It Runs In The Blood*Fight for Survival Epilogue*

Caden Hawks is a born victor. Born into a family with generations of brutal,ruthless victors, Caden is forced to train. Being Cato and Clove's son, he has high expectations to uphold. When he is thrown into the Games at the age of 14, will he become one of the Capitols youngest victors? Or will he die in the arena with his parents watching?

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4. Chapter 4

My mom,my dad,Veronica, and I all get into the elevator and go to our floor.

"Later loser." Veronica waves to me.

"Kill that bitch." My mom says. I take out a knife."Not now."

"Damn it." I laugh.

"Go to bed. Training starts tomorrow morning."

I go to my bedroom. I lay down. My head hits the pillow and I almost instantly fall asleep. I always sleep with a knife in hand. Tonight is no different.

I wake up to someone pounding on my door. It's probably my dad. I get dressed and go to the table.

"Sit down. We are talking about training." My mom says and she plays with her knife. She always does that before she eats. She usually sees how sharp the knife is, just in case she needs to use it.

"Ok."

"District One are your allies. Eat lunch with them,and train with them."

"Show them everything,Caden. Bows,ax,swords,spears,knives." My dad says. He never says it,but I know he is proud of me. I know he tells people how amazing I am with weapons and stuff. 

"That goes for you too,Veronica." My mom says.

After breakfast, Veronica and I are sent into training. We gather around the head trainer,Alta. She tells us everything we need know. As soon as she is done, I run to the spears. Spears has been one of my favorite weapons. Today, I thought I'd work on swords and spears.

"You have to go through the course before you can start." A trainer says to me. Damn, I should of paid attention to what she said. He points me to where I should go. 

I walk over. The course looks brutal."Any volunteers?" Alta asks.

"I'll do it." I say willingly.

"Good. Pick your weapon."

I take a single knife. First obstacle and group of computerized people attacking you. I stab all three and move on. Next, it's running across rocks while knives are thrown at you and arrows are shot.It's easy. I avoid every knife and arrow and make it safely across.

Next, it's hand-on-hand combat. I keep the knife in hand, but fight them away with my hands. After all are far enough away, I throw my knife. I kill it and another knife appears. I hit the other two and get back a knife every time. I continue. The last obstacle is a simple one. All you have to do is avoid the weapons and get the bag that lies on the table. I do it easily.

When I reach the end, Alta yells,"Wow. 59.78. Fastest time ever. Good job,Caden."

"Thanks." I toss my knife up and catch it. I walk back over to the spears. I take one and throw it at the target. I hit the chest every time.

"You are good." A girl sneaks up behind me. I turn around and hold the spear close to her chest."Sparkle." She reaches out her hand."Don't kill me." She has straight blonde hair. It covers her right eye. Only one of her blue eyes is visible.

"I won't." I reject her hand.

"Good."

"Sparkle?"

"Yeah. You are Caden,right?"

"Yeah."

"Your parents are really awesome. I throw knives. I am said to be as good as your mom."

"I doubt that. Not even I am classified at that level."

"How old are you?"

"Fourteen. You?" I continue to throw spears.

"Fifteen."

"District One?"

"Yes."

"Volunteer?"

"Yes."

"You volunteered at fifteen?"

"Why not? I happen to be good."

"Good for you."

"Mind if I throw one?"

"Go ahead."I move out of the way. She throws a misses by a landslide.She turns around."Would you like to do something I'm a bit better at?"

"Sure. What would that be?"

"Knives."

"Alright." I put down the spear and go to knives. Everyone there is talking and just learning. I ask the trainer,"Don't need training. Can I just throw?"

"Yeah. Step off to the side and do it over there." She replies.

I do just as she said and take about ten knives."Ladies first." I say to Sparkle.

"Thank you." She steps  onto the plate which activates the computerized people. As one darts by she throws and misses. She has to throw another two just to kill it. After five minutes of her embarrassing herself, I set in.

"Let me try." She steps off. I step on and the targets appear. I hit everyone in either the eye or chest. After five minutes of that, I step off. Sparkle claps."Thank you."

"Wow, did your mom teach you?"

"Yeah, when I was three."

"Wow. I started training at ten."

"Oh. Only five years?"

"Five years is long enough."

I spend the rest of the time at swords. Lunch is good. I sit with One and Veronica. Sparkle seems to be coming onto me. It's kind of awkward.

After lunch, I go to the axes. Veronica and the District One boy are there.

"Let me show you how it's done." Veronica says to us. She is actual really good with that ax.

"Granite." He extends his hand.

"Caden." I look at his hand, but don't shake it.

"Allies,right?"

"Yeah."

"You are really good at spears,swords,and knives."

"Thanks. What are you good at?"

"Trident."

"Trident?"

"Yes. I use a spear as well."

"Oh, alright."

"Ever used an ax before?"

"Of course. I've used everything."

"Any good?"

"I'm also good at everything." The boy personally annoys me. I hope it gets the clue.

"If you are so good at everything, go ahead and try." Veronica hands me her ax.

"Don't mind if I do."

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