The Years past and Cato and my relationship grew. We have been dating for nearly 2 years now. He is now 18 I am 17. We are both eligible to volunteer at the reaping but I know we don't want to because that would mean leaving one the other behind. The reaping is only a week away and training has really changed. This is Cato's last year as eligible tribute so if he gets picked he won't care. I don't think I would care if we got picked because we were trained for it all of our lives and we would be ready to kill. Cato and I walk to training hand in hand enjoying every second of our life together because by the end of the week one of us could be gone into the arena. Killing 23 other people in unimaginable ways. But that is everyone punishment for what district 13 did 74 years ago. When we get to the training center we kiss and then go our separate ways to our training stations. Today I mostly throw knifes and practice hand to hand combat. It's nothing different but a bigger deal now. It just consisted of me throwing knifes at a target and if I miss I got hit. I only missed once and they only hit me on my arm. When training was over Cato met me by a tree in the field by the square. When he saw me a smile stretched across his face. I couldn't help but smile too. I ran into his arms and he closed me in them and spun me around. He set me down and I looked into his eyes. "How was training?" I asked. He snickers.
"I thought the reaping week would be harder." He says. I nod my head in agreement. "I know it's only the first day but still, I am 18 and I am a good competitor for tribute." I feel myself frown at the thought of him going to the arena. He understands why I frowned and I feel his lips on my forehead. "I won't do it though. I love you too much" He whispers to me. I feel the tears form in my eyes. I bite the inside of my cheek to keep from crying.
"Thanks." I said my voice is shaky. This caught him off guard because he was expecting a I love you too, but I don't say I love you to him yet. I feel his hand on my chin and his lips on my mouth. When he pulls away I am speechless. That kiss was the most amazing thing I have had in my life. I don't want him to leave.
"So this week I was wondering if you wanted to live with me just in case" He says. I cringe at those words. But I nod my head in agreement. We walk to my house hand in hand and I pack my stuff. When I am read he takes my bags and carries them to his house. When we get there his parents are gone.
"Where are your parents?" I ask.
"Gone until the reaping day. Where are yours?" He asks in return.
"My parents were home yesterday and so was my brother" I say. He freezes in his tracks. I already know what he is going to ask. "They were all too drunk to move so I didn't get hit."
"Was your brother trained?" He asks after a few second pause. I take a second to think.
"No he wanted to be a peacekeeper." I say. He nods his head. He leads me up to his room. He sets my bag down and sits on the bed. I stood there over him arms crossed taking in the room I have been in so many times. It seems so different now then is has before. I have no idea what it is but it's changed.
"What is wrong babe?" He asks. I shake my head.
"Nothing I am just thinking." I say. He grabs my arm gently and pulls me on to the bed with him.
"Babe, are you scared about the reaping?"He asks. I nod my head. I feel him move closer to me. "It's going to be fine Clove. You're not going to go into the arena. I will make sure you won't. And If I get picked, I will win for you. Just to see your beautiful face again and live with it forever" He says as I feel his lips touch mine. I kiss back harder and he falls on top of me. We continue kissing until he pulls away "I will never leave you" He whispers in my ear. I press my lips agents his and I feel a smile from him. I have never been in love until I met him.