Training

"It's nice that they decided to let us train a little before we go into the arena."

"I don't need to train," Silver said raking his eyes up and down his partner Layola.

"Please stop undressing me with your eyes," Layola snapped.

"I can't help it," Silver winked. "You wanna do it? We could both help each other out, you know one last time or what not," he said stepping closer to her in the small elevator.

"If you come into my room at all tonight I'm going to make sure you don't even make it down to the arena to have a fair fight for your life." Layola snapped. Silver quickly stepped back out of Layola's reach. She smirked a little to herself as she walked forward from the elevator. Silver followed her out but quickly veered away from her. His eyes then landed on Leapord from District 6.

"Hey," he said leaning on a wall next to her. "How are you?" he kept his eyes ahead of him instead of on her.

"I'm ok," she said.

"Good to hear it, you nervous at all?"

"About what," ah the blonde roots kicked in.

"The games," he said looking over at her.

"Why would I be nervous about a game?" she tilted her head to the side.

He gave her a half smile "oh honey," he said patting her head before walking off. She still trailed after him though even as he went over to a sword area to train.

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"What do you want to try to learn with?" Tremor asked looking down at Sephora.

"There's no way I'll learn fast enough for it to matter," she whispered.

"Well we've got to train you in something," he said taking the tiny girl's hand. He led her over to where an instructor stood next to double sided axes.

"Are you sure this is a good first weapon?" Sephora squeaked out.

"Well there's one way to find out isn't there?" Tremor picked the ax up easily and handed it to her.

She grunted under the weight but met the challenge. "Why aren't you training?" she asked as she listened to the instructor. Spinning the ax was a lot easier than she had thought it was kind of like twirling a baton, something she had been good at.

"I was in the army, I'm already well trained."

"What did you train with?" Sephora asked while rocketing the ax away from her and towards a dummy. The wooden handle connected with the dummy rather than the sharp end. "Oops," she pouted and jogged over to grab the ax again.

"I used a discus to fight," he said.

"What's that?" she asked as she retreated back to the throwing area.

"I'll show you," he went into the slot next door and grabbed a circle that looked completely unthreatening.

"How do you use it, it doesn't look like it would damage a thing?"

"Watch," he said pushing the middle of the discus and sharp razors came out. He threw it and it sliced the head off of three dummies before returning to Tremor's hand, all razors brought in by inertia.

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"Hi," Kyomi said shyly approaching Starr who was sitting at the eatable plants station.

The other girl looked up with a stony look despite to recover from her outburst at the reaping. "What do you want?"

"Jeez forget it," Kyomi said flipping her long golden blonde hair over her shoulder.

"No wait I'm sorry," Starr grabbed her leg. "Please sit with me, I just, I've been feeling alone and, well I could use a friend."

Kyomi sat in front of the trainer who continued to talk about how shellfish could be tricky to identify sometimes. "I cried when they pulled my name out of the bowl. That's why I'm trying to act cold I don't want everyone to think I'm a weak pushover."

Kyomi looked at Starr who was looking at the fish before her. "Shouldn't you already know about fish you're from the fishing district?"

"Oh well ya but I didn't go out on the boats and catch them I sold them at some of the markets."

"Oh," the two girls stared as the man continued his long and boring explanations.

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Nyo from District 5 was sitting cross-legged at the rope tying station. He had already been to several other stations and had picked things up so quickly he hoped to be finished with the stations by the end of today and perhaps work with weapons tomorrow. From beside him Cresseda made 'oh'ing and 'aw'ing noises which were really beginning to wear on his nerves. Just because they came from the same District didn't make them automatic friends in this situation. Nyo had figured that if he ignored her for long enough then perhaps she'd get the picture but she had followed him through the nine or so other stations and was still loyally by him here.

"You won't learn anything by just watching," a voice said from behind Nyo. "Here let me help you," Nyo looked over his shoulder just long enough to watch Cresseda be distracted by the boy from 7, Rin. Nyo took the opportunity to leave the rope tying station and move onto snares. Already seated at snares was the boy from 10 Sly.

"He keeps hitting on her," Sly said not looking up from what he was doing.

Nyo glanced around before realizing the only possible person this guy was talking to was him. He sighed "who?"

"The guy from 6," he nodded towards where a boy stood watching a girl at the whip area. "He keeps talking to the girl from 7 but she never even acknowledges him."

"Why do you care?" Nyo asked as he began using knot tying skills he had just learned to improve his snares.

"I don't care," Sly's head snapped up too quickly. "I just think she's out of his league."

"Apparently she does too," Nyo finished his snare.

"Camouflaging them is the hard part," Sly said commenting on Nyo's pleased look.

"It can't be that hard."

"Animals are smart," Sly countered.

"I'm not trying to catch an animal in the arena," Nyo said. Sly's head quickly looked to him before a wicked grin spread over his lips.

"Need some help with that plan?"

Nyo weighed his options before speaking "I suppose so." The two boys shook hands. "She's out of your league too."

Sly looked away "I know that."

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"You don't have to help me," Cressida said blushing as she failed once again.

"Nonsense helping people is good to do and I know a little about everything," he smiled at her.

"Well if I get the chance I'll try and help you out in the arena. Just to you know repay that favor," she added quickly blushing.

He smiled at her and kissed her cheek "I know."

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"Look at them!" Skull said gesturing to something Shadow couldn't see.

"I'm training," she huffed pulling the whip over her head again before tossing it towards the dummy with a flick of her wrist. She pulled back and it wrapped around the dummy's neck. She smirked as she hit a button and the whip went electric.

"You're kind of scary," he said "it's kinda hot," he winked.

"How old are you?" she said turning around with a hand on her hip.

"Fifteen," he said.

"I'm older than you, I'm sixteen, and I'm tired of you hitting on me. Go away, the only thing I'm interested in is living. So stop bothering me so I can keep training."

"Rude," Skull huffed and went away.

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Mimi, Sasa, and Java all stood together away from the other contestants. The twelve year olds huddled together scared of the rest of the group. They shook nervously watching each older contestant take out dummy after dummy. None of the twelve year olds felt like training though, they didn't really stand a chance after all.

"You guys should try at least," a boy from 13 said as he struggled to stand with his burn marks. "You can't just stand their and give up."

"We can't do anything," Mimi squeaked out.

"Not anything at all," Sasa hiccupped.

"Come here," he said beckoning them over. The group came to him. They listened as he taught them about weak points on the human body.

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AN: Well I talked about a lot of the contestants the ones you didn't see in this chapter will probably be focused on in the next or at least seen. I hope you guys like it the games begin in two chapters :) Please review!