annie and finnick odair

Mags’ War, Part 1, Chapter 1

At long, long, long long long loooong last, the giant epic Finnick fic I’ve been working on since 2014 has started to go up on AO3!!! I’m not linking to it in this particular post so that I can have one post show up in searches (thanks a lot, tumblr), but you can find it under my same username there, or check the tags on this post for a direct link to AO3.

It’s…very different from the fic I was imagining when I set out to write. In many ways, it’s a lot better, because I thought up more ideas as I went along. In other ways, sometimes I just picked something at random to keep the story going. It’s a very heavily character-centered story, and the plot, when not driven directly by “what would this character do, given this scenario?” is often “enough scaffolding for the character to have something to do while character development is in progress.” But I hope that the characterization is strong enough to make up for it.

I’m going to keep a “Mags verse extended edition” tag for my collected commentary on the fic. For this chapter, that means you get a bonus scene.


Annie making an octopus when she was still teaching herself woodcarving was one of the very first scenes I wrote, back in 2014. The scene never found a home, and so it got cut down to three lines in the beginning of Mags’ War. Here’s the full scene.

“Ugh.” Annie holds something up for Finnick to see as he steps into her studio. “I’m going to have to trash this. This is not an octopus.”

Coming closer to get a good look, Finnick takes the carving from her and studies it in the light. Annie’s workspace is set up in the corner of her dining room, where the sun pours in from windows on both walls.

The eyes are mere gouges in the wood that don’t match, the tentacles are uneven, and one has a piece broken off. And he can see where she started the suction cups and then gave up.

“Aww, no,” Finnick protests, cradling it in his hands. “It’s just a victor octopus. It won the Octopus Games.”

Annie shudders a little, but forces herself into the spirit of the banter. “Does it clown around to get attention?”

“Oh, absolutely.” In Finnick’s hands, the wooden octopus starts doing a wobbly little dance on its seven and half tentacles.

While Annie’s bent over laughing, her face in her hands, Finnick grins and slides the carving into his pocket. “Anyway, it’s obviously had a rough life and needs a good home.”

Annie gasps and starts trying to snatch it out. “Finnick! Give that back!”

Laughingly, he angles to keep it out of her reach. “You don’t need to worry about it. It’s in good hands now.”

“Don’t show that to anyone!” she orders, outraged.

“Annie, why do you think I want it? So I can make fun of you because you’re still learning? Come on. I want something that reminds me of laughing with you.” She hesitates, and Finnick urges, “It’s just for me, I promise.”

Annie narrows her eyes but let it go. “All right, but when I figure out how to carve an octopus that looks like an octopus, you have to take that one too. And show it to people.”

“Not to worry. Your first seaworthy octopus is mine.”

  • what she says: i'm fine
  • what she means: finnick odair is viewed widely as a superficial character who was only self-obsessed and okay with being a killer, but really he survived the hunger games as the youngest ever winner, went through that much trauma and survived at 14 years old, grew up to fall in love with an emotionally damaged girl who had gone through what he had, yet she had turned out more externally damaged, grew close with a sweet old woman, was willing to protect her with his life and literally physically carried her on his back in the games, despite the risk to himself, stood with the rebellion against the Capitol even though he was their darling, publicly defied and spilled secrets about the president, married that same damaged girl he loved even in the middle of a war and had a child who he never got to meet, helped a psychologically damaged and unrecognizable Peeta and defended him, protected his friends and team against the lizard mutts, and actually begged for Katniss to throw a bomb down where he was, because he knew that it would save her and the rest of the team, even though he would die.
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crossover aesthetic: the hunger games characters sorted in hogwarts houses

  • hufflepuff: peeta mellark - primrose everdeen
  • griffyndor: katnis everdeen - finnick odair
  • slytherin: gale hawthorne - johanna mason
  • ravenclaw: annie cresta - madge undersee

Are you ready for this? We’re kicking off another round of RETHG where we read, create, fangirl/guy and dissect our favorite books and OTP. 

