Nancy is from District Two
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my peace has always depended (on all the ashes in my wake) by aletterinthenameofsanity for lorata, scoutshonour, chrissyeccly
21 Jul 2019
Some nights, Steve’s side of the bed is empty, and Nancy knows what President Brenner is making him do. So she sets an alarm to get up early and has coffee, a shower, and a blanket ready for when he gets home, because she can’t stop this from happening but she can sure as hell make it better afterwards.
In turn, he does the same for her on the nights where she has to grit her teeth and go out, because the Capitol doesn’t value piano playing half as much as they value her spreading her legs for them.
Then Jonathan shows up for his half-month visits and he’s there for both her and Steve, cooking his mother’s favorite soup recipes, and she kisses Jonathan as he stirs the pot. He takes photos of her and Steve around the apartment, capturing what he calls their “good angles.” Steve chases Jonathan around the living room and kitchen until he reaches Jonathan and tackles him with tickles.
Through all of this, Nancy’s heart will grow and grow until it feels fit to burst. She knows this can’t last, that this fragile relationship can be blown up at any moment by the Capitol, but she just sinks into it for now, letting her be as happy as she can be.
(Nancy, from the Sixty Ninth Games to the Quarter Quell.)
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