Hello? Anyone still there? Well, Friday was the second anniversary of when I started this story, so I wanted to post something on Friday, but it's already been Sunday for 13 minutes now... Not the point. Okay, moving on. I'm really sorry about the lack of updates, but frankly, I'm a little lost on this story. I have more of a concrete plan than I did last update, but I think my large number of fillers is actually hurting my understanding of the story. Anyway... on to the chapter.

Recap: Lana and her friends were sucked into the beginning of Mockingjay after they left a Mockingjay release party. And they didn't even get to read it first! Then Coin thought they were spies for the Capitol, so she put them in jail, and then she wiped Lana's memory in order to use her as the Jabberjay because of a bet she made with Katniss about Katniss being the Mockingjay. Lana got her memory back two chapters ago, after seeing Peeta for the first time, because they had just completed a rescue mission (that Coin just found out about). Lana's friend Rachel killed another girl on the mission, and then was killed herself, but now she's alive again...?

After Coin left, I too left my room to see what everyone else was up to. Somehow I ended up outside of Peeta's hospital room (no idea how that happened, really).

I peeked through the little window on the door to see if Katniss or Prim or Haymitch or anyone else was inside, but it was only Peeta. I would have left, but he saw me looking at him. He raised his eyebrows at me, and at that point, I had no choice but to go in.

"Hey," I said as I closed the door behind me.

"Hey," he replied.

"Have you… seen anyone this morning?" I asked awkwardly. I couldn't figure out where I should go, so I just kind of stood in front of his bed.

The hospital room seemed to be five times bigger than it had been the day before when there had been multiple people in the room. But I knew it really wasn't that big. There was just Peeta's bed in the middle, some cabinets against one wall, a bathroom on the opposite wall, and a television next to the door. It was practically identical to my room.

Peeta shook his head. "It's still pretty early. Have you?"

"Only Coin," I grumbled.

Peeta didn't respond to that.

"Look, I don't know if you're mad at me, but I just want to be clear with you. If I had known what was really going on, I never would have done those commercials. Coin wiped my memory and-"

"Lana, I know."

I looked at him for a minute. "You do?"

"Prim told me," he explained. He brushed his bangs out of his eyes. "After you left yesterday, she explained everything that has happened since the Quarter Quell."


Peeta sighed. "I know about the books, and how you found Katniss, and the commercials, and Rachel…"

"Yeah, that's pretty much everything." I paused. "So are you not mad at me?"

"No. I guess I'm just mad at Coin now. You saw her this morning?"

I sat down in a chair against the wall and nodded. "She was in my room when I woke up this morning. It was a really pleasant surprise. She was trying to convince me that we were wrong and that she was right for the country and other bullshit like that."

"Sounds like you had a fun morning," Peeta said.

"Yeah. What have you been up to?"

He shrugged. "Just laying here." He patted his bed.

"Have you, um, spoken to Katniss yet?"

Peeta's eyes dropped to the floor. "Yeah, she… she came in last night after she took you to Rachel's room. I probably should have been sleeping by that point, but she…" Peeta laughed. "She didn't really seem to care that I'm in the hospital."

I fiddled with my sleeve. "And how did that go?" I didn't know what I expected. Would she have taken my advice and opened up to him? Would she have yelled her lungs out like she'd done to me the day before?

"Oh, it was… typical Katniss."

Was that… relief I felt? "Isn't it always…" I murmured.

"She's not bad," Peeta said quickly. "She just has a hard time expressing how she feels. And she can be a little bit ignorant of how others feel."

"I'm sorry," I said.

Peeta shook his head. "I'm not. She can be wonderful."

"Is that enough?" I said. Then I grimaced. "I didn't mean it like that, Peeta…"

He frowned. "I know what you mean. But, yes, it is. I've been in love with her for my entire life. She's amazing. She's just had a rough life."

"That's definitely true."

We sat in silence for a moment.

"I should probably go find her," I said finally. "I should figure out what she thinks our next step should be."

"What do you think it should be?" he asked.

"Well, I think our first step is figuring out what we are going to replace the government with," I told him.

His eyebrows crunched together. "Don't you think we need to get rid of Snow and Coin first?"

"No," I said, shaking my head. "We need to figure out what comes after the war before we move forward. We don't want to end up replacing this mess with another, bigger mess. We need to find something that everyone in Panem can be happy with. And we need to expose all of the problems that we are facing right now. The people need to understand where we are coming from." I stood up and walked towards the door.

"I guess you're right. But good luck convincing Katniss on that one."

I laughed as I left the room, giving him one last smile.

Before I could convince Katniss of anything, though, I'd have to find her. Seeing as I'd left my hospital room less than ten times, it was definitely going to be a challenge…

I really hope I can update soon. I'll try to get another chapter up before I start school, but I make no promises.

Thanks to everyone who is still reading.