The Fire Games

One hundred years ago, there was a time known as the Dark Days, a war that began the Hunger Games. Twenty five years ago, a change happened. The Games turned around. Capitol children are Reaped now. There is now a new name for the Games. The Fire Games.


7. An Ally

     I wake up later, without any idea where I am, how much time has passed, or even how many Tributes are left. As I sit up, I remember my arm. Yesterday, the arm was numb, but now it's shooting pain up, like red, hot coals. 

     I look down, to check on it, only to find that it's been bandaged up. What? How? Then, I hear a noise, a sneeze, maybe? 

     "Hello?" I say, loading my crossbow. I stand up, walking in the direction of the sneeze. "Anyone here?" I see something move behind a giant rock. 

     "Come out now!" Nothing surprises me more than seeing Kade step out, then run back into the hiding space. I throw down my crossbow.

     "Kade. Come out." Nothing... I step behind the rock, to find Kade cowering. 

     "Don't kill me, please! I - I saved your life twice, if that makes any difference!" He cries out. 

     "I'm not going to kill you. And what are you talking about, saving me twice? I only remember you killing Ysanne."

     "When the gong sounded, I grabbed a pack and a slingshot. I saw Ysanne on you and killed her, then I pulled the spear out of you. I ran. That's when I stopped to look at what was in the pack, a water bottle and a first aid kit. I hid in a bush when I saw you coming. I watched you look at the things in your pack, then get up. I followed you for awhile, and when you passed out, I ran down the mountain after you. I even dropped my slingshot. When I found you, you were surrounded by blood. I bandaged you up. You would have bled to death."

     I don't know, maybe I'm caught up in the moment, but I lean forward and kiss him on the cheek. 

     "I don't know how to thank you," I say.

     "If you want to thank me, let's become allies." Kade replies, eagerly.

     I agree, then go straight to asking questions. Kade tells me that I've been knocked out for two days. There haven't been any new deaths. The "Mystery Death" was Tal Quad. 

     "So, that leaves us, Terrick Whinger, Abri Sunshi, and uh... um..."

      "Gwynn Dann."

     "Isn't your last name Dann?"

     "Yeah, he's my brother," Kade says, holding back a yawn.

     "Let's go to bed." I open my pack and hand him the blanket. I take out the matches and build a fire.

     "I got first watch!" Kade screams.

     "Shut up! Do you want every Tribute out there to come and kill us? You go to sleep, I'll watch."

     He lays down and covers himself with the blanket. I sit down by the fire. Most people don't get allies in here. A normal person would stop the "ally-ship" after five people are left. But that is usually how many are left after the Bloodbath. Allies in the Fire Games aren't common. But maybe this will work out. Maybe Kade will be a good ally.

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