Primrose's Second Annual Hunger Games
Hey, guys! My second making of the Hunger Games, and I'm just as excited! (If you would like to read my first made Hunger Games, that would be great, it's on my Followed list). I will be using the roll of the dice, and I will not, I repeat NOT get attached to the tributes. The Games are foretold by the roll of the dice, so no, I will not take begging. I also will not kill the weaker districts first just because their weaker. I am not that kind of person.
Please enter tributes with the following:
These games will also include chariot rides and final 8 interviews. I appreciate your support!
"And may the odds be ever in your favor!" ~Effie Trinket
This year's arena is divided up into three sections: The first is a plain wheat field with game like rabbits and mice. However, there are deadly snakes which can end your life with one bite. The second section is a hot, dry desert with no protection, only tumbleweeds. Bug-like muttations live in the desert. There are few caves.
District 1: Carabella Button, 15, allied with Cinder Sage
District 1: Eric Loree, 16, 8th Place, slit throat by President Primrose
District 2: Mikie Gold, 18 , 14th Place, stabbed by Kimmt Cotwright
District 2: Minnie Gold, 18, 10th Place, stabbed in the stomach by Storm Thorn
District 3: Digit Tewk, 14, 1 7th Place, speared by Jeron Tart
District 3: Micy Cumput, 17, drugged and hidden in the Rain Forest
District 4: Splash Blue, 16, <strike>7th Place,</strike> speared in the back of the neck by Stephen Whirlwind
District 4: Waterlily Wave, 16, 9th Place, stabbed through the back by Stephen Whirlwind
District 5: Dust Renshow, 17, 12th Place, killed by a wall of fire
District 5: Cinder Sage, 16, allied with Carabella Button
District 6: Stephen Whirlwind, 18, ' 6th Place, s'tabbed in the chest by Storm Thorn
District 6: Danielle Jones, 17, 20th Place, skewered by Jalyn King
District 7: Jeron Tart, 17, 1 3th Place, stabbed in the back by Micy Cumput
District 7: Menna Wrendle, 15, 18th Place, speared by Minnie Gold
District 8: Walder Gearald, 17,22nd Place, speared by Eric Loree
District 8: Carla Ramsey, 14, 23rd Place, spear in the stomach by Mikie Gold
District 9: Elfonz Billinger, 15, 21st Place, arrow in the head by Stephen Whirlwind
District 9: Jalyn King, 16, 16th Place, knife in the throat by Stephen Whirlwind
District 10: Jackson Pettis, 14, 24th Place, sword through the back by Minnie Gold
District 10: Odette DeLeany, 14, currently sick with fever
District 11: Kimmt Cotwright, 18, 11th Place, skewered through the head by Splash Blue
District 11: Raeoki Cotwrigh t, 13, 15th Place, head lopped off by Mikie Gold
District 12: Storm Thorn, 16, allied with Odette, making his way back to the glass wall
District 12: Luna Thorn, 16, 19th Place, arrow in the head by Carabella Button
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The Chariot Rides
The crowd is buzzing with excitement when District 1 arrives. The tributes are pulled by white steeds with sapphire jewels on their heads, the carriage seems to be made of emeralds, and the large chariot wheels are made of pure gold. The tributes, however, is what makes the audience gasp. Eric is wearing a silver tuxedo with blue topaz and aquamarine sewn into it. He has a gold staff in hand and a gold crown on his head. Carabella is shyly showing off her one- shouldered ruby dress and heels. Her is hair down with pearls braided into it, a gold tiara is perched atop her head. She waves into the crowd until Eric reaches down and kisses her cheek. The audience laughs and applauds as Carabella gasps with an astonished look on her face.
2's chariot follows after District 1 pulled by storm cloud gray horses. The chariot looks like the training center; filled with deadly items like spears and maces. Minnie and Mikie are wearing black jumpsuits and combat boots. Both wear a look of disgust, and their stylists have penciled fake scars on their faces, making them look horrifyingly scary. The audience gasps as they both grab an bow and a quiver of arrows and shoot two arrows into the sky. Words form: District 2: The Real Careers.
District 3 appears as a technical facility room pulled by gray horses decorated with computer chips. The tributes Digit and Micy are wearing robotic suits and doing The Robot. Micy and Digit giggle as they dance together. They seem to like and trust each other now. The Capitol audience laugh and join along with their dancing. It seems like a good day for District 3.
