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Anonymous asked: If Peeta hadn't been hijacked, do you think they would have gotten together quicker? Or would Katniss still be in denial?
For me, this is a tricky question, I change my mind on this a lot, especially after reading fanfics that tackle this very question, lol.
If Peeta wasn’t hijacked but was still captured by the Capitol and got rescued later on, I have to judge it based on Katniss’ conversation with Finnick before his rescue and her expectations of their reunion when she heard the rescue was successful:
I’m light-headed with giddiness. What will I say? Oh, who cares what I say? Peeta will be ecstatic no matter what I do. He’ll probably be kissing me anyway. I wonder if it will feel like those last kisses on the beach in the arena, the ones I haven’t dared let myself consider until this moment.
Peeta’s awake already, sitting on the side of the bed, looking bewildered as a trio of doctors reassure him, flash lights in his eyes, check his pulse. I’m disappointed that mine was not the first face he saw when he woke, but he sees it now. His features register disbelief and something more intense that I can’t quite place. Desire? Desperation? Surely both, for he sweeps the doctors aside, leaps to his feet, and moves toward me. I run to meet him, my arms extended to embrace him. His hands are reaching for me, too, to caress my face, I think.
I didn’t include the last line coz that’s just painful. But if Katniss’ scenario above actually played out and it was a happy reunion, then yes. I think Katniss would have realized her feelings sooner, and they would have been together quicker. But I don’t think it’s going be a full-pledged romantic relationship between them right away, just because even if Peeta wasn’t hijacked, he was still a prisoner of war, so that still had effects on him, and Katniss was also still dealing with the after effects of head injury.
Plus they still have the rebellion and the war to deal with. Things that Peeta said during his interview that the rebellion didn’t like will also have more significance and play itself out more, I think. Similar to when they got Katniss out, the rebels would think now that Peeta and Katniss are together and the star-crossed lovers are reunited, they now have their full cooperation and are now willing to be their propaganda puppets more than ever.
But like Katniss, I think Peeta won’t be as cooperative as they think he will be. And with the dangers they will face with the war, I don’t think they will be together-together until the very end, but them being end game will happen a lot earlier in the book and not in the last chapter.
244/365: The Emo Peeta Diaries, which glamamazon and I conceptualized over a year ago. Poor emo Peeta.
To this day, I can never shake the connection between this boy, Peeta Mellark, and the bread that gave me hope, and the dandelion that reminded me that I was not doomed.