I woke up early on this Saturday morning, a lot earlier than usual. I never have training on Saturday or Sunday so today was my day off, and I get to do whatever I please. So I got up and hopped in the shower. I needed a shower badly, I was at the training center late last night and when I got home I didn't have nearly enough energy to get in the shower so I went right to bed instead. That might have been the first time ever I collapsed from exhaustion. I really don't know what came over me yesterday, but I know all I could think about was working my hardest and proving myself. One of the big guys in the training center named Cato has been on my case, he was telling everyone I am the weakest just because I am the smallest 16 year old girl in the training center. Little does he know what I can actually do with a knife, and other weapons for that matter. But that drove me crazy yesterday, and all I wanted to do was put this guy in his place, and to do this I needed to push myself harder than I ever have before.

I stayed in the shower for a good 20 minutes before I got out and started to get ready. So I wrapped a towel around my body and stepped out of the shower and went into my bedroom. I quickly threw on a blue tank top, and some basketball shorts then threw my hair in the classic pony tail and ran down the stairs to get something to eat.

"Mom? Dad?" I called out, but there was no answer so I continued into the kitchen, and that's where I found a note on the fridge.

Clove,

Me and your father have been called out to district 1 for an emergency. We will be back in two months minimum.

Love, Mom and Dad.

Of course they were gone, being peace keepers the had to keep the peace, well that's what my dad tells me anyways. But personally I think they are just a waste of space, people always find ways to sneak around the law. My parents were almost never home so I usually was alone. I really do hate being alone but I pretend like it doesn't bother me because I don't want to have a weak spot. Ever since I started training when I was 10 all I could ever think about is how to be better than everyone around me. I am 16 now and my life is ruled by training. Sometimes I really do wonder what my life would be like if I was a normal kid, not a killing machine. Maybe I would have some friends, or a boyfriend, but I guess I'll never know.

I grabbed a quick bite to eat and headed out the door to take a morning jog. I have the same schedule every morning. Wake up, shower (sometimes), get dressed, eat and take a jog. Jogging every morning helps me keep in shape, who knows what year I might go into the games and if this year is my year, I want to be ready. The games, that is the one goal in my life. The one reason why I joined training in the first place was to go into the games and make my family proud. If I didn't win I would let my family down and probably make them miserable for the rest of there lives. But if I did die, I don't think they would miss me, that's the only reason why they had me was to bring them honour and make them proud.

I headed out the door after I finished eatting and started jogging to the lake that is at the edge of the District. It was a good 15 minutes away and a really nice spot. Probably the nicest place in District 2. The only things you ever see in this District are factories and Captiol buildings. They depend on us for all the weapons for the Games and stuff. I made it to the lake and took a seat on the rock by the edge of the lake. I loved it here, when I was little the only friend I ever had used to bring me here to go swimming. I missed him lots, and I have to face him everyday at training now. Yes the guy was Cato, we used to be best friends, but when he turned 10 I stopped seeing him. He was always in training so I never got to see him anymore, and we just stopped talking. Now I argue with him everyday of he week about who is stronger and who is better at this weapon. I miss being able to go talk to him when I was sad or upset about my parents always leaving.

"Clove! Hey, Clove, over here!" The voices called out. I looked across the lake and there was Cato. He was with his two buddy from training Nick. They were goofing around, being stupid like usual. "Come over here! We don't bite, hard." Cato called out again. I felt that urge again, I was not going to walk away from him. So I got up off the rock and started to jog to the other side of the lake. It wasn't a big lake so it didn't take me 5 minutes. They seemed really determined to get me over there, I wondered why.

"What do you want, asshole?" I asked as I got closer to them.

"I just wanted to apologize for yesterday, what I said about you being weak. After seeing you train yesterday, you sure proved yourself to me." He said, laughing.

"Thanks." I said giving him a funny look. I knew there was more to the compliment. "Now what do you really want?" I said smirking, I know Cato always wants something.

