"What the hey are we doing here?" asked the girl who sat beside Kyle.
President Snow didn't answer, he just called over a guard and told him to bring tea.
"Did you hear me?" she asked again. "What. Are. We. Doing. Here?"
Snow held his hand up. "Watch your temper, Ms. Bell. Good things come to those who wait," he said simply.
Joely, who was usually calm and reserved, hissed. "This is not temper," she said.
Snow faced her. "Then what is it?"
This shut her up.
Finally, the tea was brought in, and Snow called his guards off.
As the door shut, the president faced everyone. "I'm sure that you all know why you are here," he said. He also motioned towards the tea, hinting that they should take it. Only Rosemary did.
Joely growled. "Of course we don't. Maybe that was why I asked you," she said. "My meeting went fine. I didn't have a person try to murder me, or become banned for some reason from meeting, or go insane! All I did was play with my sister!"
Snow chuckled. "No, you didn't."
Joely raised her eyebrow. "Yes, I did."
"That wasn't all you did."
Joely was confused, and it must've shown in her face.
"You know what I mean."
Then it came to her. Her name in the male's bowl. Did Snow think that it was she who'd put it in there?
Snow saw the realization in her eyes. "Ah, of course. Now, let me warn you: attempting to alter the results of the Games usually results in execution, but you, my dear"- Joely growled at that moment-", have realized your mistake. And I'm sure that it won't happen again. But remember, if it does, the regular rules and punishments WILL be applied. Understand? Good." Snow took a sip of his tea. "Now, for you, Kyli. Why...why did you....invite....a murderer...to be your guest?"
Kyli looked at Snow. "I didn't."
Snow chuckled as if Kyli had told a joke rather than the truth. "You are too funny, Ms. Schipper. How did she end up in your room, then?"
Kyli attempted to shrug, but she was so squished that she couldn't. "I have NO IDEA."
Snow chuckled again. "I'm sure you do. You must've thought that inviting a murderer would possibly help you because they'd kill others. But, Ms. Schipper, as I told Joely, attempting to alter the results of the Games results in execution. Consider yourself warned."
Rosemary, who was in the corner sipping her tea (it was rose), felt Snow's eyes on her.
"Ms. Everdeen," he said. "I understand that you...........................how to put this?.........threatened the guard with a knife? Why?"
Rosemary knew why- because he'd killed her little brother for hunting. The guard claimed that he was innocent and that Rosemary had just wanted to kill, which was a lie. But it was her word against his, and everyone trusted him.
"Ah, guilty, I see," said Snow. "Rosemary, murder outside of the Games- which in the Games isn't really murder- is not tolerated. If you attempt to kill- or do kill, for that matter- then you will be killed."
Yes, but the guard did. Because he is so precious to you he gets away with it? thought Rosemary.
"And, Mr. Marron...ah, Marron. You are worst of all. You know what you have done."
No he didn't, but he daren't argue with Snow.
"Keep this in mind: Mr. Marron, one wrong move, that's it...That's it," Snow said.
He left the people in silence. He plastered on a smile. "I think that we've reached an understanding. See you later." He leaned in and said, "You have been warned." He made them stand up, and he marched them out.