District 4's chariot has a brilliant ocean theme to it. The horses are as blue as the sky with one, long silver feather on their heads. The chariot is bright blue and has a dip to it so it can hold water. Waterlily is costumed as a mermaid, perched on a rock, with a long, green tail and two pale pink seashells worn over her chest. Her long blonde hair is wavy, and they have braided waterlilys into her hair. Splash is wearing nothing but tight ocean blue pants and his dazzling grin. He smiles and takes Waterlily's hand, and she blushes bright pink as the audience cheers.
Cinder and Dust ride out in a flaming chariot pulled by pitch- black horses. Cinder's hair seems to be caught on fire, as well as Dust's cape. Both are wearing red and black clothing patterned with flames. Cinder and Dust both nod at each other and then both throw what seems to be flaming frisbees into the audience, which burst into sparkles. When the audience is out of earshot, Dust whispers to Cinder, "You look beautiful. I've thought that way ever since that wedding a few years ago." Cinder looks horrified. She whispers back, "I- I can't love you, Dust. I can't get close to anyone. I'm so sorry." She truly looks sad. "So sorry." Dust echoes. His heart is broken.
District 6 rides out in a pure white chariot with silver wheels. The horses are gleaming white also, except for a Red Cross symbol on each side on their bellies. Danielle and Stephen are both dressed as very fashion- devoted doctors. Stephen is wearing a jacket that opens with no shirt, tight white pants, and white dress shoes. Danielle is wearing a short white dress, a white fedora, and red heels. The crowd cheers loudly. They giggle and laugh together as they slow dance away on their chariot.
District 7 follows after District 6 with a hush of 'ooos' and 'aaahs'. Their chariot has a forest theme, with trees and grass and mud placed on the chariot, making it seem like a clearing in the woods. Jeron steps out first; dressed in a brown and green suit and his face matching. Then he walks over to one of the trees and picks up a bunch of flowers. But it takes the audience a second to realize its not a bunch of flowers- its Menna. Her body is concealed by tons of flowers- tulips, irises, daisies, and daffodils. She giggles and smiles up at Jeron nervously when he sets her down lightly. The crowd laughs and claps as their chariot passes.
District 8 rides out in a flare of fashion. The horses are honey- colored and are wearing multiple scarves, as well as peace- keeper hats. Carla and Walder are dressed in peace keeper uniforms, surrounded by guns and ammo. The audience is silent. Off in the crowd, District 8's stylist presses a button and the whole chariot seems to explode. When the fog is cleared, Carla and Walder are wearing a dress and a suit that makes the Capitol long for their clothes. They are no longer surrounded by guns, but clothes racks from fashion wear to peace keeper uniforms. The crowd goes crazy and stomps their feet.
Jalyn and Elfonz are out and riding in a chariot colored of chocolate brown. The wheels of made of pine, and the horses are to match the chariot and have a green hat each with a long red feather, much like 'Robin Hood's. Jalyn is wearing a Native - American dress with moccasins and a calf- skin headband. Her blue hair is now dyed jet black and is braided down her back. She has a quiver and a bow slung over her shoulder. Elfonz is bare- chested but has calf- skin leggings and moccasins. His stylists have penciled his best features darker, making him look very dashing. The Capitol women scream his name. They ride away with smiles on their faces.
Odette and Jackson ride out in a glowing white chariot with a grass floor and horses that are white, but the stylists have spray- painted black spots on them. A picket fence lays across the center of the chariot, where Odette sits, legs crossed. She is wearing a strapless cow-skin mini dress with a black belt and heels. Her blonde hair is worn up in an elegant knot with a black headband. Standing next to her is Jackson, wearing a brown vest over a white shirt, a cowboy hat, jeans, and boots with spurs. He winks at the audience, turns to Odette, and kisses her hand. She giggles, but this is only for the show. They barely know each other.
Raeoki and Kimmt come in on the scene in a chariot carved entirely out of wood. The wheels are mahogany, and the horses are chestnut colored with a white diamond on their foreheads. Intertwining trees rich with golden apples are growing in the chariot, as well as crops like squash, cucumbers, and corn. Raeoki is wearing a fashionable tiered dress made entirely out of banana peels. She hair is worn down and wavy with a blue headband to bring out her beautiful blue eyes. Kimmt is standing next to her, wearing a suit made of grain and wheat. His bow-tie is made of apple peels. They both hold hands and blow kisses to the audience, which is cheering louder than an erupting volcano.
