My name is Katniss Everdeen. I'm 17 years old. I'm in love with my best friend Gale Hawthorne. Gale used to be in love with me. Now he is not, and he never will be again..
Broken. That's the word that can best describe me. Not fierce, instinctive, or independent. At least not anymore. Those were all taken from me the day I gave my heart to Gale Hawthorne, the one person I could trust more than anyone in the world. Now, I'm Katniss Everdeen, an empty shell of the person I used to be.
Chapter 1: The Beginning of the End
The world I come from is untrusting and cold. There is very little to smile about and when you find some happiness in such a dark place, you do all you can to hold onto it. The light in such a lonely place was my best friend Gale. It used to be my father until he was taken away from me in a coal-mining accident. I thought I would never be able to get past that moment, that is until Gale came along..
The grass silently smooths down as I cross the field in search of my next game. Standing here under the bright sun brings some warmth to my ever-cooling heart. Here I can pretend. I can pretend that there isn't anything out in the world to hurt me, to be taken away from me. Here, I'm the one with the upper-hand. The one who gets to call the shots. I'm the one who gets to decide between life and death. And right now, I choose death. I raise my bow and aim towards the rabbit that crossing the plain, I pull back to release when I hear some rustling behind me. I quickly turn my head and aim towards my new target. Right as I was about to release, something inside of me tells me to stop. I look closer to not find an animal but a boy. Actually, boy isn't an accurate term, I find a He looks to be rather tall and built. He cocks an eye at me and starts to walk closer. I'm so consumed by his presence that I forget any type of self-defense. I just stare. He then begins to speak with a voice as smooth as velvet. It wasn't until he towers over me and repeats the question that I remember where I am and what I'm doing. I look into his beautiful grey eyes and try and focus on what he is asking me. Finally I realize that he's asking me what I'm doing. I try and gather my thoughts and after what seems like forever am able to answer with one word, "hunting." He then laughs, the sound is sweeter than any music I have ever heard. He then asks if he can join and I know now that I would never be able to say no to this boy.
From that day on, Gale and I hunted everyday. It turns out that his father had died in the same accident that mine had and hunting was a way that he could provide for his family. Gale was the first person to make me smile after my father died. He had such an aura about him that you couldn't help but be happy when he was around. I don't know how, but he said that I provided the same thing for him. By giving him a place to escape, I gave him the courage to carry on for his family. Together, it looked like we could maybe build each other back up into the people we used to be..