A/N: 108 reviews, 8185 views, 34 faves, and 49 alerts, not to mention all the author faves and alerts! You guys are amazing! I'm so glad you like the story, I'm having so much fun writing it! And PS sorry for the late update, I have a cold and I dragged my butt outta bed to do this.

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I got up early and took a shower the next morning, it had been a long night without Peeta by my side. I couldn't believe Haymitch and Effie actually thought it'd be a good idea to separate us on our first night home. All night long I had nightmares of Peeta dying in front of my very eyes, the Games haunted me all through the night, and it was even worse because no matter how badly I wanted to wake up, I just couldn't. So, now I decided I'd go hunting for a while to calm my nerves. I grabbed my bow, slid on my jacket and headed out the door. Once I got to the woods I walked to the lake and just sat. I didn't feel like killing anything today, instead I looked into the water and thought about everything that'd happened since the Reaping. Peeta and I wouldn't be together if it hadn't of been for that day. Maybe it wasn't all bad… Who was I kidding? The Games were horrible, Peeta and I would've found another way to be together. I picked up a rock and threw it into the lake, I watched the ripples grow larger and larger until they vanished altogether and I picked up my bow. I'd spent the better half of the morning here and I was getting hungry because I skipped breakfast in my rush to get out the door.

I hadn't seen Peeta again since last night, so I decided that I'd pay him a visit at the bakery. He smiled when he saw me, the swelling in his eye had gone down quite a bit overnight.

"Hi Katniss, how are you?" He wiped his hands off on his apron and walked over to me. "Did you go to the woods?" He noticed I was wearing my hunting gear and I smiled.

"Yeah, it was good. I was going to hunt, but I ended up just walking to the lake instead." Peeta looked down at me distractedly, wearing my favorite grin. "What is going on in that head of yours?" I laughed.

"Katniss… I love you."

"I love you too, you know that." I kissed him gently, and he took my hand.

"Katniss Everdeen," Peeta got down on one knee and pulled out a diamond ring, my free hand flew up, to cover my shocked expression. "I have loved you since that day in school when you sang. I love that you're so strong and kind. I love how you fight for the people you care about. I love everything little thing about you. Will you do me the honor of becoming my wife?"

"Yes!" I threw my arms around him and pulled him in for a kiss. "I love you so much." He kissed me back and slid the ring onto my finger.

"I've been waiting for a long time to ask you that." Peeta smiled. I smiled back, still hugging him.

"Is this what you wanted to ask me on the train?"

"And in the kitchen." He laughed.

"I guess good things come to those who wait." I laughed too.

"So, are you hungry? I just made rolls if you want one." He offered me the tray and I took one, remembering that I'd skipped breakfast.

"Thanks Peeta." I ripped a piece off and stuck it in my mouth. "So, can you take a break for a couple of minutes?"

"Sure, anything for you Mrs. Mellark." I smiled widely at my soon to be new name and took Peeta's hand.

"Mrs. Mellark… I like the sound of that."

"Well, I should hope so Katniss." Peeta laughed. "So, where are you taking me?"

"To the lake… it'll be fun." I started walking with him down the road, but stopped when I saw Gale running towards us.

"Katniss! Katniss, wait!" When he'd finally caught up he looked at us… the way Peeta was holding me, the way I was cuddling into him, the new diamond ring I wore on my left hand.

"Gale…"

"You're marrying him?" He looked pissed. "You've only known him for two months and you spent most of that fighting for your lives!"

"Katniss and I love each other Gale. I'm sorry you can't accept that. If you'll excuse us…" Peeta walked around Gale with me.

"Wait Kat… I, I love you too." I turned and let go of Peeta's hand, giving him an apologetic look. I took Gale's hand.

"Gale, I love you too. You know I do, but…" I sighed and looked him in the eye, he looked miserable. "I love Peeta more. I'm always going to love Peeta more."

"But, Katniss…"

"Gale, we can be best friends, I don't want anything more from you." I patted his hand before I let go and went back to Peeta. "Come on Peeta, let's go." We started walking, neither of us said a word until we got to the lake.

"I'm sorry you had to do that Katniss." It was Peeta's turn to look miserable, so I kissed him.

"Don't you worry about me. I'm fine." I kissed him again. "I promise."

"Are you sure?" Peeta pulled me onto his lap and hugged me close. I nodded.

"So, when do you want to get married?"

"Sooner rather than later." Peeta smiled.

"Next month?" I smiled back.

"That sounds perfect."

"We should go tell our parents and everyone else. They're going to want to be there."

"Fine… but do I have to tell Haymitch? He's already mad enough at me for last night." That made me laugh.

"We can tell him together."


A/N: Okay, so R&R… the next chapter should be a little bit better, like I said, I don't feel good but I wanted to get something up.