The next set of twins arrive to a screaming crowd. Their chariot is pure black and made of ignited coal, and the horses are also black. Although they are giving no reaction, it seems that their manes are set on fire. Storm and Luna grin at the audience who are going nuts. Luna wears a long trained black dress that sparks and has flames all over the dress, matching with flaming earrings. Storm is wearing a black jumpsuit also lit on fire. Suddenly a flaming 12 appears on both of their clothing. The crowd screams with joy as their chariot passes.
Day 1 - The Bloodbath
Danielle Jones- Jalyn King
Menna Wrendle- Minnie Gold
Walder Gearald- Eric Loree
Elfonz Billinger- Stephen Whirlwind
Luna Thorn- Carabella Button
Carla Ramsey- Mikie Gold
Jackson Pettis- Minnie Gold
The rallied yet sleepless tributes stand on their platforms around the Cornucopia, some dreading what comes for them, some excited to let their savage soul break loose and kill. The tributes are wearing simple clothing: a white shirt with their district symbol on it, navy sweatpants, sturdy hiking boots, and a black sweater. When the area around them is unsheathed, many of the tributes try to swallow their fear. God knows what kind of stuff they put in here, Cinder thinks, pressing her nose against the glass. Tangled vines and mysterious leaves have already climbed their way up her tube. All that the eye could see was trees and plants from every direction. What immediately catches her eye is Dust, standing across from her tube. His eyes are closed, and his head is bowed, looking as if he was regarding his second cousin's funeral. He opened his eyes for a split second and mouthed, Good luck. Immediately Cinder felt herself blush and felt ashamed, the same as she had done at the chariot rides. I like him, Cinder thinks. But he knows I can't.
The gong sounds and the tributes rush the 20 yard sprint to the Cornucopia. Odette and Jackson from District 10 seem to have made it to the Cornucopia first. Odette scoops up a backpack and two knives, and Jackson does the same. They take off running until Jackson collapses. Odette whirls around to find Minnie grinning, holding a long, bloody sword, eager to meet its new target. When she brings the sword down, it misses, and Odette screams and punctures her hard in the arm with her knife. Minnie lumbers backwards, and Odette sprints off into the shrubbery. Meanwhile, Carla and Walder have met up with Mikie, Eric, and Carabella.
"Alliance?" Carla asks, a smirk suggesting on her face, "Who wouldn't want me?"
Mikie chuckles. "With District EIGHT? Trust me, I don't think we need an obese chick in our pack." And with that, he shoves a spear into her stomach. Her cannon fires. Walder stands in shock. He turns on his heel and attempts to run away but Eric throws another spear that lodges into his head. He collapses and his cannon fires also. He turns back to Carabella and Eric, who stand silently.
"You guys are in the Career pack, right?" Mikie asks, a sneer on his face. Eric looks to Carabella, who mouths to him, Go with it. "Yeah. Of course."
"Good. I'm gonna find Minnie. She was chasing after District 10." He grabs a reloaded bow and races through the weeds and plants of the arena. Carabella turns to Eric. "What are we going to do?" she asks, a worried look upon her face. "We'll figure out a way to.... to get out of this mess." he says, turning away from her. She catches his hand, and squeezes it softly.
Jalyn and Elfonz have reached the Cornucopia at the same time as Stephen and Danielle have. Stephen grabs a bow and quiver and fires an arrow, which pierces Elfonz's throat. Jalyn shrieks in anger and chucks her spear at Danielle, where it skewers her through the back. She grabs a pack and another spear, and looks at Elfonz sadly. She blows him a kiss as he is raised by a hovercraft, and takes off. Stephen hugs the lifeless figure of Danielle, and the shadow of the hovercraft appears over the pair. He kisses her cheek and grabs a large knife and a medium- sized pack from the Cornucopia and sprints after Jalyn. I will kill her, he thinks.
Back with the Careers, Mikie has arrived with an ugly grimace on his face, dragging his sister to the Cornucopia. Carabella gasps and covers her mouth when she sees Minnie. Her face is pale with a greenish glow, and she has a knife punctured deep in her arm, so deep you could only see about an inch of blade.
