peeta showing his love for you here and there. We have him looking at you with adoration. We have him allying himself with the most thought dangerous group to keep them away from you. We have him coming back to make sure Cato couldn't hurt you, and that ended up getting him almost kill. And lastly, we have him asking you to kill him so you could win and return home to your family. Do you know what we have for you, Miss Everdeen?"
"Not enough." Katniss whispered.
"Precisely. If you were one in the audience, would you have believed your performance?" Katniss stayed silent. They both knew the answer. Even though Katniss loved Peeta now, she hadn't really then, when she really needed to be. "So step up your act."
"I think I'll be able to manage that." Katniss said. "I'll convince them."
"Actually, aim higher, in case you fall short. Convince me." Katniss nodded. "Thank you. Just remember the consequences if you fail to do so." She simply nodded again. "Now, I must ask you, did you enjoy the little gift we sent you when you arrived home? Before the Feast?"
Katniss narrowed her eyes. "You mean how you manipulated Gale and made him say all those awful things. You're the reason why he fought Peeta, why we aren't friends anymore."
"Oh, it was only a matter of time before he did that all on his own. We just, ah, sped up the process."
"You turned my best friend against me." She balled her hands into fists.
"That was just a warning Katniss." He said threateningly. "That was just a small, insignificant demonstration of the power I hold. Do you understand?"
Katniss raised her chin. "Yes, I understand."
"Good." He stood up. "Lovely chat." He plucked the white rose from his coat lapel and placed it on the desk in front of Katniss. The stench gave her a headache. "For you." He smiled like a snake, and left.