The Risk

15 year old Cassie Acquah doesn't realize what "risk" is until she gets herself stuck... The thing is, a board game isn't really the same as real life, so how will she survive when she gets thrown head-first into one. Well, I suppose she COULD fall in love with the troop leader, become a soldier and explore the world on horseback, but how will she ever get out?

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23. Cheers

My heart jumped around like a hyper puppy inside my chest. I... I just... shot right on target?

I was consumed by the cheering crowd, but none of them as cheering louder than Finnick. "Cassie!" he shouted over the hustle "Cassie, I told you you were amazing!"

But I could barely hear him because of the screaming and my own heartbeat thudding inside my ears like a drum. I managed to squirm, seemingly unnoticed, to see Finnick, who was standing nonchalantly at the edge of the paddock, with the biggest smile I had ever seen spread over his face.

"You-" he began, but I stopped him by brushing my lips against his, and leaning in to him, his hands on my back and mine intertwined in his hair. I pulled away and nuzzled my head into his chest because I was exhausted, and his chest was always so warm and comforting.

"You were amazing..." he whispered into my ear, twiddling with my hair in his hands and kissing the top of my head lightly, holding me close to him protectively "I've always believed in you..."

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