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I put a green t-shirt over my camisole and pull on my leather ankle boots. Just another day gazing at Peeta Mellark, I think. I've been crushing on him since I was 5 years old. I'm just Katniss Everdeen, another face in the crowd. I snap back to reality when my little sister Prim walks in. "Kat, were you thinking about Peeta?" she queries. For a 12 year old, she's wise and she can read me like a book.

"Maybe," I tell her, turning away to hide my smile.

"You stink at lying," she laughs. "You've been crushing on him forever so you should just ask him out."

"What time is it?" I ask, eager to get away from the subject.

"7:30," she answers. "I'm going to head to the bus stop."

"Have a good day, Little Duck," I say as I hug her.

"You too."

She turns and jogs out of my room before calling, "Ask him, Katniss." I groan in response. I pull my hair into its braid and sit on my bed. I have to leave for the bus in 30 minutes. My mom had an early shift at the hospital so I don't have to do any chores.

Before I know it, it's 8:00 and I'm making my way to the bus stop. As always, I hear the bus before I see it. The engine roars and I see the boxy yellow front turn the corner towards me. As soon as it stops, I hop on and drop into my seat. I stare out the grimy window at the blur of green and brown that is the forest. I long to be there, climbing trees and frolicking through leaves. I yearn for the sounds of birds singing and squirrels scampering. Turns out, I'm on a rickety old bus heading to Panem High School. At least I'll get to see Peeta and maybe even talk to him.

I slide into my chair in science and pull my materials out. I see a flash of blonde hair and Peeta slips into the seat next to me. He's sitting next to me! I think. My heart feels like it's beating a million miles a minute. I glance over to find him staring at me. My tongue feels heavy and I can't seem to get a word out. I hear the bell's automated tone and begins to speak. "We are starting a project…." He drones on for about 5 minutes before I hear the word "partners". He reads names from a list and finally I hear mine. "Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark." I stifle a gasp and hide an idiot grin. I look straight forward as he finishes assigning and we move to sit with our partners.

"Hi," Peeta says with that award winning grin.

"Hi," I murmur, turning my desk to face his. We start talking about the project and I end up laughing my head off as he jokes about some guy in a bar. tells us to wrap it up and we do as we are told.

"Can I ride the bus to your house today?" Peeta asks. I'm very taken aback by this. Peeta Mellark wants to come to my house?

"Sure," I blurt out before my tongue can get tied again.

"I'll meet you in the bus loop," he calls, walking down the hall.

The rest of the day drones on and I can't wait for the final bell. Surprisingly, I'm not nervous. I'm trying to contain my ecstasy in Study Hall when Peeta sits down next to me. I look around and see plenty of other seats. Why is he sitting with me?! I wonder. "Hi," he whispers. "Hey," I whisper back. I've just started reading when a paper drops into my textbook. Do you want to go out? –Peeta, it reads. I glance up to see him staring at me. I start to write yes but I think that may seem a little desperate. I end up writing "sure" in my attempt at nonchalant handwriting. After he reads it, he looks up and grins at me and I can't help but smile back. Now I'm super fired up for tonight.

I see Peeta waiting for me in the bus loop. I jog over to him and he kisses me on the cheek. My heart starts with that crazy fast beating again. "Hey," he greets me.

"Hi," I murmur back, still a bit shocked from the kiss. I lead him to where my bus is stopped and we get on and sit in my seat. In about 7 minutes, the bus will leave and we'll be on our way to my house. I can feel Peeta staring at me as we wait. I look at him and he begins to talk. "Who are some of your friends?" he asks.

"I don't have friends," I mutter.

"No friends? But you're so nice and not to mention beautiful." He sounds genuinely surprised and I feel a blush creep to my cheeks.

"I'm not beautiful or nice. People think I'm weird," I tell him.

"Stop it. You are gorgeous and kind and definitely not weird." I hear the engine bellow as the bus starts up. I feel his head leaning closer to mine and I look into his dazzling blue eyes.

"Stop lying," I whisper. Me putting myself down seems to make him more bold and determined but that isn't why I said it. I hate when people lie to me. I can't deal with it. My thought gets cut off when I feel Peeta's warm lips press against mine. After a moment, he pulls back and smiles at me. I reciprocate the smile and feel him take my hand. For today, all thoughts against myself are gone. I feel blissful; I'm Peeta Mellark's science partner, I'm going on a date with Peeta Mellark, and I just kissed Peeta Mellark in a relatively public place. I think about these things on the bus ride home.

After about 30 minutes, we're almost at my stop. "We get off at the next stop," I inform Peeta.

"Alrighty then," he says, smiling down at me. I notice our fingers are still intertwined and I don't think Peeta has any intention of letting go. As the bus lurches to a stop, Peeta and I walk up the aisle and step off the bus. We walk to my house and I pull the door open. We start toward the kitchen to get a snack. "You're holding hands." I nearly jump out of my skin when I hear Prim's voice. Our hands instantly pull away and this makes me annoyed with Prim. "Prim, don't do that!" I order her. Peeta's face has turned red and I feel horrible. That's when Prim turns to him. "Hi Peeta!" she says, as if she were an angel.

"Um, hi," he responds with a confused look on his face. Prim must notice because she quickly explains.

"Katniss talks about you all the time." Now it was my turn to blush.

"Out, Prim," I growl. She huffs and stalks out. "I'm very sorry, Peeta."

"Little sister?" He had returned to his normal, un-awkward self again.

"Yes." He moves towards me and takes my hand once again. "What do you want to eat?"

