The Seventy-third Games
Thelma: District 5
Though no-one knew it at the time, the Seventy-third Hunger Games would prove to be the last in which a single tribute survived while twenty-three others died. Thelma, standing on her plate at the Cornucopia, certainly didn't realise it. In fact, she didn't even know if she would still be alive by evening. This year's Career pack looked like a tough bunch and she thought she would do well to avoid them if she was to stay alive.
The bloodbath proved to be an especially brutal one. Thelma, who was one of the fastest runners in District 5, managed to escape from the Cornucopia with a medium-sized backpack and a fine hunting knife. But twelve of her fellow tributes were not so lucky; ten were killed in the bloodbath itself, while two (including Thelma's district partner, Kane) received wounds which would ultimately prove fatal.
That evening, Thelma sat looking up at the sky as the Capitol seal appeared, followed by the faces of the dead tributes. She saw the boy from District 3, followed by both tributes from 6, the girl from 7, both from 8, the girl from 9, the boy from 10 and both from 11. As each face appeared, Thelma ticked them off on her fingers, not allowing herself to think about the fact that the kids she could see in the sky were dead, killed in a sadistic contest devised to punish the districts.
As the death recap ended, Thelma considered her options. She had her knife, but that would offer her little protection if she came up against the Careers and their superior weapons, so she would have to rely on her speed to keep herself out of trouble. Her best hope might be to devise some sort of trap, such as the one which left an opponent dangling from a tree by their ankles. If she could do that and her victim lost their weapons as a result, it would be easy to slit that tribute's throat.