Today’s winner is…Cyle of District 6!
Congrats Cyle, your training score is now 7!
The following tributes lose a training point due to poison:
Training score drops to 6.
Training score drops to 7.
I start walking down the hallway, towards the Cornucopia Room. A while ago, all the hallways went dark except for a select few. I’m guessing it’s a path back to the Cornucopia Room. Every time I turn down a new hallway, the lights in the previous hallway blink out.
I walk and walk and walk until I finally see another tribute. It’s the girl from 9. The one I thought was dead a few days ago.
The girl stands completely still, as if in mid-stride. I’m about to rush over and stab her with my spear when I suddenly can’t move anymore. Something, some sort of Gamemaker tool, no doubt, is keeping me stuck in place.
Preston and I are heading down a hallway when I suddenly find myself held in place by an invisible force. Beside me, Preston starts sparking and smoking. His eyes roll back and his chin drops down to his chest ; he’s been shut down. I relax myself mentally. The Cornucopia Room must be on the other side of one of these walls. I just have to wait for the Gamemakers to let me go.
The four of us are frozen in place, all in a straight line. We all stare ahead as Avery shuts down in front of us. Too bad for Steven and Kelly.
The Cornucopia Room is to the right of us; we were heading for one of the doors. The Gamemakers must have frozen us in place so that no one gets an unfair advantage. But how do they expect us all to get into the room without killing each other at the doors?
My question is answered as the metal walls of the Cornucopia Room start sliding down into the stone floor. Soon, the hallway that the four of us are standing in has become part of the room. Looking across the giant room, I see five other tributes frozen in place, as well as two other smoking mannequins. Only one tribute has failed to show up. I get ready for the Gamemakers to free us.
Abby’s gone. I barely have time to comprehend this before a large section of the floor in the center of the room starts to rise. Three piles come up with it; a large one of foodstuffs, one of weaponry, and a smaller one of medicines. Whatever was holding me in place suddenly snaps off, and all nine of us rush towards the center of the room in a stampede of desperation.
I’m the first one to reach the piles. The boy from 5, unfortunately, is the second.
It’s over for him quickly; my first katana strike cuts his spear in half. The second slices deep into his leg, taking it off completely. And before he has time to cry out, I’ve swung a third time and decapitated him. A cannon fires. One down, eight to go.
Marie and I rush over to the Cornucopia, a ways off from the battles that are starting to unfold over by the food pile. Deep inside the Cornucopia are two backpacks with rations that Marie and I prepared in case of an emergency. We pull them out and strap them on, ready to leave the fight. We exit the Cornucopia.
Then we look at each other.
I react first, pulling out a knife and throwing it at Marie. She spins so that it slices across her back instead of stabbing into her heart. Then she shoots the arrow that she has loaded right at me. We retreat back from each other, throwing knives and shooting arrows. Then she breaks off completely and runs down a hallway, trying to stanch the flow of blood from her multiple knife wounds (Three Training Points Lost, Marie is safe!). I turn and run the opposite direction, leaving the arrows embedded in my thigh where they stick. (Two Training Points Lost, Justin is Safe!) It hurts to run, but If I yank them out now then I might bleed out before I can get to safety. I have food now, I’ll be okay.
I flick my knife once more at the boy from 7, who cries out in pain as my roped weapon finds its way around his shield once more (Four Training Points Lost). He stumbles back, and then turns to run, grabbing a small sack of apples as he does. I’m about to chase after him before a sword comes out of nowhere and digs deep into my arm (Two Training Point Lost). I whirl away and flick my knife out at my assailant, who turns out to be Ben from 11, the boy who tried and failed to kill me on Day 3. Purple veins reach up his neck and towards his face; he’s poisoned.
I flick my rope out and slash the boy’s cheek, before pulling back on my rope and catching the boy’s shoulder with my knife (Two Training Points Lost). Twirling my knife around at my side, I grin as the boy decides that maybe I’m not the best target, and runs off towards the girl from 9, who is crouched behind the pile of food, watching the boy and girl from 2 fighting. I follow behind him, grabbing two packs of food and water before running off, just before the boy from 11 attacks his new target (Victoria is safe!).
She doesn’t even hear or see me coming. I swing my sword and slice her head half-off. She only has time to reach up feebly at her wound for a few moments before she bleeds out and a cannon fires. I grab two packs of food and run down a hallway, wincing at the pain in my neck and shoulder but marveling at how fast the purple is fading from my veins (Ben is safe!).
I cry out as Steven’s katana slashes across my back again (Two Training Points Lost).
“We were a team! A team!”
Steven ignores my cries, advancing towards me quickly with his katana ready to slice my head off, like the other two tributes he’s killed.
But I’m not a normal tribute.
My foot shoots out and kicks Steven square in the chest, knocking him back before he can strike (Training Point Lost). Then I sprint for the pile of weapons, searching for a meteor hammer. Behind me, I can hear Steven charging towards me, roaring.
I find a meteor hammer.
Swinging it out, I catch Steven’s katana with the chain and rip it out of his hands, sending him stumbling to the side. It flies across the room and clatters to the floor. Pulling back, I swing the spiked hammer down towards Steven.
I close my eyes. Can’t really help it. There’s no way he was going to dodge it. I hear the sickening thud as the hammer slams into Steven’s head. It couldn’t have hit anywhere else.
The pain in my back yanks me back into reality and I open my eyes to see Steven’s body crumpling to the ground as a cannon fires. His head has been smashed to a bloody pulp. I turn away from the scene, gagging as my arm buzzes and purple shoots up my arm. Poisoned.
I stumble over to the medicine pile and look for some bandages, wrapping my wounds up as the bodies of the three dead tributes are lifted away. I lost a lot of blood in the final moments of the battle (Two Training Points Lost), and I can’t afford to lose any more. Avery still stands where she was when the battle began, deactivated. She’s not gonna turn back on.
For the first time in two weeks, I’m all alone (Kelly is safe!).
Current Training Scores
9: Victoria (D10)
6: Kelly (D2), Justin (D4), Cyle (D6)
5: Marie (D4)
4: Ben (D11)
3: Jeremiah (D7)
Highest Training Score: 9
Lowest Training Score: 3
Average Training Score: 5.6
Strongest Teams: District 10
Weakest Team: District 7
Steven Dodson, District 2 Male: Two kills (Joey McKenna: District 5 Male, Jonah White: District 8 Male)
Kelly Farley, District 2 Female: One kill (Steven Dodson: District 2 Male)
Justin Massey, District 4 Male: One kill (Alexandra Browne: District 3 Female)
Marie Morton, District 4 Female: One kill (Sara Kohler: District 8 Female)
Joey McKenna, District 5 Male: One kill (Mariel Beausejour, District 11 Female)
Chelsea Sanderson, District 5 Female: One kill (Irving Ruiz: District 9 Male)
Matt LeGrande, District 6 Male: One kill (Himself)
Jeremiah Brown, District 7 Male: One kill (Garrett Gaunch: District 10 Male)
Allison Woodfin, District 9 Female: Two kills (Drew Chambers: District 3 Male, Michael Evans: District 1 Female)
Victoria Paul, District 10 Female: One kill (Andrew Sedlacek: District 1 Male)
Ben Capobianco, District 11 Male: One kill (Allison Woodfin: District 9 Female)
Ian Smith, District 12 Male: One kill (Morgan Kinsinger: District 12 Female)
Kelly Farley,District 2 Female
Cyle Cucinotta, District 6 Female
All mannequins are permanently destroyed.