"Well," Mikie says, pulling his sister to rest on the bags. "She's definitely NOT in shape for ruining people's lives. Hear, Cara, I'm gonna get to work on her." He hands his bow to a bewildered Carabella, and takes some bandages out of one of the bags and starts wrapping it around Minnie's arm. Cara shakes with anxiety as she raises her bow. I've shot deer before, she thinks to her self. It can't be much different, right?
She looks through the scope on her high- tech bow and sees a face not to far away. The face is determined, biting her lip, and clutching the hand of a boy who looks like the spitting image of her. She has two braids, and her eyes, as big as the moon. She is running, sprinting with the boy. She is closer now.
Carabella positions herself and hesitates. She knows that Eric and Mikie are watching her. She knows she must prove herself as a Career. She holds her breath, brings back the string, and fires. The arrow whistles as it finds its way to its target. It spears Luna in her left temple. At first she is shocked, but then she is comforted. She can see the sun, winking at her up above. It seems so far away. I will meet the sun, she decides, and flies up beyond the battles, beyond the trees, beyond the clouds..... she is nearly there.....
Luna sways and falls back into Storm's arms. A cannon fires in the distance. Storm bursts into tears as he crouches other Luna fatal figure. He kisses her cheek and let the hovercraft take her away. He looks for the killer, and sees the young girl, a Career, standing not to far away holding a silver bow. A horrified look is placed upon her face, the boy from her district has his hands on her shoulders, and the boy from 2 is still tending to his sister but is grinning hysterically. He runs over to the small Career girl and punches her hard in the forehead. The last thing she remembers is the shyness of being in Eric's strong, warm hands before she blacks out.
Storm decides he probably should leave before he feels 1's wrath, so he grabs a trident and a small pack before running away. Cinder and Dust meet at the same time. Cinder blushes and grabs a pack and a bow. Dust has a spear and another pack, and is staring into her eyes quizzically.
"Umm....... alliance?" Cinder asks, nervously shifting her pack onto her shoulder.
"Yes." replies Dust, and he grabs her hand and leads her away. Waterlily has a trident and a bag and is about to leave the clearing when Mikie chucks a knife at her leg. She screams and falls over, fainting from pain. Splash runs over and picks her up over his shoulder and runs away before any other attacks are made.
Kimmt and Raeoki has gotten a pack and a bag of dried fruit each and have left the clearing when District 7 arrives. Menna and Jeron have made an alliance and are speeding towards the Cornucopia. Menna is scooping up a large pack when Minnie pops up, wielding a spear in her good hand.
"Really, these Games are going to be a piece of cake with you weaklings around." Minnie grins evilly and chucks the spear into her stomach. Menna recoils and falls into Jeron's arms. When her cannon fires, Jeron doesn't know what to do, just stare at her small body with a gaping mouth. Out of the corner of his eye he sees Minnie grabbing another spear, so he drops Menna and grabs the pack Menna had and then takes the spear out of Minnie's hand. As her runs away, Minnie screams,
"Here our wrath, District 7! WE WILL KILL YOU!"
The day ends without another death.
Jalyn King- Stephen Whirlwind
Digit Tewk- Jeron Tart
Raeoki Cotwright- Mikie Gold
Mikie Gold- Kimmt Cotwright
Carabella wakes to the sound of a crackling fire and the smell of eggs. She can hear Mikie and Minnie's snores from a sleeping bag next to hers. She yawns and then blushes when she sees she is still in the arms of Eric. He is awake, and holding Carabella and frying eggs over a frying pan that must have been sent by sponsors. When he sees Carabella is awake, he face brightens into a smile.
"Cara, breakfast! Oh, no, no, don't get up!" he says cradling her back into his arms after her attempt to get up. "You'll hurt your head." Cara's hand flies to her head, and she feels bandages carefully wrapped around her temples. When she looks up, Eric looks concerned, so she shows she is okay by pushing a stray wave of dark hair out of his eyes. Then she sits up.
"That boy from 12 got you bad." Eric says. "Right after you got his sister, he ran over and punched you. You fainted." Cara thinks for a moment, and then says, "I deserved it." When Eric tries to argue, she shakes her head, and hugs him. "Stop trying to defend me when I'm guilty." she says, and then yawns. "I'm going back to bed." She rests against him and falls asleep. Eric spends the next few hours stroking her hair.
Micy and Digit have escaped to the wheat field where they are eating wild turkey Micy found while hunting.
