The Fight For Survival*Icy with Brutal Sequel*

Please read Icy with Brutal first.
Cato and Clove have won the Games together. Their love was in fact an act. Now they are forced to love each other. And they do. They are forced to fight for survival.Snow will make sure to hold them back from achieving that, but Snow doesn't know, they won't give up, even if they are forced to fight again.

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23. Chapter 23

Clove's POV

Ellnna left. As soon as she left I buried my head into my hands. I lifted my head and saw the heart with Cato's name in it. Now every time I see my hands not only do I think of poor Oak being hung, but Cato killing himself so I could win. Why did I do that? It killed Oak and possible is the reason Cato is dead. Enobaria and Brutus walk in.

"Hi,Clove. How you doing?" Brutus asks.

"Wonderful. Couldn't be better,Brutus." I sarcastically say. I tilt my head and give them a fake smiles.

"Good. Interviews are today."

"I don't give a damn. You can't get me to go."

"Oh really? I can get you to go,Clove." Enobaria butts in."

"Go ahead and try. I'll just kill you."

"You have no weapon."

"I can snap a neck."

"Clove, you have to go."

"I'd rather not."

"You seem better than Ca-," Enobaria paused. Brutus nudged her."Before I mean."

"Were you going to say better than Cato? No shit,Enobaria. Cato is-" I couldn't spit the word out. I buried my head back into my hands. I could feel the tears coming."Leave."

"Clove, we know you are sad. We are very sorry for the loss of Cato."

"You don't even know what I'm going through right now."

"Clove-"

"Stop you guys. Stop trying to reason and say you understand, because you don't."

"What are you saying?" Brutus asks.

"I'm saying to leave me alone. You can apologize all you want. Apologies aren't going to let me be with Cato again.I didn't even get to say goodbye to him."

"You were almost dead. You didn't know what was happening. It's not your fault you didn't say goodbye." Enobaria sits down on the hospital bed.

"Still, it's all I want.I just want him to know I'm sorry for the times I tried to kill him, and he'd made my life worth living." I started to cry. I couldn't hold it in."How did he kill himself?"

"He took one knife that you had in your hand. He left you your favorite. "

"He didn't slit his throat, right?"

"No."

"Good. He didn't suffer. Did he say anything?"

"He said he was sorry and he loved you."

"I heard everything he said to me. I just couldn't respond."

"Well, you had a collapsed lung. Surprised you could even breathe."

"II'll go to interviews."

"Here's your outfit."

"I don't get to see Olivia?"

"No, sorry. We don't have time. Interviews are in an hour. You'll see her right before the interview."

They left and I got dressed. It was an outfit almost identical to one I wore last year. Enobaria knocked on the door and I opened it. We walked to an elevator. No words were said. When we got backstage, they kept trying to keep my away from television screens.

"Let's go see Olivia." Enobaria pushed me into a room.

"Clove!" Olivia hugged me.

"Olivia!" I was so happy to see her.

"Hows my beautiful girl doing?"

"Not good."

"I know. I'm sorry."

"Thanks."

"Hows the baby?"

"Oh, I guess good. It's going to be a boy."

"Oh, how wonderful! Got any names in mind?"

"No."

"It has to start with the letter C."

"I suppose."

"Caden?"

"Caden. It's perfect." I smile. It was perfect. It reminded my of Cato.

"Well, we got to get you out there. You look stunning! You'll do just fine." Olivia led me to the stage. 

"May I present to you,Clove Springs!" Cesar Flickermen calls out my name. I walk out onto the stage and the crowd roars.

"Hi,Cesar."

"Why, hello Clove. How are you?"

"I'd be better if Cato was here."

"We are all so sorry for your loss! We know you loved him very much."
"Yes."

"When you told him you were pregnant, oh my, I think my heat skipped a beat."

"Mine did too."

"How far a long are you?"

"I'm not sure."

"Oh. Boy or girl?"

"It's a boy.'

"Congrats."

"No, I'm not happy about it."

"Why?"

"Cato isn't here. It isn't starting a family if one person is missing. We'll never be a family because Cato is gone."

"Oh,Clove."

"I don't want sappy stuff. I don't want apologies. I just want this to stop."

"What to stop?"

"This. The Games. I don't want people telling me sorry. I want people telling other people sorry. For having to put their kids in the reaping,watching others or maybe even their own fight. It's not fair to them. I'm sure a lot of people have lost loved ones. I'm no different. Apologies are nothing. They will be until this stops. I don't want to raise my kid knowing I might have to watch him kill other people. It's not fair to him, myself, or others. Why won't it just stop? We have had enough. We know not to rebel. We get it. Stop torturing us."

"That's all for tonight! Thank you Clove!" Cesar particularly pushes me off stage.

"Clove, this way!' Enobaria screams at me.

"No,I'm going this way."

I begin walking. I hear Enobaria chasing after me. I see Brutus in the distance. He is with some boy who resembles Cato. I hear a man's voice. It's Cato. It can't be anyone else. I fasten my speed. I think I must be going crazy. That is Cato. Who else could it be?

"Cato?" I scream. The man turns to me. I see blue eyes. I run as fast as I can towards him. The man faces me and runs towards me. "Cato!" I jump into his arms.

'Clove? You're alive!" He holds me close to his body.

"You are alive! They lied to me. They said you were dead." I cried to Cato. Tears rush down both of our faces."How could they do this?"

"Who cares? All I know is that  you are alive and so am I."

"I love you,Cato."

"I love you too,Clove."

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