A/N Thank you to everyone who reads and reviews, I'm so happy that you like my fanfiction. So here is the next chapter!
I stand in the room for at least 20 minutes before anyone turns up. I just sit there turning the three coins in my hand; one at a time.
One, two, three... One, two, three... One, two, three... One, two, three...
"Marissa!" The voice was so unexpected, so sudden, that I dropped the coins – sending them spinning across the floor. Slowly, I turn to the voice, trying to recall the last time I had heard it. My eyes meet the sight of a tall man, with tired eyes. Strands of dark red run through his short brown hair. His face shows that he has not been sleeping well, or at all. Although I have not seen him for years, as soon as he opens his arms I run into them; into the arms of my father.
"Marissa, I have missed you"
I have not seen my father since I first stepped through the doors of the community house. We were poor, one of the poorest families in District 5, he told me it was the only way we could survive. I pretended that I was an orphan, the community house had no other choice but to take me in. That was when I was young and easily manipulated into an orphans tesserae, but now I'm smarter than that. I don't need them to survive.
Every now and then I see him walking home from work at the power station but I was forbidden to talk to him, to even say hello. If someone noticed how alike we look, I could be left on the streets or worst...
They could kill me for lying to the Capitol. I would become a traitor.
"What are you doing here!" I whisper, aware of the fact that the peacekeepers could be listening in on our conversation. "you should leave now"
" I had to see you before... before you go" I can tell he doesn't want to accept that I really am going into the Hunger Games. That I may die.
"I'm so sorry, I should never of left you alone in that community house. I knew what those places were like and now your leaving me again." Him saying this makes me realise that whatever I do now, I will never be able to get away from the Capitol. I had always planned to leave the community house, to live without fear of the reaping and the Hunger Games, but now everything as changed. Even if I win I will have every eye in Panem watching me.
I cant face him any longer. " Please leave, don't worry about me - I can survive this."
That second two peacekeepers enter the room and stand on either side of my father. They are ready to show him out or the room until my voice momentarily stops them.
"Wait!" I go down to the floor and scrabble to pick up the three coins I had dropped only a few moments ago. I reach my hand out and force the coins into my fathers hand as the peacekeepers push him out of the room. The wooden doors shut with a deafening BANG.
I breath a sigh of relief. Although he no longer has anyone else to look after, I know that my father is still poor and could use any money that could be spared. I feel relaxed now, knowing that at least, with the money I have given, he will have something to eat tonight.
An entire hour passes before Brietta comes to take me to the train. Its extravagantly decorated and it is unlike anything I have seen before. For I moment I forget about all that has happened today and I just wander around . Each step allows me to view more of the room. Its amazing.
As my district is very close to Capitol, I know that we will arrive in a few hours, but that time goes quickly. All of a sudden, we are there.