Title: Quivers and Shakes in the Dark
Length, Chapters: oneshot, 1258 words
Takes Place: during book 1
Divergence: canon compliant
Summary: Haymitch and Effie try to be friends for Peeta and Katniss’ sake.
Effie stares out the window in her bed and watches the night sky blur right past her. She’s continually asking herself questions about the schedule for the morning and whether she forgot any detail. She usually goes through the list and falls asleep, avoiding any thought about the actual tributes. Yet, tonight her mind is even more antsy and is more than unwilling to help provide restful sleep. A volunteer. She sighs with a bit of joy before the dread rises up and starts gnawing at her because no, no, no, no she has to squash that bit of hope. Suddenly, she hears a bit of clumsy knocking at her door. Effie sighs, fully recognizing it, before she gets up and opens it up to Haymitch. He has that look in his eye, that same feeling she has growing inside her gut. Disengage.