The careers

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send a boy and a girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live tv Sixteen year old Larah Thors regards it as a death sentence when she volunteers to take her boyfriends sister place in the Hunger Games and her boyfriend,Cato, gets chosen aswell. Fighting for both Cato and Larah is second nature. They are natural contenders being from district 2. Things may crumble when both Cato and Larah fight to keep each other alive. And to save the other they must sacrifice their own life. But to save him she will have to make choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. There can only be one winner


10. Stockyard

I got into bed and snuggled up to Cato. I knew I should sleep, I was going to need it tomorrow, but I just couldn't. The thoughts of what could happen tomorrow took over my mind blocking out any sleep. I tossed and turned throughout the night until the first rays of sun lit up the room. I got up and sat on the couch in the loungeroom. I couldn't stay in bed any longer. I grabbed a coffee to get my energy levels up and sipped on it until everyone else got out of bed. Cherise walked into the room surprised to see me there. "What have you been doing?" she asked suspiciously. "Couldn't go to sleep," I answered vacantly. She nodded her head but didn't look convinced as if there was another meaning. I got up and sat at the table along with everyone else to have breakfast. "Eat as much as you can, you'll need your strength," Brutus said to Cato and I. I grabbed a peice of toast and picked at it absently. My mind somewhere else. Wondering about the arena. Once everyone had eaten their share we said our goodbyes to our mentors, our prep team and Cherise. Only our stylists would be coming to the stockyard. It's actually called the launch room but the districts call it the stockyard. A place where we are getting ready to be killed. We fly in a plane for a while and can see the beautiful countryside until the windows go black. We must be nearing the arena. A capitol woman comes up and punctures something into my arm. "Whats that?" I asked. "Your tracker," the woman replies. It stung for a moment but then the pain vanishes. We stopped suddenly and the doors open reavealing a narrow hallway with doors everywhere. I'm whisked into one of the first rooms by someone I don't know to find Taringo holding up an outfit for me to put on. I slip into a pair of black pants, a black shirt and combat boots. Taringo helps me put on a black jumper that comes to my waist. "As soon as the gong goes off sprint to the knives. Pick off as many tributes as you can, but be carefull, you could easily become a victom also," He said while we waited for me to be launched to the arena above. A gong rings out that signals for us to get in our tubes. The glass encased me so that I was imprisoned. I had no way of getting out. The ground benath me started to vibrate and I'm rising up into the arena. At first the light blinded me causing me to shut them tightly. I open them slowly until they have adjusted. I look around. We are in some sort of forest. I see the cornicopia about 100 metres infront of me and we are in a clearing. Beyond the cornicopia is a field of what looks like different types of wheat. To my right is a large lake and everything else is forest. As expected they are trying to lure us into the cornicopia. Deadly weapons lay inside the cornicopia and things like tents, whereas there is a backpack with a sheet of plastic for shelter about 10 metres to my left. I look at my opposing tributes. To my left is Katniss Everdeen, Thresh the boy who declined our invitations to join us, the girl from 7, Marvel and a few others. To my right is Cato, Glimmer, Peeta, Rue and the rest. "10, 9, 8, 7,6,5..." a voice rang out. I readied my feet towards the cornicopia. "3, 2, 1!" they voice rang out. The gong sounded and I sprinted to the weapons. I could hear the footsteps of a few other tributes but I outran them. I was inside the cornicopia and on the wall was the most deadly weapons. Swords, knives, spears and one bow and seath of arrows. I grabbed some arrows and ran out into the clearing. I could see many fights going on. I saw a boy to my right about to kill a girl. Perfect. I could kill them both easily. I threw my first knife into the boys back and he fell over next to the girl. It was katniss! I readied another knife and threw it with perfect aim. She blocked it with her bag so that it didn't get her. I readied another knife but she got up and sprinted away. There was no point pursuing her. I could get so many other tributes here. I saw Cato with another boy fighting. Cato was struggling. I readied my knife and threw it. It gt the boy right in the neck. I saw another girl by the cornicopia. She was alone with her back turned to all of us. She was sorting out a supply bag. Stupid girl. I threw another knife. She was gone before you could say "nightlock". Most people were fighting so there was noone really to kill. I turned to Cato who was at the cornicopia. The cute curly-haired boy from 4 was there. Please don't kill him Cato, I thought. Cato had the sword in his hand raised, about to slash the boy from 4. I ran up and grabbed Cato's arm preventing him from killing the boy. "Not him," I said to Cato who had spun around to face me looking very startled. He had a confused expression on his face but didn't question me, instead he went to fight someone else. I didn't know why I did it. I just felt protective of this boy. Maybe it was because he was so cute or maybe it was the same reason I had volunteered for Callie, he only looked 12 years old. "Run," I said to him quietly, my voice barely audible. He looked at me with the same confused expression Cato gave me but then sprinted into the forest where alot of the smart tributes had gone. I looked outside the cornicopia to the clearing. The fighting had stopped and the only people around was Cato, Glimmer, Marvel and myself. They were all getting a backpack and filling it with stuff that would be helpfull in the forest. I grabbed a backpack and emptied it's contents. It had a pack of jerkey and dried fruit, a water bottle, a bottle of iodine and a pair of nightglasses. I put a handfull of knives, some bread and a sleeping bag in the bag aswell. I walk over to the lake and fill the bottle up and put some iodine in it to purify it. Cato walks up and fills his bottle with water and starts to purify his aswell. "So what was that with the boy from 4?" Cato asked. "I don't know. I guess he just reminded me of Callie, he only looked around 12," I replied quietly. He wrapped his arm around me and kissed the top of my head. "Come on we're going into the forest to track the other tributes," Cato said leading me to the clearing where Glimmer and Marvel were waiting to go. Their bags strapped on their backs. "Let's go," Marvel said walking into the forest.

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