DISCLAIMER: I do not own The Hunger Games. Suzanne Collins does.


Chapter 12

The next two days were relatively uneventful. We killed two more tributes, the boy from Eight and the boy from Ten, and we were down to ten tributes, including us five Careers.

I found myself getting more and more comfortable with Ruby, who although a bit dumb, was a nice girl. Shane and Dora started hanging out together more and more and excluded Ruby, Diamond and I from their daily walks and other activities, which Diamond found very suspicious ("If I didn't know any better, I would've thought that they are gay for each other," Diamond said moodily one day after being excluded from another private meeting of Dora and Shane). Maybe Diamond was right and Shane and Dora disappeared into the woods all the time to taste each other's sausage, but the chances that that was the case were slim.

After a very boring day I decided to do something useful and started making fishhooks. Okay, maybe making fishhooks out of sticks and branches and grass wasn't very useful since there were a lot of other items we possessed that could kill viciously, but it gave me something to do, and it reminded me of home.

"How do you do that?" Ruby asked me as I made another fishhook out of a big branch I found. She looked at me working with big eyes. She probably never made anything that resembled a weapon before, since all the weapons she ever used in her life were pretty much given to her.

I shrugged my shoulders and continued turning the branch into a fishhook. "Years of practice." I started making fishhooks in art classes at kindergarten, when I was five years old. While the other kids drew fishes and sea and waves, I turned the leaves we were given to paint on into a fishhook. The teacher was kinda annoyed, because I didn't follow her instructions.

Father was thrilled that he had such a creative daughter.

"It's insane," Ruby commented with a smile. "Can you make a fishhook out of a diamond?"

I snorted. "What, with this glorious tool?" I raised the small knife I used.

Ruby bit her lower lip. "Perhaps, with a bigger knife…"

I returned to my fishhook. Shane and Dora disappeared again, and Diamond was nowhere to be seen. Maybe his annoyance with Shane and Dora's secret meetings drove him into spying on them and learning all their secrets.

Or maybe he just wanted to taste their sausages, too.

Heehee.

I saw Ruby move from the corner of my eye and turned to look at her. She was scratching her head. Her hair was still in the same braid I did to her two and a half days ago.

"My head itches so much," Ruby said, annoyed with her stupid head that itched all the time.

"Maybe you've got lice?" I suggested.

Ruby gave me a horrified look. "Oh, no. Oh no oh no oh no…"

"What's wrong? It's just lice."

"Just lice? Just lice? Stupid, tiny little creatures that suck your blood and crawl on your head and get tangled in your hair…"

"Oh, don't make such a big deal out of nothing," I said as I rolled my eyes. "In District Four, everyone has lice all the time."

"Yes, but I'm not some dirty little girl from filthy District Four!" Ruby said loudly, panicked and disgusted.

I frowned and returned to my fishhook.

She realized what she said and bit her lip. "Sorry."

"Shut up," I said in return.

"You mad?"

"No. And shut up."

"You are mad."

"What gave me away?"

Ruby sighed. "I'm sorry," She repeated.

I was still looking at my fishhook. "District Four is not filthy."

"I know," Ruby said.

"And the girls there are not dirty."

"I know," Ruby repeated.

"We just have a serious problem of lice. From all the sand."

"Point noted."

"Okay. Good." I threw the fishhook at the other fishhooks I've made and got on my feet.

"I'm going for a walk," I said and started walking away.

"Wait, are you still mad at me for what I said?" Ruby exclaimed.

I turned around to look at her. "No..."

"Then why are you walking away so fast?" Ruby questioned and started walking towards me. "You hate me now, is that it? You try to escape me!"

I was confused. "No, I don't, it's just –"

"Then why didn't you offer me to come with you?" Ruby asked, starting to panic. "You wanted to search for Shane and tell him what I said and make him kill me for what I said about your District! Is that what you were trying to do? You know, it was just a momentarily slip. I didn't really mean that everyone from District Four is dirty and disgusting, I just –"

"Ruby," I said loudly, stopping her ramble. "I'm not mad at you."

"Then why you turned to walk away so fast?" Ruby said, pressing on the matter.

I looked into her eyes and told her the truth. "I really need to pee."

Ruby blushed. "Oh," She said, then returned to sit next to the fishhooks I made. "Well, no need for me to go with you there. Ahm… I'll just… stay here."

"Yeah, that would be best," I agreed, then started walking into the woods. I understood why Ruby panicked after I got angry – in this Games, you cannot trust anyone. Especially not the girl who can rat on you to the manic guy from her District. Being so far away from people you can actually trust was taking its toll on Ruby, and probably on other people here as well.

After finishing with my business, I decided to go to the lake I love so much. The lake was the only thing here that slightly resembled District Four. The water wasn't as salt as the water in the sea, and it was much smaller and there weren't any special fish in it, but it was water all the same, and I enjoyed swimming in it.

