Part Nine is up!
Many thanks to my beta @thestuckinbed!
Peeta squeezed Katniss’s hand as the carriage bounced along the street toward the palace. She looked over and the side of her mouth lifted.
“I won’t leave your side.” Peeta promised.
“He might make you.” Katniss protested. “But I don’t think he will do anything to either of us. He needs us.” She looked across to Prim. “But you can stay close to her as much as possible.”
“I’m not a child, Katniss.” Prim argued.
“I know, Prim. But there will be men—”
“I will be close to you both, at any rate.” Peeta looked between the sisters and squeezed Katniss’s hand again. “As much as I can be.”
Katniss nodded. “Thank you.”