okay but can we talk about everlark just doing massive home renovation? literally these two making a home for themselves? i see them having a cabin that’s like...midpoint of the meadow and the lake, just tucked in a pretty glade somewhere. they probably find the skeletons of this house and just set to renovating it.
and then comes painting and beautiful designs. figuring out lights and pumps, etc. and it’s kind of difficult but not impossible because there’s a flush of information and communication between the districts, a formulation of a nationwide community.
katniss and peeta who thrive in autumn and winter because colors and cold weather. bundling themselves up (katniss learns to like the cold it’s fine) and the little challenges that the changing of the weather gives them.
peeta figuring out landscapes, the intricacies of shades of white and blue. katniss taking up knitting (so many stockings) because even with a fire going, her feet are never warm. some of the best conversations are sitting by the fire, peeta helping his wife (she! is! his! wife!) rolling ball after ball of yarn, or she helping her husband (her! husband!) clean his paint supplies in the sink.
also getting wool from in town and katniss using a drop spindle and then peeta dying the new yarn with natural ingredients? they sell them. a few weeks when sybille visits, she and katniss have some much needed quality time while teaching her daughter how to use a loom.
it’s cold most of the time in district 12 (my weird hybrid germany/norway meets appalachia) so it’s a lot of black and grey in their warbrobe that is adorned with stiches of colored thread (very rajasthani)
also about once a week they go into town to stock on more provisions (even though there’s a lot of preserved stuff they have from the forest).
(fun fact: my favorite part of little house in the big woods was reading about when they killed a pig and how they preserved everything)
but yes they go into town, get packages, etc. and everyone is happy to see them, though it’s a bit intimidating to the younger ones seeing this dusky woman with long hair walking alongside a massive wolf, arm in arm with her husband missing a leg. but everyone is always nice to them.
(yes they have wolves, i’ve decided. or possibly wolf dogs- my little twisted take on the mockingbird and jabberjays- but either way they kind of act as makeshift service animals for the both of them. katniss being partially deaf and peeta with his leg. also goodness my heart but deep pressure therapy???)
oh also making something out of nightlock (read: making good out of dangerous things), katniss makes a kind of vermillion to dye her fingertips and toes, peeta makes actual dye and paint (they find herbs that become a neutralizer for the deadly bit).
katniss with large nose hoops and thick skirts. peeta with runes on his fingers, down his neck (tattooed as a form of protection by his wife). natural dark circles that his wife adores. her lining her eyes black, wearing nothing long pieces of lightweight fabric during the summer (which is absolutely see through and her husband certainly adores) into makeshift sarees.
his wife refuses to wear shoes the second it gets warm, and to make up for her “delicate frame” there’s just a lot of random bridal carrying and grumpy demands of “peeta asherel mellark put me down this instant” // “okay” and just plops her down onto the bed or a couch (one time it was a pile of snow) and just covers her in kisses it’s very cute
(also yes peeta has jewish roots what of it)
anyways forgive my ramblings, but i love my little dark cottagecore couple.