Every week we read two chapters which are accompanied with questions and prompts that engage the fandom in various ways. You can choose to write/think/create/act on those, or do what you feel inspired to do. Just tag with #rethg and your post will be blogged on @everlarkedalways and many other blogs that regularly participate!

We always end the reread with a rewatch where we take a specific time to corporately watch the movies together! It’s definitely one of my favorite fandom things I’ve ever participated in. Join us! You will not regret it. :)

Let’s do this, THG fandom!

THE HUNGER GAMES

  • 4/3-4/9        Ch. 1 & 2
  • 4/10-4/16    Ch. 3 & 4
  • 4/17-4/23    Ch. 5 & 6
  • 4/24-4/30    Ch. 7 & 8
  • 5/1-5/7        Ch. 9 & 10
  • 5/8-5/14      Ch. 11 & 12
  • 5/15-5/21    Ch. 13 & 14
  • 5/22-5/28    Ch. 15 & 16
  • 5/29-6/4      Ch. 17 & 18
  • 6/5-6/11      Ch. 19 & 20
  • 6/12-6/18    Ch. 21 & 22
  • 6/19-6/25    Ch. 23 & 24
  • 6/26-7/2      Ch. 25, 26 & 27

CATCHING FIRE

  • 7/3-7/9        Ch. 1 & 2
  • 7/10-7/16    Ch. 3 & 4
  • 7/17-7/23    Ch. 5 & 6
  • 7/24-7/30    Ch. 7 & 8
  • 7/31-8/6      Ch. 9 & 10
  • 8/7-8/13      Ch. 11 & 12
  • 8/14-8/20    Ch. 13 & 14
  • 8/21-8/27    Ch. 15 & 16
  • 8/28-9/3      Ch. 17 & 18
  • 9/4-9/10      Ch. 19 & 20
  • 9/11-9/17    Ch. 21 & 22
  • 9/18-9/24    Ch. 23 & 24
  • 9/25-10/1    Ch. 25, 26 & 27

MOCKINGJAY

  • 10/2-10/8       Ch. 1 & 2
  • 10/9-10/15     Ch. 3 & 4
  • 10/16-10/22   Ch. 5 & 6
  • 10/23-10/29   Ch. 7 & 8
  • 10/30-11/5     Ch. 9 & 10
  • 11/6-11/12      Ch. 11 & 12
  • 11/13-11/19    Ch. 13 & 14
  • 11/20-11/26    Ch. 15 & 16
  • 11/27-12/3      Ch. 17 & 18
  • 12/4-12/10      Ch. 19 & 20
  • 12/11-12/17    Ch. 21 & 22
  • 12/18-12/24    Ch. 23 & 24
  • 12/25-12/31    Ch. 25, 26, 27

RETHG MOVIE REWATCH

THE HUNGER GAMES             JAN. 1, 2018
CATCHING FIRE                       JAN. 7, 2018
MOCKINGJAY PART 1              JAN. 14, 2018
MOCKINGJAY PART 2              JAN. 21, 2018

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YA LIT MEME: Eigth OTPs.

↳  THE HUNGER GAMES; Finnick Odair and Annie Cresta. [7/8]

And suddenly, it’s as if there’s no one in the world but these two, crashing through space to reach each other. They collide, enfold, lose their balance, and slam against a wall, where they stay. Clinging into one being. Indivisible.
A pang of jealousy hits me. Not for either Finnick or Annie but for their certainty. No one seeing them could doubt their love.

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“Finnick!” Something between a shriek and a cry of joy. A lovely if somewhat bedraggled young woman — dark tangled hair, sea green eyes — runs toward us in nothing but a sheet. “Finnick!” And suddenly, it’s as if there’s no one in the world but these two, crashing through space to reach each other. They collide, enfold, lose their balance, and slam against a wall, where they stay. Clinging into one being. Indivisible. A pang of jealousy hits me. Not for either Finnick or Annie but for their certainty. No one seeing them could doubt their love.”

Some love Peeta

Originally posted by vivere-militare-est1991

Some love Gale

Originally posted by hiyaimabs

But everyone loves Finnick

Originally posted by hermionewinchester

If Tumblr takes this down again, I swear I’m gonna scream