Hunger Games Chasing the Sun

Imagine if Katniss and Peeta had never sparked a rebellion. What if Peeta died when Cato pulled him down and they where both killed by the muttations. This story explores the life of one girl who goes into the arena, but its not just like any hunger games... Read on to find out more...

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15. A Farewell

"Laurel" I scream. I squash everything into the bag and jump of the branch onto the ground below. My ankle twists and a terrible pain shoots up my leg. I don't care though, I have to find her.

I scramble through the trees, dragging my sore ankle along. 

"Laurel?"

"Cass!" a voice yelps

"Laurel, where are you" She doesn't answer, I know she's in trouble, but I can't see her. A piercing scream echoes through the jungle. I stop. 

"Laurel" I yell, hoping for the best. No one answers. I follow a track of footstep marks to a circle of trees. Then I see her lying on the floor, an arrow sticking out of her chest

"Laurel" I run to her side, she's still breathing, but I can tell that she hasn't got long left. 

"Cass, I'm so sorry, they said I could be with them"

"Who, who did?"

"the careers, they said I could win, if I went with them." blood seeps through her jacket at an unstoppable pace. "I'm going to die, aren't I?"

"No, no you're ok" I say "If I can just stop this bleeding then..." 

"No Cass, you have got to win, for Peeta and now for me" she interrupts  

It's like when Rue died. I squeeze her hand 

"Deep in the meadow, under the willow, a bed of grass, a soft green pillow..." I start to sing stroking her hair. I remember this lullaby, Katniss sang it to Rue. 

A single tear forms and falls down the side of her face. Then nothing... 

"Laurel" I shake her shoulders desperately. 

"Don't leave me, we have to win together" 

No response. 

"You rest now little one, lay down your head and close your sleepy eyes, and when they open the sun will rise"

Her once joyful face, was now as pale as snow. I close her eyes and remove the arrow. She would want me to have it. 

"Goodbye Laurel, you will be missed" 

I take my three fingers, press it against my lips and hold it out to the sky, in the districts, it means goodbye to someone we love. 

Out of the corner of my eye I see a little face. Its Otillie.

"Otillie" I run to her and hug her. "Oh, I thought you were..." 

"No, I ran"

"Guess you saw all that." A say

"Yes" she nods her head in dismay "Is she really...?" 

I nod "But we'll survive, we've got to win, just for her eh" 

"But Cassidy, the careers, they're after you and they know your weakness"

I try to shake her words out of my head, but I can't. 

"Cassidy" 

"No, they can't know"

"Cassidy, they've got Gale"

 

 

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