Returning Willow

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-Gales POV-

I thought it would help, returning to 12 but it doesn't. I sit at the same spot where me and Katniss sat before the reaping just 15 years ago. The last time I felt truly happy and safe, at least as safe as it got in district 12. After that i was scared for her, and regretful because honestly I didn't think she would make it home. I was angry when Mellark said he loved her. I see why but he had no right to. When she came back i was jealous because I knew she loved him long before she did. After the bombs I felt guilty and angry because I lost my chance. Katniss wasn't heartless, despite what Snow said, she loved Prim, everybody did. That's why I moved, I knew I would be outcast because of what I did to Prim.

The sound of crunching leaves and pulls me away from my thoughts. I pull back my arrow and prepare to shoot but lower it when I see its just a little girl. A scared one at that.

"Can you help me? I'm lost. I was trying to get flowers for my Mummy and i got lost." she trembles and holds a small bundle of flowers close to her. Primrose flowers.

"I'll help you. Whats your name?" I ask, because I decided a long time ago to be a better person, especially to children. I had too I ended the lives of so many children that the only way to make up for it is to save a few.

"Willow, Willow Mellark." She says slightly braver. It hits me then, that she looks like Katniss. Her hair is brown, but slightly lighter, like it had been mixed with blond. Her skin is olive. Even the braids in her hair are so carefully done no-one but Katniss could do them. I should have known. I saw the wedding announcement. But I thought she was serious about no kids. But how would know if she changed her mind? I haven't been part of her life for a long time. There is a part of me that wants to leave her and run. But I cant, I owe Katniss that.

"Would you like me to show you the way out of the woods?" I offer, in a soft voice.

"Yes please. Thank you." she says sweetly, with a smile. She takes my hand and I lead her out of the woods.

"You live in Victors village right?" I ask.

"Yes. But it has a different name now." Willow says.

"What?" I ask.

"Primrose village because there is no more victors, but lots of flowers." she says simply. "It was Mummys idea." She adds. Prim is everywhere. In memories in the woods, in bunches of flowers clutched tight by little girls, writen on the gates. "This one." Willow says running towards the Everdeens house. I sigh and follow her. Willow knocks and the door is opened... by Peeta.

"Willow, you made us worry and thats not good for Mummy because she has to look after your little brother." he says but with a smile as he scopes her into his arms. Then he spots me. He looks confused for a second until he makes the connection between Willows return and mine. "Thank you for returing my daughter." He says as Willow runs into the house.

"I had to do something right." is all I say. I turn and leave Vic - Primrose Village and decide to vist my family.

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