CHAPTER 9

CAPITOL BUISNESS

I shift in the dress my stylist gave me, the slinky black fabric sliding along my skin smoothly. It was short and tight, and showed a lot more than I'd like. I tug at the bottom of the black dress, trying to avoid the looks of the Capitol people who ogled me from afar. Creepy old guys covered in make-up. I groan in disgust as I walk looking for someone I might want to have a conversation with.

"I see you're not used to dressing that way." A melodic voice says softly from directly behind me. I spin around to face a familiar young woman, whose pale blue eyes looked slightly hazy and unfocused through the strands of blond hair that fall from her loose pony tail.

"Nova! Uh hi." I feel the corner of my mouth tug upwards.

The victor of the 63rd Hunger Games smiles, her eyes landing on me. Even though her eyes had been horribly damaged in her Games, she could still make out large figures and objects. She could be sweet, but she had an ice-cold edge that could make you want to cry.

Nova's smile has no warmth, and it makes me uncomfortable, she knows exactly who I am and doesn't necessarily agree with half the things I do no matter if she is from 2 or not.

"People seeing you wearing that makes you uncomfortable, doesn't it?" Her voice is mocking, and I simmer at her words.

"You should get used to it." She spits out squinting her eyes maybe trying to concentrate. I honestly don't know how well she can see, Nova is a compulsive liar.

I clench my fists, and she continues to speak. I know what is expected of the Victors.

"Though Cato has adjusted quite nicely." I freeze. Nova's mouth is curved into a sickening smile, as she takes a sip of wine.

"What. Are. . About." I ask through gritted teeth. I can barely get the words out as Im fighting the urge to just punch her right here and now. Nova smiles and waltzes away, calling over her shoulder, "Why don't you go find him and see?"

No. No, she must be wrong. He honestly can't be that stupid? Can he? Yes.

I glance arround to see if anyones looking and I storm out of the party room, heels making loud clacking sounds on the floor as I stomp out. I cross my arms as I enter the elevator and punch the 2 button. In a short matter of seconds the silver doors slide open with a ding. I pull of the damn heels because they are giving me blisters. I walk down the hallway quietly trying to hear anything I can and I do. Hushed conversations coming from one of the rooms. Catos.

I turn the knob to find it locked and pound on the door "What?!" I hear Cato yell from the other side of the locked door. "Open the door." I state more demanding then I expected.

"And I should do that because?" Cato asks pushing it. I pound my fist on the door harder "OPEN THE DOOR JACKASS!" I yell at him aggressively through the door and I can hear footsteps. The door opens a tiny crack and I can barely see Cato's face between the inch he opened it.

I can barely make out the huge smirk slapped across his face "Whats the magic word?" He asks me. "Fuck you" I reply and he shrugs. "close enough" the door opens, I take a small step to find a blond skinny girl putting her heels on sitting on the edge of the bed. She looks up and grins at me. "He's a bit busy come back later." She says in her snooty capitol accent. I glare at her for a moment before speaking "GET. THE. FUCK. OUT. NOW."

"Your not the boss of me." She says getting up and walking towards me while Cato just ignores the whole thing. "I will gut you like a fish before you can say 'Ooops' now get out." Her eyes widen at my words but all she does is walk back over to Cato, and she shoves a large amount of cash in his pant pocket. Before she leaves she kisses him and then whispers 'thanks'.

I can feel the anger rising in me. Cato gets up to shut the door and I notice long red fresh scratch marks down his back. "So what did you want?" He asks casually taking a seat back down on his messy bed only in sweatpants.

"Your disgusting." I tell him this makes him chuckle just getting me more mad. "What do you find so funny!"

"You. You think im disgusting? I'm not dressing like a hooker." he replies with another slight laugh and a smirk. "Well you are a hooker and I'm not dressing in this on purpose. I'm forced to."

"I'm not a hooker" Cato states laying back down on his bed while trying to fix his hair a bit. "Sure you're not. Girls pay you to fuck them. No you're not a hooker at all." I say with a lot of sarcasm.

"and you're not jealous?" Cato asks getting off the bed and stepping towards me. "why would I be? You're an idiot." I spit back.

"because-" Cato starts then he grabs a strand of my dark hair and twirls it around his fingers. "you like me."

I shove him away from me infuriated. "NO I DONT!" I yell at him. "Then why did you threaten to gut that girl? hmm? Face it clove you do like me."

"I'd rather rot in hell than ever go out with you." I say through gritted teeth and he only grins. "Good. I hate you too and I will never in a billion years love you." Cato says angry now his voice vicious.

For some reason my eyes trail down his body not wanting to look at him, I find myself glancing at his abs. "Your staring." Cato states.

"Shut up. Look I'm going back to the party and Brutus told me you have to be there so get ready." I tell him annoyed and turning to leave but before I can walk out the door he grips my wrist and pulls me towards him. Locking lips with me. Cato's strong arms around my waist keeping me in place as I fight him for a few seconds. I then realize he's too strong and just let him kiss me, I can slap him later. Cato deepens the kiss and bites my lip. I push away from him with all the strength I have and slap him.

"What the hell, Cato!" I scream at him, wiping the blood off my life.

"I just wanted to see what you'd do." He says laughing hard his face starts to turn red.

"jerk." I mutter walking out of his room and back downstairs. I hate him I absolutely hate him.

A/N- SO I HAVE NO IDEA HOW LONG ITS BEEN SINCE IVE UPDATED BUT UM TYLER MY FRIEND AND FELLOW FANGIRL ON TUMBLR HELPED ME WRITE THIS SINCE HANNAH IS BUSY BUT IM NOT SURE HOW I LIKE IT. ANYONE SEE CATCHING FIRE? ITS AMAZING LIKE OMFG BEAUTIFUL! I WAS A LITTLE DISSAPOINTED MY EXPECTATIONS WERE REALLY HIGH BUT I LOVED IT! CANNOT WAIT FOR MOCKINGJAY PT 1! YOU GUYS IT WAS AMAZING. ANYWAY PLEASE REVIEW ALSO DONT SPELL CORRECT ME ITS A BIT ANNOYING. ANYWAY REVIEW AND NEXT UPDATE COMING SOON.