Saphire sat us both down on the bed and announced the results. Clove had won. I wasn't actually very upset because although I'm unbelievably competitive the interviews are a chance to get sponsors and I want to get sponsors for Clove so what's the point of getting all wound up on something I know will go fine because we're doing it together? Still, I can't let my expectations crumble now can I? Clove does her 'I won' dance taking the micky of me as much as possible. Savering the moment. I run up to her, grab her round the waist and slam her up against the wall, not hard enough to hurt her but hard enough to show her how strong I am.
"We all know I won" I smirk and she just rolls her eyes
" Oh please, you couldn't even beat a stuffed bear if you were in a competition against it!" ouch that stung – not!
I just chuckle and say I won again then just as she opens her mouth the protest I kiss her with as much passion and force without actually bruising her beautiful face.
The next morning
I wake up completely unaware of what went on last night. From the looks of things it was pretty fun. I knew I should have rejected that vodka! Maybe if I had I would know what went on. Clove sturs beside me and I smile as she cuddles further into my bare chest. She doesn't say it but I know she loves it when I walk around topless – that's actually the reason I do. Today's the last day of freedom we get together and even this is going to be taken away from us – all day will be spent working on us for the interviews then we have to sit through 22 other boring people's useless speeches before we can come back to the training center. If it wasn't for Clove, if she wasn't so cute, so sassy, so smart, so..so so much herself I would love this day. Before I saw Clove that day in the training center I would have been repulsed by the idea of being in love during the hunger games. Sure, I've thought about settling down once I'd returned victor but I mean never had it once crossed my mind that I might find the one when we were destined to kill each other! God, how many times have I thought this now? I shake the thought away and plant a kiss on Clove's head before going back to sleep.
With the prep team
They shave and wash, spray and scrub, throw power and gel at me until I look as handsome as ever. I don't see why they had to do all that stuff I mean everyone knows I'm awesome anyway so why bother making me even better? That's just unfair to everyone else. Is my ego bigger than usual this morning? Hmm never mind. The morning blends into the afternoon and finally Elisa comes into the room to get me into my suit for tonight. It's a blue/silver jacket with a plain black shirt and trousers. When I try them on I can see that they've been made to show off my muscles. There's no way those idiots from 12 will be able to beat me and Clove! Aw why did i have to think about Clove? Now I'm worried about Wallace seeing her! DAMN IT!
Some food gets delivered to the room and we sit on the sofa eating. Turns out Elisa isn't that bad in a capital sort of way. After a while she looks at her watch and tells me that we should get going. A grin crosses my face and an all knowing look crosses hers. I just tell her to shut up.
In a matter of seconds we're standing in the elevator with my mentors then I see Clove turn the corner and start walking towards us. 1 word. WOW! In fact no that doesn't even begin to describe how gorgeous she looks! She's wearing a long orange dress that goes down to the floor with her hair pinned up in a messy bun just like she had it the day I fell for her. I lean down and whisper in her ear: "and I thought I looked good!" she smiles and rewards me with a kiss. Then Brutus is warning us. "Remember! No-one can know about you two alright. Tonight Ceaser will ask about relationships but you can't let on! Got it?" we nod and step out of the elevator.
They've changed the protocol this year so now we line up backstage before the interviews but have to sit at the back of the stage once we've done ours. How ridiculous is that! That means we have to look interested incase the cameras land on us. It's really dark back here so we can't really see what everyone is wearing until they get out onto the stage but you can get a more or less accurate judgement of the competition. I spot Clove looking up at me and give her a wink for reassurance and she returns it instantly.
Glimmer's up first so as she walks up to the bottom of the steps she makes sure to wiggle her hips trying to get attention but it doesn't work. She gives me a flick of her hair before pouncing un onto stage in BIG hight heels in a gold dress which reveals everything on her. Too easy to guess her angle.
Marvel goes next wearing an all blue suit looking like he's a fashion disaster even when he was in the 1950's. After listening (and yawning) to those excruciating interviews Clove's up. At least the crowd will finally get something interesting to listen to.
Ceaser: Welcome to the stage our female tribute from district 2 Clove Jackson!
Clove struts onto stage hooking the audience straight away. She sits down next to Ceaser and the interview begins.
Ceaser: You're looking very lovely tonight Clove
Clove: Thank you Ceaser you're looking very…blue? (Ceaser and the audience both laugh)
Ceaser: So what do you think about the other contestants this year?
