This probably won't happen in Mockingjay but I got the idea whilst walking to the shop this morning and decided why not.
Katniss and Gale were captured in an attempt to save Peeta. But Snow has one final punishment, one that makes Katniss' time in an arena a three. One that tests both Peeta's and Gale's love for her. One that tests the people's power to fight for their right to live in a sadistic world.
The Last Arena
I wake, my head throbbing to the touch of someone prodding me, urgently.
"P..Peeta?" He nods but he doesn't look happy to see me. If anything, he looks scared. His face is bruised and his eye is black.
"What did they do to you?" I lean forward but he recoils from me. I narrow my eyes.
"I'm so sorry, Katniss. They threatened my family, they threatened District 12. They said if I didn't tell, they'd kill everyone." His face is screwed as though he remembers the pain they'd caused him. But we had miraculously escaped somehow.
"What did you tell them?" A soon as I say it, it hits me. He bows his head in shame.
"You told them where we were didn't you? I trusted you and you..." I start to stand up but he pulls me back down.
"You have to believe me, Katniss. I didn't want to hurt you. You mean everything to me..."
"Don't even go there! You jeopardized the chance to break the Capitol's rule! What do you think I was doing in 13? Shoe shopping?" My voice is growing louder and louder and he notices by the pain on his face. But I don't care what they put him through. I told him we were coming for him. That should've been enough.
"No, I...I had to. Please, you don't know what it feels like!"
"I don't know what it feels like? How do you think I've been living for the last year? My family have been threatened! My best friend was threatened! Where the hell are we anyway?" I demand, I can barely control the anger boiling inside of me.
He shakes his head.
"I don't know."
"Great help you are! You know,..."
I freeze. It isn't Peeta who spoke but another voice I recognize. One that I've depended on throughout this rebellion. Gale.
I turn around. He stands in front of me, his face as confused as mine. Without thinking, I tackle him with a hug. He returns it strongly.
"I thought you were dead." He whispers in my ear.
"I'm not. I'm right here and we are going to finish this."
We break apart and I follow Gale's gaze all the way over to Peeta.
"Gale, I can..." Peeta tries to start but I don't want to hear it and I know Gale won't want to either.
"Where are we?" I ask him. His face goes into a neutral state.
"It looks like the woods but I'm not too sure how we got here. I mean, last time I checked we were..."
"On our way to the Capitol to save him." There's a bitter side to my tone and I see Peeta look down again.
"Yes. But where's everyone else? Where are your parents?" He asks. I don't have an answer so I look to Peeta. He doesn't have an answer either. We are silent and the silence allows us to hear a small gushing sound. Water.
"Where's it coming from?" Gale asks and all three of us head in the northern direction. These woods are long, they seem longer than the ones at home. We can't find the water though and I suddenly realise how thirsty I am.
Then we reach it. The sudden drop. I nearly fall of the edge were Gale not beside me to pull me up. It's a cliff face. Under us is a lake I think. I can't be a sea I don't think. Finnick told me that seas smell of salt. There is no salt here.
We catch our breath before speaking. Peeta points towards the gushing sounds.
He's right. It would be beautiful were everything not so confusing.
"What is this place." I breathe. The answer comes from an unknown source.
"Welcome esteemed guests, Katniss Everdeen, Gale Hawthorne and Peeta Mellark! Welcome audience of Panem. This is your president speaking! As always I'd love to welcome everyone to these Games, the 76th Hunger Games! This year, we've added a little twist. There have been no reapings, no interviews and a new set of tributes. We will have two teams this year. One, you have met, Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne. The second team consists of the Capitol! Happy Hunger Games! And to show our good sportsmanship, we will give team one twenty-four hours to prepare themselves. There are numerous items of value scattered across this enormous arena, weapons, food. After twenty-four hours, we shall enter the arena. And I'm certain that this year will be our best Hunger Games to date! May the odds be ever in your favour!"
We are speechless. I want to scream but my mouth has abandoned me. My lungs have stopped working. I feel like I'm about to faint. My legs collapse under me. Both boys call my name and I am grabbed by two strong arms, Peeta on my right and Gale on my left. This isn't happening.
"No. No, they can't do this!" I shout. Both boys shush me at the same time. I cannot believe how calm they are about this.
My breathing is inconstant.
"We're going to die." I say, my voice calm. Gale looks at me incredulously. Peeta looks sick.
"Don't you get it! They've tried to kill us twice already! They are not going to fail for the third time!" My voice is nearly giving up on me. To my surprise, it's Gale who speaks first.
"I don't plan on dying anytime soon. Anyone who wants to win this is welcome to join me to search for weapons."
"Gale! How can you be so calm about this? He's is going to kill us!"
He leans forward to me and I think he's about to shout in my face but all he does is kiss me, gently. Then he moves his lips to my ear. For a second I am going crazy. He shouldn't be kissing me in front of everyone. But then I stop. Panem can stare. The President no longer controls me.
"Shut up. I can't have you giving up on me. I need you here."
Then he moves away and heads back for the forest. I look at Peeta. He won't meet my eyes. I wonder what he was thinking as we kissed. But there are more things that I need to worry about now. I am back in the arena. I have been given three chances. And I small voice in my head says I won't get another.
This is sort of a continuation of my other story 'Forgiveness' so yeah. Reviews please.