So now that 'Cruel Summer' is coming to a close, I wanted to formally announce the sequel! 'Shades of Winter' is the official title, and it will be posted on my ff.n site and A03 on 11.13.12. (My birthday!). Below is a little preview of what you can expect in the first chapter!
She glanced at the archaic landline phone on her desk and
smiled.“You said you’d call first.”
“I couldn’t wait,” he laughed.He waved happily, his blue eyes darting
around the screen as he took her in.Katniss
sighed and leaned on her hand.Skyping
certainly didn’t do Peeta Mellark justice.He still looked as handsome as ever, but she couldn’t help but want to
reach through the screen and tough him.
“Heeeey,” he laughed.“I kicked all the guys out so we could talk,” he explained.
“I’m not getting naked.”
Peeta stuck out his bottom lip.
“That’s not why I got Skype, Mellark,” she snorted.“So how was move-in week?”
old.We got all the freshmen moved in
and did nothing but drink beer for a week.”
“Oh yeah?” she asked.“Lots of cute new freshman girls?”
Peeta leaned forward, his blue eyes bright in the light of
his computer.“Not as cute as you. Plus,
you automatically win because you put out, so….”
Katniss covered her mouth and laughed loudly at the
thought.She was glad she had a single
this year; she was sure she didn’t want a roommate overhearing this
conversation.“I’m glad I don’t have a
“Me too.I wish I
“Speaking of Mark, where is he?”
“Jock boy?He’s at
the gym.He’ll be there for at least
Katniss shifted in her chair as her mind suddenly went to a
dark place.She remembered Peeta telling
her about Cassie that summer and how she had broken his heart.She couldn’t help but wonder if he had seen
“What are you thinking?I can see you’ve got something on the tip of your tongue.”
“Maybe,” she hummed.
“You look really beautiful today by the way.”
“Flattery won’t get it out of me, Mellark.”
He shook his head and gave her a flirty smile.“I love it when you say my name.Especially when you said it like I’m in
trouble or something.”
“Mellark,” she quipped again, giving him a saucy wink in the
“Now will you tell me what’s clearly on your mind?”
“Oh, fine,” she relented.“Have you um…seen Cassie?”
Peeta’s face fell slightly.“Oh, yeah. I was meaning to tell you about that.Guess who she hooked up with over the summer
“My roommate, Mark.So she’s been frequenting our dorm often, slutting it up,” he said in an
Katniss frowned.“So she’s
been in your room?”
yeah.I already walked in on them um…you
know,” he sighed.“Lovely, right?”
She felt her stomach sink.Peeta’s roommate was now dating the only other girl he had slept
with.She wasn’t sure how to feel about
that.Cassie had broken his heart into
pieces last year, but what if he wasn’t over her?
tossed and turned, the wine from dinner giving me a slight headache.Sleep was eluding me.I kept thinking of my mother and Prim – had
anything changed since I’d been gone?Of
course Prim had my number; she could call me at any time.But what if she didn’t?I felt guilty for leaving her.And for leaving my mother. I couldn’t shake
the nagging feeling that something was wrong.
I was suddenly too happy and it didn’t feel right.
it was useless; I tossed back the covers and padded my way over to the balcony
that overlooked the living room.Below,
the street lights shone through the glass onto Peeta as he lay sprawled on the
couch.I could see his eyes as they
flicked up to meet mine.
“You awake?” he called.
nodded and heaved a sigh, making my way over to the stairs.I padded down to the living room as he sat
either.Care if I make tea?” he asked,
stand up. My eyes could see the outline of his bare chest in the darkness.The streetlamp behind the curtains helped illuminate
it just enough for me. My cheeks grew a little hot, but I had to remind myself
that it was dark and he couldn’t see me.
sat on the plush sofa, letting my toes dig into the edge of the blanket.I smiled; it was still warm from him.I pulled my sweater tighter around my body
and waited as I listened to the kettle boil I the kitchen area.
“Here.”A mug, my mug, was set in front of me.I picked it up and inhaled the steam.
nodded, settling back into the sofa with a few bones cracking along the
way.“Yeah.Always best when you can’t sleep.”
gave him a smile in the darkness and sipped it slowly.I could feel his leg against mine as he
stretched out and propped his legs up on the ottoman in front of us.I laughed and pulled the blanket over our
feet and let myself enjoy the feeling of sitting up next to him, our legs,
arms, and shoulders touching.We were
silent for a few moments, just sipping our tea when I finally spoke.
had nightmares when I was there.”
turned to look at me in the dim light, the only sound his even breaths.
continued.“I dreamt some really awful
things when I was….in the hospital and at the Hawthorne’s.”
