Today’s winner is…Jennifer Fu of District 1!
Congrats, Jen, your training score is now 8!
The islands are all gone. Overnight, the rest of them came down, the sound of rock crashing into rock reverberating through the Cornucopia and keeping me from sleeping. Thankfully, no islands hit the Cornucopia, although the one that was hovering above me yesterday did come down rather close. On a less happy note, no other tributes were killed by the falling landmasses.
The island that landed next to the Cornucopia looks like a tooth. Four jagged points converge into a cube-shaped husk of rock, with the remnants of a forest on the top. It sits on its side, trees growing out horizontal from the ground of the mainland. It’s quite bizarre.
It occurred to me last night that Josh and the girl from 10 would be heading here to kill me. They both saw I was injured, and that I had no good reason to leave the Cornucopia.
But I’m healed now, and I’m one step ahead of them. So early this morning, I climbed up the horizontal forest, using the clustered trees like steps on a ladder.
Now I’m lying out on the trunk of a particularly large tree, shrouded in the branches and leaves of the surrounding foliage. I can’t be seen.
When the other two tributes both come to the Cornucopia, all they’ll find is each other.
As I walk through the forest towards the Cornucopia, I offhandedly remember that it was in the Final 3 when, in last year’s Games, the crazy girl from 6 was killed by the robot she had fallen in love with. If I’ve got one thing going for me at this point, despite all my injuries, it’s my sanity.
A branch snaps behind me, and I whirl around with a stifled yelp, expecting to be looking down the dangerous end of an arrow. A bush begins shaking, and I pull the knife out of my pack, expecting the worst.
A rabbit hops out from behind the bush, and I breathe a sigh of relief. Just a rabbit, nothing to worry about.
My relief disappears, however, when a thick vine shoots out of the bush and coils the rabbit up in itself, the audible sounds of cracking bones reaching me ears. Panicked, I turn to run, crashing loudly through the forest.
The sudden sound of foliage being disturbed diverts me from my path towards the Cornucopia. The girl from 10, most likely.
I load an arrow into my crossbow and quickly stalk in the direction of the noise.
All around me, bushes and plants shake. I avoid these as best as I can, but eventually I find myself cornered.
Holding my knife tightly in my clenched hand, I watch in horror as a long vine lifts itself off a tree trunk and coils back like a snake, ready to strike.
The sounds I’ve been following get louder and louder. My heart pounds in anticipation as I lift my bow and aim it at a what I perceive to be the source of the noise.
Suddenly, something grabs my leg, and I fall to the ground. What? A trap?
No, worse. I look back to find a long vine coiling around my leg, moving up towards my head. I let out a terrified scream.
The sound of a boy’s scream distracts me for a split second, and in that split second that my eyes waver from the vine, it suddenly lashes out. I scream as the vine wraps around my left wrist, and swing wildly at it with my right hand which holds the knife. Succeeding in chopping it off, I’m suddenly pulled off my feet by another vine which acts as a tripwire. Falling to the ground, I roll and slice at another vine which shoots for my neck, stopping it in its tracks.
All around me, vines come to life and converge on me. I swing and swing and scream and swing…
It becomes horrifyingly apparent that there’s nothing I can do. My knife is out of reach, my crossbow useless against the thick vine. As it wraps itself around me, it constricts as well. I scream in agony as my ribcage is shattered from the pressure of the killer plant.
Thankfully, the pain causes me to black out, just as the vine starts squeezing my neck…
With a cry of desperation, I slash my knife out one final time and slice through the vine that was wrapping itself around my waist. The foliage around me has stopped shaking, and around me lie the remnants of the monstrous plants that attacked me. Besides the stinging red splotches on my arms where the vines were wrapped (Training Point Lost), I’m fine.
A cannon fires, presumably for Josh. There’s only one source for a male scream left in the arena, and unless Jen suddenly developed new vocal chords, Josh is gone.
So, for the fourth time in a row, a girl will win the Hunger Games. I just have to be sure it’s me, and not Jen.
Current Training Scores
District 1: Jennifer Fu (8)
District 10: Ellen Egerton (8)
Strongest Tribute: No advantage
Weakest Tributes: No disadvantage
Average Training Score: 8
Median Training Score: 8
Score Most Tributes Have: 8
District 1’s Joseph Quiggle: Two kills (District 4’s Edwin Chung, District 5’s Maurice Bokanga)
District 1’s Jennifer Fu: One kill (District 1’s Joseph Quiggle)
District 2’s Josh Ryken: Three kills (District 2’s Dr. Tiffany Kriner, District 8’s Abe Nakamura, District 12’s Andrew Wang)
District 3’s Katherine Braden: One kill (District 11’s Nico Lasta)
District 4’s Edwin Chung: Two kills (District 3’s Dr. Matthew Milliner and Katherine Braden)
District 9’s Joseph Abdelmelek: One kill (District 5’s Dr. Beth Jones)
District 9’s Christie Taylor: One kill (District 10’s David Nitchman)
District 10’s Ellen Egerton: Two kills (District 6’s Zackary Smiley, District 7’s Ben Weidemann)
District 12’s Kayla Roberson: Two kills (District 6’s Kasey Send, District 9’s Christie Taylor)
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