I think that Haymitch and Maysilee’s romance is almost parallel to Katniss and Peeta’s. That’s why he is so drawn to actually making an effort to helping her. And I really wanted that connection between Maysilee and Haymitch to come out, but at the same time convey that Haymitch is extremely conflicted because in the back of his mind he can’t help but think, eventually someone is going to kill her or I’m going to have to kill her. This is why he puts on such a tough guy show and tries not to get attached. But eventually he does, and then he loses her. Which really contributes to why Haymitch becomes an alcoholic.
—  James Gaisford (On Maysilee and Haymitch’s romance). 

Christmas at the Mainstay by Shawn Colborn
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Portra 160 VC emulation shared with

A few steps into the woods grows a bank of wildflowers. Perhaps they are really weeds of some sort, but they have blossoms in beautiful shades of violet and yellow and white. I gather up an armful and come back to Rue’s side. Slowly, one stem at a time, I decorate her body in the flowers. Covering the ugly wound. Wreathing her face. Weaving her hair with bright colors.

They’ll have to show it. Or, even if they choose to turn the cameras elsewhere at this moment, they’ll have to bring them back when they collect the bodies and everyone will see her then and know I did it. I step back and take a last look at Rue. She could really be asleep in that meadow after all.

Bye, Rue,” I whisper. I press the three middle fingers of my left hand against my lips and hold them out in her direction. Then I walk away without looking back.


The Second Quarter Quell by Mainstay Pro