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Old 04-29-2012, 10:01 PM
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In the village square, Peacekeepers were everywhere to make sure nobody tried to run away and that riots didn't start. Children filed in from every direction. If you were between the ages of 12 and 18, you had better be at the reaping or the consequences were terrible.
Primrose and Katniss walked together in the middle of the crowd. Prim clutched Katniss' hand tightly and kept cool, until she saw the registration table. She caught her breath and started breathing hard. She began to sob slightly. Katniss walked her out of the crowd and tried to calm her down.
"Shhh, shhh. Prim, it's okay. It's okay." She said a she brushed Prim's hair away from her face. "Shhh, it's time to sign in now, okay? They're going to prick your finger, just to take a little bit of blood-"
"You didn't say that-" Prim sobbed.
Katniss looked sorry. "I know. I'm sorry. But it's not gonna hurt much, just a little, okay?" She looked into Prim's eyes. "You just go sit down there with the little kids and I'll find you after, okay?"
Before Prim knew it, she was standing in line at the registration table and it was her turn. "Next?" the lady at the table held out her hand. She motioned quickly with her fingers. "Next." Prim reluctantly held out her hand to the woman. The woman took it, turned it over, and pricked her index finger. The buzzing of the device made Prim jump slightly. Her finger was then placed on a paper where her blood was smeared inside a small boxed area. A small handheld device was scanned over the blood sample and the screen read: 'Primrose Everdeen 12 yrs old'. Prim looked nervous and frightened. "Go ahead." The woman instructed her. And she did.
Katniss watched Prim the whole time. Even when it was her turn to register, her eyes were trained on Prim. Katniss winced when the machine pricked her finger, then she hurried to get in line with the girls her age. There were so many kids and so many Peacekeepers. Katniss was put in a group that was a few rows back behind Prim's group.
Then, the ceremony began. A Peacekeeper opened the door to the Hall of Justice and out came three people: the Mayor, Effie Trinket, and a man named Haymitch Abernathy, who was the only winner of the Hunger Games from District 12. Three more people followed them, and sat in the charis on the opposite side of the stage as the first three. Katniss looked around the crowd and found Gale who silently reassured her it was going to be okay.
Effie walked to the old-fashioned microphone that stood in the middle of the platform and tapped it to make sure it was working. "Welcome! Welcome, welcome!" She began cheerfully. "Happy Hunger Games! And... May the odds be ever in your favor." She smiled at themall, expecting some sort of reaction. The crowd was silent.
"Now!" Effie continued, "Before we begin, we have a very special film. Brought to you all the way from the Capitol!" She motioned up towards the screen that had put in place, and a film started with the national anthem of Panem playing behind a man's voice, President Snow:
"War. Terrible war. Widows, orphans, and others childless. This was the uprising that brought war to our land. Thirteen districts rebelled against the country that fed them, loved them, protected them. Brother turned on brother until nothing remained. Then came the peace, hard fought, solely won. The people rose up from the ashes, and a new era was born. But freedom has a cost. When the traitors were defeated, we swore as a nation we would never know this treason again. And so it was decreed that, each year, the various districts of Panem would offer up in tribute one young man and woman to fight to the death in a pageant of honor, courage, and sacrifice. The lone victor, bathed in riches, would serve as a reminder of our generosity and forgiveness. This is how we remember our past. This is how we safeguard our future."
The last two sentences were also mouthed by Effie. As the music stopped at the end of the video Effie said, "I just love that! Now, the time has come for us to select one courageous young man and woman... For the honor of representing District 12 in the 74th annual Hunger Games! As usual... Ladies first." Effie strode to a large clear bowl that sat on one side of the stage and swirled her hand around until she found a piece of paper that she wanted. She walked back to the microphone and unfolded the paper. Taking a deep breath, she announced the name, "Primrose Everdeen!"

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Old 05-02-2012, 10:26 PM
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I'm interested. I want you to continue. I just started a new course this week, and I have been busy with it. But when I get the time to read what you have written I will comment on it. Keep up the good work!
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Thanks NarniaBookworm. I didn't want to post i nobody was reading. But I will now!
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Sorry it's been a while! Here is another part!


Primrose was in shock. She looked around and all the girls stared at her in disbelief. Katniss heard the name and was overwhelmed with relief that she had not been chosen. Then she realized that Prim had been chosen. Why? Why did it have to be Prim? How could this happen?
From up on stage Effie called out, "Where are you? Come on up!" She said as Prim began to make her way to the front very slowly. "Well, come on up!"
Prim tucked her shirt tail back into her skirt and slowly made her way through the crowd to the middle aisle. She had dreaded this nightmare for weeks, and now it was coming true.
