Sooo here you have it - the very last chapter *wipes away tear.* I hope you guys like this, it's just a little bit of fluff to say goodbye. I hope you all enjoyed reading this story as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Chapter 20 - Epilogue (Two Years Later)
Katniss took one final look in the mirror, smoothing her dress and applying a second coat of lip gloss. She slid on her shoes, catching her balance. Her feet were going to be absolutely killed by the end of the night.
She made her way downstairs, and was met with a delighted giggle. Finnick and Amanda's son, Finn, ran towards her, jumping in to her arms.
"Hey Finn!" Katniss laughed, and gave him a light kiss on the top of his head. Finn was the nicest child that Katniss had ever met; always smiling and laughing, always putting everyone around him in a good mood.
"Careful, he might get your dress dirty." Amanda appeared, poking her head round the door. "I love your dress, by the way."
Katniss looked down at her dress, the same dress that she had worn to Haymitch's wedding all those years ago. It still fitted her just the same, and she decided to wear it tonight to dinner with Peeta, for their second anniversary. It was the same dress that she had been wearing when they first kissed, and when she had told Peeta about Cato. It was special.
"Thank you. It's Peeta's favourite." Amanda gave Katniss a sly smile at this.
"He won't be able to keep his hands off you." She winked at her.
"As usual." Katniss winked back, setting Finn down on the floor. Even after two years, Katniss and Peeta could never keep their hands off each other. They did it anywhere they could; even on one eventful night on Finnick's sofa while Finnick was in the shower. Katniss always smiled at the memory, and still wondered to this day how they didn't get caught.
Katniss heard Peeta coming down the stairs, so she turned cautiously and entered the hall, not wanting to stumble in her heels.
"Holy shit. I didn't know you still have that dress." Peeta mumbled, grabbing her wrist and pulling her up the stairs.
"What are you doing, Peeta?" Katniss laughed.
"We have an hour until our reservations," They entered their bedroom, Peeta pushing her against the wall, "may as well make the most of it."
"Peeta, we have to go!" Katniss laughed, halfheartedly pushing him away.
Her laugh died in her throat and was replaced with a breathy sigh when Peeta started to nip and kiss up her neck.
"That's what I thought." Peeta said, wearing a smug smile.
They finally reached the restaurant, ten minutes late for their reservations. But it had been well worth it.
"Happy anniversary." Peeta said, looking at her with sparkling eyes. They clinked glasses, and sat in a comfortable silence while waiting for their dessert.
"Uh, Katniss? I have something to ask you." Katniss looked up and raised an eyebrow in response.
"Well, I, uh, I've been thinking about this for a while, and, uh, now seems like as good a time as ever. I want you to know that I love you more than everything, even life itself. I would never do anything to hurt you, or make you said, or upset in any way. You mean absolutely everything to me, and I couldn't imagine ever living my life without you. When we.. When we broke up, Katniss, I almost ended it all. I was willing to give everything up. But I didn't. Because I knew that someday I would find you again."
Katniss felt tears burning the back of her eyes, and the realisation of what was happening dawned on her.
"I knew it, and I decided, that day, that I would do anything it took to make you my wife. I had to beg Finnick for weeks to invite me to the wedding, just because I knew you'd be there. And it was worth it. I love you."
Katniss inhaled a sharp breath as he got off of his chair, pulled a small purple velvet box out of his blazer pocket, and lowered himself down on one knee.
Katniss looked into his eyes, and what she saw was filled with pure love, devotion, and elation.
"Will you marry me?"
Katniss had always been against marriage. Spending the rest of her life with one person seemed like the worst idea possible.
She saw how happy it would make Peeta if she said yes. And that was all that she really wanted to do in life.
Peeta's eyes were watery, and filled with joy. He got up, slipped the ring on to her finger, and kissed her. Hard. It was the most knee weakening, pulse raising kiss that she had ever had in her entire life, and she kissed him back with vigor.
Katniss pulled back, and grabbed his tie, pulling his forward until their noses were touching.
"I love you." She whispered.
"I love you more."
They got home around midnight, and Peeta immediately spun her around and pushed her against the door, kissing her hungrily. His hand has just started to slide towards her chest when Finnick appeared.
Peeta spun around. "For fuck's sake, Finn, why are you still here?"
"I had to see if she said yes, bro." He responded, chuckling.
Katniss grabbed his arm. "He knew?"
"I-I didn't tell him. At least, I don't think I did. Oh God, was I drunk?" Peeta groaned, covering his face with his hands.
Finnick laughed. "No. But you shouldn't leave ring boxes lying around where everyone can see them. I caught Finn with it in his mouth earlier."
Katniss smiled, thinking that forgetting to hide the ring was a very Peeta thing to do.
"Well, from what I caught you guys doing, I'm gonna presume she said yes. Good night, don't stay up too late kiddies." Finnick said, winking at them as he walked out the door.
"Thank fuck he's gone. Now where were we?" Peeta said, already kissing her neck. He lifted her up, wrapping her legs around his waist.
That night, they had an engagement celebration of their own. On their couch. And the bed. Even the kitchen table. And even in the shower the next morning.
5 Years Later.
Katniss laughed as Ava fell over while running around the garden, bow in hand. She shot an arrow with a small suction cup on the end at a nearby wooden make-shift target, and when it hit the ring nearest to the middle, she laughed with pure joy.
"Mommy, look at me! I hit it!" Katniss was delighted that Ava liked archery, just as she had.
"That was amazing! You gonna try again, sweetie?" Ava nodded and turned her attention back to the target. She was the smartest, most lively 4 year old that Katniss knew, and she became more intelligent every day.
Just then, Dylan ran out of the house. "Ma!"
Katniss chuckled at his slight inability to say 'Mom'.
He ran out and began to chase Ava around the grass, laughing his squeaky laugh the whole way.
Katniss took this moment to appreciate what an amazing family she had. And how good her life was. In all honesty, she couldn't even remember why she had been scared to admit her love for Peeta all those years ago. Now, he was her husband, and anything different from that was unthinkable. He was a part of her, and she couldn't live without him.
It was those damn blue eyes that had reeled her in all those years ago, and she fell more in love with them every single day.
Wow! Well, I cannot believe that this is over. I have loved every second of writing this story for you guys, and I hope you all loved reading it. I hope you all liked the ending, because I've loved writing the last few chapters the most.
I hope to write more in the future, and I hope you can all give that a read.
Love you guys!