Katniss and the Rebels
This is my first Hunger Games story that's not a one-shot. I hope you like it. This story is Katniss/Peeta and will be in Different POV'S but will mainly be in either Katniss' or Peeta's POV.
I hope you enjoy this first chapter and please tell me what you think of it.
Katniss Everdeen POV
My name is Katniss Everdeen.
I am 17 years old.
I am a senior in high school.
I live in the Seam in District Twelve.
I have a younger sister called Prim who is 13.
My father died in a mining accident when I was 12.
When he died my mother went into depression. She wouldn't move, eat, sleep or do anything.
She has more moments of acting like her old self now. They can last up to hours at a time now where she talks and walks and sometimes you can even see a glimpse of happiness on her face. But then I think she remembers my father's death and she either falls silent or leaves the room.
I do love my mother, I really do but I can't fully forgive her for what she has done to Prim and I. I have tried to forgive her but I'm not exactly the forgiving them if I'm honest.
My passion is playing the guitar and singing. I play a bit of the piano too but not as well.
I am in a band called The Rebels with my best friends Gale, Thom and Darius.
Every week we sing at a bar/restaurant in the Seam called the Hob. I also work there as a waitress.
Unlike most people my age I actually enjoy my work. I won't be waitressing my entire life but I enjoy it all the same. The pay is good and the staff and customers are nice.
Gale Hawthorne and I have been friends for years.
But when our dads died we became much closer and now we are practically inseparable.
He has three younger siblings, Rory, Vick and Posy and we always joke saying how they and Prim are our kids.
We get a few odd looks for some elderly women from the Town when we refer to them as our kids but we don't really care.
Rory and Prim hate when we call them that and it probably has something to do with their secret crushes on one another.
When Gale and I went into High School we became friends with Thom and Darius and well it developed from there.
When I leave high school I want to go to college in California. I know it is unrealistic but hey everyone has dreams.
Most of the people in the district think that I am going out with Gale but I'm not. I actually have a secret crush on the youngest baker's son, Peeta Mellark. He lives in the Town and if Gale or Darius found out they would bring me to a mental hospital.
Here I will explain District Twelve is basically divided into two parts; the Town and the Seam. The Town is where the people with comfortable lives live.
Most of the teenagers there would have iPhones, cars etc.
I try not to judge too much, my friend Madge is the Mayor's daughter and she lives in town but she's lovely.
However the Seam is where the poorer people live.
We live in small houses; my house was kept in the family for generations so it is one of the best houses around here for which I'm grateful.
It isn't official or anything that the town is the rich part and the Seam is the poor part, there is no thick red line stating this side is where the rich live and this side is where the poor live but everyone just knows.
Anyway so that is why I've never properly spoken to Peeta. We go to school but we just don't have to same circle of friends and we've never had the chance to talk. I've liked him for years even though I know nothing could ever come of it.
It started on the day he saved my life.
It had been a month and a half after my father had died. I had sold everything we owned that was valuable except for the few sentimental things but it wasn't enough.
The house of course had been inherited like I said before but there were still bills to pay, school fees to pay for and food to put on the table.
My mother had been sitting frozen for weeks and there was no sign of life whatsoever in her. She hadn't worked since the day of the accident.
We were starving, all of us. I had tried to give whatever food I got to Prim and my mother but even that was nowhere near enough.
On that particular day I had tried searching through the bins outside the bakery while it was lashing rain.
I wasn't going to resort to stealing even though I knew several people who had lost their parent that day had taken up that habit.
The baker's wife soon caught me and began yelling at me so I walked away. But I didn't get very far, I was weak and exhausted and I ended up collapsing across the street under a tree.
I was conscious but barely so; I remember sitting there and trying to recall the last time I had eaten something substantial and realising it had been weeks.
That's when Peeta came out of the bakery holding the back of his head where his mother had clearly just hit him, his mother was yelling at him from inside; she probably didn't want to get wet and ruin her perfect blonde hair.
In his hand were two loaves of burnt bread.
I had watched with blurred vision as his mother slammed the front door and once she did, Peeta turned to face me.
In the blink of an eye he looked behind him to check if his mother was there then turned back and threw both loaves of bread on the ground in front of me.
Our eyes locked and he gave me a pitying stare before he turned and walked slowly back inside. I sat in shock before standing up shakily and staggering over to the loaves of bread.
