Peeta and I grow back together. There are still moments when he clenches the back of a chair and hangs on until the flashbacks are over. I wake screaming from nightmares of mutts and lost children. But his arms are there to comfort me. And eventually his lips. On the night I feel that thing again, the hunger that overtook me on the beach, I know this would have happened anyway. That what I need to survive is not Gale’s fire, kindled with rage and hatred. I have plently of fire myself. What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again. And only Peeta can give me that.
So after, when he whispers, "You love me. Real or not real?"
I tell him, "Real."
We’re a team. We’re in this together.
"Back in the arena. Back in the place of nightmares. That’s where I am going. I have to admit I didn’t see it coming. I saw a multitude of other things. Being publicly humiliated, tortured, and executed. Fleeing through the wilderness, pursued by Peacekeepers and hovercraft. Marriage to Peeta with our children forced into the arena. But never that I myself would have to be a player in the Games again. Why? Because there’s no precedent for it. Victors are out of the reaping for life. That’s the deal if you win. Until now.”
OH BOY BUT I HAVE SO MANY?
I’m so so sorry to the moments I will miss right now.
- oh my God OKAY I DON’T KNOW WHICH ONE TO PUT IN THE FIRST PLACE MAN. Like there are so many good ones but OK, I’M GONNA BE REAL UNORIGINAL AND GO FOR THE BEACH SCENE. Because whenever somebody mentions Peeta and Katniss to me this is the first scene that comes to my mind and it’s such a classic and quite possibly the most important moment they share in Catching Fire at least. I mean this kiss is the defining moment when even the most difficult readers can’t deny that Katniss is definitely falling for Peeta and it has nothing to do with putting up an act.
- The entirety of Mockingjay part two (after Peeta is rescued) is angst galore and I’m LOVING it with every bone of my body but the scene where Katniss tells him stuff about himself that he’s forgotten like his favorite color and how he ties his shoelaces and how he likes to sleep because she’s noticed all this and the fact that she has paid attention to all these details about him and learned all that in a fairly short amount of time and is the ONLY PERSON IN THE WORLD who knows Peeta so well is so powerful to me.
- Rooftop scene. THESE KIDS ARE ABOUT TO DIE AND THEY DON’T CARE. They just put everything aside for a day and manage to find beauty in the world and each other in what they believe to be their final days. beaaaaaaautiful.
- OK SO MOST OF YOU WON’T PROBABLY REMEMBER THIS SCENE. But right after the beach kiss, Katniss wakes up the next day and she says that the first thing she feels is some strange sort of happiness connected to Peeta and she tries to cling on to that feeling before reality sets in. And I swear, I don’t think I’ve connected more with Katniss in this entire trilogy? Because for that small moment she’s a teenage girl who’s falling in love with a boy and he’s able to make her giddy for a little while even if she could be dead by night.
- "Don’t let him take you away from me. Stay with me." kiss and Peeta’s automatic "Always" because, come on.
- The entire cave arc, I can’t pick a moment but that was really iconic, has to make it to the list obviously.
- THAT REALLY LONG HUG WHEN THE VICTORY TOUR IS ABOUT TO START? All those months of tension and bitterness and confusion and guilt and it washes away with an embrace that’s just amazing.
- "You love me real or not real?" Real talk, the ending was rushed as hell. There should be at least five more pages dedicated to Katniss and her life after the war and how she found her way back to Peeta. It’s great material for fan fiction but we should have it in the book, no question. However the ‘real or not real’ scene alone is amazing to me (and if it’s not in the movies I will burn Utica to the ground); I love how it happens so quitely and intimately. Because Katniss and Peeta have spent so much time in front of cameras and putting on a show for other people, it feels only natural that their first I love yous would happen on their own, in the dark, lying close to each other and whispering. Gives me chills just know to think about tbh. (ALSO please clear this up to me, it IS canon that this all happens after the first time they have sex right? RIGHT?)
- When Peeta is lying down in Mockingjay and after not having touched him in months, Katniss reaches out and plays with his hair. KILL ME.
- Her little completely unplanned kiss after Peeta’s speech about giving money to District 11 just because she thought he was an amazing human.
you wanna hear about the deal i’m making?
if you answered ‘the last time peeta will ever truly be able to discern between real or not real’
if you answered ‘the first half of a juxtaposition between when katniss is mentally tormented and peeta is the weapon she uses to control her fear and when peeta’s entire personality is deconstructed using torture and katniss is the only person left who truly knew who he was’
if you answered ‘pre emptive mockingjay setup in which we establish that katniss and peeta’s relationship is how they keep themselves grounded and distinguish between reality and the captiol’s lies and propaganda and how when the captiol tortures peeta they use that very relationship to psychologically break him down and blur the lines between sanity and insanity using katniss as the focus point specifically to hurt her because they undestand the significance of this relationship’
then you’d be right
katniss and peeta ± trailers/bookquotes
Page to screen: Catching Fire Chapter 15
We’re almost at the door. I crane my head around, but neither Portia nor Cinna, who were with us right up to the final second last year, are anywhere in sight. “Are we supposed to hold hands this year?” I ask.
"I guess they’ve left it up to us," says Peeta.
I look up into those blue eyes that no amount of dramatic makeup can make truly deadly and remember how, just a year ago, I was prepared to kill him. Convinced he was trying to kill me. Now everything is reversed. I’m determined to keep him alive, knowing the cost will be my own life, but the part of me that is not so brave as I could wish is glad that it’s Peeta, and not Haymitch, beside me. Our hands find eachother without further discussion. Of course we will go into this as one.