"It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both."

-Niccolo Machiavelli

Chapter One: The Quell Announcement

"President Caninus, you're live," came a tinny voice in his earbud. The aged President Caninus rose stiffly from his chair. "Welcome!" he boomed into the microphone. "Welcome to the Quell Announcement, ladies and gentlemen." All of Panem waited with various degrees of horror, excitement, and anticipation. A small boy dressed in black brought a gilded box to the president. He opened it with fumbling fingers. He pulled out the card marked '250'. "Our Quarter Quell this year," he read, "To represent that the Capitol can bring down and humiliate, but also raise up and assist its citizens, the Capitol will give every tribute a special power before they are brought into the arena." When this was processed, the cheering and applause was immense. The president bowed and returned to his seat. Everyone was going to love this year's Hunger Games. They already did, and they didn't even know what had been planned for the arena yet...