Summary:A series of scenes set in modern times featuring many pairings/families from the Hunger Games (similar to Love Actually). Inspired by 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. (Much thanks to thesaltywinteradult who helped iron out all these details, especially in giving me the scenario for the first Everlark scene.)
Trigger warning: The first section features sick kids (there is puke). The sixth deals with a recovering alcoholic (not explicitly mentioned, but heavily alluded to).
1. “Love is patient, love is kind”
Annie walked out of the Mags and Brendan’s room shaking her head as she cleared the thermometer. “Both are just over a hundred.” She pressed the thermometer to Pearl’s temple. The baby tried to burrow into Gale’s chest away from it. “I know, sweetie. Just give me a minute.” She clicked her tongue. “Hers is only ninety-nine point three.”
Finnick stepped out of the kitchen with bowls of soup. “I got the cure for what ails ‘em.” He walked toward the bedroom, but paused when Pearl puked all over Gale’s chest. “Ew.”
❝ you have a beautiful voice, miss. ❞ the capitol-finnick smile stretches widely and brightly. ❝ i could have listened to you sing all night. ❞ allaria bauble’s hand snakes its way around his knee under the table, squeezing it tightly. she likes when he makes her jealous on their ‘dates.’
Somebody left a comment on my latest chapter that, in part, read:
Finnick helping Cashmere is perfect, with both of them helping the other through their grief. They are two people who could have been identical, if Finnick didn’t have Mags.
And I thought I’d share my reply here, because I waxed discursive (like I do) about character psychology:
Thaaank yooouu! Omg, yes, Finnick and Cashmere, so true. They’re actually going to have a discussion later on (much later on, like in 40 chapters), about how she would have turned out more like him if she’d grown up in Four with the benefit of Mags as a mentor.
If you ask me, the biggest inherent difference in their personalities that isn’t due to their upbringing is that Finnick is by nature more driven and ambitious. More like Johanna in that respect. He *sought out* Mags to push him harder, he wasn’t born her child. That said, the academy that brainwashed Cashmere got a hold of her before her fifth birthday. It’s hard to say what’s inborn and what’s because of her cult-like upbringing.
Finnick, put in that academy as a five-year-old, would absolutely have tried to excel by being the *most* compliant, the *most* willing to follow orders and live up to expectations. In other words, a lot like Cashmere. Even now, you can see him trying to live up to all Mags’ expectations, being trained by Annie, trying to get on Katniss’s good side, being the Capitol’s darling…even when it’s fake, it suits his personality to be a chameleon more than it would, say, Johanna.
I hope the upcoming chapters continue to delight! There will be more action, and more glimpses of what’s going on in Four (which we’ll switch to in chapter 1 of part 4).