Arena: Day 14
Mom was worried. Dad was furious. Nikon was even more furious. The capitol loved it. They were placing bets on their favorite couple and everything. It was making the games a success.
Mom thought it would spark a rebellion. Well that was kind of the plan mom. Dad was furious. He didn't want to be displaced out of his power. Well that was kind of the plan Dad. Nikon was even more furious. Sucks to be you then. The capitol loved it. Great for them, they had brains the sizes of peas. I don't give a crap.
Of course Reyna was pleased. She would have her poster couple and everything. Now to let the games finish soon. Oh I could just feel it! This would be the most exciting games ever!
I heard a crash from upstairs.
Oh get over her Nikon. She likes another guy anyway. I got up with my cup of hot chocolate. I skipped to the gamemaker's room.
"Lyric, what brings you here?" Sebastian scrambled to his feet.
It was nice to see how they all were terrified of me.
"Have you seen such an interesting flower?" I asked them, delicately holding out a poppy with my gloved hand. Everyone shook their head. "Well the thorns on it are dead poisonous, but the poison doesn't kill you until a few days later. It weakens you, but wont kill you. On contact it causes a stinging pain if it pierces your skin."
"Did the labs create it?" A gamemaker asked.
I grinned, "Its perfectly natural. It grows in 12 if I'm not mistaken. Now how about we use this as a game to our tributes shall we?"
The last few days had been peaceful. Too peaceful. I'm sure that there was romance, but people would be craving blood and guts soon.
Shade tugged on my hair, "You asked me to braid it so quit moving."
"Come on! Can't you braid faster?" I whined.
He chuckled, "Of course I can, its a matter if I want to."
I rolled my eyes. "Well hurry up. I want to go home."
"I do too. But where is home?" He asked.
"I'd say where you are, but then you would say you are home now and take forever on my hair. So...where do we want to live?"
"Twelve, with you." he responded immediately.
He finished my braid and helped me up, "Wait why?" I asked. "I could live in two with you."
"You seem the type that is happy around nature. District Two doesn't have much of it." he pointed out.
I was about to come up with a counter argument when something cut across my cheek, leaving a fiery trail of pain. It burned like acid.
I shrieked and shut my eyes as if it would block out the pain. Seconds later I heard an echoing scream from across the arena. As soon as the pain faded I opened my eyes.
"Arya! What happened?" Shade asked, rocking me back and forth.
I looked at what cut me. It was a poppy. Blood red petals with a black center and a tinge of white as well. The stem had thorns.
My vision was a bit blurry and I felt lightheaded but I could distinguish it well enough.
"A blood poppy." I choked out.
They were a type of flower that grew in the woods and occasionally was found in the meadow. It was dead poisonous. Some type of capitol mutt plant mixed with a poppy to get this.
"What's that?" He asked.
"Deadly poisonous flower." I explained. "Without the antidote I'm going to die in three days or so."
He pulled me close, "I'm not going to let you die."
"Who said I was going to?" I smiled.
He made air quotes, "'I'm going to die in three days or so'"
As if on cue Claudius appeared in the sky, "Have a loved one that's going to die without an antidote? Do you really want her to live? Well come to the Cornucopia to get your antidote! There is only one though so be the first here tomorrow morning!"
The sky went blank, "Well that was a very badly delivered commercial." I commented.
Shade was staring seriously at the general direction of the cornucopia. "Can you promise me something?"
"No." I cut in, "You'll get hurt."
He picked me up bridal style and gathered our supplies, not answering my question. He set me down under a tree. The tree roots formed a natural den over the rocks and he laid me down inside.
"Don't go." I whimpered like a small child, "I can't live with myself if you got hurt."
"And I can't live with myself if you died." He replied softly putting his hand on my cheek. His hands were rough from years of training, but warm and caring.
Impulsively I pulled him down and kissed him. This was the guy I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. Have kids and grow old with. Yet I might loose him right now, trying to save me. Why couldn't I have just dodged the damn flower?
Even after we ended the kiss I clung onto him for all I was worth, which by this point isn't much. I had killed, lied, manipulated him for a short period of time, and the list goes on and on.
"Arya, I have to go." He whispered into my hair.
I shook my head, "No, if I loose you I won't even bother trying to live."
He held me away from him for a second and looked me in the eye, "No matter what happens to me you have to promise me to live your own life."
I shook my head and tried to blink back tears that spilled over anyway, "Life without you holds no meaning or prospect to me. I want you. I love you."
He kissed me. I was crying pathetically. This was the stuff of fiction, not real life, yet I was caught in my own horrible tragic fairytale. He kissed my forehead gently afterward and smiled weakly.
