Chapter Eighteen

A teleportation from Panem and a whole gallon of mouthwash later, I am finally home.

I have a chance to properly reunite with my family, which also includes Cinna, Haymitch, and hopefully Gale.

I also have a chance to properly Finnick, Johanna, and Annie and hear their stories.

Finnick is very cocky and sure of himself, but likeable all the same.

Johanna used Foxface's technique of making herself look weak, only to blow up and strike.

And Annie had a distant look in her eye, but still tried to talk to me.

Rue's family also thanked me for protecting their daughter in the Games.

Later, we all were eating a victory feast.

We all decide to contribute to the dinner

Rue picked some fresh berries and vegetables from the garden.

Bowen went to the pier and fished for some fish, and he made fish and chips.

Peeta made dessert and honey-wheat bread.

And I hunted some deer meat.

"This all looks so delicious," Caius complements us, tucking his napkin into his shirt.

"Agreed love," Jade adds.

"And I have a surprise for you Katniss. As a reward for your services to our country," Caius tells me.

His chefs bring out a plate with lamb and dried plums.

My mouth ravenously waters and my eyes look like a person who hasn't eaten in years.

And I have all the time in the world and leave no morsel untouched. The plate is cleaned.

In fact, if my saliva was made of dish-water, it would give the dishwashers the night off.

Later, I sit on the couch, reflecting on everything that has happened and where my life will go from there.

I see Peeta standing outside of the living room, he motions to me to come to him.

"Hey Katniss," Peeta says.

"Hi Peeta. How are you?" I ask.

"I'm okay," I reply.

"I need to know something Katniss," Peeta tells me.


"Was your love for me real or not real?" Peeta asks anxiously.

I ponder it for a minute and smile;

"Real," I reply.

He has a big grin on his face, like a child who has just received a present he has wanted for years.

He moves closer to me and captures my lips in a long a long-awaited kiss.

So many emotions are in that kiss. Love. Relief. Hope.

I feel as if Peeta and I are floating. As if our souls are one.

And we feel like kissing forever.

When we finally part, I say;

"Most defiantly real,"

Even saying that, I know that our troubles will be far from over.

I leave those worries behind for now.

All I consume myself with right now is the feeling of home and security.

And for now, I am safe and sound.

Deep in the meadow, under the willow
A bed of grass, a soft green pillow
Lay down your head, and close your sleepy eyes
And when you awake, the sun will rise.

Here it's safe, here it's warm
Here the daisies guard you from harm
Here your dreams are sweet and tomorrow brings them true
Here is the place where I love you.

Deep in the meadow, hidden far away
A cloak of leaves, A moonbeam ray, Forget your woes and let your troubles lay
And when again it's morning, they'll wash away.

Here it's safe, here it's warm
Here the daisies guard you from every harm
Here your dreams are sweet and tomorrow brings them true
Here is the place where I love you.


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