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Ask the OCs
Or the regulars, I don't care. Just short answer stuff, they'll respond.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: April 11th, 2016 03:55 am (UTC) (Link)
For Lacklen & Rhona: Watching Haymitch's games, what were your best (relatively speaking) and worst moments? Other than the whole thing, of course.

For Jo: If you could send a message to your younger self (any age), what would it be?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 11th, 2016 04:19 am (UTC) (Link)
[Rhona]: The worst moment was the squirrel attack. All of it was horrible, and when we thought we might lose him in recovery after all, that was just vicious, but the moment those squirrels attacked... that's when I really knew it was real. That my boy could die. On a less fraught note, the worst moment other than fears of death was when they reported on him drinking at the banquet. I did everything I could to stop him following that part of his daddy's life, and then that. The best part? I was up at all hours, and he told my favorite story. And also, in general, his gentlemanliness to Maysilee and to Indigo. When he was loyal to Indigo and still kind to Maysilee... at that point, I felt like I'd raised him proper.

[Lacklen]: The best part was getting glasses from Caesar. He sent his own eye doctor to me, and I got to play with the measuring machine. Caesar interviewed me himself once. But mostly, it was really bad. Mom was so sick and Haymitch... I was sure he was going to die, and I barely slept, figuring I'd be alone forever. I hate being alone.

[Johanna]: At any age, I'd probably just say, "Keep doing what you're doing." I mean, I turned out pretty well, I think. As such things go. Maybe I'd go back to just before the Quell and tell Jack to be more careful getting out. Obviously, we didn't plan the mentor break-out very well.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 11th, 2016 06:11 am (UTC) (Link)
For Albinus Drake, was there anything in particular that inspired you to volunteer for the Games?

Mirrim: Can you give at least one happy family memory of you, Danny and the boys together prior to Peeta's Games?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 11th, 2016 06:41 am (UTC) (Link)
[Drake] I always meant to go. I used to watch the rich kids heading up to Victors' Village. They bribed the guards. The victors didn't get any of it, there's that, at least, but a lot of money had to trade hands to get any training. I climbed the wall once and took the three hours in the stocks for it. I watched a whole day. Then I took what I learned back to the Community Home and practiced over and over. I got the others to practice with me. I wanted to do better than the rich kids, and I wanted to get the money in there. We needed things. All the time. I figured that money would come in handy for clothes and school books... and bribes for the guards. I figured if I got into Victors' Village, I could do the bribes myself and tell the guards to let in any Community Home kid who wanted to "visit" for the "sports" days they held there.

[Mirrem]: There were moments. Now and then, I suppose. I was rarely included in them, but sometimes that was all right. Danny and the boys often had good days with each other, and every now and then, one of them would remember that I was part of the family as well. There was once when Jona took it in his head to celebrate my birthday. I really didn't find out about the surprise until it happened. When I finished closing up the bakery, I was tired, but when I came upstairs to the apartment, all my boys were around the table, and there was a cake -- not one of the cheap ones, either -- with actual candles on it. Peeta was only eight then, but he already had a good hand with decoration. It was only the next year that he took over almost all of it. He'd made the cake look like a spill of lilacs, and Eddie'd picked lilacs to make a crown for me. The cake itself was Danny's best recipe, and Jona had cleaned the whole apartment while I worked downstairs. The boys told me about their days at school, which they almost never did, and after, Danny and I... well, it was a nice evening.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 11th, 2016 06:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Remus attempting to draw Katniss after reading the hunger games stories. Yes, I know the timelines are wonky.

AND, if I'm not being greedy, Peeta painting Tonks.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 11th, 2016 06:52 am (UTC) (Link)
This isn't a challenge call, just an ask the characters thing!
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 11th, 2016 11:24 am (UTC) (Link)
The Daughters: How are you ladies holding up? Any thoughts about the war and what came after?

-- FFR
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 11th, 2016 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
[Tryphaena Buttery] Oh, what a darling you are to ask! It's been a bit difficult, of course, but we make do. Aquila has rather enjoyed her move to District Six. I think she fancies herself a pioneer now. Ulpia Jakes and Severina Bottler have been volunteering with the orphans, and I've decided to take a re-introduction to mathematics at the university. It's all quite exciting. Poor Laurentia Hoops, though... she was trying to help the refugees that last day, and she was shot. Poor dear.

The war certainly needed to be fought. The country was not at all what it was intended to be. And we nearly lost any chance when that awful woman from Thirteen tried to take over. But President Paylor is a good woman and the Founders would have greatly approved of her leadership. We have been doing all we can to support her initiatives.

Edited at 2016-04-11 10:31 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 11th, 2016 11:38 am (UTC) (Link)

For Boze (Cecelia's Husband)

Fern's already told us how you and the kids got out of District 8, just after Cecelia's death in the arena. Can you tell me more about how/where you spent the rest of the war and what you ended up doing afterwards? Was the house in Victor's village still there when you came back?

