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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8. Training

Our first week of training has started. They throw you in at the deep end. It doesn't matter if you can't do it, they will make you, until you get it right. Fail and you have to start all over again. I can't stand it. And I can't stand the careers. They joke about you. They train until they are good enough to volunteer.You're not allowed to, but what proof does the capitol have. If they did find proof, I doubt they would stop it. After all, they want the games to be exiting. 

Gale is soaring through training. He makes everything seem so effortless. I admire his determination, wish I had that. But i'm rubbish. I can't light fire or throw knives so they hit the target, I can't lift heavy weights over my head. But I can shoot. I can hit the target. My father taught me this skill when I was 10. He said if the careers can train, I can learn to shoot an arrow. I beat everyone in training. The trainer made me show everyone. They just frowned at me for showing of, apart from a few who looked in admiration wishing that they could shoot like that. I wish there was something I could do. Escape isn't an option but a rebellion is. If we all stood up for ourselves. But the capitol would never stand for it. I would be dead before I even entered the arena, or they would find a way to slaughter me in the arena, for all to see. I can't do it. I'm not a coward, but that capitol isn't either. They are stronger than a hundred of me.

I mentioned my ideas to Gale that evening. 

"Look, Cassidy"

"Call me Cass"

"Cass, there is no way that you can escape now, we have to go into the arena. We have a choice. Be killed here or in the arena. Its a bit like... chasing the sun. You will never catch it. So whats the point in chasing it. Same with this. It will never happen, so stop thinking that we could rebel. We cant! Got it?" 

I nod, his harsh words mean something. They confirm my worst fears. I'm not getting out of here alive.

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