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Spewing out too many words since November 2003
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From: (Anonymous) Date: July 30th, 2015 02:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Coriolanus Snow

When Katniss arrowed Alma Coin instead of you, exactly why did you laugh?

-- Tom
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 30th, 2015 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Coriolanus Snow

Because, dear boy, I won. Alma Coin was certain that she had her precious Mockingjay under control. She'd even bragged to me that Miss Everdeen had voted to send my grandchild into a new arena, which was when I knew for certain that Miss Everdeen had a new game plan. I told her that it was undoubtedly a ruse, and she utterly ignored the possibility, told me that my time was over, and my "line," as she put it, would end. That Miss Everdeen didn't believe the truth. I told her that our young friend was more dangerous than she knew.

The last expression on her face, as the arrow went into her chest, was a thing of beauty. She was completely blindsided. She looked like she expected a re-take.

So I laughed. It seemed all there was left to do.

Edited at 2015-07-30 03:05 am (UTC)
sonetka From: sonetka Date: July 30th, 2015 04:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Mirrem -- what were you thinking when Peeta came back? Did you ever want to apologize for telling him Katniss would probably survive?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 30th, 2015 04:25 am (UTC) (Link)
[Mir]Well, I was certainly glad of a chance to explain myself. I knew Dannel had misunderstood me. I didn't realize that Peeta had, as well. I was just telling him what he'd just said he wanted to hear! Of course I would have preferred him to come home. I don't even like the girl all that well. He'd always thought less of me for saying that, so I thought I'd try to express a different opinion for him, and I... well, I suppose it didn't come out entirely right. So, yes, we had a conversation about it. I told him how sorry I was that he heard it that way, at that moment of all moments, and it wasn't at all how I meant it.

[Danny] (raises an eyebrow) In other words... you still haven't apologized?
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 30th, 2015 08:28 am (UTC) (Link)


When Haymitch pushed you away from victors village what went through your head as you climbed the fence.
A/N I know she's canonicaly dead but someone had Snow so I suppose dead or alive doesent matter;-)

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 30th, 2015 06:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Digger

The plan was to go and have a huge, dramatic fight with him, something big enough to make him mad, on the thought that maybe he'd stop acting... dead. After Rhona and Lacklen died, it was like he'd been in that house, too, like he was dead and just looking for a place to lie down. You looked in his eyes and there was nothing. You can't understand how strange that was. Usually, there was a little irritation, but mostly restlessness. Curiosity. There were days when Haymitch literally couldn't pass an open door without peeking inside to see what was there. But that went away completely. Looking at him was like looking at a blank television set. I couldn't let him stay that way, not alone. I was afraid that one day, he'd just decide to finish the job like Duronda did.

I'd tried loving him and supporting him. That last day, I think I was at my wits' end, and I was just going to pick a fight. Yell about how much he'd be disappointing Rhona, how much he obviously hated me. Hell, I was willing to accuse him of trying to get to Maysilee because he loved her more. Anything. And when I saw him in the window, waving frantically at me, I figured it was more of the same nonsense that he'd been throwing my way for two weeks. There was nothing on earth that was going to keep me away.
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 30th, 2015 01:32 pm (UTC) (Link)


Was it a difficult decision for you to have children? I know that Woof and his wife made the deliberate decision *not* to have any.

Sara Libby
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 30th, 2015 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Cecelia

Well, to be honest, Isik wasn't as much a decision as, well... my inability to read instructions on medical packing properly, apparently. Or a faulty device, I guess. The plan was to stoically grow old like Woof and Hoda, but plans have a way of abruptly changing, don't they?

I told Hoda first, because I was scared. And what she told me... she said that she'd have been willing to risk it. That she thinks Woof would have. Because it had been so lonely, and sometimes, it all seemed so pointless, having the house, having no real friends until Boze and I moved in. "Not that it wouldn't be terrifying," she says. "More for Woof than me, and I imagine more for you than Boze. But every parent in District Eight has to deal with that terror. Victors' children may have extra danger, but so do oldest children who take tesserae for big families. We all share the terror." I remember her looking out over the river, her eyes faraway. "I let the terror take this away from me. You've been given a miracle here, and it's a lesson. Don't let the terror take it from you."

