A/N: This is my favorite chapter so far. I hope you enjoy it.
Katniss was searching in Peeta's closet for a pair of nice pants that might fit Rory when she felt it. A tiny box which could only hold one thing, jewelry. It was on the top shelf and her hand just happened to land on it. She stood on her tip toes and was reaching for the box when she heard Peeta's loud tread coming up the stairs. For once, she was happy he was so heavy footed. She pushed the box back and in the process pulled down a stack of magazines that hit her in the head. Peeta heard the commotion and ran to the closet.
"Katniss are you alright? What happened?" Peeta asked, clearly concerned.
"I just, I was just.." Katniss was still trying to recover from finding the box when her eyes landed on the magazines at her feet. There were magazines. Dirty magazines. Of girls. That looked like her. "Peeta what the hell is this?!"
"Katniss, I can explain," Peeta said with cheeks burning bright red.
"Well you better! Why would you have these lying around?"
"They weren't lying around. They were hidden in my closet."
"Where did you get them?" Katniss asked as she began thumbing through the pages. The girls all had dark hair tied in a braid. In one shot, the girl looked like a hunter with a bow and boots and nothing else. On the next page, another girl wore a blue dress similar to her reaping one with the buttons undone. There were so many pictures and more than one magazine that all showed the same thing. All Capitol made.
"Look, Katniss, it's not what you think. I didn't buy these. My brothers thought it would be funny to order them for me."
"So why not get rid of them, why keep them?" Katniss was beginning to calm down but she was still clearly upset that magazines like this existed to look like her. Who knows how many people had viewed these magazines and thought of her.
"I didn't want them to get in the wrong hands. And I definitely did not want my brothers even thinking of you in that way." Katniss continued to look through the pages and stopped when she found a spread that was supposed to look like her and Peeta in the cave.
"You're in here too? Well not you, but you know what I mean."
"Yeah, there's a couple of blonde look a likes." Katniss' head tilted to the side and she had a smirk on her face. She turned to the next page and continued to look at the men.
"What? What's that look for?" Peeta was beginning to question whether or not he should take the magazine away from her.
"Like hell it's nothing. What are you thinking Kat?" She had stopped on a page of a guy spread on top of a bakery table. His apron was covering nothing.
"It's just that, you're the only guy I've ever seen aroused."
"And I'd like to keep it that way," he said as he reached for the mag. She pulled away too fast. Hunter reflexes.
"Are you getting jealous?" Her back was now turned to him.
"Can you blame me for not wanting to be compared to those guys?"
"I'm not comparing, I'm just curious. I didn't know men could look so different from each other." He snaked his arms around her waist and rested his head on her shoulder so he could see what she was looking at.
"Is there something different you'd rather have?"
"No, not at all. I love you just the way you are. We fit perfectly together," she said as she turned around and wrapped her hands around his neck giving him a kiss. "Is it strange that I'm turned on right now?"
"Not at all. I think that's the point of those magazines." They began undressing each other before falling to the floor. They'd never done it in the closet before. He rubbed his manhood against her clit a couple of times before pushing into her. The magazines had already gotten her wet. Immediately, she noticed the different of making love on a hard surface instead of a bed. It felt good and she realized that she liked things to be a little rough. He pumped hard before he had to slow down, afraid he'd lose it too quickly. He pulled out of her and brought his mouth to her center. She groaned, missing the fullness of him, but was placated the moment his tongue began working its magic. After he made her cum he returned himself to her center and didn't hold back this time. He finished on her belly, squirting his hot liquid all over her. They were both breathless when it was done.
They sat downstairs eating ice cream for dessert. Peeta had made a batch and it was delicious, but something was clearly on Katniss' mind so they were more quiet than usual.
"What are you thinking about?" He knew she was being serious so what better time to make a joke to lighten things up.
"I'm thinking I like your boobies in that top," he playfully said as he pulled her v neck and took a peek inside.
"Peeta! Really?" she playfully slapped his arm.
"Well, I've liked them since I was 13. Only now I can see them, and touch them, and my favorite, taste them," he said as he began making his way towards her breasts.
"Peeta wait, there's something I want to say." She took his head in her hands and pulled his face up so they were eye to eye. She was really nervous. She usually relied on her actions to show him how she felt, but with this you had to use words. "PeetaIwanttogetmarried." It all came out at once.
"I want," she made an effort to slow down this time, "to get married."
"You want to get married? To me?"
"Yes you! Who else?"
