Effie Trinket clapped her small, delicate hands annoyingly to wake up the tributes one by one. "Up! Today is a big day!" she said.
May was the first up. She always seemed to be the first up, though, because she was a morning person. Then again, she was the one who was in the first car. May stood up, changed out of her baby blue nightgown, and walked into the car where everyone ate.
Slowly but surely, more people joined her, until every last tribute was awake and eating the delicious breakfast, which was unique to each tribute. Everyone from buff Cody, who was given a very large palate of cheese and meat and eggs, to Desera, who got a rack of lamb, to Maurece Tamer, with his rather delicate and lady-like pastries, everyone got a different breakfast that was designed according to their likes.
There was little chitchat at the table at the very beginning, until Cody started talking about how brave he was, and about he was going to win, and how his brother was brave before him. How this conversation started, how he got the idea, nobody even could guess.
"Well, it's nice to meet you all before I have to kill you," said Cody, speaking in a low voice. "I'm sorry to break this to you, but bravery is key, and I'm brimming with it." Everyone one around him at this point was obviously brimming with anger and annoyance, but Cody just kept gloating. "But it's okay. At least you know the winner before you have to kiss yourself goodbye. And," Cody began to fake weep,"my poor district deserves the food. But my brother was brave before me, and I shall be brave now. My brother killed five people in the first night, and five more the next night, and three of them were fighters. You know their names probably- Patmus Hone, Refus Jack, and Jesselyn Makari-"
There was a hiss beside him as Alexis let out her breath. "What did you say? Who was the last one?"
Cody batted his eyes. "Poor little Jesselyn Makari. But she deserved it, and my brother killed her nice and clean."
"Don't you do that! Don't you brag about murdering my sister!" growled Alexis.
"Aw, she was your sister?" asked Cody in mock shock. "Oh, well, I guess history repeats itself, and I'm have to-"
Alexis growled and tackled Cody. Everyone around them gasped as Cody started clawing at Alexis and she punched him back. They were a ball of arms and legs and teeth, and punching and clawing and kicking and flailing and biting. May let out a shriek, and Effie came running in. Then Effie shrieked, and two guards came in. They looked at each other and nodded. They walked over to them, and one grabbed Alexis by the legs and dragged her out of the room, and the other grasped Cody under the arms and took him into another room.
Laurence gave a dark chuckle and said,"...and so it began."