“An explosion rocks out behind us as the lift rises up into the air. We’re thrown forcefully around as the vibrations ring out. I can’t tell whether my ears are ringing from the blast or from the screams or from the changing pressure of the depth. My brain struggles to keep up as my heart beats.” - Chapter 1, Til the Rain Comes by lollercakes
Whew! This is an especially painful quote that sticks with me because of what it means for Peeta and Katniss. Moments before the explosion, Gale pushes Peeta towards the lift and Peeta holds tightly to Gale’s shirt sleeve the entire time. There is even a moment when Peeta is reassuring Gale that they are almost to the top, although I’m almost positive that his reassurances were being spoken to an already dead Gale.
I love this story because lollercakes paints a different portrait of Gale and Katniss’s relationship than I have ever seen before. They are happily married, with an incredibly bond - so much so that when he passes, Katniss almost loses herself to the depths of depression.
But it is with Peeta’s help that she comes out of it, well that and something else that I won’t mention in case you haven’t read the story and I don’t want to spoiler it.
Just know that loller’s words will pull you in and her story will mesmerize you. Her ability to convey physiological realities of starvation are profound and will leave you knowing and feeling Peeta’s hunger. It’s just a fantastic story!
Thank you so much for your words, lollercakes! I am so grateful you take the time to write stories that entertain and captivate!