"Here Prim, add this to the mix." It's a Sunday morning and Peeta and Prim were busy in the kitchen making muffins. Katniss sat on a couch in the living room taking in the scene before her. Prim was still in her pajamas, her hair in two braids tied at the bottom with bows. Peeta gave out orders and the two of them almost danced around the kitchen as they made breakfast. It was as if they were the siblings neither of them had, Peeta raised in a house full of boys and Prim only having Katniss. Katniss excused herself to take a shower, feeling like an intruder in their bonding moment.

"Don't take too long, these are best right out of the oven," Peeta said as he watched Katniss make her way up the stairs.

"Ok, why don't you come and get me when they're ready." Katniss said this casually but with a glint in her eyes and Peeta raised his eyebrows clearly understanding what she was saying. Prim was too busy pouring the batter into the pans to notice.

Katniss turned on the shower, letting it warm up for a second. It wasn't as fancy as the capitol showers but still much nicer than not having hot water at all in the Seam. She removed her clothes and looked at herself in the mirror. Ever since she started sleeping with Peeta, she started to feel different about herself, more like a woman and maybe even a little sexy. Peeta made her feel that way when he would look at her and love on her. She thought about Peeta downstairs and how amazing he looked in his plain white shirt that slanted to a V at the neck. He wore his favorite cargos that hung low on his waist and curved around his bottom. He had an amazing ass and Katniss loved grabbing on to it during sex.

Before she knew it, her hand was creeping down her stomach and to the top of her thighs. She was so turned on she couldn't wait for Peeta. She checked to see if she was wet first before moving to her clit. She made fast tight circles and increased the pressure. She wished it was Peeta but she knew he'd be up soon. She moved away from her clit and pushed two fingers inside of her noticing how her wetness had increased. She curled her fingers forward and tried to mimic motions Peeta made inside of her. It felt so much better when it was his fingers but this would definitely do the trick and build up her anticipation for him.

She jumped in the shower and tried to wash her hair to distract her from waiting. As she turned the shower off she finally heard the turn of the door knob. Peeta came in and closed the door behind him.

"Hey, breakfast is ready."

"I think we should let them cool down a bit, don't you think?" Katniss said suggestively as she opened the shower door. Peeta grabbed a towel and wrapped it around her, helping her to dry off. He kissed her neck, making sure to suck up the water droplets with his mouth. He snaked his arms around her naked body and cupped her ass before moving his hand to her center.

"Katniss! You're already so wet!"

"I may have taken care of myself while I waited for you."

"That is so hot. You have no idea what you do to me."

"I think I have an idea," she said as she grabbed his cock through his pants. He was already hard. She went for his zipper and began pulling it down.

"Katniss, Prim is downstairs."

"Exactly. She won't hear. We can be quiet. Just real quick, I need you right now."

She brought her lips to his mouth and pulled him in for a passionate kiss. He was a goner and he knew it. She released him from his pants but didn't take them all the way off. She reached in his pocket and pulled a condom from his wallet. He began taking these anywhere he went, always wanting to be prepared for Katniss. He let go of the towel and picked up Katniss before setting her down on the bathroom vanity. The vanity was just the right height to allow for easy access into her. He slipped on the condom then placed his arms on Katniss' lower back. She pulled him towards her and guided him to her entrance. They both let out a moan before remembering they needed to be quiet. The only sounds they heard were the quiet slap of their skins making contact and their heavy breathing. She felt extra sensitive since she had already given herself an orgasm moments before.

Peeta took a second to admire Katniss in the mirror. He could still see water left over from her shower and had a perfect view of her back. The flesh of her bottom moved up and down as she rocked herself into him. He noticed the difference in their skin colors, his being much lighter than hers.

"Kiss me," she demanded and he did so right away. Their tongues moved in a careless manner. This was not the time for slow kisses and romance. They wanted each other, simple as that, and they wanted to absorb as much as they could of the other while it lasted.

"Katniss, I'm gonna come."

"It's ok, do it." Their foreheads rested against each other as he made his final pumps into her. Their breaths mingled as they both came down from their highs.

"I'm sorry that didn't last long."

"It wasn't supposed to. It needed to be quick. It felt amazing though."

"We better get downstairs." They quickly cleaned themselves off and Katniss found something to wear.

"There you guys are. I started without you," Prim said as she worked on her second muffin.

"Well don't hog them all," Peeta teased as he pulled one of her braids.

"So what are you up to today Prim," Katniss asked her sister.

"Me and Rory have a school project to work on. He's coming over later. What are yall gonna do?"

"I dunno." Peeta looked at Katniss for an answer.

"Maybe we can go to the lake, it's a nice outside," Katniss suggested.

"I'd like that. I can pack us sandwiches. I'll go do that after breakfast."

They finished breakfast and Peeta left after giving Katniss a peck on the lips. When Katniss turned around Prim was sitting on the couch with a goofy grin.

"What is it little duck?"

"Nothing, it's just that you and Peeta are really sweet together. I like him Katniss and I like seeing you around him. You act different."

