Pairing: Katniss Everdeen/Peeta Mellark
Title: all the very best of us string ourselves up for love
Word Count/WIP?: 16,834 (complete)
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky
Trope Bingo square: Soulmates (and that's bingo for me!)
Why This Must Be Read: This story takes a few scenes to get into—its premise isn't a welcome one to its protagonist, and his life isn't a happy one. The setting is just the right amount of AU—it feels very much like we're in the District 12 we know, but without any Capitol or Hunger Games—and the Mellark family is used to poignant, painful effect despite their sparse appearances. Peeta's anger and frustration are near-palpable in this narration, which makes his eventual meeting with Katniss all the sweeter.