Chapter Twenty-One Katniss realizes that Peeta has no way of defending himself now that she has knocked him out with the sleep syrup and that the infection in his leg means that he will die if she does not come back to him. The rain stops and Katniss takes stock of herself of her situation. I don't know what I'm thinking about, really. Cato reaches the top first, and then Katniss. Peeta drops his knife in the lake and tells her to go ahead, but Katniss is ashamed by her reaction and drops her weapons too.
I don't know what I'm trying to tell myself, or let myself know. As Katniss and Johanna start to go down the hill, one of the Peacekeepers raises a whistle, and the others stand at attention, weapons at the ready. It starts before the smile even leaves his face -- a high-pitched, lost sound. Katniss and Peeta keep up the star-crossed lovers routine for the post-games reunion and interview, knowing that this is the only way to keep from being punished by the Capitol for the rebellious trick with the poisonous berries. But their main challenge turns out not to be Cato, but several wolf-man creatures unleashed by the Gamemakers, creatures reanimated from the corpses of dead tributes. Katniss is saddened by Thresh's death, because she feels he was a good person.
Instead she goes for a pack and almost gets her self killed. Still on schedule for midnight. It is the awakening of a girl who might be a leader. He says Peeta will like it, but Katniss knows Cinna has some other reason that has to do with the Capitol. There are stations where you can learn to trap, make knots, and other thing that may help them survive. When she gets there she waits, watching the Cornucopia as the sun rises.
All the sentimental little old ladies. Harris sends in another shipment of District Three bread. I guess he's decided that he can't get away if he's taking a bunch of traitors with him. He doesn't even try for the real garage exit, instead crashing through a decorative wooden gate and over a garden. Over the period of fanfare that follows, she takes his advice, which makes Peeta, who actually does love her, very happy.
She has died from the eating the berries. She makes her way into the woods, and up a tree. And I have Seeder with the dance classes she used to give in District Eleven. They watch a reel of highlights from the Games, and after it ends President Snow places a crown on Peeta and another on Katniss. She shoots it in the throat, a mercy kill. She sounds like she did when we were kids, camping in my back yard to try and keep cool in the summer.
Chaff runs at him out of nowhere, knocking him to the ground. We don't try the elevator to get down. That's a lot of hours left to kill. Things seem to be slow in the arena. Caesar even dredges up a picture of Duronda Carson, laughing with a master chef while she tries to teach him how to make an apple layer cake. Brutus gets up and spits on the body.
Chapter15- After She wakes from venom enduced halutionations, Katniss finds an allie, Little Rue from district 11. After a long night of being tortured by the mutts, he is near enough the Cornucopia for Katniss to shoot him with an arrow. It explodes in a rain of fire, sending down shards of hard plastic. And they bent the rules for you. You can't have made many friends with that little show.
His words give Katniss an idea. I pick up a chair and throw it into the biggest screen, where Johanna is throwing Katniss to the ground, cutting her arm. As she waits to make her dramatic entrance before the awaiting crowds, Haymitch tells her she is in danger. She didn't know what she was doing, the only thing she could think about was saving Peeta. The wasp stings produce hallucinations, which slow her down and almost cost her her life, until Peeta helps her to escape. It is the last time I will say it to another person -- the goodbyes at the Justice Building two days later will never get around to it -- but I don't know it at the time.