The training center was quiet. Most of the tributes had left already. The careers were the only ones left.
"So," said Clove. "What do you think of our competition this year?"
She threw a knife to the left without looking. It embedded itself in the center of a target.
"The usual," replied Marvel. "Easy targets."
"Don't underestimate them," said Glimmer. "I'm remembering a time you underestimated a certain blond back in District One…"
"I was taking it easy on you."
"You go on thinking that."
"By the way," said Clove. "Is it just me, or is it a bit strange that none of us can shoot a bow and arrows? We've been trained for years to fight, and yet none of us have any idea how to shoot a bow and arrows."
"Hm… never thought of that," said Glimmer. "You're right, though. I'm going to work on that."
"So am I," said Cato, pushing in front of Glimmer and picking up the bow from the archery range. He took aim and fired. The arrow didn't even hit the target.
"Okay," said Clove. "All of us are going to practice until we are at least mildly competent at archery. You never know when that might come in handy. We might corner the Girl On Fire in a tree or something."
"In which case, you could just… throw your knives or something," said Marvel.
"Anyone who does not wish to expand his or her knowledge of archery gets to spar with me. Are we clear?"
"Crystal," they all said at once, and dashed for the bows and arrows.
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