Cato sat on the small bench by the one railroad in District 2. The train came once everyday and everyday Cato would wait to see if Clove came off. It had been a month and Clove was still gone. Cato knew she was probably having a good time in the Capital, but he was worried and he missed her. It was hot and Cato was sweating as he waited for the train. he heard a rumble and looked into the distance to see the big train rolling towards the station.
Cato stood up as the train came to stop and he rushed to the doors. He watched all the people come off, but he didn't see Clove. He sighed and looked down, thinking that everyone was off. Then, someone brushed against him and he looked up to see Clove's dad coming off the train with Clove close behind him. Clove's mom was no where to be seen.
"Clove!" Cato cried, "I missed you!"
Clove stared at the ground and wouldn't speak to him. Clove's dad looked into the sky.
"Clove?" Cato asked gingerly, "How was the trip?"
Clover walked away without looking at Cato. Cat rushed after Clove and her dad. He put his hand on Clove's shoulder.
"What's wrong? Why won't you talk to me?" Cat asked.
Clove shrugged her hand off and her dad signaled her to walk faster.
"How was the trip? Where's your mom?" Cato asked.
Finally, Clove turned around and looked up at Cato. Her face was flushed, and her eyes were bloodshot.
"I don't want to talk about it," She snapped, "I don't want to talk to anyone!"
Her dad didn't say anything, but he took her arm and gave Cato a small glance. He pulled her along and Clove very willingly followed.
"Clove wait!" Cato cried.
Clove and her dad didn't stop.
"Clover Pretson why won't you talk to me?" Cato cried.
When he didn't get a response he felt something drop in his heart.
"Mr. Pretson?" He shouted. His voice cracked as he cried, "Clove?"
Soon they were too far away to see and Cato stood on the pavement for a very long time before getting up and going home.
The next day Cato went to Clove's house and knocked on her door. He stood there for a long time before Mr Pretson opened the door slowly. Cato could see Clove in the small kitchen.
"Hello Mr Pretson," Cato said cheerfully, hoping for a response.
When Mr Pretson didn't say anything Cato tried again. "Can I talk to Clove?"
After a long and awkward silence Clove slowly rose form her seat and walked to the door.
"I got you something," Cato said softly to Clove.
He held out the a small blue package. Inside was a shiny, green piece of sea glass all the way from district 4. He had gotten it for a lot of money at a market and it was one of his most prized possessions, but he needed Clove way more than the sea glass. Clove hesitantly took the package and started to unwrap it, but Cato stopped her.
"Come with me to the valley and open it there," He said slipping his hand into hers.
Clove just stood there for a while before slowly following him out the door. Once they were in the valley Cato and Clove sat down. Clove still wouldn't look at Cato. Cat nudged her.
"Open the package," he said.
Clove faced forward and fingered with the wrapping on the gift. Then she tore into it and looked in astonishment at the sea glass.
"It's all the way from district 4," Cato beamed.
Clove looked at him, her eyes wide. She mouthed the word wow. Cato reached over to hug her. Clove stayed stiff as Cato wrapped her arms around him.
"I really care about you," he started, "will you please tell me what happened in the Capitol?"
Clove took a deep breath before finally saying something.
"For the first few weeks it was fine. I mean, it was good. Everything was pretty and special. The Peace Keepers loved Mom and Dad's supplies. They started to get a little bit colder, but I didn't think anything of it. Then, one day the head Peace Keeper was talking to us about the bullet proof shield Mom and Dad had made. The head Peace Keeper wanted to test how bullet proof it was. He had the most powerful gun in Panem. The really rare and powerful kind. He wanted my mom to hold the shield and the gun would be fired at the shield. She told him it would be better to set the shield up somewhere, in case it didn't work. The Peace Keeper started yelling at her that if the shield wasn't good enough it was her fault. He tied her to the wall and made her hold the shield in front of her. Then... he fired," Clove said.
Clove started to sob. She didn't have to say what came next, I already knew. The shield hadn't been good enough. I put my arm around Clove's shaking shoulders.
"I had to watch!" Clove gasped, "and my dad hasn't said a word since!"
We sat there for a long time in silence, tears dripping down our cheeks. Suddenly, an urge came over me. To be continued. The words rattled around in my head until I couldn't stand it anymore. I leaned down and pressed my lips against Cloves. She flinched and started to move, but she had said "to be continued" and I needed this. I pressed my lips harder into hers and we went down on our backs together. Clove squirmed and and I opened my mouth, slipping my tongue into her mouth. I pulled Clove on top of me and held her onto me. Clove was moving a lot, struggling in my arms.
Then, she pushed me away and stood up quickly. I scrambled up next to her and she wiped her mouth, her eyes flickering with the flames of fury. She set her jaw and kicked me in the shin.
"What's wrong with you?" she screamed.
"You said to be continued," I said.
"Are you kidding me?" she shouted, "I just told you about the worst thing that could possibly happened to me and you try to make out with me? You cold hearten pervert! I thought that maybe with you're help I might be able to get these images of my mom out of my head and you randomly force me to kiss you? Sure I said to be continued, but that was when I was happy and naive. That was when you had just gently kissed me. Know you're trying to pull me on top of you and french kiss me! I hate you!"
"Clove wait!" Cato cried, but Clove didn't wait. She turned around and ran. As she ran down the hill she tripped and fell. Cato tried to help her up, but the second his arm touched hers, she panicked and screamed. She got up and ran again. Cato started to run after her, but after a little while he stopped and watched her run into the town.
Cato felt like a hundred pound weight had fallen onto his heart and squashed it. As he watched Clove fade into the distance he felt like he had lost something that he could never get back. He fell to his knees and stared at the road she had run down for a very long time before he got up again.