prompt from kolms ficathon: Thresh and Rue, to watch you, to guide you through the darkest of your days

I saw her trying to fight back tears on the train, she was trying to be strong, to be brave. I knelt in front of the chair she was sitting in and took her small hands in my large ones.

"Listen to me." I say as she looks up at me eyes shimmering with tears threatening to spill.

"I am going to help you, train you with what I know. Tell you some secrets, share everything I can to help you win."

I watch a single tear stream down her face, and she looks down at our hands.

"Why are you doing this?" she asked voice cracking

"Because you deserve to go back home, you have so much more life to live."

"your supposed to kill me, I'm supposed to kill you and twenty two others. I don't think I can."

"I know you're clever, sneaky, and smart. I'll be like you were in the fields. Watch you and guide you through these dark days."

"Don't you want to go home?" She asks staring directly into my eyes.

"Yeah, but If I can't you will. When we get in the arena, I'm not going to be by your side. But for the next week I will be. I'll make sure you can make it on your own."

"Thank you."

I nod at her and let her hands fall from mine as I stand up.

"Now wipe your face, the time for being sorry for yourself is over. We're going to go eat all this fancy food and then you're gunna show me how tough you are."

She cracked a smile for the first time and she stood up from the chair. I went to turn around to walk to the dining car when she grabbed my wrist. I turned back around and she hugged me, burying her face in my ribs.

She pulled away quickly and started walking to the end of the car as the door opened she turned back to me.

"How you do you that I won't be the one to guide you through the darkest of your days?"

I smiled at her as she disappear through the doors.

"Nice start, girl."