The sound of a gong goes off telling me that I have to run to the cornucopia and grab as much supplies and weapons as possible, then run off into the woods. I bolt off the platform and run as fast as I can. As I reach the cornucopia, I move around the bloodbath and the Careers. I reach for an orange backpack when I notice movement out of the corner of my eye, coming closer to me. It was the male tribute from District 8 coming at me with a sword. I tried to run away, but he tackles me.
“Prepare to die, Girl on Fire!” he snarls at me raising the sword, and I shut my eyes preparing for the death blow but it never came. Instead, I felt a warm wet liquid splash onto my face. I opened my eyes, saw the guy who came at me dead on the ground with a sword protruding from his back. The warm wet liquid on my face was the tribute’s blood. The person who saved me was my old friend Cato, from when I lived in District 2.
“Go, Melissa!” Cato yells at me as he was pulling his sword out of the tributes body.
I bolt with the orange backpack, and run as fast as I can to the woods. After running which seems like an eternity, I collapse next to a tree and gather my breath. I open my backpack to find a sleeping bag, crackers, dried beef, rope, two knives, pair of glasses that seem to resemble sun glasses, iodine and a water bottle. Yes! A water bottle!, I think to myself as I opened the top. I sigh as I realize that it is empty. Now, I have to find water and hunt for food.
As I walk farther and farther into the vast forest, I set up a few traps using a bit of the rope from my backpack. A sound of a cannon went off, signaling a tribute’s death. I stop dead in my tracks and count 11 cannons. 11 dead and 13 tributes left to play. I continue to walk in search for a source of water, and I am on high alert for the Careers and for other tributes.
After what seems like forever, I find a small pond and kneel down next to it to fill my water bottle. Then I hear whooping and hollering coming from the woods across from where I am. It sounds like the Careers, I am right. They appear through the woods and their eyes land on me.
“We are going to get you Girl on Fire!” the blonde Career girl yells, I believe her name is Glimmer.
“Yeah, let’s get her!” Cato yells as they start running towards me. I quickly close the top of my water bottle and ran hoping that I could escape them. I guess they wanted to scare me away from the pond, because after running through the woods they weren’t in sight.
As the sun starts to set, I find a nice Willow tree and climb to what seemed like a good distance off the ground and tie myself onto a tree branch. By the time I was situated, the darkness has set over the Arena. A small fire lit throughout the darkness, what a stupid idea, I think to myself. A tribute lighting a fire at night was like a beacon saying come kill me! I was right, and hear a shrill scream sound throughout the night as the fire is extinguished.
“12 down and 11 to go!” Cato shouts his voice coming closer and closer to the tree I was in.
“Cato can we rest somewhere?” Glimmer complains, her voice coming from right beneath me.
“Let’s rest here,” another voice states probably Marvel, the other Career tribute from District 1.
“Shouldn’t we hear a cannon by now?” Clove questions.
“Is she even dead?” Glimmer asks.
“She’s dead, I killed her myself,” Cato says.
“Then where’s the cannon then?” Clove sasses back.
“Someone go check on her then?” Cato commands.
“Fine, I will!” a familiar voice yells out almost making me fall out of the tree. It was the voice of my District partner Ben Miller, from District 12. He has cut on his forehead and bruises on his face, knowing that he didn’t listen to Haymitch’s instructions. Ben is from the same poor place of town in District 12, that I am from. He heads off with a sword and goes back to where the girl was, then there was a cannon signaling that she was dead. Just after the cannon went off I fall fast asleep.
In the morning, I wake up from the sound of tracker jackers. I look down and saw that the Careers and Ben were fast asleep below me. Then there was a rustling sound in the tree next to me and I look over to see Rue pointing at the branch where the tracker jacker nest lays making sawing motion with her hand before disappearing into the trees. I grab one of the knives I start to saw as quietly as I can.
The tracker jackers start to move about and all of a sudden I fell a sharp pain on my hand and realize that one stung me and I still keep sawing and then the branch gave out and fell on the ground nearby. I feel two more stings forming on my neck and cheek. The venom instantly makes me woozy.
The tracker jackers start to swarm the Careers and Ben and they all run away but Glimmer starts swatting at them with her bow, annoying them. She falls to the ground and twitches before there was a cannon signaling that she has died from the venom. I grab my backpack and jump from the tree barely landing on my feet and stumble over to Glimmer’s body. I roll over her body and grab the sheath of arrows and her bow. I start swaying from side to side, from the effects of the venom when a rustling noise came from behind me and Cato appears.
“Run, Melissa! Run!” he yells at me as I try to move but I black out.
“Melissa!? Wake Up. Shorty, I need you to wake up!!” Cato yells as I slowly regain conscientious. I slowly open my eyes meeting Cato’s icy blues.
“Cato, where am I?” I ask him, my voice sounding groggy.
“You blacked out from the tracker jacker venom and you were out for a three days, worrying me sick,” Cato explains.
“You don’t need to worry about me Cato,” I tell him. “Do you remember from when I used to live in District 2 and we were best friends and I punched the boy that was picking on me?”
“Yeah, and he cried and ran away,” Cato says and laughs.
“I can handle myself,” I say as I grab my backpack and bow and start to walk away.
“I worry about you because I LOVE YOU!!” I hear Cato shout behind me causing me to stop. I turn around and Cato’s lips suddenly land on mine.
“I’m sorry, I just had to do it,” Cato says and start to walk away.
“Wait, Cato!” I yell back making him turn around.
“I… I love you too,” I stutter out. “And one more question, why aren’t you with the rest of the Careers?”
“Well, I wanted to stay with you, but if I have brought you with me they would probably have killed you.” Cato explains.
“Ok, thanks for not letting me be killed,” I replied making him smile. “Where is my District partner Ben?” I ask, I hint of worry in my voice.
“Well the last time I saw him he was running with the rest of the Careers away from the tracker jacker attack, heading for the pond.” Cato explains.
“And?” I ask him.
“And I think I saw Marvel cut Ben’s leg with his spear and Ben’s wound looked very deep and bad.” Cato finishes.
TO BE CONTINUED.