Self, what is wrong with you? At this point in 2016, the last thing you need is to start a new Everlark fan fic.
She posted it as a one-shot last weekend. Just 400 words, no biggie.
Then she got comment after comment. Which kinda got her excited.
This is her story: Peeta is a homeless man, and Katniss is an office worker, and the homeless man strikes up a very innocent conversation with Katniss. Everyone was all like: OMG that is so sweet!
Self wrote 3000 more words in one day! But all the interchanges so far take place on the street and self has no idea how to move the action to Katniss’s apartment. Where it obviously needs to go.
Readers are naturally impatient and begin offering self some helpful hints:
“Umm. Maybe it’s raining and Katniss invites Peeta to step inside?”
Or: “It’s foggy and chilly and Katniss doesn’t want Peeta to freeze to death!”
“She drops her wallet and Peeta retrieves it and Katniss’s address is on the license so he finds her building and rings the buzzer?”
Then, the backstory for why Peeta ended up homeless. More reader suggestions:
- “Maybe he’s a war vet suffering from PTSD?”
- “Maybe he was evicted from his apartment because he lost his job and couldn’t make the rent?”
- “Maybe he’s a filmmaker doing a documentary on the homeless and decides to do guerrilla filmmaking?”
- “Maybe he was a chef and the restaurant closed?”
Johanna appears in the story as a punk drummer in a rock band that plays in grunge places (fast disappearing in San Francisco but — creative license, after all!) She has a tattoo of a picnic basket on her arm and Gale, Katniss’s current boyfriend, finds that so overwhelmingly hot! Gale is all over that picnic basket tattoo! Hell, yeah!
Turns out Johanna and Peeta are related. Like, distant third cousins. Johanna doesn’t know Peeta has become one of the homeless. Peeta gets hired to model for Cinna because even though he is homeless he still has a pretty good figure. He gets paid $1000 in cash.
New dilemma: What in the heck is self going to have Peeta do with $1000 in cash?
- Maybe he could open a bank account?
- Maybe he could buy some new clothes?
- Maybe he could buy Katniss some flowers?
- Maybe he could take a few art classes?
Self will sleep on it.