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?


22. First Shot

I was clinging onto my bow as we traipsed through the sodden fields, my clothes meaning I was twice as heavy as usual. I rested my head on his shoulder and he kissed the top of my head. Soon, we had reached a field surrounded by a fence with the odd knight standing around. This wasn't going to be too bad... I thought silently, but it was as if Finnick could read minds, because he replied "Don't be nervous, you're amazing!"

I stepped up about 10 yards away from the nearest crash dummie. I focussed, and held the bow up in my shaky hands, positioning it with my lips touching the cold, clean wood. I didn't even notice when the rest of the crew came flooding into the paddock. I forced myself not to avert my eyes from the target; I had pinpointed a miniscule red cross marking it's heart, and was preparing to aim.

I drew the arrow back slowly, inhaling and exhaling deeply. Once it had got to the corner of my mouth, I took one last glance, and let it fly off towards the target.

And I watched it soar straight into the red cross.

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