"I'll be back, I promise." He said.
He wasn't sure, he doubted his ability to face of against Reneir. They both were skilled, now it was a matter of who was better.
"Please don't go. Don't leave me like he did." I whispered brokenly. That I didn't mean to slip out.
He hugged me tighter against me and wrapped his wings around us as well, "No matter what I promise I will never leave you. I love you."
"I love you too."
He gently kissed my lips before taking his sword and leaving me. As much as the being lightheaded and dizziness affected me I wasn't lying. A headache hit me as well.
I tried to fall asleep. Moving would only bring more of the symptoms onto me. Every time I closed my eyes a familiar face that haunted me at my worst moments would come back. Blonde hair, mischievous yet charming blue eyes, he was the first to hold my heart. The shattered it just as quickly. I had just told Shade I loved him, but would he toy with me the same way?
I managed to catch a few more hours of sleep before waking up. After a drink of water the fog in my mind had cleared up and I grabbed my bow and slowly crawled out into the light. The light hit my eyes and I was temporarily blinded. I also felt violently sick, so I figured now would be a good time to empty my guts by a bush.
I made a face at the awful taste in my mouth. I rinsed my mouth out with some water and stuck out my tongue in distaste. Of course I bet all of Panem was laughing at me right now.
I wasn't going to be a sitting duck, no matter how sick I was. The games would end today and I would do everything I could to end them in me and Shade's favor. Now how to find him.
I know full well that he would be pissed but I could make sure he was safe. I checked the pocket which I had the vial of medicine. Good. It was still there, along with the "Boy Away".
I wrapped my wings around myself. It brought a small bit of comfort. The boy I loved was going to risk his life for me, possibly dying. I wouldn't let that happen.
I got to my feet but promptly fell back over again. Oh well this was lovely. I sat up and slowly crawled a few feet before sitting down again. I flicked my wings in annoyance.
My wings! I could fly couldn't I? I stretched them out and gave them a few experimental flaps. Yes I could fly.
By nightfall I reached the general area of the cornucopia. It was still the same. A giant gaping hole in the center of the arena and the cornucopia held up by a large floating rock. But there were no floating rocks around it. They wanted an aerial battle.
I needed to tell Shade. I needed to tell Shade, but I would never be able to find him. A hand touched my shoulder and I nearly shrieked.
I turned around and saw Shade. My lips involuntarily curved upward at the frown on his face.
"I thought I told you to stay." He said sternly.
I smiled, "When have I ever listened to you?"
He groaned, "You can't stay here."
I shook my head, "I'm staying with you. Its an aerial battle they want. I'm better with my wings than you."
"If you are saying you want to fight instead of me no." He said.
I shook my head, "By morning I won't be a able to see straight. Just let me help."
He held up a vial, "My mentor sent this to me because he knew you would be difficult. I don't want to use it...but if it comes to it..."
The contents were sleep syrup. I'd seen those vials when I was in the medicine store for Leo's things.
"You're threatening to drug me?" I raised an eyebrow.
He wrapped his arms around me and rested his head on mine, "You know I just don't want you to get hurt."
"But I'm fine." I argued back. I was going to lose this argument definitely.
He picked me up and set me down on his lap. "I missed you." He said changing subjects. "I can't live without you so please stay safe."
I sighed, "I can't live without you."
"So we'll just both keep safe tomorrow." He said. He pulled me off of him and sat me down next to a tree.
"What? Am I suddenly heavy?" I joked.
He chuckled, "No I have something I want to ask you."
"What?" I looked at him curiously.
He turned around with a small box. It had a simple carving of an angel on the top, "I know its not much, but we're in the middle of an arena and I only have a knife."
"Oh Shade its beautiful." I gently touched the lid, "How did you make it?"
He smiled lopsidedly, "I'm from District 2. Masonry remember? And its not the box that counts, its what inside."
I slowly lifted the lid off. Inside was a ring. It wasn't overly decorative, but not too simple. It was a simple woven band made of the crystal vines. The centerpiece was a bluish diamond that matched my eyes.
I looked up at him, "This is for me?"
"Yes." He said as he got down on one knee. "Arya I saw you and I fell in love with you. I met you 10 years ago and I've never forgotten you. When I met you and got to know you, you became the reason for my life. Please make me the happiest man alive today, and say you'll marry me."
When the love of your life gets down an proposes sometimes it requires a big speech, sometimes it requires only one word. In my case it was the latter, "Yes."
I leaned in and kissed him, and I am not one bit embarrassed to say I made out with him. Not that it really matters since as soon as we get out of this we'll be married. I'm proudly wearing the ring on my finger because we will make it out of this.