“No one really needs me,” he says, and there’s no self-pity in his voice. It’s true his family doesn’t need him. They will mourn him, as will a handful of friends. But they will get on. Even Haymitch with the help of a lot of white liquor, will get on. I realize only one person will be damaged beyond repair if Peeta dies. Me.
“I do,” I say. “I need you.”

Favorite Quotes:
  • Katniss: So, since we were five, you never even noticed any other girls?
  • Peeta: No, I noticed just about every girl, but none of them made a lasting impression but you.
  • Katniss: I'm sure that would thrill your parents, you liking a girl from the Seam.
  • Peeta: Hardly. But I couldn't care less. Anyway, if we make it back, you won't be a girl from the Seam, you'll be a girl from the Victor's Village.
  • Katniss: But then, our only neighbor will be Haymitch!
  • Peeta: Ah, that'll be nice. You and me and Haymitch. Very cozy. Picnics, birthdays, long winter nights around the fire retelling old Hunger Games tales.