She settles in the underbrush to wait. The theme of identity is becoming more pronounced as she grows closer to Peeta. She finds out more about Rue, including that she loves music more than anything and often spreads songs to the workers in the orchards through the mockingjays. When Katniss arrives at the scene, Rue is caught in a net and then suddenly shot with a spear. She, of course, couldn't say this on camera poaching is illegal so she has to change things up a bit.
None of the Careers felt confident about trying to hunt him into such unpredictable territory. He promises to show the same gratitude for saving his life that Lady the goat did. When she arrives, she still has an hour or two left to wait before the feast begins at dawn. Katniss lives with her mother and younger sister Prim in District 12, the poorest of the districts. He or she will find that very thing in a backpack at the Cornucopia the next day at dawn.
They play up the Romance a bit, then Peeta forces Katniss to get some sleep. She prepares to leave and gives Peeta a kiss for the cameras. The pressures are starting to get to Katniss, and so Peeta encourages her to sleep more. The Chapter ends with Katniss steping up the Romance between her and Peeta by kissing him awake. He is extremely sweet to her, which she admires since it plays to the audience.
They head down the stream together, moving extremely slowly because of Peeta's wounds. In the morning she can hear out of her right ear, but her left ear remains deaf. As Katniss helps Peeta out of his awesome hiding place, he jokes around with her, which makes Katniss glad that he still has his sense of humor. The wasp stings produce hallucinations, which slow her down and almost cost her her life, until Peeta helps her to escape. Through her actions, Katniss reveals how much she cares for Peeta, and the emotional intimacy between them, which had waned before they entered the arena, reaches a new level.
All she could think about was she couldn't live without him, so she was willing to die with him. She gives him some water and he tells her he has indeed been cut, high up his left thigh. Katniss feeds him some berries she's collected, and then Peeta makes her rest while he keeps watch. Because Peeta is so severely injured, he is unable to care for himself. The remaining contestants now are Cato and Clove from District 2, Thresh from District 11, and Foxface from District 5. Katniss realizes how sick Peeta is when he denies food, and even scrunches his nose to it.
She knows her skill with a bow and arrow, along with her hunting prowess, give her at least a fighting chance of winning the Games. Katniss stays awake all night caring for Peeta, while thinking that his leg where Cato cut him is getting worse. Also selected is Peeta Mellark, the baker's son, who maybe has a teensy tiny crush on Katniss. The night is extremely cold when she decides to take off, using Peeta's jacket and Rue's socks to further warm herself. If you get too many stings, you are dead. The District 12 gift is a small bag, which she acknowledges she could fit around her wrist. When she wakes, she examines Peeta's leg and can see that it's much worse: there are red streaks that indicate blood poisoning.
We meet their support team, which is primarily comprised of Haymitch a former Hunger Games winner and also a drunk , Effie their wrangler , and Cinna and Portia their stylists. It is customary to dress tributes in costumes that somehow represent their Districts, and Katniss fears their costumes will be repeats of the horrible coal miner's jumpsuits of years past. The next morning, she sets out carefully, knowing the Careers will be on the look-out. Long before she makes it, a knife is launched at her, which she deftly avoids. The night grows cold quickly, however, and she ends up joining Peeta in the sleeping bag, where she discovers that his fever is getting worse. Clove, the girl tribute from District 2, slams into her, knocking her down. He saw her and knew he had to help her, so he purposefully burnt two loaves of bread, for which his mother hit him.
Katniss retaliates, shooting an arrow at Clove, but the arrow only hits her arm. They have her trapped in a tree and she knows it will be only a matter of time before they kill her. Before she can stop herself, Katniss calls out Peeta's name. Cato discovers that Clove is dead, and Katniss flees the scene before he can chase after her. The Games are over, but they have made the Gamemakers look like fools, and they do not like it at all. He had a black eye and she couldn't return his gaze as he looked at her, instead she looked at the ground.
The long intimate conversation between Katniss and Peeta in Chapter 22 is full of dramatic irony, as the reader watches Katniss grow closer to Peeta while she convinces herself it's all a show. As she tries to lower his fever, the trumpets blare again. After that, she passes out. She thinks Peeta has turned against her to save himself. But it's another dead end, or at least she thinks so before Peeta's voice comes from nowhere. Katniss watches the boy from District 3 be taken by a hovercraft and the careers leave to go hunt. They will now allow both tributes from the same district to be declared winners, if they are the last survivors of the Games.
Katniss is not very in touch with her mushy side. The last thing she remembers is an exquisite green and silver moth landing on the curve of her wrist. She looks down into the stream and his eyes open from the mud. Peeta is determined to go with her even though he can barely walk. Katniss purchased that goat after Rooba came by and said that she, in fact, didn't want the goat; then she winked at Katniss.