Tidal Waves.

This is the untold story of Finnick Odair and Annie Cresta. The story is based on Suzanne Collins' trilogy "The Hunger Games". Finnick won his game when he was 14 year old. He becomes Annie's mentor in the 70th Hunger Games and they both gets close to each other. ~

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4. The Saltwater Room

Annie POV

The golden hair and the dark brown eyes. I remembered once we went to the beach together. Adrian was 3 years older than me and he acted like he was my big brother. He wanted to learn me how to open the oysters we caught with our hand-knotted nets. But I was just a bungler and cut myself with  the knife and started to panic. Adrian grabbed my arm, took my hand and told me to hold my arm over my head and I did while he got me some bandage. He tied it around my hand really tight. After the wound stopped bleeding he looked at it and made sure it wouldn't get infected. I really looked up to him because he did always take care of me. He was my best friend back then until his father died. They said it was an accident, that he was stuck in a net and drowned. My father believes it was murder because Mr. Hayes was a smart man. Maybe he was too smart my father said, and that's what got him killed. And Adrian just pulled himself away from everyone. I've seen him training with swords, knifes and that kind of tools. I figured he might wanted to enter the Games to make his father proud and prove that he is invincible. 

I found myself in the Justice Building. It was like everything smelled like saltwater. Maybe it was the salt from my tears, or from the past tributes who had been in here to say their last goodbyes. The fear of going into that arena and probably never see my family again was devastating. But I was in this room to tell my loved ones goodbye, perhaps promising them that I would win the Games, which weren't realistic at all.

The door opened and my mother, father and Marvin came in. My mother was in tears and she hugged me the same second she entered the door.

"My baby," she cried. I felt the tears and started crying too. I wasn't used to see my mother crying and I hated it when she did. The last time I had seen her crying was back when Aunt Coral died of Tuberculosis. I've never seen her so depressed like back then and now I didn't know what to say to her. She was drowning in her tears and I couldn't do anything but hugging her.

"Annie," Marvin suddenly said. I turned to him.

"Yes?"

"You have to win," he started.

"Marvin..," he stopped me. "You can do it! You, you can fish! And you can make nets!" All of that was true, I could fish but it wouldn't matter if there weren't fishing opportunities in the arena. Nets were useful to catch enemies or animals. 

"And you get that Finnick guy to teach you how to use a trident!" Marvin sounded optimistic. I chose to reassure him that I would even tough I was convinced that I was going to die.

Then I felt my fathers warm hand on my shoulder. I looked at his calm face with the soft crooked smile. He made me forget all the pain for a moment and then he asked my mother and Marvin to leave and say goodbye for the last time. 

"Goodbye honey," my mother whispered in my ear while hugging me a last time. 

"Mother, it's not goodbye," Marvin said. "It's a 'See you soon'." My mother smiled.

"You're right Marvin," she smiled with the tears in her eyes. I looked at Marvin. 

"Then I'll see you soon Marvin, okay?" I smiled and felt the tears running down my cheeks.

"Don't cry because we'll see each other. Remember!" Marvin looked seriously at me and I nodded. Then they left. My father came to me and took my hand. He stroke my hair. And again his calm expression made me forget the pain. It was just something he could do, also when my mother was upset. 

"You're going to get through this. Remember you have some advantages. You can swim, fish, make traps and you are okay with a spear. Your mentors are Mags and Finnick.. Trust me Annie, they are the key to your survival," he looked me deep in the eyes.

"Make sure to learn the use of weapons, you'll need it. And remember we are waiting for you here in 4.. And we believe in you. I believe in you," his advise gave me hope. Just this second I felt hope. I had a thought in the back of my head saying, that he was only telling me this to calm me down. But I also felt like he meant it. That he actually believed I could win.

"Time's up," a peacekeeper came in the door, and my father then hugged me shortly and went out and the door closed. I was left alone in this saltwater room. I thought about the former tributes from District 4 and what their family and friends might have told them before they were sent on the train. I thought about what Mags' parents told her back then and most of all; what did Finnick's parents and friends tell him before the games. And did he feel like me? Like the whole world was falling apart and you just had to deal with it and fight for your time? Maybe not. I knew he didn't volunteer and he was 'lucky' that no one else did, because he is a Capitol darling. Women in Capitol loved him for his "natural looks". I also knew he slept with many of them which gave me certain thoughts about Finnick Odair. Thoughts like, what kind of person was he?

In all my thinking a peacekeeper came in the saltwater room. He just grabbed my arm and took me out to the train behind the Justice Building and I went on board.

 

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