Mercy (A Hunger Games fanfic)

Avea Thatcher isn't like most careers from District 4, she has no interest in the games or the fame and glory that come with being Victor. But after her twin sister, Lyra, is executed, her older sister, Xanthe, decides to volunteer for the 56th Hunger Games as a form of suicide. Avea knows she has to be the one to fight in the games if she is to save her sister and keep her family together. Seen as a traitor by the careers, Avea struggles to stay alive in the arena while keeping a vow she made to Lyra and herself to not let anyone suffer before they die.

"Before I black out I make a vow to myself: 'I will never let anyone suffer like she did. I will never let anyone suffer like my sister did.' And then I'm pulled into the blackness."

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18. Chapter 17

The Careers don't notice until it is too late and my allies are on top of them. They desperately try to get out of their sleeping bags as my allies attack. Ronan thrusts his spear into one of the sleeping bags and the high pitched scream of a young girl rolls through the canyon. The Careers are up and ready to fight now, but now there are only four because the shot of cannon signals that the girl in the sleeping bag is dead. Eris and Zale are fighting, matching each other blow for blow, I would love to sink one of my tomahawks into Zale's skull but I don't have a clear shot. Ronan is fighting Ruby and Julius, they are the worst two fighters of the Careers, but they are still good enough to overwhelm him. Harrison is struggling against Terra, but he is holding up fine for now. Ronan thrusts his spear at Ruby, but she quickly side steps and rakes her knife across his arm. Ronan grits his teeth and slams the butt of the spear into Julius' chin. Julius stumbles backwards and Ronan catches him in the thigh creating a deep wound. Ruby aims for Ronan's heart and he uses his spear to block breaking his weapon.

I start to panic, Ronan doesn't have a weapon, but I force myself to stay calm. I pull a knife from my pack and carefully aim it at Ruby's head,  but she moves to attack Ronan and it whizzes by her ear. Her and Julius both turn around and I aim a second knife at Julius' heart, it sails through the air towards him. He tries to move, but he's slow from his leg injury and the knife hits him with a sickening thump. The other Careers notice me as Julius hits the ground and the entire place turns to chaos. Julius' cannon fires and the place turns into a free for all. Ruby lunges for Ronan who barely blocks her with a hunting knife he must have been carrying. Harrison tackles Terra by the waist and they start wrestling on the ground. Zale and Eris' fight picks up speed until I can barely see there weapons.

I am in the perfect position to throw a knife at Terra, but her and Harrison are still wrestling and I don't want to risk hitting Harrison and then Zale and Ruby are both in positions were I could only hit them if I threw with my right arm and I can still barely move my right arm, it's pretty clear that the muscles and nerves in it are damaged beyond repair. 'Suck it up,' I tell myself. Not having use of one arm is really not that bad especially considering I'm left handed and some people have it way worse. One of my favorite Victors, Rhymer, went through her entire games without being able to speak. I can do this.

I force my right arm to move, the throw is sloppy, but it sticks into Ruby's thigh. She cries out and crumples to the ground. Ronan moves in with his knife, but I hear the sound of claws on rock.

My heart stops as the first rat mutt makes it's way out of the cave. "Run!" I scream and everyone in the canyon looks up. The rats come pouring out of the cave, their coats look like oil in the moon light. There is probably about a dozen of them, which doesn't seem like that much until you consider that one alone ripped two tributes apart. I'm safe on my ledge, but I can't say the same for my allies and enemies. Harrison and Terra pull themselves of the ground, while all other fighting ceases. All of the tributes start to run, but Terra pushes Harrison to the ground and Ruby stumbles from the leg injury. The mutts swarm Ruby and Harrison and bore into them. I throw all of my knifes, killing mutt after knife, but the other mutts don't even seem to notice their dead brothers. I Each knife finds a rat and they squeal as their own blood splatters their fur. When I run out of knifes there are still three mutts left. I want to go down and try to save Harrison, but I know I'd get myself killed and that Harrison would still die, so I do nothing. The other tributes have found a variety of tall boulder to stand on, hopefully these mutts can't climb.

A cannon fires and the mutts leave. Either Harrison or Ruby is still alive. Once the mutts are gone Zale and Terra wisely run like hell. I creep my way down the rocks to the two mangled tributes, carefully checking for rats as I go. When I see Harrison's mangled body I cry out. I want to check for a pulse, but his body is so destroyed I'm not sure were to check. Eris and Ronan walk over and when Eris sees Harrison's body she starts crying, Ronan holds her as she sobs.

I'm almost certain that in the chaos I missed the second cannon when Ruby moans. I don't want to help Ruby, but I know I can't let her suffer. One of her eyes is missing, but the other looks at me pleadingly. I pull out a tomahawk and end her life. We walk back up the cliff and the cannon fires, a hovercraft comes to pick up the bodies. A new name will be on my bracelet tonight. Not another name.

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