"You know," Digit says, biting down on his drumstick, "I think we might be the only ones here."
"Don't underestimate the Gamemakers, Digit," Micy says nervously, "If no ones here, they'll drive one of the tributes to us, just so they can see a fight."
They eat in silence for a while until they here a strange rustling noise coming from a patch of wheat not to far away. Digit and Micy stand up at the exact same time.
"You wait here." Micy says, approaching the area with a bow.
"No," Digit says, placing a hand on her shoulder. "You wait." He silently steps towards the wheat and Micy scowls, but doesn't follow, simply waits with her arms crossed. After a minute, of prowling the patch Digit turns, smiling, with a hand in a thumbs-up. "No one here." He starts walking towards Micy when she sees an tall boy rise from the wheat. Before she can warn him, he sends a spear into Digit's back, the spearhead protruding out of his stomach.
Micy puts her hands over her mouth and screams. Digit falls, kneeling on the ground.
"Micy..." he whispers, and then his head lolls to the side, and his cannon fires. Micy falls to the ground, tears spilling from her eyes. Jeron pulls the spear out of Digit's back and throws a sympathetic look to Micy.
"Sorry," he mumbles, before taking off, leaving Micy in a sobbing state.
Splash sits back in a cave, staring at the girl who he saved, who is glaring back at him. Splash reaches out a hand, but Waterlily stands up, trying to get away, but winces in pain and falls down. She curses her leg.
"Why did you make me look like a fool in the interviews?" she asks, glaring.
"Because, I... well...," he trails off, still staring. Her figure, her face, her eyes, he loves everything about her. He wants to say, Waterlily, I love you. I've loved you ever since we were kids. But he doesn't. Instead he says, "It was for our survival." and he turns away so she can't see his eyes, which feel like crying.
"You announced that you loved me to the whole world, but for what reason?" Her glare and voice have softened. Splash turns back to her, and takes her hands. This time she doesn't pull away.
"I love you, Waterlily. I think you are the most beautiful person I have ever seen in my life." His eyes dart downward, afraid to see what look Waterlily wears. "Oh." she says. After a moments silence, to Splash's surprise, she hugs him. "I'm sorry, Splash." she said quietly. "I should have realized."
Splash hugs back, delighted to hold her in his arms again. Her hair smells like the ocean. He almost cries again.
After their alliance back at the Cornucopia, Cinder and Dust have managed to get away to the desert. They had slept overnight in a sleeping bag under a withered tree, much to Cinder's discomfort. They are hunting together in a field containing dead grass, hoping to catch some game.
Cinder sneaks a few glances at Dust every now and then, just to read his feelings. He never looks back, just talks to her in a cold whisper. He loves me, Cinder thinks, and her stomach does a flip. She looks looks back at Dust, with his tousled hair with some strands hanging over his brown eyes. Cinder decides something in her mind. She nibbles some strands of her red hair, then walks right in front of Dust's path and looks at him.
"Why aren't you talking to me?" she asks, not breaking eye contact. Dust stares at her, his mouth hanging open a little.
"Because I'm sorry," she continued, tearfully, "about what happened on the chariot. I am. And, maybe.... maybe you can forgive me for that." She doesn't know what she is doing, but she knows it is right; she embraces Dust and kisses him softly, and Dust kisses her back. A bug - muttation flies by and stings Dust, and he breaks away, stifling an urge to scream. Cinder rushes to his side and cradles his head and takes out the first aid kit she had in her pack. She blinks back tears as she works on his leg, and Dust's face goes pale as he says, "Forgived...." he closes his eyes and exhales. Cinder sobs and is afraid he might die, but after five minutes she lays down next to him, her lips pressed against his forehead.
Stephen inhales and exhales slowly so Jalyn doesn't hear him. He holds his knife at his side, and looks at himself in the blade. Just two days ago I was eating gourmet foods at the Capitol, Stephen thinks. Now I'm a wild animal. He bites lip and looks through the leafy plants at Jalyn, afraid that he might lose her. He had been hunting her down for two days now, and is afraid that if he loses sight of her he might go insane. The strip of red in his hair is actually not a problem because there are so many red plants in the forest he is almost invisible. Jalyn has found her hair blends in also because she has not bothered to cut it off.
