Everyone around me was swallowing down the hopes of living and seeing the future. No wonder, this was the Reaping. Everything around me felt cold, and was frozen. No-one was moving, hardly breathing infact. This is my fifth time in the Reaping, and my odds were a little higher since I was 16. I looked up to the stage, the Mentors, Katniss and Peeta Mellark. They got together in 74th The Hunger Games, I think it's sweet. At least they both got out the arena. A woman stepped up the microphone, she had bright purple hair. You could see she was from the Capitol, she pushed her glasses up her nose. "Let's begin then," she spoke. Great. Since it was the 100th Hunger games, there was a surprise. That every district (mine being 12) would have to have one person for the amount of previous winners that are still alive. So we had to do just two, luckily. The other winner died of alcohol poisoning. Others will have to reap like half of the 12 to 18 year old population. But then, the Capitol had another surprise. There will be private arena for each district, so they can narrow it down to 2 people. Preferably a girl and a boy, but doesn't matter apparently. Again, luckily, we don't have to be narrowed down.
The woman dipped her hand into the glass bowl, and dug around a bit. Everyone was holding their breath, we were all hoping and praying it wasn't us. She finally picked a name, and unfurled the piece of paper, and smiled. That's harsh. No matter who it was, she was glad they were likely to die. But, who would she be glad about being sent into the Arena. "Leonard Mellark," everyone gasped as they all turned to him. This is very personal, his Mentors are his parents. He looks up to his parents in shock, with his grey eyes. They remind me of the moon, in a cold winter night. He slowly, and unsteadily walks up the stage. Peeta rushes up to him and pulls him into his arms, saying calming things. Katniss just looked in shock. Leonard is two years above me, he's 18. Unlucky, last time his name is put in the bowl. He's a loner with his older sister, but I think she's left the school now. No-one talks to him, I wasn't sure whether it was because they were scared of them, or they were aware of their parents past. Actually, that's probably the same thing to be honest.
The woman asks the crowd for a round applause, but everyone stands still. Feeling embarrassed, she looks back to the bowl, and clears her throat. She fishes her hand around for the second, and last time this year. But the tension wasn't any less as before. She claws a piece of paper, and rises it slowly from the sea of white and black ink. Hurry up and get on with it, it's bad enough we're here. She didn't smile this time, which was a little less harsh, but she still grinned. "Accalia Frost," everyone turned to that poor girl. With her red curly hair and sea like blue eyes. I suddenly felt shaky, with everyone watching my every move. I walked up the steps, just. There was suddenly a sigh of relief over the crowd, no wonder. My knees were very shaky, and my hands were trembling. Me and Leonard were taken away to the Justice Building, where we had to say our goodbyes to our loved ones.
This part was lonely for me, it's just me. I don't have a family, my parents died from causes no-one will tell me. And I had no siblings, no other family. I live on the streets, and when the fences are electrocuted I went into the forest. I looked through a glass wall, where Leo was sitting on a red sofa much like the one I was sitting on. He looked stunned still, and worry stained his eyes. He suddenly found my eyes, he didn't look at me as if I was invading his privacy. He waved a friendly, reassuring wave. I waved back, but quite awkwardly. He mouthed something, but I couldn't quite work it out. I showed this through actions, explaining I couldn't hear him. He smiled understandingly and turned to the door. Where his sister ran in, throwing her arms around him, tears in her eyes. When my door opened, I jumped. Almost falling off the sofa. But when I saw it was Katniss walking towards me, I jumped even more. She laughed slightly.
"I don't bite," she joked. She sat beside me, and took a deep breath in. "Accalia, don't worry. Me and Peeta have survived the Hunger Games twice, we know exactly how to win. You'll be fine, you can trust us." I know I need to trust her, but it doesn't just happened in a minute, unfortunately. "And to show you, that you can trust me and Peeta. We both decided that you can have this." She took my hand, and gently put something in there. It was cold and metal. When she took her hand away, I saw it was her trademark symbol. It was her Mockingjay pin, the one she wore in the 74th Hunger Games. "And yes, this is the original." After she won, a lot of people in the Capitol took the Mockingjay and turned it into a fashion statement. Into just about everything. I was speechless, this was worth so much money. I couldn't even think how much, "Why do you want me to take this?" I asked sheepishly. She just smiled, "Because. By the looks of it, you're a girl on fire."
With those words, she left the room. I think she meant my hair being red, I looked as if I was on fire already. She was known as 'The girl on fire' when she was in the Hunger Games. But was later on known as a Mockingjay because the Rebellion she led after her second Hunger Games. When me and Leo were pulled from the Justice Building, we were put in a car on the way to the train station. This was my first time in a car, I wasn't that surprised or anything. I just couldn't see what all the fuss was all about. The ride only lasted a few minutes, and in that time. I didn't speak a word, I just looked out the window. And watched the world go by. What really impressed me was the train. It was amazing, and so big. I must of looked like child, I made Leo laugh. I looked over to him, and he immediately stopped. I didn't think I looked as if I was embarrassed, but he smiled. His smile was always friendly and welcoming, not sour and distasteful. This was it, I was on my way to training in the Capitol. The Hunger Games have began.