So, instead of terminating the pregnancy, I had my implant removed. We were afraid for a while of the fact that I was getting fake hormones while I was pregnant, but Isik turned out fine. And once I broke through that fear, I decided that what I wanted was a normal family. So I had the same fear as everyone else (added to nightmares that I'd have to mentor my own children in the arena), but the joy of having them outweighed it.
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 30th, 2015 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ruth and/or Prim: What was going through your head when Katniss volunteered as a tribute?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 30th, 2015 06:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
[Prim]Well, I'd just managed to steel myself to go up there, and then she came out of nowhere. I knew right away what she meant to do -- I wish I'd had a second to be bewildered or something, but I didn't -- and I wanted to stop her from doing it. Me dying would be bad, but Katniss takes care of so many people -- she couldn't die, not for me. Who'd take care of Mom?

[Ruth]I never should have given either of you the idea that that was your job. (sighs) I was numb. When they called Prim's name, I'd half retreated back onto... well, I call it the glacier. I saw a picture of one once, creeping along to the sea, and it reminded me of the place my head goes sometimes, where everything is slow and cold and headed to some dark and unforgiving place. I don't like going there, but I can't help it. Primrose was walking up there, and I could feel my mind trying to make it to the glacier, and I was screaming at myself not to go there, to stop, my girls needed me, Katniss would never forgive me if I slipped away again. Then I heard Katniss scream.

For just a second, I thought, "It will be all right, someone's fixed it." That was enough to get me away from the glacier, then I really understood what was happening. My baby was out of danger, but only because my other child... Katniss and I had a hard relationship after Glen died. I went to the glacier, and she had to be strong when she needed me to be. She was Glen's little princess, and after he died, it was so hard for me to reach her. But I loved her and I needed her, and the only way for Prim -- my darling -- to survive was to lose Katniss, and everything left of our family with her.
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 30th, 2015 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)


Seriously, what was your beef with Katniss? How would you say your relationship has changed?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 30th, 2015 06:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Johanna

I was fully prepared to be friends. I even had a scheme cooked up to get travel papers and show up at the celebration in District Twelve, and offer to get the reporters off their backs for a little while. Well, I'd already offered Haymitch, of course, but I was willing to go out there and chat her up directly. Finnick was going to come with me. Between us, we could have pried the cameras off the Star-Crossed Lovers for a few minutes, so they could breathe. I'd have taken a turn being the volunteer big sister (though I'd have had to make it clear that I wasn't willing to share Daddy, of course), taking care of the helpless little waif. But even Finnick couldn't get the papers.

Of course, they played keepaway on the Victory Tour, and no one thought I had a good enough excuse for a district-to-district call. So I figured I'd make friends at the Games. See how friendly I am?

Only, when I got in the elevator with them, complimented her clothes, and treated her like I'd treat my very best friend, if I had one, the prickly little bitch acted like I was an intruder. After I'd vowed to die to keep her and her boyfriend alive. Now, Peeta seemed to get the whole thing. He was my friend right away, I think. But her prissy highness? After everything I'd done to make friends with her, she decided that I was evil because if her boyfriend hadn't had certain hormones going through his system, he'd probably have been giving me a friendly wave. Big deal.

Oh, right, how has it changed? Well, she gave me a handful of pine needles, and a place to live. I found out that prissy is just kind of who she is, and it's not about me. And I guess she found out that I wasn't trying to piss her off. I don't have so many people who'd think to give me pine needles that I can afford to be enemies with any of them. And it turned out, unfortunately, that Katniss ended up needing a sister. So I decided that it might as well be me, and she seems to take to it all right.

Though she's still a prude.

Edited at 2015-07-30 06:50 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 6th, 2015 01:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Johanna

This is marvelous.
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 31st, 2015 03:59 am (UTC) (Link)


What, if anything, from the pre-Catastrophe days do you most wish we had now?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 31st, 2015 05:21 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Plutarch

Satellites. They would solve so many of our communication problems.
Tracy Wood From: Tracy Wood Date: August 25th, 2015 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Is this the first time you have had an "ask the characters"? It's quite amusing and I wondered if you had ever posted one like it before.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 25th, 2015 01:57 am (UTC) (Link)
No, I do it frequently when I'm bored. I just don't really archive them. Glad you had fun!
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