Hate To Love You
Chapter 1: KATNISS POV
I was up late; I can't see how they expect us to sleep, with the midnight parades and all.
My name is Katniss Everdeen, and I'm a tribute in the 74th annual Hunger Games.
The games start tomorrow, and last night at the interview, Peeta, the boy from my district, confessed his long time "crush" on me on National television.
I pushed him. It was a dumb move on his part, how could I play this, "star-crossed lovers" role with someone I was supposed to kill?
Not that I'll ever love someone, not in this cruel world.
Loving leads to marriage, and marriage leads to children.
How could one have kids, the fear of them turning 12, when they'll be eligible for the reaping?
How could someone have children knowing they'll starve…how could they? They're basically raising a kid for slaughter.
I shake away the thought.
Realizing I'll never sleep tonight, I decide to sneak down to the training center, to shoot some arrows.
I sneak out of my room and pass Peeta's.
I think I hear a soft cry but decide to ignore it. He's not worth it.
I continue taking the elevator down to the basement which is the training center.
When the doors open, much to my delight, the center is empty.
I walk swiftly to the bow and arrow on the rack.
I take a deep breath and shoot the arrow towards the target.
I shoot arrow after arrow, all of them hitting bull's-eye.
"Nice shot, Fire-girl." A voice says behind me.
I turn to see the district 2 career, Cato.
"What is it, two?" I ask slightly annoyed.
"Just heard somebody in here, and it just happened to be you…the person I was most anxious to meet." He said smirking slightly.
"Why is it that you wanted to meet me, Two?" I ask gripping my bow tightly.
"I knew I had to talk to you, see how you got that Eleven, but it looks like I just found out…" his arrogant smirk is getting larger….dumbass.
"You don't know half of how I got that eleven," I say giving him the same smirk.
"Oh?" He's moving closer now, and before I know it, we're only inches apart.
"Enlighten me…" Cato says, taking another step.
"I don't think so," I start, "besides; it's none of your business."
"Oh, really," Cato says, "I was just going to offer you a part in the careers."
There. I knew something was up.
I don't even know how to react. But before I can even think…Cato pushes me against the wall hard, almost knock the wind out of me.
"What the—" I start, but I'm cut off by Cato.
He snatched my bow and throw it to the opposite side of the room.
"How's it going with Lover boy?" He leans in so his mouth is close to my ear.
"You mean Peeta?" I ask.
"Yeah, Lover boy." Cato responds. I now see that Cato, has the exact blond hair, AND blue eyes as Peeta.
"I don't know….I Guess I don't feel anything towards him." I shock even myself with that one.
Cato, for a split second, seems almost satisfied.
"Good. We don't need a love sick puppy in our ranks."
"Ha, I never said I was joining you." I smirk.
"You will, though." Cato says with his arrogant smirk.
"Why?" I ask, noticing we're still in this very intimate position.
"Because of this…" Cato does the unthinkable.
He kisses me softly on my lips.
I'm too shocked to kiss him back.
Finally, I regain my senses and push him away.
"What the hell, Cato?" I scream at him, pounding my hands on his chest.
It probably hurt me more than him, considering he's all muscle.
He grabs my arms and holds them over my head.
"You're mine…" He says kissing me again.
I'm completely at his mercy.
No self defense.
I kiss him back.
Our tongues danced for dominance.
A soft moan escapes me.
I actually found myself enjoying the kiss.
He let go of my arms to put his arms around my waist. But I don't care, I am too heated.
I move my now free arms around his neck.
He breaks the kiss, and starts kissing my neck.
I moan and gasp at the same time.
I'm so into this.
He starts sucking on the same spot and I find it hard to keep myself under control.
After what seemed like hours of pleasure, I finally stopped him.
"Cato, stop…" I whimpered. He chuckles and kisses my neck, then my jaw, and back up to my mouth.
"You don't have to tell me tonight, if you join us, which you will, survive the bloodbath at the cornucopia. Then stay afterward, we're aiming to get all the supplies and weapons."
I nod my head in response.
"See you tomorrow, Fire girl" he says turning to leave.
"Yeah, it's Katniss!" I scream after him, still mad at him for calling me Fire girl.
"See you tomorrow, Katniss." He smirks at me.
I shake my head, what have I just gotten myself into?
Long after Cato left I made my way back to the penthouse.
Reaching my floor, I snuck off the elevator and into my room.
I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.
"Wake Up; we have a BIG day, today!" I hear Effie banging on my door.
I groan, and put the pillow over my head.
She then barges in my room and opens the curtains, letting in all the sunlight.
"UP!" she screams once again, before slamming the door loudly.
I hear her waking Peeta up now.
I sigh and swing my feet over the edge of the bed.
Looking in the mirror, I see my wavy brown hair hanging over my shoulders.
I hate when it does this, makes me feel weak.
Quickly, I braid it back into my signature one braid.
Now that my hair is off my shoulders I notice the 'mark' Cato left from last night.
My eyes widened.
Today's the day…I have to make my choice today at the cornucopia.
I try my best to hide it at the breakfast table, but nothing goes unnoticed by Haymitch.
"What's that?" Haymitch asked, pointing directly at my neck.
"Nothing, Haymitch, you're drunk…just drop it."
"I know a love bite when I see it, sweetheart." Haymitch says taking a sip of liquor.
I see him wink at Peeta, who looks awkwardly at me.
Cinna, seems to be the only one not to buy it.
"Stay away from the Cornucopia, it's a bloodbath, they're trying to pull you in…it's not your game." Haymitch tells me. I debated rather or not to tell him about Cato's offer.
I decide not to.
Cinna is the last person I see before I am launched into the arena.
He puts my jacket on, and I notice the Mockingjay Pin.
He puts his finger to his mouth, signaling me to keep quiet about it.
"Thank You" I whisper sadly. He's been my only friend here, and now I may never see him again.
We put our heads together as if we're doing some sort of silent prayer.
"I'm Not allowed to bet," He says, "But if I could I'd bet on you."
I nodded my head in thanks.
I'm scared to death. But I can't let my fear show.
I hear a monotone voice saying that all tributes should be in the tubes, ready for launch.
I walk slowly to the tube, once inside the glass starts to close around me.
I take one last glance a Cinna, he nods his head. That means the world to me right now.
The last thing I see is Cinna's trusting eyes, before the bottom slowly begins to push me up.
Once I'm on the pad, I see the cornucopia.
I see a lake to my left; I see a forest to my right.
I look around me; I see all 23 other tributes gathered equal distance away from the cornucopia.
I lock eyes with Cato; he smirks and nods his head.
I turn away and locate Peeta whose four people away to my right.
He shakes his head. What's that supposed to mean?
Could he have known about Cato's plan and he's trying to warn me?
I look at Cato.
I Look back at Peeta.
I look at the cornucopia.
I think, could this be a trap?
No time to think…
I run as fast as I could to the cornucopia, I couldn't stand leaving with nothing.
I spot an orange bag lying at the mouth of the cornucopia.
I make a run for it.
A District 5 boy reaches it at the same time as I do. And we struggle.
Suddenly he stops and coughs blood. I look at him shocked.
Then I notice the knife in his back. The district 2 girl, she never misses.
He falls down.
She throws two knives my way…
That's when I realize…something's seriously wrong…I dodge them quickly looking for Cato, no sign of him.
That's when it hit me; there was never an alliance…
I've been played…