"Well, he makes me happy."

"I like seeing you happy."

"You know this will be a long walk right?"

"What are you saying?"

"Nothing, it's just that, I've never taken you to the lake. It's quite a ways."

"You underestimate me Katniss. I'll be fine. Plus, I'd follow you wherever you would go."

"Remind me to give you a kiss for that later."

"Oh I will. You look pretty by the way," he said this as he admired her strong smooth legs.

"Thank you." She wore a denim skirt with flat shoes for walking. She knew Peeta didn't care what she wore but she wanted to put in an effort to look nice for him just like he always tried to say nice things to her. She wanted their relationship to be a give and take since it started out so one sided on Peeta's end.

They made it through the fence which wasn't turned on and into the woods. Sometimes they walked hand and hand helping each other when needed. Other times they played, picking acorns and throwing them at each other. When they stumbled upon Katniss' old hunting spot that's when they saw him, Gale. He was leaning against their rock and by the look on his face Katniss knew Gale heard and saw them before they realized he was out here too.

"Well don't the two of you look cute. Nice skirt Katniss. Never seen that on you, especially out here. You're new boyfriend make you wear that?"

"No Gale, see I don't care what she wears. It could be a brown paper bag or nothing at all and I'd still look at her the same." Gale took that as confirmation they'd been intimate together and the thought alone made him sick.

"What are you doing out here Gale?"

"Hunting, Katniss. Or have you forgotten how the other half of us live."

"Gale, if you need anything I can always help you out."

"I don't want your charity. We'll do fine on our own. Why don't you and lover boy get back to whatever y'all were doing?"

"Don't call me that." Peeta hated being called lover boy. It's what the careers called him during the games when he had pretended to turn his back on Katniss. He particularly had a hard time dealing with some of his decisions during that time of the games.

"What, is lover boy going to get mad? Why don't you throw a bread stick at me? Or show me how your mom taught you to fight. Everyone knows she could kick your ass."

"He's not worth it, let's just get out of here," Katniss said as she tugged on Peeta's arm.

They started to walk away but Gale wanted a fight and one way or another he was going to get one. They heard Gale start to run and Peeta pushed Katniss to the side. Peeta turned around and stood in a wrestling stance ready to take Gales charge. When Gale reached Peeta he wrapped his arms around Peeta's middle and threw him to the ground. Peeta used Gale's impact to help him throw Gale up and over him. This time it was Gale who landed hard on his back and had the wind knocked out of him. Peeta used this moment to punch Gale in the mouth, something he wanted to do for a long time. Peeta got up to walk away. He wasn't interested in beating this guy to a pulp, that wasn't him.

"Fight me you pussy."

"You have to fight back in order for that to work and so far it looks like you're just getting your ass kicked." Katniss and Peeta again tried to leave, turning their back on Gale.

"I'm not done with you yet," Gale said as he elbowed Peeta in the back of his skull. Peeta fell to the ground and Katniss screamed. Katniss began hitting Gale but she was no match for him. Gale was just as mad at Katniss as he was Peeta so he wasn't thinking when he pushed Katniss roughly to the side and she fell hard on the ground. Peeta snapped and started punching Gale with a force he'd never used before.

"Are you gonna calm the fuck down or do I have to keep beating you? Don't you ever lay your hands on her again! Do you got it?" Peeta screamed as his hands wrapped around Gales neck choking the air out of him. Right before Gale reached the point of passing out Peeta released him and he fell to the ground in a heavy heap trying to catch his breath.

"Let's go Katniss," she took Peeta's hand and they finally were able to get away. "Are you hurt?"

"No, are you?"

"I'll be fine. That wasn't much worse than a wrestling meet."

"It looked worse. You were pretty impressive."

"Like I said, don't underestimate me."

They made their way to the lake in relative silence, both reflecting on what had happened in the woods. By the time they made it to the lake they were both starving. Somehow in the mix of the fighting they had remembered to grab their bag of food and the blanket. Peeta spread the blanket on the ground and they ate their lunch of sandwiches and berries. When they were finished, Katniss rested between Peeta's legs, her back to his stomach, and he ran his hands through her hair.

"You can be so gentle with me yet so tough."

"I'm only tough when I need to be, that's the way my dad raised me. He provoked me back there."

"I know he did."

"I wasn't going to just let him talk like that and push me around."

"I know, I didn't expect you to. You're sure you're not hurt?"

"We'll now that you mention it, my face does kind of hurt right here."

"Where?" She sat up quickly and watched as he motion to his jaw. She gave him a kiss. "Did that make it feel better?"

"I dunno, I think I might need a few more kisses." She bit her bottom lip before returning to his jaw, this time giving him several kisses in a row. She even took time to kiss the slit on his chin and moved to the other side of his jaw, then up to his ear.

"Just in case, I want to make sure I'm being thorough."

"Oh believe me, your being very thorough." She nudged him so he would lay on his back then continued to kiss him all over his face and neck. She let her hand reach under his shirt and palmed his stomach then traced the outlines of his stomach muscles. Finally her hand reached his center and she clinched her thighs knowing she had done this to him, the power intoxicating her.