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So, when I was asked to donate a bit of writing to the @Stories4Animals cause, I couldn't help but want to write something for 'Love This Pain'. As many of you know, I posted the Epilogue last week and I'm feeling sort of...hungover from the whole experience.
Hungover, you ask?
I wrote it, it was awesome, and it hurt to give it up. Hungover. I wanted to write more. So, when I was presented with the opportunity (and honor) to write a little more of LTP for a cause, I jumped.
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This wasn’t the first sex we’d had as a married couple.I knew I’d barely be able to control myself
once we got to the island, and I wanted our first union as an officially
married couple to be something sweet and passionate and something Regan would
always remember.We’d had a night alone
at my house together before we left for the island, and that had been the night of intense lovemaking that I had always
pictured on my wedding night.
Tonight however, was the night to get a little drunk and go
all caveman on her.I mean, if not on
the honeymoon, then when?
“Which bedroom?” I asked, letting her go long enough to
playfully slap her ass through her sundress.I had her thrown over one shoulder like a sack of potatoes.She screamed through her giggles as I marched
through the hallways, trying to pick a room to start our honeymoon in.
“The….the blue!” she managed to laugh as I held her over my shoulder.I tromped into the blue room and promptly
dropped her on the bed where she collapsed in a fit of giggles.I poured her another glass of champagne
before taking a long drag from the bottle and setting it on the
nightstand.She sipped her glass and leaned
back on the pillows like a princess with her lips pressed together and her
dainty ankles crossed.
“What now?” I asked, standing at the foot of the bed with a
“Hmmm,” she hummed, eying me up and down.She pressed her pink lips together before
taking a long drag of champagne.“Strip,”
she stated simply, popping the ‘p’.I
grinned.This was a game we played
occasionally.Somehow Claire had gotten
ahold of some movie about male strippers.Needless to say, the girls had watched it many times and practically had
it memorized.Regan claimed it was only
because the men in it reminded her of me; one in particular.I had rolled my eyes and played along,
stripping off my clothes for her enjoyment.The first time I had done it and she had touched herself and watched me
from the bed, well….from that point on I was a more willing participant in that game.
“Do married people strip for each other?” I teased, standing
at the foot of the bed.She sipped her
glass again and shrugged.
“I’m not sure they do.”
Regan’s head fell to the side as she gave me a woeful,
pleading stare.“We can,” she pleaded.“Now strip.Like in Magic Mike.”
I groaned but caught myself eventually laughing.Regan chewed her lip and wrinkled her nose in
excitement as I reached behind me and flipped on the stereo.I punched a few buttons before finding some
kind of weird, exotic sounding techno music that was most likely local.It was strange, but had a good beat and would
do the trick well enough.I gave her my
best sultry look as I removed my watch and let it fall to the floor with a thump.
So, I get a lot of the same questions in my reviews, so I thought I would take a second to answer a few of the ones I get a lot. If you see something I didn't answer, please feel free to leave me a comment and I will do my best to cover it.
Q: When will we see more of just Katniss/Peeta alone? (AND) When will we see more of the other characters?
A: You guys go back and forth, so I do try to switch it up. If I have one chapter that's heavy on the Katniss/Peeta, I try to add in some of the other characters in the next chapter. Many of you want to just see them, however, many of you want to see Finnick/Annie, Clato, etc. I do the best I can to weave them in.
Q: Will Katniss and Peeta ever have sex?
A: The story will earn it's rating, yes.
Q: How far apart are their colleges? Will they see each other this fall?
A: I made a point in this new chapter to mention that yes - their schools are about a 45 minute drive apart. And on the second question - you'll just have to wait and see.
Q: Will Prim be annoying and tell everyone about their relationship?
A. No. Prim is 14 going on 15, and I believe that given the circumstances of their family she would be very mature and sensitive to what Katniss would want. She would know that this would humiliate her sister, so no, she will not tell everyone.
Katniss felt her heart sink a little.She didn’t want to hurt him, but she didn’t
want to compromise what she wanted out of the summer.She was there to work, make money, and make
sure Prim had a good time.
When it came down to it, Peeta would only complicate
“Look Peeta, I know that….I was harsh when I said that to
Cato about….well, what I said.I was
serious.I can’t afford to concentrate
on anything but work and Prim this summer.I hope you don’t take it personally.”
Peeta’s face fell, but he quickly regained his
composure.“No, that’s….I get it.Family is important, so….that’s cool.That’s great, actually.”
“But we can still be friends,” she quickly added.
Peeta looked up at her, his face serene but his blue eyes
stormy.“Right,” he agreed softly, “Just