Drunken Confessions - Part 3

Here’s the final part to my little drabble series! You can find part 1 here and part 2 here.

Once again, my eternal love and gratitude to @everlylark and @papofglencoe for their amazingness. :)

And thanks to everyone who read, liked, reblogged and took this fluffy little Everlark journey with me. I was shocked by the response and it gave me the motivation to keep writing. I have some ideas for future stories so stay tuned :)

Let me know what you thought of the final part!

Summary: When Katniss drunkenly confesses something to Peeta, he has to figure out what he will do with this information.


Peeta checked the lasagna in the oven before turning his attention to the French bread he had picked up that morning from his family’s bakery. He sat down at the counter and started to butter the bread. Given the mindlessness of the task, his mind started to wander to his plans for the evening. He was finally going to broach the subject of marriage with Katniss, possibly even ask her to marry him. It had been a week since her drunken confession, and tonight seemed like the perfect time to bring up the topic. She had spent the day with the girls getting their final fittings for Annie’s wedding next weekend. Hopefully, she wouldn’t be too burnt out on wedding talk. Okay, so maybe tonight wasn’t the best time after all. Maybe he should wait.

Peeta chastised himself for again second guessing his plan. Not that it was much of a plan, but he had to stop second guessing himself or Katniss was going to realize something was up. He had already been on edge for the past week—no need to prolong the torture. He need to just rip off the band-aid, so to speak, and ask her, or at the very least talk to her about it.

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anonymous asked:

Hey!! This is like not a prompt exactly, but just wanted to say I've read your District 2 series recently and kinda fell in love with it and I was wondering, did you have any favourite characters in the THG series? Also your opinion on Katniss? Thanks!

Oooh, fun question! :D Thanks, Anon!

If we’re talking non-Careers characters, I was definitely drawn to Johanna when I first read the series, and Prim, and Rue. (Talk to me sometime about how Rue is a Slytherin and a protector and the oldest of 4 and not a helpless little baby.) I also liked Beetee and Wiress, though I didn’t have any specific headcanons for them. I liked Finnick, a lot, before getting into fandom. I was very intrigued by Cinna and the issues of privilege and complicity and guilt and everything else that surrounds him. I really liked Boggs, too, because I have a thing for soldiers who realize they’re fighting the wrong war and die trying to do the right thing. 

Sometimes people ask me if I’m ever going to write non-D2 characters, and honestly, the chances are very slim - slim to zero if that character already has a fandom. I write in the void, my friends. If I did, though, it would probably be Rue. I’ve already written Prim in a way that satisfied me (AU, mind, but even so!) and I don’t have anything new to say about the others, but Rue occasionally chews on me.

As for the second, I really like Katniss, honestly. And it’s funny - at first I was ambivalent and even dismissive, because I’m (almost) always drawn to minor or secondary characters, but the more THG fans started to spit on her, the more protective I got. Now every time I see a “Katniss sucks and the series should have focused more on [insert OP’s favourite character here]” post I get very snarly because you know what? No. Now she’s my child and you don’t get to talk that way about my child. It’s an interesting problem, though, because a lot of the pro-Katniss stuff isn’t what I want to read, either, so I end up liking her a lot when I read/watch the canon, but not engaging with her in a fannish setting pretty much at all.

Look, here’s what I like about Katniss. She’s unfriendly, she’s unsympathetic, she’s bad with people but she loves very fiercely. It takes a lot to move into her inner circle but once you’re there she’ll fight for you until she has no breath. She hates owing debts to people but is incapable of writing them off or pretending she doesn’t so she can feel better. She’s sixteen years old and didn’t ask for any of this, she wanted to save her sister and maybe not die in the process. Yet she’s thrust into this role without any consent whatsoever on her part, and fights to survive and not let everyone down while no one in her life is/can be honest and everyone withholds crucial information but expects her to play the part anyway - like, excuse me? (And then people outside fandom - usually dudes but not always - accuse of her of having no agency and that’s why she’s a terrible heroine and not feminist~~, like please stop talking?) I feel like a lot of criticism of Katniss is “she’s not perfect” (readers), “she’s not likeable enough” (movie reviewers), “she’s not omniscient enough” (big-picture fans, including past-me), “she doesn’t appreciate my fav enough” (specific character fans, including past-me), and while they’re not the ONLY reasons people dislike her, it is a lion’s share. 

