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 In the Bleak Midwinter, Winter Festival prior to 122nd Reaping
Lacey Linen
 Posted on: Jan 25 2018, 09:35 PM
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The night hadn't turned out as she expected, but it was better in so many ways. Lacey spent the time at the festivities helping and working. She was a workaholic. Even now, it was amazing that she hadn't insisted on going back in and help with the cleaning up. She had more cider than she usually had in the past. Well, in the past she had avoided anything that tasted spiked to begin with. But, the year had eased her into the habit when the occasion called for it once a month with Kevlar.

And then there was the fact that her mind could focus on little besides hanging on to Kevlar. Her eyes were mostly on the ground. He had admitted that he knew the way and that meant that instead of looking up, Lacey was watching to make sure that she wasn't hitting any ice patches on the walk. This wasn't the first time that she had been perfectly happy walking with Kevlar in peaceful silence. Every now and again she was able to look at the district with the blanket of snow on it. It almost made the smoggy world around them beautiful.

The pace was slow. Lacey wasn't in a hurry and not just because she didn't want to fall. This night was one of those that one wished never would end. Kevlar had shown a side to himself that she hadn't really seen before. He had been increasingly more pleasant, especially from the grump he had a reputation for being. But, tonight they had fun, just like they were kids again. It was refreshing. And the reality was when she woke in the morning, she would have to be an adult again.

But, the steps up her walk and to her front door were upon them. It was dark as ever as she went to open her door. She hadn't even bothered to lock, what was there to steal anyhow, she barely kept anything in her home. It rarely looked lived in. "Thanks for coming, Kevlar. I don't think it would have been the same without you." Her head tilted to the side as she admitted what she had on her mind on the walk home.
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Kevlar Weaver
 Posted on: Jan 25 2018, 11:16 PM
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Kevlar had expected the night to be horrible, to be quite honest. He had expected to spend the night standing there while everyone stared at him until he finally got tired of it and left. Instead, he couldn't even tell you if anyone had stared or said anything about him being there because he had been too busy actually having fun. And he had Lacey to thank for that. If it hadn't been for her insistence then he would have just stayed home like he did every year. Yes, he definitely had her to thank. He hadn't had so much fun in quite some time if ever.

The victor had no trouble remembering how to get to her house, even though he had only been there maybe once or twice. Kevlar had a nearly photographic memory. It was how he had learned so easily how to make and use the poisons that he had used in his games and before. The path to her house was one that he didn't even really have to think about too much. Though, he found that his mind was still spinning from the fun that they had been having.

It wasn't long before they had made it to her house and she released his arm and stepped up the stairs to her house while he stayed at the bottom. He was sad to see the night end. Who knows when he would be able to have such a good time again? He only hoped it wouldn't be another twenty years or however long it has been until he would be able to enjoy himself like he had tonight. ”I'm glad I came. This was nice.” And he meant it. The half grin on his lips would be testament enough to that.
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Lacey Linen
 Posted on: Jan 27 2018, 09:17 PM
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And the night had gone from fun to awkward in an instant. She was grinning and then it was the realization that the night was over the moment she would get on to the other side of her door. She would work again, for days in a row. Lacey knew that she would be busy. And then he would be going to the Capitol for the games come spring. The cycle of being too busy would start again. But, she wanted more, she just didn't want to admit it.

Her hand slowly twisted the door open. She pushed it in and stood looking down at him. He was so far away at the bottom of the stoop and her hand just raised and gave a slight wave. "It was. Good night." She might have added that they should do it again sometime. But, public celebrations were just once a year. It was the only happiness they were allowed to have. And then what kind of fun could someone really have in Eight? Were there hills to sled in the fresh snow the next day? Could one take a walk through the streets and fill one's lungs with smog for fun?

"Don't be a stranger." She teased at last before she slipped behind the door and shut it slowly. Lacey leaned on the other side as she thought about how that could have gone better. Her mind thinking about how nice it would be to have another kiss. Her fingers brushed against her lips again at the thought. Lacey moved to the window and pulled back a curtain to watch him leave if he was leaving. At least she didn't have to worry about him getting in trouble with the peacekeepers on the street. He was untouchable.
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Kevlar Weaver
 Posted on: Feb 1 2018, 11:47 PM
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Kevlar wasn't exactly sure what he was expecting to happen once they had made it to her home. He knew that they would have to part ways but the way that she so quickly waving at him from the top of the stairs had him realizing that the night really was over. Things would go back the way they had been before now. And he would be back to only getting to see her once a month and then just spending the rest of his time back up at the village just waiting for his chance to see her again. It was only now that he realized how much he actually wanted to see her. ”Goodnight, Lacey.” He said it with a bit of a smile, despite the fact that he didn't actually want it to be over.

He thought that maybe she was thinking a bit along the same lines when she teasingly told him not to be a stranger... Maybe that meant that she wanted to see him more than once a month as well? He didn't want to think too much into it but he still couldn't help but smile to himself as he turned and walked away from her house and turned in the direction that would take him back to the victor's village. He only stopped for a moment to turn back and look at her house one last time, wondering if maybe he should have actually tried to kiss her goodnight as well.

That was when he saw that she was standing in the window watching him walk away. He gave her a big grin then, not being able to help himself and then waved once again before turning away once again.
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