Welcome! Welcome to the final installment of my "Sequel to The Hunger Games" series. Summary: Your favorite characters are back and they're all grown up! New adventures, so exciting, others heartbreaking, are install for our characters. What exactly happened to the rest of the world when Panem was built? Well, that question shall be answered! Also, new families will be started, characters will undergo heartbreak and loss. Family ties and friendship will be stretched to it's limit. Will love be enough to pull them all through the hard times that no one ever anticipated? Read on to find out.
Ivy Abernathy's POV
"Twelve year old female, restrained passenger in MVA (motor vehicle accident), sustained fractures to the right ulna and radius and left fibula." The paramedic fills me in as they wheel the young patient in the ER of Panem University Teaching Hospital. I am currently working as an Emergency room pediatrician at the hospital as a second year resident.
"I want a neck X-ray and a blood count." I instruct the nurses and intern that work under me.
"Doctor, breath sounds are shallow and short on the left side and her pulse-ox is only 89%." One of the nurses informs me.
"Alright, she'll need a chest tube," I conclude as I listen to her chest myself. The nurse hands me the kit and I make the incision between two or her ribs and slip the tube into her lung. After listening to the patient's chest again, I conclude that breath sounds are bilateral and even.
"She's waking up," My intern tells me.
"Hi, sweetheart," I say to the young girl. "Sweetheart, you were in an accident but we're taking care of you. You're going to be okay. Are you in any pain?" I ask her. She nods and I instruct the nurse to give her ten ccs of morphine for the pain.
"Where's my mom?" the little girl asks. I look up to the nurse for any information on the mother.
"She's up in surgery. Her spleen was torn. They're trying to save it. She should be fine." I nod as I receive the information.
"Your mom is fine, sweetheart. Can you tell me your name?" I request.
"Abby," The little girl sniffles.
"Well, Abby, I promise you that the doctors upstairs are going to take great care of your mom. Now, I'm going to take care of you. You need a couple of stitches for some of the cuts you got." I tell Abby as I take a seat on a stool next to the gurney. I love my job.
Phoenix Mellark's POV
"Alright, now, if you move your charcoal in short, swooping motions, that should give you the desired effect." I tell my drawing students as I step away from the piece of paper I using to show them how to do the different form of cartoonist drawings. Cartoonist drawings are one of on my favorite types of drawings.
The hour ends and I bid my students goodbye, telling them they should practice on their own. I never thought I would enjoy teaching art as much as I find that I do. It is quite rewarding to help people learn a new skill.
"Is that your last class of the day?" My wife of six wonderful years, Harper, asks me as she comes into the classroom.
"Yeah, I'm all yours for the rest of the day," I tell her as we share a gentle kiss.
"Good, now go sweep the gallery," She instructs me and I can't help but laugh. Of course that's all she wants me to do.
Harper and I started the Mellark Studios just six years ago. It is truly amazing to see how far our little studio has come in those short years. Now, together, we teach ten different classes a week and have regular, Friday night gallery shows. We get to show off not only our work, but the work of others. A lot of famous pieces have passed through here first before moving onto museums or bigger galleries. Mellark Studios is now a big part of the art culture in Panem. I love my job, and I get to do it with the love of my life by my side.
Lilac Mellark's POV
"Alright Lilac, that was a good session. I don't think we'll need to record it again, but I can't be sure until I've listened it through. Why don't you take the rest of the day off?" Dave, my manager and recorded, suggests.
"Thanks, Dave. See ya tomorrow!" I call as I leave the recording booth. Ash, my boyfriend of six years, is waiting for me outside of the recording booth. He and I have plans to go out to dinner together tonight.
"Ready?" He asks me and I nod as I grab my purse in one hand and his in the other.
Ash and I have been in love with each other for probably ten or more years. We've been in a relationship for just the six past years. And, for the last two years, we've been co-workers. We both graduated from Panem University with degrees in various musical subjects and decided we wanted to start our own recording label and studio. And now, thanks to us, Life Music exists and is available to all the good citizens of Panem.
Ash and I are just natural born performers. Once I taught Ash how to get over his stage fright, we were both golden on stage. And, whenever we performed together, it was just pure magic. There was just something about standing on that stage with the love of my life that makes me feel more alive than I've ever felt. I might not always feel like I belong, but when I'm on the stage with Ash I know that that is where I belong.
Liam Hawthorne's POV
I throw yet another piece of crumbled paper into the waste basket in my office. I've spent all day trying to come up with a design for the newest and latest trains. I've already had prototypes of their engines built; I just have to finish their body styles. Then, I'll be good to go.
"Babe, you're stressing out too much," Destiny Starr, my long term, on again off again, girlfriend tells me as she comes into my office and starts rubbing my shoulders. "Stress isn't good for you. It really messes with your brain and your heart. Just give yourself a minute to relax. Then, all the ideas will just come rushing to your head."
"Thanks, baby," I say as I lean up and kiss Destiny's full, pink lips. If it weren't for Destiny, I probably would have already stressed myself to an early grave. No one ever told me that being an engineer included so much stress.
Well, I guess that is partly my fault. I did accept a job at one of the toughest companies in all of Panem. When I was given the opportunity, there was no way I could say no. It was my dream job and I got to work with my girl. What could be better?
Alexander Abernathy's POV
I straighten my back and take a minute to work the kink out of my neck. Spending three hours bent over a microscope does have its disadvantages. I rub my eyes and take a look at the clock on the wall of my research lab. It is almost nine o'clock at night.
My wife, Dr. Ivy Abernathy, formerly Ivy Mellark, should be home from her shift at Panem University Teaching Hospital in about half an hour, so I decide I should probably head home. I make sure to take a couple swings of coffee before I strap on my motorcycle helmet and drive home.
Ivy and I live in an apartment that is about five minutes from both of our jobs and pretty amazing for what we are paying. We moved here about a month after we got married, which was about six months ago. When I get home, I make a quick dinner of spaghetti and garlic toast so my beautiful wife can come home to a nice meal.
"I'm home," Ivy says as she walks through the door. Like every night, she sounds tired. I guess that comes with the territory when you're a resident in the ER.
"How was your day?" I ask her as I give her a quick peck on the lips. Ivy tells me all about her day while we eat dinner together. I have to say that I do kind of love hearing about Ivy's days as a doctor. She always makes it sound so interesting. She really is a wonderful doctor. It had taken her a very long time to decide on a specialty, but I think pediatric emergency medicine really suits her. She's quick thinking and just loves kids so much. She's going to make a great mother.
"I love you," I tell my wife, not caring that I am probably interrupting her story. I just had to tell her.
"I love you, too." Ivy replies with a smile before returning to her story.
First off, thank you all for reading! I'm sure most of you are readers of my other three stories in this series, so welcome back! If you haven't read those other three stories, I do highly suggest it before you continue reading this story. Everything will just make more sense!
Alright, down to a little business:
M stuff . . . Yes or no?
Do you guys want me to keep the medical terminology or do you just want me to kind of skip it all?
If there's something you don't understand, such as scientific mumbo-jumbo, or you just want to know more about it, feel free to ask in your review or PM me. Or you can google it yourself, whatever works!
Now, I have to go back to school tomorrow after this nice, four day weekend. So, if you don't see a second chapter for like a week, I'm sorry! I have not forgotten nor given up! I am just trying to survive my junior year of high school! Thank you for understanding!
Well, I really hope you guys are excited because this story I think is going to be the best yet! I have so much planned already! I can't wait! Thank you so much for reading and please leave me a review on your way out!