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Repost: The Golden Mean, Chapter 9
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 18th, 2015 06:03 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Some Catches/Feedback


I got into the Q&A and the "Big Empty" chapter, and forgot to respond to you!

I changed the ending so that he's actually in his backyard, at the spot where Digger died, instead of finding Katniss's hair. She'd have been more careful than that, anyway.

Fixed the bit where he thinks Sae could be right to him knowing that what she says is true sometimes, but not thinking that it's just that this time.

The difference in perception about Digger's death -- it's kind of like Haymitch thinking about Glen's death, compared to Katniss thinking about it. For Haymitch, it's a tragedy that hit the whole district, and it's a shame that Glen was caught in it, but of course, it defines Katniss's whole life. For Hazelle, Digger's a distant memory. She wasn't one of the people at the fence, so she doesn't have the images in her head. It was just a bad thing that happened in the district, and she forgot the details. For Haymitch, it's still happening.

When I first wrote the story, I wasn't sure where the bit with Hazelle was going, but I think what happened with them in the end was that he made a real, honest-to-God friend, once they, well, scratched a mutual itch. Which they also both needed, if only for a few minutes. Hazelle's sharp enough to see through Haymitch's BS, and he doesn't have the idealized version of her that she has to put up with from her kids and Katniss.

I think Ruth may have been starting to come around until she lost Prim, and everyone else. In some ways, it makes it worse that she did have an understanding of what it meant to be Katniss's mother and still failed. On the other hand... sometimes, people fail.
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