ext_26861 ([identity profile] abby82.livejournal.com) wrote in [community profile] crack_van2014-01-15 11:59 pm
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The Heir to Panem by DustWriter [Mature]

That you all so much for allowing me the opportunity to rec some Hunger Games stories for you. Please, please check out the authors' individual sites. If you liked what you read, there are so many other wonderful stories out there to discover. The authors I featured are some of the best. You won't be disappointed.

Pairing: Katniss Everdeen/Peeta Mellark (Everlark)
Length: 2191 words
Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: Author on FFN
Why this must be read: This is a different twist on the Peeta as a Capitol citizen trope used in an earlier rec. Here he is an idealistic heir to Panem and his infatuation with the victor of the 74th Hunger Games doesn't stem from a desire to possess but from a desire to connect to another human being. This story is taut and excellently plotted. It's a tough balancing act for Katniss as she's pulled between the need to keep her family as far from President Snow's radar and her curiosity with his isolated and sheltered grandson. Her world slowly goes crumbling down when Peeta's well-meaning and thoughtful actions are used to pull Katniss further into the Capitol's world.

"Katniss," Octavia drops her voice. "is it true you spoke to Peeta Snow?"

"Oh," I cough out my mouthful of cocoa. "Um. Yes." I glance around the table. All eyes are on me. "He showed me their gardens. In the conservatory."

Even Cinna's eyebrows are raised.

"What did you talk about?" Venia drops her spoon to focus entirely on my words.

"Um. Nothing, really. Dandelions."

"What's a dandelion?" Venia asks.

"It's actually," I laugh, "a weed. It's a little yellow flower and in the fall they turn into these white puffballs. The seeds are carried away on the puffs on the breeze."

"Why did you talk about that?" Effie looks appalled.

"He likes them," I protest. "He said they remind him of his mother."

The room falls silent after that. Cinna graciously changes the subject.

The Heir to Panem by DustWriter