Clove: meh, nothing I can't handle
Ceaser: ohh you're sounding confident and why shouldn't you be with that impressive score of 10 in the private sessions! Tell me what do you think of district 12's Katniss getting the highest score?
Clove: I'm not bothered. There's still plenty more to come from me yet and her 11 won't help her in the arena.
Ceaser: hmm, so what about the reaping? How did you feel?
Clove: bored (she relies simply)
Ceaser: I must say you looked as if you were about to fall asleep! Were you celebrating the night before about the reaping?
Clove: I always do but this year I spent the night in
Ceaser: oh (leaning forward in his chair) and what made you do that
Clove: I got a very important visiter (she replies as if it was obvious)
Ceaser: Are we talking about a boy?
The audience are getting really excited now at the prospect of her having a boyfriend. Clove's eyes dart quickly to Cato but they flash back so fast no-one noticed. She starts racking her brain for an excuse but the buzzer goes off and she just says:
Clove: Guess we'll just have to talk about it in the victor's interview
Ceaser: (laughs a little) I'm looking forward to it. (kisses her hand) Clove Jackson District 2!
And with that Clove gave one last wave to the adoring crowd and walked to her seat.
Cato was feeling his anger bubble up inside him like when he saw that boy flirting with Clove outside the training center. Every single boy in the audience (and actually a few women as well) are drooling over her. He was just about to jump on stage and kiss her when the buzzer went off and he missed his chance. Now it was his turn for an interview.
As Ceaser introduced him he turned and nodded to the remaining careers because that was kind of their way of communicating now and he cooly walked up the steps
Ceaser: Please welcome to the stage our male tribute from district 2 Cato Jones!
Cato walks onto the stage earning a few yells from the girls in the audience. He gives them a wave and a wink before he sits down.
Ceaser: So, Cato we've just seen Clove from your district and I think we all remember you asking to volunteer next year at the reaping because you saw that she was your opponent. Talk us through that.
Cato: Well, I think we can all see that she's one tough cookie and won't go down without a fight but we trained together back in district 2 and we always have a bit of banter like that going on so really it was just to ease up a bit I mean I've been wanting to become a victor all my life so I don't want this experience to be too easy but it looks like your going to have trouble keeping everyone watching if we don't have a bit of fun.
This makes the crowd erupt in applause and yells
Ceaser: Sounds like you can't wait
Cato: I'm strong, I'm vicious I'm raring to go
Ceaser: well said! Now, is there a special girl back home for you?
Cato plays the next few minutes in his mind conjuring up all the different scenarios that could happen if he reveales his secret but then he decides to let Clove decide whether or not to come forward
Cato: there is a very special girl but I don't think we should be talking about it
Ceaser: and why ever not?
Cato: well it's for her sake isn't it? If we sit here now and talk about our relationship then the reporters would never leave her alone can you imagine it? The girlfriend of a future victor? She wouldn't get any peace!
Ceaser: you could have denied having a girlfriend
Cato: ah but then I'd never hear the end of it! As soon as I got home I'd get an earful!
By this point the crowd is going crazy! Some are even trying to get up onto the stage!
Ceaser: surely not! Theoretically if you had denied it then when you returned home as the victor she'd be nothing but proud of you, right?
Cato: well, I'm sure she'd be proud incredibly proud in fact but she'd be upset as well.
Ceaser: hmmm, I understand. We'd better move on (turns to the audience) sorry fokes! So, you scored an amazing 10 in the private sessions can you tell us how you achieved that?
Cato: actually I was trying to get a low score. Oops? Guess I just couldn't resist all those weapons but don't worry you'll have a good show once I'm in the arena. I'll make sure of it.
With that the buzzer sounds and he walks to his seat next to Clove
"what are you playing at?" she hisses
"I was trying to let you decide whether or not to reveal our relationship"
"Oh, well I still won the interview battles. I bet nobody even bothered to listen to you"
"yeah yeah whatever"
With that they turned their attention back to the interviews and were completely submerged in boredom until the very last interview…
AN: That's all for tonight! Sorry but I NEED sleep! Anyways please let me know what you think and as long as my laptop doesn't break *knocks twice on the table to stop the jinks* I should be able to upload a LOT quickier than this one was!
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