Katniss smiled. She used to feel guilty when Peeta said sweet, endearing things like that to her – not because she didn’t feel the same way because she did. Rather, it was because she simply didn’t know how to reciprocate. Try as she might, she still couldn’t do much more than holding Peeta’s hand in public without feeling uncomfortable. Not to mention, words had always been a weak point for her.
But then, she realized, she didn’t have to reciprocate. She knew how she felt. Peeta knew how she felt. In the end, that was all that mattered anyway.