I gathered them into my arms quickly and ran home as fast as I could, hoping that Peeta wouldn't change his mind and chase after me.
I will never ever forget that day or the day that followed.
Peeta had arrived at school with a black eye. I remember clearly how he told people he had got it in a wrestling accident but I didn't believe him; not many people did.
I wanted to thank him so badly but he had refused to meet my eye all day so I assumed he was ashamed of what he had done and was hoping that I wouldn't approach him.
We saw each other after school that day though.
I was watching him as he picked up a dandelion and his eyes caught me. But the moment soon ended when he hurriedly lowered his head and walked away.
Peeta and I haven't had an encounter since that day but I will never forget what he did for me and for my family.
I will never forget how I will owe the boy with the sunshine hair and crystal blue eyes for the rest of my life.
Chapter 1: Monday Mornings
I'm rudely awoken by something- or rather someone- jumping on me. My hunting reflexes get the better of me and I jump up from the bed, prepared for attack.
I hear Prim giggle behind me and I smile at her.
"Katniss! Katniss! Come on we have to go to school! We can't be late!" Prim says excitingly.
What 13 year old girl is excited about going to school?
Something must be wrong with her.
"Alright! I am getting up! Relax little duck," I tell her, sitting back down on the bed "Why are you excited for school anyway?"
"History project, they are picking the partners today"
I roll my eyes, "I wonder who you want to be paired with."
Prim glares at me, "Rory is the best in the class at History!"
"When did I say it was Rory?" She glares at me so I continue, "Well Gale said that Rory wants to be paired with you as well so that should cheer you up. Now I have to get dressed so why don't you go get breakfast while I change, ok?"
"Fine." Prim says begrudgingly before leaving my room, slamming the door behind her and I roll my eyes.
Ugh school, great.
I get ready for the day and follow Prim downstairs.
After I get my breakfast ready, I sit opposite Prim.
"So other than the fact that you may be working with Rory why else are you so interested in this project?"
"It's fascinating Katniss. We are currently learning about what Panem used to be like before District Thirteen rebelled against the Capital."
The Capital is the main city in the state of Panem. It used to rule all of Panem years and years ago until District Thirteen rebelled against it and thankfully they won.
Gale loves learning about it; he's really passionate about equal rights and all of that sort of stuff.
His rants are legendary but I've heard them so often that I tune out most of the time now.
That's when I hear three sharp knocks on the front door.
Prim grins and runs to answer the door.
I make my way to the door, carrying our bags with me.
"Katniss! It's Gale!" Prim yells
"Well who else would it be?" I ask, sarcasm dripping from my tongue.
I hand Prim her bag but she barely notices me as she is in deep conversation with Rory.
"Hey Catnip" Gale greets and he gives me a knowing look, glancing at the two love birds.
"Hey Galey you ready for hell?"
"As ready as I'll ever be I suppose; right you lot let's get going."
On the way to school (or hell you know whichever name you prefer) Vick tells me all about a new dance move he learned over the weekend. He is obsessed with dancing. He's not half bad either, unlike me.
"It's the coolest thing ever apparently." Gale says mockingly and I glare at him, slapping his arm lightly
"Shut up you, I'm sure its great Vick, you'll have to teach me it after school.
"Leave me alone Gale! Yeah it is Kit Kat don't listen to him"
"Of corse Vick, you'll have to teach me later but now we have to go to school." I smile at him and we continue walking and talking about complete and utter nonsense to pass the time.
First class is Home Economics taught by Ms. Trinket.
When I walk into the class, Ms. Trinket is sitting in her chair engrossed with her phone.
Unlike the other teachers Ms. Trinket is always early as she is quite passionate about punctuality and manners.
The rest of the teachers arrive to their class late to delay their time with us (I have no idea why we are such delightful students)
I wish her a 'Good morning Miss' as I pass her and sit in my seat beside my friend Madge.
Madge Undersee is my only close friend that's a girl.
She is the mayor's daughter and not many people wish to associate with her because of that despite her being a great person.
That is how we became friends as she didn't have any other friends and I am not exactly the most approachable person apparently.
Plus the only person I would talk to and hang out with in middle school was Gale so we kind of stuck together.
"Good morning Katniss." Madge says brightly and I groan
"How can you be so chirpy on a Monday morning?"