"Whatever is fine," he says.

"Don't whatever me Peeta Mellark!" I laugh, failing my attempt to feign sternness.

"I like it when you smile," Peeta tells me, staring at my face. "You should do it more often."

"Well, not a lot of stuff makes me smile," I inform him.

"What's making you smile right now?" he asks me.

"Do you really want to know?"

"Yes, Kat, I really want to know." My name sounds sweet on his lips and my smile returns.

"You. You're making me smile." I see the shock on his face but it is soon exchanged for the sweetest smile I've ever seen on anyone's lips. He presses his forehead against mine and caresses my cheek. That's when he grabs me. Before I know it I'm swung over his shoulder and he's carrying me and our school stuff up the stairs. "Peeta!" I squeal. "Put me down!"

"Never!" he responds. I see Prim looking at us from the first step and I grin at her. She grins right back and I can see her face light up. Prim has been waiting to meet Peeta since I told her about my crush on him and I motion for her to follow us up.

"Peeta, Prim's gonna get you!" I yell. He swivels his head around and grins.

"You can't catch me!" he tells her.

"You wanna bet?" I hear the challenge in her voice. I tell Peeta to turn right and we head into my room with Prim in hot pursuit. He sets me down on the bed as gently as possible and drops our school stuff. Prim sits on the floor in front of us and I begin to formally introduce them. "Prim, this is Peeta, my…" I stop not sure what to say.

"Um, boyfriend?" he supplies. He wants to be my boyfriend? I thought. Yes!

"Yes, boyfriend," I say. "Peeta this is Prim, my sister."

"Nice to meet you," Peeta greets her.

"It's nice to finally meet you, too," Prim sighs. "I've been waiting for such a long time. Like, yea-"

I cut her off. "Ok, Prim. You can go now."

"I'll leave you two to your business." She says it like she made the decision herself. I shut my door behind her and Peeta raises his eyebrows.

"You talk about me?" he questions.

"Well, you're hard not to talk about," I notify him. "We need to start working on our project. It's 5 o'clock."

We work for about 2 hours, finishing up a few other assignments along with our project.

"Finally," Peeta says, stretching his arms.

"Do you want to stay for a bit?" I ask him. Please let him stay, I silently pray.

"You think I'd pass up such a convenient opportunity to spend time with you?" he asks. "I'll stay for an hour or so."

"Good. My mom can drive you home then." I move to sit next to him on my carpeted floor. He seems to think we still aren't close enough and closes the gap between us. He puts his strong arm around my shoulder and looks into my dull grey eyes.

"You have beautiful eyes," he murmurs.

I snort. "Yours are the beautiful ones, not mine."

"Katniss, no more putting yourself down. You need to realize that you are a beautiful girl. In fact, you're the most attractive girl I've ever met. But that's not the main reason I like you. I like you because you have a good heart and I'm drawn to you like a moth to a light." I don't have his way with words so I just put my hand on his cheek and stroke his face. I feel him lean into my touch and we sit like that for a few minutes. Peeta then turns so we face each other and he pulls me into his arms. I put my head against his chest and I'm enveloped in his warmth. I curl up against him and feel more calm than I ever have before. Peeta strokes my hair daintily and my fingers draw invisible swirls across his sky blue t-shirt. "Do you sing?" he asks, fiddling with the end of my braid.

"I used to sing to Prim when she had nightmares. Why?"

"Your voice is so lulling. Will you sing for me?"

I look up into those comforting blue eyes and know I could never say no. "What do you want me to sing?"

"Anything you want to," he murmurs.

"We were both young when I first saw you
I close my eyes
And the flashback starts
I'm standing there
On a balcony in summer air

See the lights
See the party, the ball gowns
See you make your way through the crowd
And say hello, little did I know

That you were Romeo, you were throwing pebbles
And my daddy said stay away from Juliet
And I was crying on the staircase
Begging you please don't go, and I said

Romeo take me somewhere we can be alone
I'll be waiting, all there's left to do is run
You'll be the prince and I'll be the princess
It's a love story baby just say yes

So I sneak out to the garden to see you
We keep quiet cause we're dead if they knew
So close your eyes
Escape this town for a little while

Cause you were Romeo, I was a scarlet letter
And my daddy said stay away from Juliet
But you were everything to me
I was begging you please don't go and I said

Romeo take me somewhere we can be alone
I'll be waiting all there's left to do is run
You'll be the prince and I'll be the princess
It's a love story baby just say yes

Romeo save me, they're tryin' to tell me how to feel
This love is difficult, but it's real
Don't be afraid, we'll make it out of this mess
It's a love story baby just say yes

Oh oh

I got tired of waiting
Wondering if you were ever coming around
My faith in you was fading
When I met you on the outskirts of town, and I said

Romeo save me I've been feeling so alone
I keep waiting for you but you never come
Is this in my head? I don't know what to think
He knelt to the ground and pulled out a ring and said

Marry me Juliet
You'll never have to be alone
I love you and that's all I really know
I talked to your dad, go pick out a white dress
It's a love story baby just say yes

Oh, oh,
Oh, oh
Cause we were both young when I first saw you..."

"That was beautiful," Peeta chokes out. Was he going to cry?

"Please don't cry, Peeta," I plead. He seems to be trying to pull himself together.

"I won't. Can I kiss you now?" he asks. I pull myself up with my arms around his neck.

"Why would you want to kiss me?" I wonder aloud.

"Would you kiss me if you had the chance?"

"If you'd let me, I would."

"Then we probably have the same reasoning," he tells me.