(sidebar, one time I got into a huge argument with a friend who said Katniss was a bitch for not returning Peeta’s love at the end of book one after ~everything he did for her~, those of you who know me will be able to guess my reaction)

Plus Katniss doesn’t know how to smile, or be pretty, or play the game, or do anything insincere - and you know what, I get all of that. I empathize hard. (Book Katniss is better at it, she was giggling and flirting and tugging Peeta into closets to make out for the camera while poor movie Katniss couldn’t muster up a convincing smile, both of which are interesting interpretations.) But I am also terrible at playing any sort of game for gain, and that’s at like, getting a job levels, never mind ‘everyone you love will die if you don’t. And the thing is, Katniss is terrible but she STEPS UP, once she gets the stakes she tries her hardest. She smiles, she dances, she flirts, she kisses – she fights, she screams, she bleeds – and in the end none of it matters. No reward for any of her sacrifices, not without terrible cost. And the worst part is that as she fights for all this, these incredibly basic wants that almost all are denied her in the end, the anti-Katniss fandom (including past-me) resents her for taking up any space whatsoever, essentially blaming her for being the protagonist of her own story.

I used to rag on Katniss for the limited nature of her POV and understanding re: the Careers, but honestly, I’ve tried to stop doing that. That’s human, and in Panem that’s also strictly designed (talk to me sometime about dictatorships and the control of information and its role in suppression), and that’s also essential to being a teenager. Most of the stuff people get so angry at her for not realizing (including past-me) are things that don’t make sense for her to understand. And you know what, she grows a lot - she realizes that she can’t just run, that the fight is bigger than herself even when she knows that means risking the loss of her most important people (AND GUESS WHAT, SHE WASN’T WRONG, OOPS). She realizes she was wrong about District 2 and what privilege means, she was wrong about the Careers, about Finnick, about Enobaria, about Cato, all of it. She comes incredibly far as a character, but man, does the narrative drop a rock on her in reward, and meanwhile the anti-Katniss faction (again, including past-me) will blame her for not coming far enough in the specific direction they wanted her to.

The ending/epilogue … I can’t, I honestly can’t. I’m glad people read it and are happy for her, that’s great, they’re the ones the book was written for, but I can’t be. I read the epilogue and I cry for her every time, and the worst part is, I don’t know how to fix it. :(

I pretty much have zero tolerance for “Katniss sucks and my favourite character is way better” anymore. None. And if that favourite character is male, and/or older than she is? Heck no. (This is a pan-fandom issue, mind…) I’m not going to get into internet fights about it, people are allowed to like what they like and hate what they hate, but I will mute any posts on my dash because I don’t need to read it. 

Anyway, Tumblr, I’m not asking for replies telling me why Katniss sucks and another character is better, and please don’t take this as a personal attack and think anyone needs to defend themselves. We all engage differently. Anon, I was glad to get this question, because District 2 hates Katniss for the most part, so people often assume I do too, and it’s good to set the record straight.

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Get to know me meme: [4/5] Favorite Movies 

 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 

 "Katniss… remember who the real enemy is"

Here’s To The Crazy Ones.....

The misfits….

The rebels…. 

The troublemakers…

The round pegs in square holes…. 

The ones who see things differently… 

They are not fond of the rules and have no respect for the status quo….

You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them….

The only thing you can’t do is ignore them….

Because they change things…..

They push the human race forward….

And while some may see them as the crazy ones….

We see genius. 

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“Gale didn’t say, “Katniss will pick whoever it will break her heart to give up,” or even “whoever she can’t live without.” Those would have implied I was motivated by a kind of passion. But my best friend predicts I will choose the person “I can’t survive without.”[…] At the moment, the choice would be simple. I can survive just fine without either of them.“

(with Devery Jacobs as Katniss Everdeen)