"Peeta, will you make love to me?"

"Out here?"

"Yes, I want you sweet and slow." He pulled her down for a kiss that was sensual and everything that this morning was not. They took their time massaging each other's tongues before he rolled her onto her back. He pulled her knees up and spread her open. She felt slightly exposed doing this out in the open but knew no one would be out there to find them. Hardly anyone in the district even knew this place existed.

"Katniss you're already so wet. I can see it from here," Peeta told her when he pulled her panties down.

"You make me that way," she mewled. She then watched as his head disappeared under her skirt and he proceeded to lap at her juices.

"You taste and smell so good."

"I want you, right now." He reached into his pocket to pull out a condom when she stopped him.

"No! I want to feel you. All of you."

"Katniss, do you know what you're saying? What could happen?"

"It won't. After my mom caught me sneaking home, she had a talk with me. She told me when I'm most likely to get pregnant and what to do if we didn't have a condom."

"But we have a condom, Katniss. We can't be irresponsible."

"Don't you want me? Like that? No barriers?" She begged him.

"I do, believe me I do. I just don't want you to regret anything."

"I won't. Not with you. I love you."

"I love you, too." She didn't tell him this often enough and his heart swelled to hear her say it. He removed himself from his pants and positioned himself at her entrance. Before he pushed himself in he asked her again if she was sure and she nodded confidently. They both lost their breaths once he entered her entirely.

"Oh, Katniss…"

"I know, I know, I feel it too." This felt so different and so very good. Without a condom she could feel his head and how it tugged on her insides. Her warmth enveloped him and he was positive he had never felt this good before in his life. He moved slowly, trying to make this feeling last. She placed her hands on his shoulder blades before moving them around and under his shirt to hover on his chest. They kissed each other anywhere they could find a piece of skin, opting to keep most of their clothes on since they were out in the open.

"Katniss, I can't last much longer."

"Ok, just pull out." He picked up the speed at which he was thrusting and began flicking her clit at the same time, hoping he could hold off enough to get her to finish. She closed around him tightly and he felt himself build to the point of no return. He pulled himself out and spilled his seed in the grass, while her hand moved to rub her sensitive center.

"Thank you. Thank you for doing that with me. I love you so much," she said as she pulled his towards her for a round of quick pecks on the lips.

"I love you, too. Katniss, that felt amazing."

"It's going to be hard to use a condom from now on."

"We can do whatever you feel comfortable with."

"But you have to feel comfortable too, Peeta."

"I want whatever you want. I never in my wildest dreams thought I'd get to experience these things with you."

"I don't deserve you. I didn't do anything to deserve your love."

"Yes, you did. You survived and you helped me survive. We deserve each other."

They cleaned themselves off with the lake water and splashed around a little before making their way back into the woods. Peeta couldn't swim and he wasn't ready to learn but vowed one day he'd let Katniss teach him.

They traveled the exact way they had come and again passed the old hunting spot. To Katniss and Peeta's surprise, Gale was still there. It had been hours since they had left him in this exact spot and they both felt sorry for him.

"I want to talk to you, alone," Gale said to Katniss.

"I don't know if that's a good idea. You were pretty heated today," Peeta said as his grip on Katniss' hand tightened.

"I won't hurt you," Gale said to Katniss, completely ignoring Peeta's existence. "You trusted me once. We kept each other alive, and our families." She could see it in his eyes that he was being genuine.

"He won't hurt me, Peeta. Why don't you go ahead? I'll catch up to you." He didn't want to let her stay but didn't know what else to say so instead he hugged her tight, all the while eyeing Gale. He kissed her forehead, not wanting to be a complete dick and kiss her right in front of him. When they parted, Gale had his back turned to them. Peeta walked off and Katniss cut to the chase, not wanting to waste any time.

"What did you want to say?"

"That I love you. That I've loved you for a very long time."

"It's too late for that."

"I know it is. But I had to say it, at least once. You needed to hear it." He started to close the distance between himself and Katniss. "I'll have to live out the rest of my life knowing that I lost my shot at being with you. Can you please, just once, kiss me?"

"No, I can't do that to Peeta."

"He gets to kiss you for the rest of his life as long as he's not stupid enough to mess anything up. All I want is one."

"I can't, I won't," she turned her head to the side and fought hard as tears escaped her eyes. He brushed them away lightly then cupped her face with a tenderness she didn't know he had.

"Just once." His lips were now inches from hers and she didn't do anything to pull away. He pressed his lips on hers and he moaned in the back of his throat. She noticed his lips were hot and he smelt like oranges. He parted her lips with his tongue and she granted him access but hardly reciprocated back. When he was finished, he gave her one last peck on the lips and she hoped this would finally be the closure he needed.

Wow oh wow! What a day! Should Katniss tell Peeta? Did Peeta see it for himself? Two and half lemons in one chapter, please show me the love with reviews.