I will kill her, he thinks. However he doesn't quite know why Danielle's death had shocked him so badly. Its probably because she was your district partner, he tells himself, but he knows it was something much more than that. He thinks about the pretty girl on the chariot, who laughed at his jokes, who smiled, who had kissed his cheek before the chariot rides and had then gripped his hand, because she was nervous......
He shakes his head and looks through the trees at the blue haired girl. Gathering up his courage, he boldly shouts a warrior cry and races into the clearing, knife above his head. Jalyn whirls around, her blue eyes large and her mouth open. Stephen does not feel a drop of sympathy as he brings the knife down to her throat. He is still breathing heavily when the copter takes her away, and out of the corner of his eye he sees a bubbling spring next to where Jalyn's corpse had laid two minutes ago. Suddenly, he realizes how thirsty he is.
Odette, having stayed in the rainforest, is jumping from tree to tree, hunting. It doesn't matter what I'm hunting for, she tells herself. Humans are animals. She looks through the binoculars she found in her pack and looks through them. She can see a boy in the distance, with scraggly brown hair and big brown eyes with dark rings. She instantly recognizes him as the boy from 12, they whose twin died on the first day. She slithers down the tree and runs as fast as she can towards the boy. She feels like she is running track like back home, and her heart feels like it wants to burst with sorrow. She sees the boy turning towards her and instinctively flattens herself against a red cedar tree. She wishes she had brown hair, for her blondest of blonde hair would be spotted if he came any closer. Odette knew that since his sister died, he'd be a savage, or a wreck.
She hears the footsteps come closer and she breathes slower and more calmly. She hears tiptoeing in the leaf pile behind her tree and jumps out, holding the knife to his throat. She puts on the most menacing look she can manage and waits for his reaction. He looks bewildered at first, and then laughs. Now it is Odette's turn to look confused, and she almost drops her blade but then keeps it steady. Storm looks into her eyes and says, "Alliance?"
Raeoki an Kimmt stand on the brink of the clearing overlooking the Cornucopia. Raeoki is chewing a piece a of dried mango nervously and Kimmt is holding a spear of sharpened wood to his side, awaiting attack. Finally, he whispers to Raeoki,
"Okay, here's the plan. I distract the Careers and you sneak around and get that sword over there." He points to a large sword glinting off the suns rays. "Then you slice 'em up, and I'll kill the rest. Listen, if we do this, there will be no more threats. We could beat it out until the end." Raeoki looks up at Kimmt, wondering where all of his brotherly love has gone. "Okay." she sighs, and sneaks up the side of the Cornucopia. Five minutes later, she hears her cue.
"OVER HERE, YOU BIG FAT LOSERS!" She sees the outraged faces out District 1 and 2 turn to face her brother running in the other direction yelling ill-mannered insults at them. Raeoki hobbled her way to the Cornucopia and picked up the giant weapon, the sword. She could feel the power just holding it in her hands. For a couple of seconds she stared at it in awe, until she heard,
" OI! RAEOKI! WATCH OUT!" She gasped in horror as the boy from 2, Mikie, was sprinting toward her, another sword in his hand. When he meets her he immediately strikes towards her heart, but she side-steps it and pierces her leg, cutting a large gash. Mike howls in pain and shoulder rolls and tries aiming for her head, but she easily deflects it. For several minutes they battle and Raeoki believes she may win when Mikie deflects her strike a little too hard and it clatters to the floor. Raeoki breathes fast and uneven as she kneels down and puts her hands up. "I surrender." she says in a whisper. "Just make it quick."
And with that, he brings up his sword and slices off her head. Breathing heavily, he turns around, expecting congratulations from his fellow Careers, but finds himself face to face with Kimmt.
"You...killed....my..... SISTER!" he screams and stabs his wooden spear into his stomach. Mikie falls to the ground with tears in his eyes, and then goes limp. He picks up his sister's fallen sword and leaves to the Career's gaping mouths and Minnie's sobbing.
Jeron Tart- Micy Cumput
Dust Renshow- The Gamemakers
Kimmt Cotwright- Splash Blue
I feel like an animal in a zoo, Jeron thinks as he hikes his way up a steep incline. Exposed, where people can watch me eat, sleep, wake, pee, and fight. He sighs as he reaches a wetland marsh and begins to walk his way around the mud, cursing the world under his breath. How did I get into this? Why can't I live a life? These are the questions Jeron asks himself from the moment he wakes up to twilight when he sleeps restlessly. He finally sits down on a large, mud-spattered rock and covers his eyes with his hands, massaging his temples. Suddenly, he feels a shot of pain coming from his back spreading like a disease all over his body, making him recoil.
