AU: Gale takes the fall for Finnick in the Capitol. Peeta’s POV
Before Katniss could stop him, he’s pushing her into my arms and slipping something into my hand. I fold my fingers around whatever it is as I try to keep my hold on Katniss, “take care of her,” he says in a low voice. His hand softly caresses her cheek for a moment as he then jumps into the tunnel, to save Finnick, someone he hardly knows. Katniss is now screaming at the top of her lungs, begging for him to come back, but he is long gone. Finnick crawls out of the tunnel with half of his arm missing and although his wounds are deep, they aren’t fatal. The mutts have gone silent, along with Gale’s screams. Katniss breaks free from my arms and runs into the tunnel to tend to Gale. I let her go knowing that the mutts are gone, but I follow after her. I know what she is about to see will break her into more pieces then anything to do with this rebellion has. When I finally reach her she’s sobbing on Gale’s chest and squeezing his hand. The pool of blood underneath him makes me aware that there is no saving him. Take care of her, I repeat in my head. I open my hand to see what Gale gave me. A bracelet designed to look like a snare. Gale Hawthorne, the bravest man I’ve ever known, gave his life to save someone he hardly knew, and left the girl he loved in my hands. He really is a soldier.
“You know how to kill.”
“Not people.” I say.
“How different can it be, really?”
Gale Hawthorne | The Hunger Games
“It costs a lot more than your life. To murder innocent people? It costs everything you are.”
Peeta Mellark | Mockingjay