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So We Beat On (ch.1?)

I started this nearly 3 years ago, inspired by the 2013 version of The Great Gatsby, then submitted it for 2014 Fandom4LLS. It’s meant to be a WIP, but will I ever actually continue it? I hope so. I’m kind of posting in the hopes that it will somehow provoke my inspiration. Or maybe I just need classes to finally be over for the year for that to happen, idk. 

Summary: Katniss agrees to help her cousin Gale as a bootlegger during prohibition. As a result, she discovers an entire decadent world of partying, jazz music, and against her better judgement becomes mixed up with mysterious socialite-turned-war-hero, Peeta Mellark. 1920′s jazz era historical AU, heavily influed by The Great Gatsby.

Rating: T

“I felt a haunting loneliness sometimes, and felt it in others–young clerks in the dusk, wasting the most poignant moments of night and life.”

As the sinking sun casts its muted orange haze over the sardined buildings, I cup my head in my hand, balanced carefully on the edge of my knee, while I wait patiently on the back stoop. From a window propped open at the dwelling adjacent from us, music drifts down, a lazy tune I vaguely recognize only as that new music craze that’s seized the country in quite a fervor. I hear it sometimes walking down the streets on my way home from the factory, wafting out from some apartment or humming silently behind the darkened windows of the general store. Jazz, they call it.

I’m waiting for my cousin Gale, who promised to pick me up here, from this very spot, as soon as the cover of night falls. He promised me good money if I were willing to help him in this new venture of his. Good money for us all, he said. I was hesitant at first, but I would do almost anything if it meant food for my mother, and my sister. Prim, who is the only person in the world I’m certain I love.

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