Katniss pushed her way through the crowd toward the center aisle. "Prim!" She yelled. She still hadn't figured out what she was going to do, but they were not taking her little sister. Prim turned around suddenly. "Prim!" Katniss started to rush forward but two Peacekeepers grabbed her arms and restrained her. Katniss began panicking and pushed against the Peacekeepers. "No! I, I volunteer! I volunteer!" She cried desperatley as she broke free of their grasp. Everyone, including the Peacekeepers, looked at her with stunned expressions. Never had District 12 had a volunteer. Katniss stood with her head high. "I volunteer as tribute!" She declared bravely.
Katniss' mother was watching the whole thing from the back of the crowd and she was just barely keeping herself together.
"Well, I believe we have a volunteer!" Effie said brightly as Katniss ran to embrace Prim.
Katniss hugged Prim then looked in her face and spoke quickly. "You need to get out of here. Prim, you need to get out of here!"
"Nooo!" Cried Prim.
"You need to go find mom-"
"Nooo!!" Prim refused to listen. She started crying.
"Prim, go find mom! I'm so sorry." Katniss tried her hardest to keep her voice from breaking.
"Nooo! No! Nooo!" Prim continued to cry. Katniss tried to get her to leave, but she wouldn't. Gale pushed throught the crowd and picked Prim up over his shoulder. "Nooooo!!!!" Prim shrieked. "Katniss! Noooo!!! Noooo! Nooooooo!!!!!!!" Gale took her to the back of th crowd to find her mother and Katniss was escorted to the stage.
"Well, a dramatic turn of events here in District 12." Effie announced. "Well, District 12's very first volunteer! Come on up!" She moved to the edge of the stage and beckoned to Katniss as the Peacekeepers took their place at the bottom of the stairs. "Come on dear."
Everything was a blur to Katniss. She still hadn't let the fact sink in that she was probably never coming home again. All she knew was that Prim was safe, and she was the only thing that mattered to Katniss anyway.
As soon as she was at the top of the stage, Effie Trinket took hold of her shoulders and walked her quickly over to the microphone. "What's your name?" She asked Katniss.
"Katniss Everdeen." Katniss replied quietly. Prim listened as she cried into her mothers dress in the back of the crowd. Her mother had tears in her eyes and she was trying her hardest to hold them back.
"Well, I'd bet my hat that was your sister, wasn't it?" Effie poked at the subject. She pushed the microphone in front of Katniss.
"Yes." Katniss almost didn't get the whole word out. She looked down and thought about what she had just done. But, Prim was safe, so that was settled at least.
Effie took the microphone back. "Let's have a big hand for our very first volunteer, Katniss Everdeen!" As the words came out, Katniss could feel the tears now stinging her eyes and she blinked in order to show no one how scared she was.
Applause was heard only from Effie Trinket. The rest of the crowd took three fingers, kissed them, then raised them in salute to Katniss. Not exactly the reaction Effie had hoped for. This salute only made Katniss more overwhelmed and she didn't care what anyone saw, she let he emotions show as she stood on stage.
"And now, for the boys!" Effie announced. She repeated the process and everyone held their breaths again. This time the name on the slip of paper was, "Peeta Mellark!"
All the boys looked at Peeta as he slowly made his way through the crowd. Then he climbed the stairs and took his place next to Effie. "Here we are!" Effie said. "Our tributes from District 12! Well, go on you two. Shake hands."
When Katniss looked into Peeta's face, she recognized him. He had helped her once, many years ago, when her family was starving. The two of them shook hands.
"Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor." Effie told the crowd one last time. She then escorted Peeta and Katniss into the Hall of Justice and the Peacekeepers closed the doors behind them.

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Chapter four

Katniss stood at the single window inside the room she had been placed in. The Hall of Justce was a large concrete building that looked rough from the outside. Inside, however, was a whole different story. Rooms were richly furnished with comfortable chairs and couches, walls lined with books, and paintings everywhere. Nothing was admired by the girl who stood at the window.
Her finger clutched the windowsill tightly as she concentrated on what to say when her family came to wish her luck. She had to be strong. Crying in front of Prim would only make things worse. The door opened behind her and a man's voice said, "You have three minutes."
Spinning quickly, Katniss saw that Primrose and her mother had finally come. Prim's eyes were red from crying and she rushed across the room to wrap her arms around Katniss. Their mother had a look of sorrow and pain on her face. She had never thought that her girls would be chosen for the Games. She had lost her husband already, and now her daughter? Why?
Prim was sobbing again as Katniss knelt down to look her in the eyes. "Shhh, Prim, it's okay. Shhh, Prim. I don't have much time." Katniss began calmly. She stroked Prim's hair as she spoke. "Okay, listen." She paused to make sure she had her sister's attention. "You're gonna be fine. Don't take any extra food from them. It isn't worth putting your name in more times, okay?"
Prim began to sob louder. How could she let Katniss go? She didn't want to. She couldn't.