"Honestly? I am not sure, anyway have you finished your maths assignment?"
"Yeah I finished it last week and handed it in." I respond
"Katniss Everdeen? Finish and hand up homework before it is due? I am in shock"
"Yeah, yeah, yeah, no need to act so surprised. I just have a lot of work this week; I needed to get it out of the way."
"Yeah especially with these Home Ec projects." Madge says groaning
I raise my eyebrows, "Home- home Ec. projects?"
Why haven't I heard about this?
"Ms. Trinket told us last week. We are going to be working on some big project for the next few weeks. She is choosing the partners today." She says as if it were obvious.
Ah that project; I vaguely remember it now.
I think we are being paired into twos and then we both have to make a three course meal or something along those lines.
Hopefully my partner will let us do something easy because I am hopeless at cooking. Of course I hope even more that I am not paired up with Cato or one of the other Careers.
The Careers are the popular, rich, stuck up people from the Town.
Let's just say they don't get on very well with people from the Seam but they have never given me that much trouble other than then the occasional comment when they pass me in the halls. Or the even less occasional shove into a locker.
The bell rings and Ms. Trinket stands as the last few students take their seats and she shuts the door.
"Good Morning class"
"Good Morning Ms. Trinket" We all learned after our first class to always answer her politely.
"Now as all of you know, I am choosing your parents for your projects today. You are all aware of what it is about because you were all present last week and if you have forgotten what this project entails well that is your own fault and you should be paying more attention during my class."
"It is only polite students. Manners cost nothing ladies and gentlemen it is proper etiquette something you all need to learn and yes Mr. Role I am talking to you."
Everyone turns around to look at Marvel Role who is sitting in the back row fast asleep.
I roll my eyes, Marvel Role is coincidently one of the Careers but he is too stupid to do much. His friend, (or girlfriend or friend with benefits, I have no idea what they are to be honest and I don't really care) Glimmer who is sitting beside him shoves his arm and he nearly falls off his chair.
"Ms. Skyer we do not shove people in this classroom, if I catch you doing that again I shall be giving you a note. Do I make myself clear?"
"Yes Ms. Trinket" Glimmer said in a sickly sweet voice.
"Good and Mr. Role please try to sleep at home instead of in my classroom I will speak to you after class about this."
Marvel grunts and folds his arms at her not saying a word.
"Right now let's choose your partners! And may the odds be ever in your favour children."
She says that a lot, 'May the odds be ever in your favour' so does the principal, it is quite irritating but we are all used to it now.
Ms. Trinket has two bowls on her desk. One is labelled 'Boys' the other is labelled 'Girls'
Why she thought it would be a good idea for girls and boys to be partnered together I have no idea.
"Now ladies first" she says grinning, I place my hand under my chin and will myself to not fall asleep.
"Glimmer Skyer is partnered with Cato Hunter" I look back to see Glimmer looking ecstatic and Cato looking like he wants to die. Ah well what a shame.
"Gloss and Cashmere Kale" They are twins and they are also careers, you will never see one without the other.
"Enobaria Jacobs and Brutes Brakes" Ok so all the careers are being chosen first? Enobaria and Brutes smirk at each other; showing off Enorbaria's crazy fang teeth. She says she was born with them but it's clear she got work done on them.
She thinks they make her look more dangerous; personally I think they make her look weird and freaky but that's none of my business.
"Madge Undersee and Finnick Odair"
I look over at Madge and see the colour drain from her face. Finnick Odair isn't a bad guy but there is no way he will do any work on this project.
"Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark and Leevy Forest and Brian Greens, that is the last of it class. You will all have to work outside of class as well as during it for this project. I want your very best work now you can sit with your partner and discuss the project for the duration of the class. If the noise level gets too loud then I will double your workload."
I am paired with...Peeta Mellark.
As in the boy I have had a crush on for years.
As in the boy who saved my life and has avoided me ever since.
Why him? Why do I have to be paired with him of all people?
Why not Madge? Or Leevy? Or even Finnick Odair!
Nope I get Peeta Mellark.
Well this is not going to end well.
I cast my eyes over my shoulder to find him already looking at me.
I turn away quickly, my cheeks burning red.
Well it's only ten minutes into the first class on Monday morning and I am already full of dread and confusion.
Well this week is certainly starting out great!
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