AN: I'm going to be trying something new in this story. Hopefully it works well. Instead of only chapters about the tributes in the arena I'm going to use Lex as the eyes and ears of what Capitol citizens are thinking. Any Lex chapters probably won't be that long, being they'll just be from his POV only, but I'd like to give a little insight to what the Capitol thinks about this year's games.
The Capitols' Bets
Lex Grovenstin's POV
I sit watching the games in my own private room. The bloodbath is, well, bloody. I'm really shocked that Russ was one of the tributes to kill in the bloodbath. Hopefully when I go asking for sponsors soon that will help.
The announcer of this year's games, Azaz Hornsby, sits on half of the screen, while the other half is playbacks of what just happened. Azaz gives us a more detailed "play by play."
"Placing 24th was Bryce Horne, from District 7, sadly he didn't have much of a chance to show us his skills, as he stepped off that pedestal just a second to early." Azaz says it like it's suppose to be a sad thing, but I can hear the excitement in his voice. Beside him on the screen is a slow motion replay of the explosion, I for one have to look away at this. For the tributes standing around him, they must be scrubbing themselves clean right now.
"Placing 23rd was Simon King, from District 6. Nikko Rushland, our District 1 male, had the advantage on this kill, being Simon was still recovering from the shock of the blast and hadn't even left his pedestal yet. Placing 22nd was Moth Corner from District 9, killed by the one and only Lilith Inkheart, that girl has some skill with her knives! Let's give a special shout out to Girly Matlock from District 12, she surprised us all by narrowly escaping death not once, but twice during the bloodbath!"
Images of the girl appear, the show replays her diving out of the way as one of the Careers swings and ax at her, she was cut, but still managed to run away. The screen flips to her getting weapons, the District 7 male threw a knife at her, but he missed. Meaning Girly Matlock is now the first ever District 12 tribute to avoid death twice.
"Placing 21st was Rose Men, the other District 9 tribute. Even though Belle didn't have a spear, like I'm sure she'd love to have, she still killed the girl easily with a machete. Placing 20th was Derk Bobasor from District 8, Dune Perry will be taking credit for this kill. In 19th is Freddie Barns, from District 11. This, to me, was a surprising kill. His throat was slit by District 5's Russell Mossburg! I wasn't sure what to make of his score when I saw it was a nine, but I must say he is a fighter."
I flip the TV off, not caring to see anything else. The sixth kill, Russ managed to get the 6th kill of the game. Surely there will be some people willing to sponsor him.
I throw my vest one and walk into the hall, other mentors are coming from their rooms, I spot Hazel Shell, from District 4.
"That was a shocking turns of events." I say to her. She gives me a death glare, I throw my hands up defensively, luckily Gabby isn't my tribute. I'll have to remind Cruise to stand clear of Hazel for awhile.
Once out on the street I'm able to find a scoring board, they are set up all around the Capitol, as bets are put in the tributes with sponsors are on the board. At the top is the tribute with the most bets on them then the bottom is the tribute with the least amount of bets, beside that is the Gamemakers say on the probability of that tribute winning. Because of this names shuffle around the board a lot.
I stand reading the board:
1) Nikko Rushland (D1) - 1/24
2) Luka Burch (D4) - 3/24
3) Kyler Theodore (D10) - 2/24
4) Gabriella Dutch (D3) - 7/24
5) Lilith Inkheart (D1) - 4/24
6) Lizzie Nicksay (D2) - 5/24
7) Mariana Turner (D10) - 9/24
8) Dune Perry (D2) - 6/24
9) Russell Mossburg (D5) - 8/24
10) Caroline Beeth (D7) - 10/24
11) Kurk Elliot (D3) - 11/24
12) Girly Matlock (D12) - 12/24
13) Carlyn Black (D5) - 13/24
14) Haley Knoxville (D6) - 14/24
Russ is ninth on the betting board, and the Gamemakers think he has a 8 in 24 chance of winning. I scan the board again, the girl from ten, the one who was charming her way through the interview, has more bets than Russ. And little Carlyn is thirteenth on the board, she probably doesn't have a signal bet.
"Gabriella should have a higher chance of winning." A lady dressed in a ridicules bright orange dress beside me says, I turn to her. "Oh, oh my gosh! You're Lex Grovenstin! I'm so sorry!" She turns back to the board, scanning it quickly. "Russell should as well." She adds.
"Well, Gabriella isn't playing a very smart game, backstabbing the Careers like that." I say to the woman, "They could turn on her in a second. I'm surprised they already haven't. I'd place her down toward a 10 or 11 out of 24 chance of winning."
The orange dressed woman stares at me, her mouth slightly a gap.
"And Kyler Theodore seems pretty love drunk to me," I continue, "He might do something stupid to save Mariana. No way he has a 2 in 24 chance of winning. With that logic Mariana should be higher on the chart than he is, he'll probably hand her first place if he could. And Lilith, I've personally seen tributes like her. She's too cocky. Something simple will be what kills her, she probably hasn't done any studying on foods to eat or how to survive in the snow. She'll be dead in a few days."
I let that sink in for a second.
"Now my tributes, Russ and Carlyn, I've made sure they know all about the cold climate, we spent several hours alone on what to do if the arena is frozen. And Russ, well he has a skill for killing. He doesn't hesitate, as I'm sure you saw in the bloodbath." The orange dressed woman starts nodding her head in agreement. These Capitol people are so easily persuaded sometimes. "The only problem is, people underestimate him, so I'm sure the other tributes do as well. He could easily sneak up on them at night and kill them, making he's odds of winning go up. I'd just love to see him have to supplies in order to do that." I say.
"Wow, you know, you are right." The woman says, "I must tell my friends not to bet their money on Gabriella." Before I can say anything else the woman rushes off.
"Fight!" Someone yells. The crowd moves toward the giant jumbo screen above the square. I turn toward it too, and see that Russ and Carlyn are on the screen. Crap.