Cosa Nostra - A Preview for A Candle for the Caribbean
As many of you know, @loveinpanem is holding a charity event to raise money for those impacted by the hurricanes in Caribbean. If you donate money to any charity that’s helping victims, you will receive a copy of a fanfic anthology put together by many talented writers and artists.
For my contribution, I’ve decided to finish a fic that I’ve been working on behind the scenes for over three(!) years now. Conceived one night while @beanfromdistrict7 were dining at an old Italian restaurant on the Strip, Cosa Nostra is an Everlark historical AU taking place in 1950′s mob-run Las Vegas. Katniss Everdeen is a performer for The Mockingjay, which is run by mob boss Coriolanus Snow. Peeta Mellark is a forensic accountant who is a plant for the FBI in The Mockingjay’s business office. The two meet and are instantly drawn to each other, but how can anything possibly end well when they are on two opposing sides? Especially since Katniss knows that the mob will have no problem harming her sister if she betrays them.
Since I’m a Vegas local, this story is also a bit of a nod to our own recent disaster, the shooting at Mandalay Bay. Such a sad world we live in. But it’s the people rush to help those who have been harmed by these events that make our world worth living in.
At any rate, enjoy the preview!
“Good evening, Miss Everdeen,” he says to me in a voice that is a little too upbeat. “It’s wonderful to finally get to meet you.”
“Good evening,” I say to him, my voice far more stilted.
“I’ve heard so many things about you,” he continues.
“And I, you,” I say, then kick myself mentally because that is about as dangerous comment as I could possibly make. I may as well just openly challenge him. I don’t dare betray the fear I’m actually feeling, though, and do the best I can to arrange my facial features into one of stone. I hope against hope I have a better poker face now than I did when gambling with Peeta and Haymitch the other night.