“If you’re spending your entire early 20s chasing the next party, what are you running away from? That’s not a badass. What’s badass is when you can sit through your problems and feel emotions when you don’t want to have them. […] And now, as hard as it may be, I will do that. That’s what makes me a badass. Being a badass is handling your shit.”
“Actually, I painted a picture of Rue,” Peeta says. “How she looked after Katniss had covered her in flowers.”
There’s a long pause at the table while everyone absorbs this. “And what exactly were you trying to accomplish?” Haymitch asks in a very measured voice.
“I’m not sure. I just wanted to hold them accountable, if only for a moment,” says Peeta. “For killing that little girl.”