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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16. Friends and Foes

"No" I won't accept it

"Yes, they found him in a tree, they've got him surrounded" She confirms

"He won't last for long up there then" I say realizing the truth. 

I pace up and down, but I can't think my way out of this one. I promised Katniss I wouldn't let her down. If I let Gale die, I would fail her completely. Otillie's right, they've found my weakness. I pace up and down a little more before stopping.

"I've got a plan, but it involves you being very brave?" I say

"Go on..."

"Right, you distract half of them, while I distract the other half, then Laurel...."

I trail off. I forgot, Laurel wouldn't be helping us any time soon.

"Scrap that!" I say stomping my feet on the ground in anger. 

"Cassidy, I've got a plan"

I leave Otillie to plan it all out. She quite clever considering she's very young. I walk off to find water. On my way I see the careers, surrounding a large tree. I search for Gale, but I can't see him. "Gale" I whisper. A head pops up in through the leaves. I smile and he smiles back. Ah, he's ok. 

Suddenly the careers run of. It must be a trick, I tell myself. I signal to Gale to stay there, but he's already coming down. He leaps to the ground and runs to my side. 

"Thanks Cass" 

"It was Otillie actually" I say, thinking where is she?

"And she is...?"

"I don't know, the careers running off, that must be all her, but I didn't see anything, did you?"

"Nope"

I hear a faint cry in the distance, then it hits me. She's the bait.

"Come on!" I grab gale's hand and we run. 

"Otillie" I yell

"Shut up!" Gale whispers, we stop. "Look"

I see Otillie surrounded by a group of 3 angry careers. 

"I'm sorry, I.." she says

"Be quiet" one says "You just wanted to kill us off so that your friends Cassidy and Gale could escape" she says in a mocking tone "But where are your precious friends now"

Before Gale can stop me I leap out from the trees. 

"We're right here"

They turn around and one my one draw their swords and ready their bows. Me and Gale do the same. 

"Otillie, run" I yell 

She turns to run, but I see the fourth career. He pulls out his knife and stabs her. Now something is searing through me. No one stabs my friend and gets away with it. They must have seen my anger, because they turn and leave saying

"Better leave you to say goodbye, see you in the final battle"

We run to Otillie. It's like Laurel all over again. She puts her hand on the wound and lifts her hand up to her face. Her face goes pale,

"No, no, no, I can't die like Laurel did, please Cassidy I don't want to die" she screams hysterically. "I never told my family how much I loved them, I never told the boy in my district how much I liked him, there's so much I needed to do, please don't let me die"

She presses her hand against the wound to try and stop the bleeding but it comes through her hands. I freeze. Gale lifts up her hand and lays it in his lap, cradling her head. 

"Now, calm down, it's alright" he says soothingly "Cass, have you got any medical supplies" I shake my head "well I have, look in my backpack" I unzip  his pack and find the medical kit. 

"What are you doing, we can't save her" I whisper, so she doesn't hear. 

"Find a camera, fairly close" he says, he's handling everything so well. I find a camera about a metre away. 

"Think you can move a little bit" Gale asks Otillie. She shakes her head. 

"Ok" He picks her up and carries her over to the camera. 

"Now say what you want to say" He says. Me and Gale hold her up as she says all the things into the camera, hopefully they will let her family see. When she's finished, Gale lays her head on the ground.

"Better?" 

"Oh, ye..." she trails off. The twinkle in her eyes fade, and they shut. I try to find her pulse, but it's too late, she's gone. 

"I can't do this Gale, I've lost two people today, no more please" I hug him. I can't believe this, it's the worst feeling in the world. We carry Otillie to a quiet spot. 

"I'm so sorry" I say kissing her head. 

Gale leans in "It wasn't your fault, she was a brave little soldier"

I smile, it reminds me of my dad. We find a tree to settle in and go to sleep, we will be awoken later to see those who have died today, the second day. As I sleep I can't get one thing out of my head,

I think I'm falling for Gale!

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