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Chapter fourteen the wedding goes off without a hitch

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Chapter FourteenThe wedding goes off without a hitch. Even I get a little misty when they wrap the net aroundFinnick and Annie. In a normal district, this would be when they break out the wine, but of course,in District Thirteen, it's prohibited. It's the first time I've seen a lot of the survivors from Twelve allin one place since they got off the hovercrafts, and even without wine, they seem a little drunk onthe whole thing. No one is dressed up other than the bride and groom. This bothers Plutarch, butit's perfectly normal for District Twelve. Everyone is cleaned up and combed, and Prim Everdeenhas braided autumn leaves into her hair.Greasy Sae drags Gale out to dance, and soon everyone is dancing with abandon, including me. Ihaven't danced in a circle since before my Games, but the steps come back all right as I dancebetween Lizzabee Leggett and Posy Hawthorne. Delly dances a reel with Rory, and I dance withher for a second round of it. The falling autumn leaves twirl among the dancers, and Cressida ravesabout the visuals. "If the Capitol weren't about to fall," she says, "I think there'd be a rage forleaves at every wedding next year.""Even if itdoesfall, people will still be getting married," I point out. "The world's ended a fewtimes without changing that."She smiles indulgently at my quaint ideas, then goes back into the crowd and joins a group ofyoung people from Thirteen, all of them looking a little awkward as refugees from Twelve try toteach them steps to a dance they are completely unfamiliar with.Johanna is standing at the sidelines, watching Katniss dance with Prim. Her eyes look sunken andfar away. She's still too thin, too sickly. She looks a great deal like the girl she was when she firstcame to the Capitol, sick and weepy.I go over to her. "Would you like to dance?"She raises her eyebrows, surprised. "You dance?""I'vebeendancing, if you haven't noticed.""I don't know the steps. Besides, I still kind of hurt.""How about a slow one, then?" another voice says, and I look up to see Finnick weaving throughthe crowd."Shouldn't you be dancing with your wife?" Jo asks."She's dancing with Mrs. Everdeen right now."
"Dance with Haymitch," Jo says, pointing her chin at me. "Turns out hedances. Who knew?""I knew," Finnick tells her. "There was dancing when my Victory Tour went through Twelve.Come on, I want to dance with my family." He puts one arm over my shoulder, and the other overJo's, and he leads us in a pretty gentle version of a circle dance. Jo still winces after a couple ofminutes, so he stops. He doesn't let us let go of each other. "I love you both," he says, leaning intoour little huddle. "I just… that's why I really came over. To say that. I'm glad you danced at mywedding.""Sap," Jo says."It's Finnick," I say. "What do you expect?"He knocks our heads gently together, then goes back to Annie, who is looking over the crowd forhim.

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