Did anyone notice that I changed the cover photo thingie? I know I'm really late, but I was bored so I made one. And this is the final chapter by the way.
I sat up in my bed immediately. I was safe. Clove was dead. Glimmer was only minutes away. How long had he been sleeping? Surely, the train was close to District 1 by now. I looked out of the window. From the looks of the buildings and houses, I had to be near.
I pulled the sheets off of me, soaked with my own sweat. An announcement informed me that I'd be arriving in my destination in fifteen minutes. I took a quick shower and changed my outfit.
Before I knew it, the mayor was pulling me off of the train and greeting me. He made me fill out a million citizenship papers before giving me the key to my new home in the Victor's Village. On my way out, he made it a point to say, "Miss Jolson lives at 85 Victory Lane."
I smiled as I walked home, to 105 Victory Lane. I dropped all of my bags off and took a look around the house. It was just as nice as the house I'd had in District 2, except that there was a lot of glass. The house was made of glass and steel with glass tables and countertops inside. I could get used to this, he thought.
After exploring, I looked for Glimmer's house. I found it easily. I knocked on the door. Seconds later, Glimmer came to the door. She let me in, closed the door behind her and pulled me into a hug. We hugged for a long time. "I missed you," I whispered into her golden hair.
"I missed you too. I'm glad you're here," she said into my shirt. She let me go to stand on the tip of her toes and kiss me. She pulled away and I wrapped my arms around her waist.
"How are you holding up?"
"I'm fine. And you?"
"I'm much better now that we can be together," I said, taking my hand in hers.
"Are you hungry? I can make us some lunch."
"I didn't know you cooked."
"You never asked," she said, disappearing into the kitchen. There was a knock on the door. I called Glimmer, but she never heard me. I went to open it, revealing a guy around our age. "Can I help you with something?" I asked him.
"I need to talk to Glimmer," he said. I nodded and let him in. "Glim," I called. I heard her coming down the staircase. She frowned when she saw the guy standing next to me.
"Gleam, what are you doing here?" she asked calmly.
"I came to see you, baby," he said. By instinct, I grabbed him by his collar and slammed him into the wall.
"Don't you ever call her that!" I shouted. Rage filled my body. Part of me wanted to snap his neck, as I had in the Games. Thankfully, I knew better. "That's my girl!"
"Gleam, I think you should leave," Glimmer said firmly. "Cato, let him go." I let go of his collar and shoved him into the wall again. It didn't seem to faze him. He smiled.
"What, Glimmer? Didn't want him to find out about us?" Gleam asked.
"There is no us. I'm with Cato," Glimmer said, rolling her eyes. "Just because we spent some time together since I've been back doesn't mean that I'm going to leave Cato for you!"
Gleam's face flushed red with embarrassment. He turned toward the door. "Whatever. Have it your way."
I watched him as he walked down the street and out of the Victor's Village. "What the hell was that, huh?" I shouted, still angry.
Glimmer looked taken aback. Probably because I've never yelled at her before, I thought. She put her hands on my shoulder and she looked into my eyes, to calm me. "It was nothing. He's my ex-boyfriend. We're just friends."
I refused to meet her gaze. "Why'd he call you that?"
"Because he's an ass. He was just trying to get under your skin and piss you off. Just ignore him." I never doubted Glimmer before, but something didn't feel right. For some reason, it felt like she was lying to me about something. I never got that feeling before. Was she lying about her and Gleam being only friends? Sure I was angry, but lying to me wouldn't solve anything.
"Okay," I said softly. I looked into her deep pools of emerald and got lost in them. I leaned in to kiss her. "I love you," I said against her full lips. I prayed that she wasn't lying to me. Everything was so much less complicated in the Games. In the Games, all we had to do was survive. Back in the real world, we had to survive, maintain our relationship, balance friendships, and protect each other. Things would probably be much more intense than I'd thought, especially with Snow plotting against us.
"I love you too," she said, smiling. I wasn't sure she was being genuine. Could she have fallen out of love with me already? What was going on with us? I just got here and things were already going downhill.
She pulled me into the kitchen, where she'd started making lunch. I sighed as I watched her make my favorite: spaghetti. "Are you okay?" she asked me as I sat on the counter.
I nodded. "I'm fine," I said, even though I wasn't. I didn't want to believe that Glimmer was hiding something from me or, even worse, that she no longer loved me.
My eyes fluttered open as I heard a familiar voice calling my name. I turned to see my Glimmer standing in front of me. She grabbed my hand and helped me up. We were in a place with a bunch of grass and trees. The Arena? Was I back in the Games? What was going on? And where were the other tributes? My first instinct was to protect Glimmer.
She grabbed my hand and took me to a very familiar tree. I saw Katniss at the top sawing at a branch. There was a tracker jacker nest at tip of the branch, just waiting to fall. "Glimmer, we have to get out of here!" I said, yanking her arm. She wouldn't move. She just stood there, smiling at me like an idiot. She didn't seem to care. What the hell was wrong with her? Why wouldn't she move? I tried to pick her up, but some unknown force wouldn't let me.
