Innocence Within (Part I)
Written by: @alliswell21
Prompt #59: Lighthearted Canon-Divergent, Snow’s Hijacking backfires, reverting Peeta to a childlike state, where he pulls on Katniss’ braids, and draws her pictures to let her know that he Likes-Likes her. by @elaine-spades.
Rated: Hard T for mature themes
Tags: AU, In Panem Canon Divergent, Botched Hijacking, Fluff and Angst, Memory Loss, Mention of Torture, PTSD, Grief, etc.
Word Count: approx. 9200 for this part. Fic will be continued on AO3 and possibly on ff.net
Summary: “It hits me immediately, Haymitch and I are the only family Peeta has now, whatever is wrong with him, it’ll be up to us to deal with.” Peeta has been rescued from the Capitol, Katniss will do her best to help The Boy with Bread come back to her.
Author’s note: The prompt requests the story to be lighthearted, but the more I dip my toes in the story, the theme of losing ones mind is actually more heartbreaking, but I can try for Fluffy and sweet until it rots your teeth. This scenario turns out to be bittersweet once the story starts developing. I hope I can do justice to the prompt since it’s a very good one, and I thank Elaine-spades for it. This story was betaed by the very insightful @kleeklutch, who did some very necessary trimming and crossed out my t’s beautifully, thank you dear, your input is much appreciated. I used lyrics to ‘Down in The Valley’ a popular Appalachian Mountain Air, no author that I could specifically find for, the lyrics vary by singer as this kind of folk songs do. Although we have no way of knowing if this is the specific song SC referred to by ‘The Valley song’ it’s pretty fitting.