"Wow Clove, you really are smart. Now onto real buisness, I want to fight. Me and You, right now!" He said. I was deffinetly not going to pass this up. I have to really prove to him how good I am, and this would be a great chance to prove it to him. I was pretending to this about this, but really I was planning something out. I seen there was a knife close by, and next thing I knew Cato was running at me and I was slammed to the ground hard. But that was not going to stop me. I wrapped my legs around his waist and managed to flip him over so I was on top, but that didn't last long. He stood up so fast he knocked me over to the ground. I quickly got to my feet just in time, because he started throwing punches left and right. I blocked every single one and gave him a good punch to the stomach, then the head right after. He was off guard now, and I managed to pin him to the ground. But before I did I grabbed the knife and stuck it into the ground beside his head. After ten seconds on holding him there, he gave up and I got off him. I reached out my hand to help him up and he took it.

"Um, wow. Your actually pretty good." He said shocked and kind of embarassed that Nick just seen that.

"Thanks." I said with the bitchest smirk I could put on my face.

"I have to go Cato. Bye Clove." Nick said as he ran off leaving me and Cato there by ourselves.

"Looks like it's just you and me." Cato said leaning up against a tree and smirking at me this time.

"Looks like it." I said back. He was pretty attractive now that I am looking at him. He has shaggy blonde hair, and amazing blue eyes. I have always loved the colour of his eyes.

"Want to go for a swim?" He asked looking at the lake. Swimming like when we were little, this ought to be fun.

"Um, sure." I answered. He then took his shirt off and reveled his muscles. They were amazing.

"Clove?" Cato said bringing me back to earth. I was staring at him and I soon turned red with embarassment. So I peeled my shirt off too revealing my sports bra, which would be staying on along with my underwear. Then I jumped into the water, Cato was right behind me. Thank God for the swimming lessons at training, or else I would have forgotten how to swim. It was nice to just float in the water, I missed floating in the water here. I was floating on my back, until I got pushed under the water. I came back up coughing and choking on the lake water.

"Clove!" Cato said as he pulled me to the side of the lake making sure I was okay.

"I'm fine." I snapped. He then let go of me. "I don't need your help, I am perfectly fine taking care of myself." I said, sounding kind of pissed off.

"Sorry, I just, just...Never mind." He said and dove under the water and swam over to the middle of the lake. "Well are you just gonna sit there?" He asked. Soon enough I was in the middle of the lake with him. We started taking turns dunking each other, and splashing each other and stuff. I had to admit, this was the most fun I had, had in a long time.

We swam for a good hour, then I started to get cold. "I think I'm done swimming for now." I said swimming over to the edge and climbing out of the water. Cato climbed out behind me.

"Well, I guess I'll see you some other time." He said as we both were throwing our clothes back on.

"Yeah, well bye." I said and I started to walk away from him. He stopped me though.

"Wait um, I was wondering if youwantedtohangoutlater ." He said really fast. I didn't under stand him.

"What?" I said.

"Would you like to hang out later?" He said slowly this time, but he still seemed nervous to ask me.

"Sure." I said. This would be the first time since we were little that we would be hanging out, I was excited to spend time with him again. But we have both changed so much, it might be awkward. "How about, you come over to my house later?" I asked.

"Sure." He said with a smile. "I'll see you later then." So I turned around and started to jog home. I couldn't believe Cato wanted to hang out with me. I guess I really did impress him.

Once I got home, I changed out of my wet clothes and continued the rest of my daily work out. I did maybe 30 minutes of work out before I decided to get back in the shower and wash the dirt out of my hair. Once I got out, I decided that I would put on something nicer. So I grabbed a pair of jean shorts and a green tank top. Then I went downstairs into my living room. I made lunch and sat on the couch watching tv well waiting for Cato to come over. I wondered what made Cato want to hang out with me. Did I really impress him that much? Because he has seen me do a lot more than fight, but I guess it's a different story when I fight, and beat him at his own game. I was really proud of myself for showing up Cato and proving I'm not some weak little 16 year old girl.