"Prim, listen!" Katniss took hold of Prim's chin and tried to calm her down while she talked. "Gale will bring you game and you can sell cheese from your goat."
Sad, lost little eyes stared down at Katniss. Primrose was only twelve years old, and she was losing her sister. The sister who had fed her and kept her safe when their father had died. Their mother had gone in to a deep depression and Prim would have died if Katniss had not stepped up. "Just try to win..." She pleaded through her sobs, "If you can."
Katniss swallowed hard. She replied lightly, "Maybe I can. I'm smart you know." She tried to force a smile for her sister, but one wouldn't come.
Prim looked down. "You can hunt."
"Exactly." Katniss agreed. Although the thought of hunting humans was making her gut wrench. The two remained silent for a moment as they let the conversation sink in. Prim looked down at her hands and held out the mockingjay pin Katniss had given her earlier that morning.
"To protect you." Prim held it out to Katniss.
Taking it gently in her hand, Katniss felt the cool metal, then looked into Prim's face one more time. "Thank you." She said quietly. She kissed Prim's forehead, then wrapped her in a hug. Peeling herself away, she looked up at their mother. Katniss stood up and positioned herself in front of her. "You can't tune out again." She said sternly.
Her mother looked lost. "I won't." She whispered.
"No! You can't!" Katniss said forcefully. "Not like when dad died. I won't be here for her. You're all she's got." She looked hard into her mother's eyes. "No matter what you feel, you have to be there for her, do you understand?"
Nodding her head ever so slightly, Katniss' mother tried to hold back the tears that were showing in her eyes.
"Don't cry." Katniss said. She leaned forward and hugged her mother tightly. "Don't cry." She repeated gently. "Don't."
The door was opened and the Peacekeeper announced, "It's time."
Prim ran to Katniss' side and wrapped her arms around her. She didn't want to lose her sister. She couldn't let this happen. It wasn't fair! Why Katniss? Why?
"Prim, it's okay!" Katniss said. Panic began to leak into her voice. "It's okay."
"Nooo!" Prim yelled. "Nooo!" She continued to scream as the Peacekeeper grabbed her by the arms and pulled her out of the room with her mother. "Nooo!!"
"I'll try to win!" Katniss said quickly. "I promise, Prim!" And then the door was slammed, and her family was gone. It was silent once more in the dark room. Katniss slowly stepped toward the door, and tried the handle. It was unlocked and she pulled the door open slightly. She was met with the sight of Peacekeepers guarding the entrance. Carefully, she closed the door again.
As soon as the door was latched, it burst open. Katniss jumped and looked frightfully at the person who had just entered the room. It was Gale. Relief washed over Katniss, as she embraced her best friend. "I'm fine." She told Gale.
"Yeah, I know." Gale said. He didn't really believe her. She had always been good at lying about her feelings.
"Really, I am." Katniss tried desperately to convince him. They released each other and she stood back to look up into his kind and concerned face.
"Listen to me." Gale instructed. "You're stonger than they are. You are." He tried to reassure Katniss as well as himself. "Get to a bow."
"They may not have one!" Katniss exclaimed.
Gale cut over the top of her voice again. "They will if you show them how good you are!" Slowly, Katniss was trying to accept everything that was happening. "They just want a good show. That's all they want!" Gale looked desperately into Katniss' eyes, hoping that he could convince her she could win.
Katniss slowly nodded her head. Gale continued, "And if they don't have a bow, you make one, okay? You know how to hunt."
"Animals." Katniss objected softly.
Gale paused for a moment. "It's no different, Katniss." He said finally. They both stared deep into each other's faces. They knew it was different, but that would be the deciding factor in Katniss' fate. Kill or be killed.
"There's twenty-four of us, Gale. And only one comes out." Her voice caught in her throat. She had been thinking about this ever since she volunteered. How could she kill other children? It was, like Gale said earlier, sick.
"I know." Gale said with a forced smile. "And it's gonna be you." He put his hand around the back of her neck and squeezed her hand tight. She felt warm and reassured. At least, until the door opened behind Gale and the Peacekeeper came in. That's when panic came back.
"Okay." The Peacekeeper declared.
Katniss wrapped Gale in one last desperate hug. "Take care of them, Gale!" She pleaded. "Whatever you do, don't let them starve!" She began to release the tears that had been building during their conversation.
The Peacekeeper took hold of Gale's arm and forced the two of them apart. "Let's go."
"I'll see you soon!" Gale promised as he was pulled out the door. "Okay?" The door was slammed shut again.
Katniss was alone. Scared and nervous. She hadn't felt this afraid since the day she heard the mine had collapsed where her father was working. The feeling of utter despair that engulfed her was the same as when she stood there. She had wanted so desperately to do something to save her father, but there was nothing she could do. Just like right now.
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