I know Chaff by sight cause I’ve spent years watching him pass a bottle back and forth with Haymitch on television. ○ [Chaff]’s sober, and while he talks too loud and makes bad jokes a lot, most of them are at his own expense. I can see why he would be good for Haymitch, whose thoughts run so darkly.
We sit for a while in silence. “It’d would be bad for you in the arena, wouldn’t it? Knowing all the others?” I ask.
"Oh, I think we can count on it being unbearable wherever I am.” He nods at the bottle. “Can I have that back now?”
Effie Trinket + Haymitch Abernathy in Catching Fire
“Yeah, whatever,” says Haymitch. He’s not drinking but I can tell he’d like to be. Effie had them take her own wine away when she saw the effort he was making, but he’s in a miserable state.
"Katniss. Katniss. I’m sorry…I wanted to go back for him and Johanna, but I couldn’t move.” I don’t answer. Finnick Odair’s good intentions mean less than nothing.-Catching Fire, pg. 388
In the end, the only person I truly want to comfort me is Haymitch, because he loves Peeta, too.