He groans, his vision is fuzzy, he can feel life slipping from his grasp like a bar of soap. He looks around, mentally challenging the killer to show himself, when he sees a flash of jet-black cross his view.
"Micy," he winces, lying down on the cold ground. He sees the black stop, then emerge towards him. Even though his sight is bad, he could see her ocean blue eyes brimming with tears. She does not want to look at him, she does not want to see the person of whom she has ended his life. But he requested her, and she will do what he wants, because he will be dead in five minutes. She wipes the tears sidling down her cheek with the back of her hand and kneels down. All Jeron notices is that her usual playful, confident glint that danced in her eyes is gone.
"You.... wanted.... revenge......" he struggles, and each word seems like poison being stabbed into him.
"Life is full of revenge," Micy continues, making her voice steady. "I did this for revenge for Digit. He was my friend. I- I just thought-"
"I know," Jeron says, his breaths short and edgy. "But we are in the Games, and soon I'll be with Menna. I know she's been waiting for me." he whispers, waving his hand vaguely. Micy bursts into tears, rocking on her knees. "I'm so sorry, so sorry...." she chokes out. Jeron turns his head and gives her a sad smile.
"Life's too short for apologies. Learn that from me, and keep it close to your heart." he says, and then closes his eyes. A cannon fires, making the toucans on nearby birch branches fly away. Micy kisses his forehead, and crosses his dead, cold hands into a praying position.
"Odette?" Storm asks as they trek through the jumble of vines.
"Mmmm?" she answers, half listening. The other half is listening for footsteps, or the Careers, or animals. Storm had gotten much from the Cornucopia from Day One and they had enough food eat, but Odette was sure this newfound bounty would not last so long. Much to her surprise, Storm had welcomed her with open arms. His sister's death must have really rattled him, she had thought. Storm had turned out to have excellent hunting skills, though, and had a really cheerful personality.
"This might sound stupid, but.... do you believe in guardian angels?" he asks, watching her wavy hair bounce. Odette turns around and looks him straight in the eye.
"Yes. Yes I do. And I believe that ours are looking down at us right now, deciding what to do with us." The corners of her mouth upturn when she sees Storm laughing. Storm looks back at her, amazed at how her eyes are forever changing; teal, to turquoise, to azure, to cerulean. She smiles at him, then whirls around and begins trekking once again. They reach a grassy area with a small waterfall. Odette gasps with shock, then dances around it. She grabs Storm's hand and they dance for a while. They set up a tent and place two sleeping bags inside it.
Odette and Storm step back and admire their work. Storm's hands and knees are dirtied, as well as Odette's, who has also bravely smudged thick mud under her eyes, making her look much more aggressive, and scarier.
"I wouldn't come near you with a machine gun." Storm jokes, putting his hands in the air to show a comedic surrender. Odette puts her hands on her hips but laughs.
"I was a quarterback for my school's football season," she says, a dreamy look on her face. "I had to wear this under my eyes, except it was something probably more sanitary," she says, ignoring the snorts from Storm. "I was gonna play our first game, but...." she feels there is no reason to continue. To make a long story short, she was reaped. She was put in an arena and forced to kill or be killed. Her life is ruined.
Odette seems at a loss for words, she just turns from Storm and thinks about District 10. Will she ever go home?
Storm stands up, dusts off his pants, and hugs Odette from behind. She hesitates, then turns around and hugs him back. "I think everyone needs a hug once in a while, don't you think?" Odette thinks for a moment and replies, "I think you are exactly right."
Cinder wakes and finds herself wrapped in Dust's arms. She smiles sleepily, then wiggles out of his arms. She had successfully healed Dust's leg last night, but he is in no shape whatsoever to walk on it. She stands up and stretches, and feels Dust's forehead for a temperature. His head doesn't feel warm, and she smiles at the sleeping figure of him, his slow breathing like a rolling wave, or the sound of fire crackling; something about him makes her heart get excited. She kisses him softly, carefully just to to wake him, and he does, slowly opening his eyes to greet her.
"Hey, beautiful," he says, a small smile playing on his lips.
"Hey." She calms the maniacal butterflies in her