Sara Libby

PS: Was *just* wondering this weekend when you'd be doing another of these!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 11th, 2016 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: For Boze (Cecelia's Husband)

Victors' Village is still standing, but it was too painful to go back. The children stayed with Woof's wife, Hoda, in a camp in the out-districts. Esta got very sick, but, by the grace of God, recovered. I went back to District Eight to join the fight. I was out on foraging duty the day the hospital was bombed, and I'm afraid I lost my temper at the upper echelons of the rebellion for not evacuating more of the children before the bombing run, but as Paylor was busy blaming herself for the same thing, it didn't cause me any trouble. I ended up stationed in Two for most of the war, and I helped with recovery after the final battle there.

Hoda and I went back to the Village long enough to get the things we couldn't live without. Mostly picture, heirlooms, things of that nature. Most of District Eight was a disaster after the war, and we all helped in the rebuilding. The children and I took a more modest house near the river, and we invited Hoda to stay with us. Three years after the war, I met a lovely woman from the Capitol -- an engineer who was building a sturdy bridge across the river for the new track to District Thirteen -- and I remarried. She's very good with the children, and appreciates our life here. I don't think Cecelia would mind. I hope not.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 12th, 2016 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

Question for Cashmere and Gloss

A question for Cashmere and Gloss I've wanted to know since I read "The Golden Mean". Did you both volunteer for the 50th Quell? If so, why? The odds don't seem to be in your favor if both of you have been reaped twice and the possibility you might have to face down your sibling...when you really seem to care about each other is terrible. Did your family do something to Snow?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 13th, 2016 12:27 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Question for Cashmere and Gloss

[Gloss] No, we didn't volunteer. At least not, well... voluntarily. Snow had our parents in easy reach, and my fiancee as well. As to what they'd have asked Cash to do while I was in the arena if she hadn't gone in with me, neither of us wants to think about that.

My parents made comments during Cash's Games that Snow interpreted as seditious. Mostly, they were just furious and not shy about saying it.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 13th, 2016 05:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Question for Cashmere and Gloss

Makes me simultaneously want more background stories and feel even more badly for them. The things you do with your writing Fern.
Tracy Wood From: Tracy Wood Date: April 12th, 2016 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
For Glen Everdeen

How badly did the false rumor about your Ruth and Danny Mellark affect you? Also did you have an inkling that Danny's youngest son was sweet on your daughter?

Edited at 2016-04-12 11:24 pm (UTC)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 13th, 2016 12:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I wondered. I shouldn't admit it, but I did. I never gave her the kind of life she'd had as a kid. Our house was a grimy nothing compared to the apothecary... or the bakery. So, yes, when she spent all that time with Danny while he and Mir were split, I took some abuse, and when Prim was born with blond hair and blue eyes, and everyone was talking... I wondered.

But I didn't let myself stew in it. I asked her once, and I accepted and believed her answer. I'd like to say it's because I'm so saintly that I would never doubt anything, but it's because she wept that I'd ask her, and that's when I understood, really, what I'd practically accused her of.

As to young Peeta, truth to tell, when Danny and I were making our biggest effort to dispel the rumor by being friends, Peeta's crush on Katniss was a subject of great merriment.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 18th, 2016 06:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ceasar during Haymitch's Games

I hope I'm not asking a question that's already been answer through the fanfic, but I am just finishing up The End of the Word and am such a huge fan of Haymitch, that I want to know everyone's thoughts of him.

To Ceasar: During Haymitch's games, what made you want to contact his family yourself? And why did you immediate show a liking to him and his family?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 18th, 2016 06:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ceasar during Haymitch's Games

I remember once reading an ancient play that ended with a king saying that any person was less than a drop of water in the sea. "But it seems that some of the drops sparkle! Some of them do sparkle!" I was always struck by that, and never more than the year Haymitch arrived. For other people, Finnick was a bigger draw, and certainly Katniss had charisma, but for me, Haymitch stands out because it was the first time I really ran across someone who barely needed a prod. Later, Finnick and especially Peeta would come along and steal the camera, but it was Haymitch who almost... sparked... on that stage.

When you spend your life trying desperately to make people shine, even in their terror, it's almost overwhelming to meet the ones who have a magnetic charge about them. In Finnick's case, it was his beauty coupled with that goofy and juvenile sense of humor that people loved. In Peeta's, it was a sense of kindness and nobility.

With Haymitch, there was always a sense of restlessness, like match being scraped along a rough surface, just the moment before it ignites. Everyone knew something was coming, and they watched him avidly because of it. They weren't as prone to giving love gifts as they were to the others. Like Katniss, he scared them a little bit, and Maysilee, bless her, did not have the charisma of a Peeta Mellark to turn that situation around. But I felt that burst of air, like the changing of a weather system, and I felt compelled to find out more.

Edited at 2016-04-18 06:37 pm (UTC)
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