SSS - Six Weeks (MoreS2SL Submission)
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Peeta stared at her, appearing to struggle with an internal debate, then visibly settling into a decision. “I’ve lived here all my life and know this area like the back of my hand. I could show you around. There’s the Spanish Fort down in St. Augustine. The botanical gardens. Anastasia’s Island. Haven’t you been to any of these?”
Katniss shook her head, realizing when she thought about it how very little she’d actually enjoyed herself these last four years.
Peeta’s face took on an exaggerated solemnity. “I would like to rectify this situation, if you’ll let me.”
“Which situation?” Katniss laughed at his face, so serious with mock determination. How could she feel this good so easily?
“The fact that you’ve been in Panem City for - how long has it been?”
“Four years,” Katniss answered.
“Four years! And you’ve never been to any of the major sights?”
“I was here to study. And work! I had a scholarship to hold onto. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have been able to pay for school.”
Peeta nodded. “That’s impressive. But now you’re a college graduate and you’ll be looking for work soon. That means you have to play the tourist before adulting duties take over your life.”
Katniss felt crestfallen when he said this. She felt like she’d already been forced to “adult” even before she’d left high school and had skipped over the playful, student-life phase that others seemed to have been able to enjoy. “I don’t think that’s going to work.”
“Why not?” Peeta asked, his blue eyes boring into hers. He’d noted her change of mood and his playfulness fell away with hers.
“Because, I’m leaving in six weeks. Five, after this week…” she looked around as if she’d find a calendar hanging in the air between them. “I start work a week after I get home…” she trailed off.
Peeta frowned, thinking about her words. “You’re…leaving?”
Katniss nodded. “I go back home to my family…and my fiance.”