The nest fell and the tracker jackers attacked. They didn't attack me. They only attacked Glimmer. She tried to run, but they were faster. I ran after her, determined to save her somehow. I couldn't let her die. If she died, it would all be my fault. I couldn't live with that burden. "Glimmer!" I shouted and crouched down to her side.
"Cato! Cato!" she screamed, in a voice that wasn't hers. The voice sent shivers up my spine. It was Clove's. But Clove was dead, right? Impossible. Then she appeared out of the bushes. She smiled sweetly at me and looked down at my Glimmer, who was still pleading for help. Then she stopped. Her eyes were flat and lifeless.
"Why?" I shouted at the top of my lungs. I wanted to kill Clove. This was all her fault. I searched for Katniss, but she disappeared from the tree.
"Because," Clove said slowly. "You must suffer the same way I did. Only you're suffering in a different way. You must watch the person you love most die right before your eyes."
"Why are you doing this?" I asked, tears beginning to form in my eyes.
"Because I loved you! I could have loved you more than Glimmer ever will! You doubt her, don't you?" I didn't answer her. Tears blinded my vision. "Don't you?! If you had chosen me, I'd never give you a reason to doubt me." Then, she was gone. I looked down to see that Glimmer's body was gone too.
I stumbled backward, tripping over a rock. I landed on my bottom and looked around me. Where was everyone? And why was I alone? Where was my Glimmer?
Then, as if on cue, she appeared in front of me. "Why did you let me die, Cato?" she asked. I couldn't believe my eyes. Wasn't she dead just a second ago? Hadn't my whole world ended just a moment ago? I needed answers!
"What?" was all I could manage to get out of me.
"Why did you sit there and watch me die, Cato?!" Her voice was getting angrier now.
"I couldn't help you. I-"
"Excuses!" she yelled. "I thought you loved me, Cato."
"I do love you."
"Then why were you with that girl?"
"I told you… I was lonely and drunk. I made a mistake."
"We all make mistakes," she said softly and vanished. Then Clove appeared again. "Yeah, Cato. We all make mistakes."
I woke up, with Clove's laugh ringing in my ears. It made me shiver. Glimmer was asleep next to me. The sun was starting to rise. I had to get out of there. I needed to think, or something. I got out of bed, not even bothering to change out of my pajamas and started out of the room. "Babe," Glimmer said sleepily. She sat up. "Where are you going?"
"I need to go for a walk," I said, taking a deep breath.
"Let me come with you," she said, getting out of bed. She went to her drawers, picking out something to wear.
"No. I just need some space."
She frowned, fear flowing in those emerald eyes of hers. She walked closer and closer to me until I could hear her breathing. "Cato… Is this about Gleam? Nothing's going on with us! I swear! Please don't go. I love you so much."
"It's not about him."
"Then what's it about then?" She started crying. I looked away from her because I couldn't stand to see her cry. "Was it something I did? Please don't do this to me. Not now."
"I'm not leaving you. I just need to go for a walk. I had a nightmare that I had to watch you die. And Clove was taunting me. I just…"
"I'm here for you. You know that."
"Is there anything you want to tell me before I go?" I asked. Then I looked at her, down into her core. "Please don't lie to me."
She looked like she was going to cry. She bit her lip and took a deep breath. "I think I might be pregnant. I'm sorry I kept it from you, but I was scared."
"Why would you be afraid? I'm happy for you," I smiled. "I'm going to be a father!" I hugged her tight and kissed her forehead.
She nodded. "In about 20 years, our son or daughter can run the family business, Jolson Jewelry." I nodded in response. "I love you," I said.
"I love you too," she said. We embraced again. Then the phone rang, interrupting us. Glimmer went to pick it up.
"Katniss? Hi. What? Wait, what the hell happened? Who's Gale? A fire? At the bakery? Where's Peeta? Katniss, slow down! Oh no. Our parents are dead. Nightlock muffins. I know. Do you think he'll stop now? Yeah, I know. Okay. I'll see you then. Okay. Bye," Glimmer said and hung up the phone. She turned to me. "Some guy named Gale was killed. He was her Katniss' friend. Peeta's parents are gone. There was a fire at the bakery. She says that he's probably not going to stop punishing us. I don't know what to do."
"That fire was no accident," I said. "He's probably going to make us all suffer, then he'll kill us all. Something ruthless. He's got to be stopped."
"Kill us? No! I just fought for you in the Games. I'm not going to lose you now. I can't!"
Don't worry, there will be a sequel to this. And omg! Glimmer's pregnant! In the next part, which I've decided to call "Healing Wounds" we'll see if the baby and the star crossed lovers make it out of this mess. They'll be known as "The Victors Who Lived" lol. Okay, I'll stop babbling now. I'll update soon :)