"I don't know, it's just that we got engage so long ago on the tour and we haven't said anything else about it."
"Well, I'm saying something now aren't I?"
"Look, if you don't want to marry me than it's fine," she said as she began to stand up to leave the room.
"Katniss Everdeen that is not what I'm saying at all. I've thought about marrying you since I was 13. After the bread and you got healthier, all I wanted to do was make you mine. Forever."
"Yes. So when do you want to do this?"
"As soon as possible," she said with a kiss.
"Haymitch, do you think this is a smart idea?"
"It's not the dumbest things these kids have ever done," Haymitch told Katniss' mom.
"I just worry about them so much. What will Snow think of this? What will he do? I can't lose her Haymitch. I already lost my husband, not my daughter too."
"Lily, I will take care of them. I promise." They both paused and turned as they heard Primrose clear her voice.
"Family and friends, for the last time, I'd like to introduce my sister, Katniss Everdeen." All eyes were trained on the staircase as Katniss made her descent. Peeta slowly began walking towards her, barely blinking, not wanting to miss a second of this moment. Katniss wore a white dress that slowly transformed to a color of green at the bottom of the dress right above her knees. It was open in the back and showed a sliver of her skin. Peeta reached out his hand for her when she made it to the bottom. Katniss used her other hand ruffle up his combed down hair. Both Haymitch and Peeta's mom rolled their eyes at this action.
"Was that necessary?" he asked with a grin.
"Yes, it was. I want to marry the boy I fell in love with. Not this fancy version."
"Well in that case, should I change too?"
"No, I like your suit, and your shirt, and your tie." She began running her hands all over his clothing.
"Ok, kids that's enough," Haymitch interrupted. He couldn't hear what they were saying but their lovey dovey eyes were enough to make him sick. Peeta leaned down to leave one more message in Katniss' ear.
"I want you to know that tonight you're mine. The second they leave I'm pulling that tie out of your hair and I'm using mine to tie you up." With that he took her hand and led her into the living room as if he didn't just utter something incredible naughty to her.
Peeta shook hands with both his brothers and their dates and gave his father a hug. He kissed his mother on the cheek but it was cold and wasn't filled with love. Gale had even come with Madge and while Katniss hugged and thanked them both for coming, he only exchanged a nod of his head to Gale. Prim and Rory were linked hand in hand while Posy ran in circles with flowers in her hair.
"Thank you all for being here for our toasting. All of you mean a great deal to us and we're honored to have you here today." Katniss stood by Peeta's side and let him do the talking. He was always better with words. They then walked to the fire place and sat on a piece of cloth that had been laid on the floor. It was the same cloth that Katniss' parents used at their toasting.
There was a platter with different pieces of bread and sticks to roast them on. Each piece of bread was a symbol for something and the couple had to decide which one was right for them. The plain white bread represented the hope for a simple life. The wheat bread was wishing for a healthy life together. The heaviness of the pumpernickel bread symbolized struggles the couple had taken to reach their toasting but the optimism that all of that was behind them now. And the nuts and raisin bread signified that no matter what life threw at you, the couple would get through it together.
"You ready to toast, Katniss?"
"I am." They simultaneously reached for the nuts and raisin bread, never even having to talk about it. They knew there were unknown factors to their futures but they were determined to be together. They each placed their bread on a roasting stick and looked into each other's eyes.
"Katniss, I have loved you for forever and I swear I will never take you for granted because I know that you don't have to mine. You've chosen to be with me and I will live my life proving to you that we belong together."
"Peeta, thank you for always being so patience and understanding with me. I don't deserve your love..."
"Yes, you do," he couldn't help but interrupt her.
"But I will do everything in my power to be there for you. You make me a better person and I will always love you."
Peeta turned around and grabbed a box from his father's hand. It had to be the one that was in the closet and Katniss anxiously waited to see what was inside. It was a simple band that looked old and antique. It has a single emerald stone in the middle shaped like a tear drop. He took her left hand and placed the ring on her finger. She held it up to the fire for a second to see it glow.
They then brought their sticks to fire and roasted their pieces of bread. They blew on them to cool them off before linking their arms together and feeding each other their piece of bread. They then sealed their marriage with a sweet kiss and they smiled lovingly at each other as Peeta's dad introduced them as husband and wife.
"Now, let's eat cake!" Posey announced. They all made their way to the kitchen and Katniss saw their cake for the first time.
"Peeta! It's beautiful! Did you make it?" Katniss asked.
"Of course I did, my love."
