Hey readers, this is my second Hunger Games fanfiction. It took me a couple of days to get the story out of my head and hope you love it. DON'T bash or flame this story. My story, my way. Happy reading!

Also The Hunger Games series all belong to Suzanne Collins including The Hanging Tree song.


Peeta's P.O.V.

I can't believe it's been three years since Katniss has been dead. I still remember that memory, that painful memory on how I received the news that my wife was killed in an explosion with her Squad 451. After Katniss and I got married, we both decide to join the army together. I was working in the kitchen in the camp base, thirty miles from Afghanistan.

Flashback

After thirteen hours of prepping the food courses of Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Ten cooks including myself would usually wake up at three in the morning to make everything before the soldiers wake coming to the dining hall to have their meals. I wiped down and cleaned my station washing and cleaning everything pots, pans, and utensils. I looked down at my watch as the time reading nine thirty I exited the Kitchen closing the down the door behind me as I walk over to my tent.

"I hope Katniss will return soon. I know she will." I thought to myself in my mind then reaching over to my tent opening the fabric entering inside.

"Hey Mellark, great work on the slices of carrot cake." A reply from Soldier Drew as he flops onto his pillow still dressed in his uniform combat.

"Yeah, we all needed that from being out in the desert including putting citizens in different locations because of the attackers and suicide bombers. Not to mention firing and bombing against the Taliban." Said by Soldier Grayson replied as he takes off his uniform showing him wearing a gray t-shirt and black pants.

"I'm glad that you can enjoy the food before, during, and after going against the rebels." I spoke the truth as I take a seat on my bed then I turned my head seeing a small picture frame of Katniss and myself on our wedding day from the courthouse.

"Don't worry Bread boy, your Mockingjay will be back. I'm sure that she's coming back with her squad." Soldier Drew answered as he grabs World Magazine that's going on back in the United States.

I nodded my head as I closed my eyes and letting my head getting the thin comforter.

"Is Soldier Mellark present?" A voice asked for my name and remembering it's Commander Paylor.

My ears perked up as I quickly opened my eyes and rose up to my feet.

"Yes, ma'am Commander Paylor I am." I answered my commander.

"May I speak to you in private, Soldier?" Paylor asked being serious.

I walked towards my officer and leaving the tent as she directed me away from my tent. She placed a hand on my shoulder, her brown eyes look at me, and sighted.

"I hate to be the one to tell you this Soldier Mellark. Katniss and her squad were attack by the Taliban army as soon as they were coming back here, to camp. Soldier's Boggs, Jackson, Homes, Mitchell, Odair, Leeg 1 & Leeg, and Soldier Hawthorne are wounded but they'll survive." Paylor reported to me.

My heart dropped to my stomach afraid for the worse and dared to ask.

"Where's my wife? Where's Soldier Mellark?!" I yelled wanting to know.

My commander shook her head then looked down and looked back up.

"She didn't make it. I'm sorry Peeta. We tried everything we could to save her." Paylor answered my question.

I shook my head in fear with tears coming into my eyes.

"No, No, NO, NO, NO, NO!" I cried out loud not caring if the camp hears me. I fell to my knees breaking down and cried to myself. I just lost the love of my life to an enemy weapon. I curled up into a ball as I cried and screamed in that moment.

Flashback Ends

I've been retired from the army as soon as my wife was killed in action. I returned home to New York City, New York. I feel into a deep depression and thought about wanting to join her but I know she would hate me if I did that. After leaving, I stayed in touch with Finnick Odair was there when Katniss was killed and someone I trusted. I look down at my left hand, my ring finger as I'm still wearing my wedding band. I feel so empty without Katniss. I tried dating again but that ache in my heart is still there. I turn my head to the left side of the bed where she use to sleep, still made and never been winkled.

"I love you my Mockingjay and I wish you were here with me to have a life together. To live together, start a family, and growing old together." I spoke the truth with my voice being cracked as tears rolled down my cheeks.

I got up from my bed putting on a long sleeve black shirt, black pants, dark blue socks, and walking from my bedroom into going down the stairs. I go by the coat hanger putting on my black jacket with a dark blue scarf and lastly putting on my black shoes. I grabbed the keys then locking the door behind me as I start walking on foot to Central Park. While Katniss and I started dating, she loves going there because she felt as peace and enjoy walking through the trail in the woods.

Central Park

I reached Central Park as I see joggers and runners though the concrete trail. The sound of laughing and talking fills the cold air. My eyes scan seeing woman talking to their girlfriends and vice versa with men. Couples holding each other as they walk or sat on the park benches. I see children walking and running as they are playing tag or walking along with either their siblings, relatives, or parents.

I started to walk on all the bridges of the park where Katniss loved going too and look at the lake seeing my reflection of the sighting.

Are you, Are you

Coming to the tree

Where they strung up a man they say murdered three

Strange things did happen here

No stranger would it be

If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree

My ears perked up hearing a song I use to know. My heart dropped and maybe I'm hearing things.

"It can't be her. Peeta you're hearing things. Katniss died on the bomb attack three years ago. It can't be." I thought to myself if my mind is playing a trick on me.

Are you, Are you

Coming to the tree

Where the dead man called out for his love to flee

Strange things did happen here

No stranger would it be

If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree

I stood up straight and started jogging towards the voice singing "The Hanging Tree Song." The only person I know who had the perfect voice as my wife and this woman sounds just like her. I stayed hiding the shadows so I don't scare the woman.

Are you, Are you

Coming to the tree

Where I told you to run, so we'd both be free

Strange things did happen here

No stranger would it be

If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree.

I try to get a glimpse of the woman and I see standing at five feet seven inches tall. She had dark brown hair having two braids into one. The brunette young woman who could be in her mid-twenties as she wore a dark brown jacket, dark wash jeans, and black boots.

Are you, Are you

Coming to the tree

Wear a necklace of rope, side by side with me.

Strange things did happen here,

No stranger would it be,

If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree.

My heart drops to my stomach as I remember that voice and her description matches to Katniss. I got a good look at the woman and seeing it's suppose 'dead' wife.

"Katniss? KATNISS!" I yelled out as I ran towards her direction.

The brunette young woman stopped in her tracks and turning around to see me.

"Katniss, you're alive! How are you alive? I missed you so much, you have no idea." I said being happy and shocked to see my wife again hugging her.

"Who are you? Am I supposed to know you?" Katniss asked as she pulled away and looking me with a confused look on her face.


What do you think? Love it? Hate it? Could be better. Also, I looked up the information of the Army life and no not planning on joining only research. I plan to stay with this story until it's finished. Already planning ideas for chapter two.