p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: 'Open Sans', Verdana, 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"strongHi everyone, this is my new series of oneshots about the Hunger Games. I will update as often as I can and would love to get suggestions from you guys./strong/p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: 'Open Sans', Verdana, 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"I can hear him crashing through the trees about a few metres to my left. I peer through the gap between the bush and the tree I'm hiding behind, Peeta's back is turned to me and he's picking berries off a bush. Nightlock, deadly, poisonous, gorgeous nightlock. This is my chance and it might be the only one I get./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: 'Open Sans', Verdana, 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"I pause for a minute. My previous thoughts are that it was either this or being killed by Cato or District 12 and the odds are that it'would be Cato killing me. That is something I do not want to happen, I heard Thresh's cry of pain and Cato's demonic laugh from my hiding spot at the edge of the field. Cato's sword is not something I want to be on the wrong side of./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: 'Open Sans', Verdana, 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"If I don't do this I will die in a much bloodier way. Running into Cato and getting skewered by his sword, getting shot in the head by Katniss. The boy, Peeta, he won't kill me though. I don't think he's made a single kill so far. I have, and it already haunts me. I see his reasoning. But now we'll be even, one kill each. The boy from District 10 is my kill and and as far as anyone is concerned I will be his./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: 'Open Sans', Verdana, 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"The boy from District 10 died on the eighth day, he walked into my trap and I slit his throat. My trap was meant to catch food and I had spent all morning perfecting it when the boy stumbled into it. It's a pity about the unspoken rule, I was starving at that point. The nuts and berries I managed to gather weren't enough and at that point I was too scared to steal./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: 'Open Sans', Verdana, 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"But that doesn't matter now, if I go through with this none of it will matter. I bite my lip and sigh and then mentally slap myself. emDo you want them to die? /emIf I so much as hint at the fact that this is all a plan then my family will pay for it. I am almost 100% sure the cameras are trained on me right now./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: 'Open Sans', Verdana, 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"Suicide is the second unspoken rule of the Games. The Capitol doesn't like it, it makes them seem stupid, outsmarted by a tribute. I've seen what they do to tributes who defy them, the male tribute from five years ago had his whole family killed by 'food poisoning' because he committed suicide. It's sick making people pay even when they're already dead. But I'm smarter than him. I am clever enough to pretend to be stupid./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: 'Open Sans', Verdana, 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"I'll put on a show, play dumb, pretend I don't know. If I ever get the chance. Peeta is still picking the berries from a bush near by, he'll see me if I try to grab the berries now. He wouldn't kill me, he's too good for that. Since I'm not going to I want him to win, although that almost certainly means Katniss will win too. I guess my one comfort is that they'll probably figure out the nightlock as soon as the cannon sounds and I know they'll be able to defeat Cato together. Maybe I won't be his only supposed kill, maybe he'll kill Cato too. He'll do anything for the girl, that much is obvious./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: 'Open Sans', Verdana, 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"He turns and puts the berries down on the grass next to some cheese and I flinch when his eyes pass my hiding place. He doesn't notice me and I exhale when he turns back, I guess wearing my hood up was a good idea, he surely would have noticed my bright hair otherwise. He spots something a little way off to the left and stumbles in it's direction. I wait a few seconds to make sure he's gone and peek out from behind the bush. I can just see his ash blonde hair through the green foliage about fifty metres away./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: 'Open Sans', Verdana, 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"I tiptoe towards the berries. They lie in a pile on the ground next to some goats cheese. I take a bit of cheese and nibble on it, my last meal, just part of the act I've put on the entire games. As long as they are convinced of my stupidity, my family is fine. I pick up a berry and hold it up to my eye as if inspecting it, inspecting my ticket to death./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: 'Open Sans', Verdana, 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"It's better, dying. The victors are always monsters, horrible people who have killed. Some just for fun. I don't want to be a monster. But the boy is different, better than the rest I guess. Or maybe that's just what I tell myself to stop the guilt of condemning someone to being a monster./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: 'Open Sans', Verdana, 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"I take a deep breath in and silently say my goodbyes. Goodbye mom. Goodbye dad. Goodbye sweet, little Lia. Stay safe. I exhale. I scoop up a few berries, place them on my tongue and swallow. Goodbye world./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: 'Open Sans', Verdana, 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"emstrongBOOM/strong/em/p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: 'Open Sans', Verdana, 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"strongPlease review, thanks for reading!/strong/p