"It looks just like the cakes from the windows. The ones me and Prim would stare at when we were kids."
"Only this one is bigger. Do you like your ring, Katniss? I know you're not much of a jewelry person."
"I love it, Peeta. It fits perfectly. How did you know my size?"
"I tried it on for him, Katniss. You and I are close enough in size," Lily said.
"Thanks, mom. That was really nice of you."
They ate cake and drank a bubbly champagne that Haymitch had ordered from the Capital. The guests couldn't leave fast enough and when they finally did the newlyweds pounced on each other.
"I'm going to love you all night long Mrs. Mellark." He made good on his promise and pulled her tied from her hair and ran his fingers through her braid to reveal beautiful soft waves. They ran up the stairs stopping occasionally to kiss and touch each other. They took their time undressing each other, pausing to kiss exposed skin.
"Don't throw that tie too far. I'll need it later." This made Katniss giggle as she wondered what he had in store for them. They made their way to the bed and Peeta guided Katniss to lie down on her back. They were both completely naked and Peeta took a moment to let his eyes roam over her body.
"My beautiful wife," he said while bringing his mouth down to her neck. He used his tongue to spell out a word on her neck. It tickled her but felt so good at the same time.
"What are you spelling?"
"Try and guess." He began spelling the same word on the top of her chest, then below her breast. It was hard to concentrate when he was giving her pleasure but she finally was able to moan the word wife.
"Yes, I'm spelling wife. Because you are my wife now and I plan to claim every inch of your body." He spelled wife again and dotted the I by circling her nipple. He then spelt wife on her stomach while swirling his tongue in her navel. He spelt wife above her sex then on the inside of each of her thighs. He had one more area to claim and the anticipation was killing her. He didn't let her down as he spelled wife over and over and over again on her sex. She gripped the sheet then his hair as her body went stiff when the waves of pleasure hit her all at once.
"It's your turn now," she said once her body had recovered from its high. She pushed him onto his back and began writing with her tongue.
"Katniss, I'm pretty sure that's not how you spell husband."
"I'm not spelling husband." She continued to mimic the cycle he had just used on her. By the time she got down to his hard abs he knew what she was spelling.
"Mine. You're spelling mine."
"Yes, because you are mine. And I'm going to make love to what's mine." She then straddled him and guided him to her entrance. As she pushed down he thrusted up and they were joined as one. He held her hands for support as she rocked her body back and forth on top of him. He loved it when she fucked him but he needed to be closer, so he sat up and pulled her body and mouth towards him. He rotated their bodies so he was now on top, never breaking their connection or their kiss. She wrapped her arms and legs around him and their bodies were as close as they could possible get. Their closeness was creating the perfect amount of friction against her clit every time he went in and out of her.
"Katniss, I'm about to…" he couldn't finish his sentence, he was feeling too good.
"Ok," she breathed as she reached for his cock to continue pumping him as he came. His body collapsed on top of her, neither one of them caring about the mess they'd made. It was evident of their love making and their passion for one another. She ran her clean hand over his back and into her hair and he gently drew circles on her shoulder.
"That was amazing," he said once he finally lifted his head to look at her.
"Let's take a shower." He helped her off the bed and walked to the bathroom, stopping to grab his tie.
"Why do we need that in shower?"
"You'll see," he said with a grin.
They walked into the shower and he grabbed both her hands in his. He wrapped his tie around her wrist before attaching the end to the towel rack that hung on a shower wall. He gave a tug to make sure she was secured tightly.
"You're not going anywhere."
"I'm afraid not," she said as she tried to lean forward for a kiss. He teased her and brought his lips close to her but not close enough.
"I don't want a kiss there, I want a kiss here," he said while trailing his index finger down her body and to the apex of her thighs. He then proceeded to finger her, lick her, suck her, before plunging into his wife and fucking her against the shower wall. When they were done, he untied her and her body collapsed forward onto his, clearly exhausted from their love making. He finished washing her off then dried her and carried her to their bed. They fell asleep naked with their limbs wrapped around one another.
When she awoke the sun was filling in the room. She reached out for Peeta but his side of the bed was cold. It was obvious he had left a long time ago and she was hurt that he wouldn't stay in bed with her their first morning as a married couple. She saw the single white rose and a note and shot up in bed. Peeta would never leave her a white rose. She turned over the envelope and it had the Capitol seal in red.
A/N: What happened to Peeta?! The next chapter is already in the works so I swear I won't leave you guessing for long.