unconditional

“Anything that annoys you is for teaching you patience.
Anyone who abandons you is for
teaching you how to stand up
on your own two feet.
Anything that angers you is for teaching you forgiveness and compassion.
Anything that has power over you is for teaching you how to take your power back.
Anything you hate is for
teaching you unconditional love.
Anything you fear is for
teaching you courage to
overcome your fear.
Anything you can’t control is for teaching you how to let go and trust the Universe” - Jackson Kiddard

Truly loving someone means respecting their opinion, regardless of what it is. Not everyone close to you will share the same thoughts, feelings, and values, but with unconditional love also comes unconditional understanding.
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin
Her soul knew, but she didn’t. Her life had changed completely since that moment, her destiny was intertwined to another person, which results to be the twin soul of her soul. She didn’t expect this in her life, but her soul did. Her soul was happy to have found that soul so identical to hers after a long time. It felt like coming back home again, the place where she has been from that moment on.
—  twinflames-doesexist

The Jim to My Pam

Be the Jim to my Pam,
The heart of my heart;
Love me as I am,
Admire me as art.

Kiss my soul before
Tasting of my lips,
Then slowly reach for more
With loving fingertips.

But Pam’s less moody than I am
And you’re less impish than Jim…
Yet when I first saw you, like Pam’s,
My heart whispered, “Stay close to him.”

***the rights to the image from The Office belong to NBCUniversal

There is no one single form of love. It can be between any two living souls at all; and it will still be love. There is no right or wrong way, certain criteria, or specific steps that are required. If you feel love for someone, it is what it is,
And that is simply love.
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin
Love is...Unconditional

Banner by the brilliant, amazing and perfectly talented @akai-echo

Parts 1 and 2 are available on AO3/ffnet

Epilogue will post on Valentine’s Day. 

A million thanks to my lovely friend, @eala-musings for betaing this, the incomparable @akai-echo for the prereading, making the gorgeous set of banners and for talking me through some plot points. And finally, to the wonderful @thegirlfromoverthepond , my other partner in crime with @loveinpanem for inspiring this fic. Thank you all!

Part 3 - Release

“I’m fine, I promise,” I said, holding the cellphone in the crook between my neck and shoulder as I spoke to Prim and packed at the same time.

“I know, I know, but I just worry. I’ve never gone a month without seeing you. When are you coming home?”

“Soon, Little Duck,” I said, using my most soothing voice. Peeta quietly took my bag from my hands and checked the room one last time before we shut the door behind us.

“Okay. I just need to know you’re okay and I’ll quit worrying.” Her voice was plaintive, sounding like it did when we were children.

I sighed and watched Peeta pull on his shoes and tie them, knots double-laced, as always. “This trip has been one of the most important ones I’ve ever taken.” He looked up at me, one eyebrow raised as if in skepticism. I held his gaze defiantly as I continued. “I wish it would never end.”

His face softened, becoming thoughtful, then sad, before he let his eyes drop down to his shoes where his fingers still rested on the laces. I wished my sister goodnight and retreated to the restroom to brush my hair and keep myself from falling all over Peeta once again.

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If someone is facing a difficult time, one of the kindest things you can do for him or her is to say, ‘I’m going to love you through this.
—  Molly Friedenfield
Between Friends

I love you, you see
More than I love me
That’s how it should be
Between friends.

You give me sweet smiles
To cover the miles,
The distance so vile
Between friends.

You get me down deep;
It’s simple to keep
The secrets that seep
Between friends.

So much we run from,
The gruesome and glum,
Still nothing can come
Between friends.

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Love is…Unconditional (Epilogue)

Banners by the astounding @akai-echo . Beta’d by the talented and inimitable @eala-musings . Written for @thegirlfromoverthepond .

Summary: Even after three years, Katniss Mellark still cannot resign herself to the death of her husband. When Peeta Mellark returns, she is willing to go to any lengths to keep him with her, even agreeing to abandon everything and embark on a journey that will change everything she believes about love, regret and the persistence of hope. A story in three parts.

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Epilogue - Five Years Later  

I wiped down the last of the tables just as the sun set beyond the mountains that were visible from the main thoroughfare of District 12.  Open only one year, Mellark’s Tea and Coffee Shop was already considered a fundamental part of District 12’s downtown culture. Some of it had to do with the clever nature of the shop, which doubled as a used bookstore where people could read as they took their coffee or tea.  But I could not deny that the use of the already familiar Mellark family name was also critical to its success.

Why not? I will always carry the name Mellark.

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Loving yourself isn’t always easy. This is especially true because you, of all people, know every little thing about yourself. Every twerk. Every thing that makes you, you. But you know what else? For every imperfection, there are ten more positive qualities. You are a beautiful addition to this earth.
Respect yourself entirely.
Love yourself unconditionally.
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin | Instagram