But when I got there, I saw that someone else was occupying the lake.

"Holy Anchovy with scales all over!"

A very naked Diamond turned to look at me, and I was hit with a very glorious – and very intimidating – sight.

"Holy Anchovy?" Diamond asked, apparently not founding it very wrong that he was naked in front of me.

"Yeah… ah… it's… i-it's a phrase in…" Dear God, I was stuttering. I was looking everywhere around me so that I won't have to look at his equipment, which was dangling between his legs.

"A phrase in District Four?" Diamond completed, apparently finding the whole situation to be very amusing and not-at-all embarrassing.

I nodded my head, fixing my eyes on a bug that rested on a leaf nearby.

"You guys from District Four are very weird," Diamond commented.

"Ahm," I said, barely listening. The image of his thingy was still in my brain. I tried to think of other things, but every thought I had led me back to his equipment between his legs.

Oh God.

I heard a laugh and knew it was coming from Diamond. I was still too occupied with images of his body that I wasn't even shocked that he laughed, actually laughed.

"All right, all right, I'm all covered now," Diamond said, and I turned to look at him again. He was wearing his pants now, but I still found it quite difficult to look at his face.

I was way too embarrassed.

"Come on, you act like you've never seen a naked guy before," Diamond said.

I decided to stay silent.

"Oh no," Diamond said, smiling now. "You really haven't, ah?"

"So I take from this that you've seen a lot of naked guys before?"

Diamond was still smiling. "A lot more than you apparently." He stepped closer to me and put on his shirt. "I thought that in District Four you barely wear clothes and that you're naked most of the time."

I was confused now and actually looked at his face. "What? Why did you think that?"

"Because you always swim."

"Being naked is not necessary for swimming," I replied dryly.

"Maybe so, but it's so much nicer to swim naked than with your clothes on."

"If you say so."

Diamond started walking back to our little camp, and I walked beside him, looking forward instead of looking at him. "So you never tried swimming naked?" Diamond asked. I didn't say anything, and I could see him from the corner of my eye shaking his head. "You're weird."

"Doesn't it bother you?" I asked finally and turned to look at him.

"What?" He asked, raising an eyebrow.

"That I saw you naked, that the whole Capitol saw you naked, that little kids from the Capitol saw you naked," I elaborated, and he just shrugged his shoulders.

"Why would it bother me?" He asked, obviously not understanding why I was bothered with this. "What's wrong with a little nudity?"

"It's… inappropriate," I said tastefully.

"It is how God intended us," Diamond said simply.

I said nothing.

"Is this conversation making you… uncomfortable?"

He said the word 'uncomfortable' like it was the most precious word in the world. "I'm very comfortable with were this conversation is heading," I said, my high-pitched voice betraying what I just said.

"Sure you are," Diamond said. After a few more moments of just walking silently, he said, "You know, I'm thinking about becoming a nudist."

I choked on my own spit, which, I won't lie, was quite embarrassing. "Wh-what?"

Diamond nodded his head thoughtfully. "Yeah, you know, to feel more connected to earth and stuff. Maybe hug some trees while I'm at it, rub my stuff against it –"

"No, please don't!" The thought of Diamond being naked all the time was frightening.

He smiled. "Kidding."

I frowned. "Don't then."

"Does my naked body really made you feel that horrified?" Diamond sounded curious now.

I started picking my nails, which I bet was very attractive. "It's just… God, just keep your pants on from now on!"

He snorted. "I'll try my hardest to control my desire to take my pants off whenever you're around."

"Thanks."

A few more minutes of silence, and finally we reached our destination. Shane and Dora haven't returned yet, and Ruby was all alone next to the fire, scratching her itchy head.

Ruby frowned when she saw us. "What took you so long?"

Before I could say anything, Diamond said, "Well, Mags had a small situation on her way here. After seeing me in all my glory she just couldn't help herself. It was so hard to convince her to let me wear my pants again…"

I looked at Diamond with narrowed eyes while Ruby's eyes were all wide with excitement. "Jerk."


Haven't updated this story for four months... :S

I have no idea if you people are actually still reading this story or not. Of course, if you read this AN, then you probably still do, and if so, I LOVE YOU for waiting so long.

It's hard to write. It's hard to get an inspiration to write. It's hard to make time to write. So... yep. I'm hardly on fanfiction anymore, as sad as it is. I don't know, it's just a long time that I didn't have the power to write.

So the fact that this chapter is here right now is somewhat of a miracle. And I had fun writing it. You don't know it, but this chapter, although pretty uneventful, is a pretty important chapter. It's the beginning of a few things I've planned for a long time now.

You'll see.

I'll try to update soon. I really will try. Just... be patient.

Oh, and to me, this chapter pretty much revolved around penis, without actually using the word. So yeah - sausage, equipment, thingy, stuff - all those words replaced the one word that I wasn't sure if I should include. Heehee.

I'm so dirty minded.

Anyway... have a lovely day :D