Peeta had had a crush on Katniss since the age of 5 years old, when his father point her out and mentioned that he had wanted to marry her mother, but her mother ran off with a coal miner. At school, as Peeta describes, during the music assembly, the teacher asked who knew the valley song, and Katniss shot her hand up and sang it for the rest of the class. Right when the song ended, Peeta knew at that moment — he was a goner. Peeta tried to reach out to Katniss for 11 years, without success.
One time, Peeta purposefully burned bread in order to give it to Katniss to save her and her family from starvation.
The Hunger Games
Katniss and Peeta were the tributes of District 12. They were both mentored by Haymitch Abernathy, as he was the only living past victor of their District. Haymitch instructed the two to stay together during all of the training process, which the two protested due to their tendency to argue. Peeta managed to keep up the appearance that the two were friends. In the interviews, Peeta revealed that she had feelings for Katniss. Katniss was angered by this at first, but changed her mind after Haymitch pointed out this would increase both of their chances of getting sponsors. The night before the Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta talked on the rooftop.
During the Cornucopia bloodbath, Peeta distracted Katniss from running to get a bow and arrows. He later teamed up with the Careers, although this was to protect Katniss, which is something he kept secret from everyone.
After the announcement that there could be two victors from the same district, Katniss searched for Peeta and attempted to nurse him to full health. The two started to fake a romance, although unbeknownst to Katniss, Peeta's feelings were actually genuine. This helped the two to get sponsors.
During the feast, Katniss wanted to go in order to get the medicine that would save Peeta from blood poisoning, but Peeta refused to let her leave, as he didn't want her to die for him. Katniss used sleep syrup sent as a sponsor gift by Haymitch to make Peeta fall asleep. She went to the feast and successfully got the medicine.
They continued to work together for the rest of the Hunger Games.
After they were the last tributes left, the rules were changed back to there only being one winner. However, Katniss and Peeta refused to kill each other, and instead decided to both eat nightlock berries, knowing the Capitol would rather have two victors than none. The two were both made victors of the 74th Hunger Games.
They kept up their act as lovers during the interviews following the games.
This section is in need of major improvement. Please help improve this article by editing it. President Snow was secretly watching Katniss and Peeta, although their part in The Hunger Games was over. When Snow caught Katniss kissing Gale, he was not convinced the two were in love. He threatens to kill her loved ones, so Katniss tried to put down the rebellion beginning to stir, and tried to convince everyone in Panem she and Peeta were still in love. The girl on fire soon tells Peeta what is at stake, and he even proposes to her. Katniss and Peeta are soon put back into the games, and the two ally with Finnick Odair from District 4. Katniss was able to sort out her feelings during the Quarter Quell, and decided she did love Peeta, after he was knocked unconscious and she wept and tried to protect him. After joining forces with Betee, Johanna and Wiress, they have a moment on the beach where Peeta says she has to stay alive at any cost as she has a family to get back to but nobody will care if he gets back home as no-one needs him. After a brief pause, Katniss replies by saying that she needs him and they kiss not for the show but for themselves.While Katniss was being tortured by the Jabberjays, Peeta had tried so hard to comfort her, screaming through the forcefield. A few of the tributes escaped to District 13 (Finnick, Katniss, and Beetee), while others didn’t (Johanna Mason and Peeta). When Katniss is on a ship taking her to District 13 she sees Haymitch, Finnick and Plutarch but not Peeta. When she asks him where he is, Haymitch replies by saying he is being kept at the Capitol. Hearing this Katniss gets angry and starts shouting at Haymitch about betraying as he promised her that he will keep Peeta safe at all costs.
This section is in need of major improvement. Please help improve this article by editing it.
Katniss and Peeta's first child is born 15 years following the events of Mockingjay. At first, Katniss did not want children at all, but Peeta pined for them and she finally gave in. Katniss describes fear at the feeling of her daughter moving inside her during her pregnancy, only for that fear to fade once she's able to hold her baby in her arms. Their daughter has long dark hair like Katniss, and blue eyes like Peeta.
Katniss describes her second pregnancy with her son being easier than with her daughter. Her and Peeta's son has Peeta's blonde hair, and Katniss' grey eyes. During the book, he is a toddler during the epilogue, and seems to be at least a few years younger than his sister. The epilogue also states that he has chubby legs.
Everlark is the most popular ship in The Hunger Games fandom. Its biggest rival ship is Everthorne (Katniss Everdeen and Gale Hawthorne). Some prefer Everlark over Everthorne since Everlark is canon in the end. Sometimes the Everlark shippers are called Team Peeta. There are also people who dislike the idea of Team Peeta and Team Gale because the love triangle is not the main point in The Hunger Games and also because it is too similar to the idea of Team Edward and Team Jacob of Twilight.
On AO3, Everlark is the most written ship for both characters. It is also the most written ship within The Hunger Games tag.