I wait. And wait and wait some more, occasionally dozing off. Could it be that I've been hallucinating my 24 years in Panem for the past 18 days? I mean, I'm really complaining because Panem pretty much sucks right now, but what about Annie? We found out a few days ago that she's pregnant. If my hallucination was reality and everybody else here is wrong, my son could grow up like me: fatherless.
Leo races back in. "Hey, Finnick, brace yourself because Chiron is an... interesting guy. He's here to talk, not trample you. 'K?"
I nod. What could that mean? Interesting? Like, half fish or whatever? I was wrong. Apparently Chiron is half horse. I hear his hooves clomping on the floor before I even see him. The top half of his body is a middle aged man while the rest... A horse. He's wearing a t-shirt that says "Got Hooves?" and quiver slung across his back. Scary. A bit too scary.
If there is one thing I learned from Katniss, it's to never trust a guy (or girl) with an arrow. They will pull it on you in two seconds flat.
"Um, hi," I start the conversation.
"Hello Finnick. How are you feeling?"
"Not too good, sir. I almost get eaten by mutant crocodiles and then I wake up here, having no clue where I am." Good start. Apparently not. Chiron frowns.
"We'll take turns talking, young man. Tell me what you know." I take that as an invitation to explain, so I do.
I talk about Panem, the Capitol, the Districts and the uprising that brought the Hunger Games. I talk about my games and how I won them. I talk about President Snow -Chiron frowns at the name - and I bring up Annie and how she crept up on me over the years. I then explain the most important part of my story: how Katniss and Peeta upset the Capitol. The uprisings in District 8. I briefly describe the Quarter Quell and how Katniss ruined the force field around the arena. Annie, Peeta, Johanna and Enobaria get captured. I bring it to a close on my fight in the tunnel with the mutts.
Chiron sits and stares at me. Leo looks freaked out. His eyes are huge and his mouth is hanging open. I sit uncomfortably in the bed, not knowing what to do.
"Um, your turn, I guess," I tell Chiron. He nods slowly, clearly confused.
"Yes, you're quite right. My turn. Long ago there were gods and goddesses. Greek and Roman ones. Well, they still exist. They mated with mortals and had children. You are called demigods. We created this camp for people like you. You are followed by monsters all the time and this is the only safe place for you. Each Olympian has a cabin for their children. You live there with your brothers and sisters. Every day you train at different activities. You, Finnick, are a son of Poseidon, the sea god. You have been at this camp for 10ish months. You are quite skilled with a trident, but you fell off of the rock climbing wall and have been in the infirmary for three or so weeks," he finished his story. "That is what you need to know for now. I won't get into a detailed description of everything until we figured something out."
I nod, too shocked to speak.
"Finnick, if you are well enough to walk, Leo will show you around Camp. If anybody tries to talk to you, Leo will tell them that you are a bit confused. Won't you, Leo?" Chiron looks pointedly at him.
"Oh, um, yessir, Captain!" He strikes a ridiculous sailor pose, hand at his forehead. Goofball.
I get out of bed, and I feel like I exploded. I feel pain everywhere. I get my teeth and walked over to Leo. He looks at me and walks in some other room. He comes back with a drink. Leo hands me the drink.
I drink it. It tastes like my wedding cake. Rich and sweet and like home. I remember it perfectly. Decorated with flowers and seashells by Peeta. Annie adored it. So did I. The pain inside me ceases to exist so Leo and I walk out the door.