This isn't a nine-chapter story. I'm covering 14 years and three Hunger Games and the entire relationship of Haymitch and Effie. I couldn't do chapter three because Chapter Three as planned was... about six chapters.
So I will bite the bullet and admit it. I can't keep the 27-9-27-9 pattern.
This is a twenty-seven chapter full-length story, with nine chapters for each of the Games.
With that in mind, I'm getting back to the pre-show and not trying to figure out how it would be non-jarring to... well, if it explains why it was problematic, the plan was to skip the Games entirely. Yeah, seriously. It was a thing I was going to do. And I couldn't figure out why it wasn't working.