Today’s winner is…Ellen Egerton of District 10!
Congrats, Ellen, your training score is now 10!
When I saw that Zack had died last night, I have to admit that I felt more relief than grief. Early on during training, I had approached him to ask about being allies, and he laughed in my face.
“No offense,” he had said, “but you won’t last three days.”
Five days into the Games, I’m still alive, and he’s gone.
I’m the weakest tribute in the Games at this point, in terms of training scores. The only way I’m gonna win the Games is through sheer luck.
But even with all his skill, Zack managed to get himself killed before me.
Maybe I will make it out of here after all.
Jennifer Fu needs to die.
I know it was her idea to start a new alliance; Edwin from 4 has no initiative.
I should have seen it coming. Should have taken my pack with me when I went hunting three days ago. I’d have died of thirst by now if I hadn’t stumbled upon a discarded pack yesterday. Probably the boy from 11’s, judging from the bloodstains.
There’s only three of them left, now that Zack’s dead. And I’m stronger than all of them, especially the scrub from 12, who should have been killed off by now.
Eventually I’ll make my move. Edwin and the scrub will die quickly, but I’ll take my time with Jen. Her death needs to be more than the end of her life.
It needs to be punishment.
I’m lulled out of my sleep by voices. Loud voices.
“Just leave! I’ve already killed and you’re lucky I’m hesitating right now.”
“No. You can leave if you don’t feel like sharing.”
I peek my head out of the tree I’ve been resting in to see the female tributes from 8 and 10 in a standoff. Both have knives pointed at each other, though I know from watching them closely in training that the girl from 10 can’t use a knife and the woman from 10 is afraid to one.
I’d jump down and take them both out, but seeing as my spear went over the cliff with the woman I threw it into three days ago, I think it’s best to wait it out up here.
I can see why they’re both fighting about this sky island. Plenty of trees for cover, and a small lake with a good supply of fish to catch and cook. I’ve been up here since the second day, after a bit of island-hopping. Apparently these two just got here.
The woman from 8 takes off her pack and sets it on the ground. A light breeze begins blowing through the leaves of my tree, providing nice cover for any noise I might make to reveal myself.
“There’s no reason for us to fight,” the woman says calmly, laying her knife on the ground. “We can share the space, at least for a while.”
The girl from 10 laughs. “Are you serious? Do you know where we are?” Her hair begins to whip around her face as the wind begins to pick up.
The woman from 8 says something in response, but I can’t her it over the ever-increasing wind.
The three of us realize that something’s wrong almost simultaneously.
A sudden blast of wind smashes into the sky island, sweeping both the tributes below me off their feet. The same wind slams into me and forces me against the trunk of the tree I’m sitting in, holding me and my pack, which is in my lap, firmly in place. Below me, the woman from 8 tries to stand, but is again knocked off her feet, this time by her pack as the wind carries it right off the side of the island.
Helpless to do anything but watch, I blink tears from my eyes as the tributes below me are dragged closer and closer to the edge of the cliff.
The girl from 10 somehow manages to clamber to her feet, even with her pack on her back, and starts walking against the wind and towards a small outcrop of trees, trying to find something to hold onto. This proves to be a fruitless effort, as a tree branch suddenly snaps off and flies straight at her, slamming into her head. She falls back to the ground, hard (Training Point Lost), and is swept right off the side of the island by a particularly powerful gust of wind.
The woman from 8 grips the ground as hard as she can, knuckles clenching patches of grass. Soon though, she tires. Like the girl before her, she flies off the side of the island, still clutching for the ground.
The wind dies as quickly as it began, cutting off completely at the sound of a cannon firing. I quickly shimmy down the tree, putting my pack on and firmly securing the strap around my chest. I only heard one cannon, so unless the other was drowned out in the wind, one of the tributes is still alive.
I peer over the edge just as the girl from 10’s unconscious body lands on a lower sky island, her pack having deployed its parachute mid-fall, saving her life. She’s a sitting duck for a kill, granted, but she’s alive.
I consider flying down and finishing her off myself when I realize that my grappling gun was sitting on the ground when I first climbed into the tree, and was still there when the wind started.
I whirl around, already knowing that it’s gone.
If I fly down there, there’s no way I’m getting back up here. And I can see clearly that the island the girl landed on has no water source.
One kill vs a supply of water?
It’s no contest. Looks like I’m staying here.
Current Training Scores
District 1: Jennifer Fu (9) and Joseph Quiggle (11)
District 2: Dr. Tiffany Kriner (10) and Josh Ryken (10)
District 3: Katherine Braden (10)
District 4: Abigail Black (11) and Edwin Chung (9)
District 5: Maurice Bokanga (10)
District 6: Kasey Send (5)
District 7: Dr. Alison Gibson (7) and Ben Weidemann (6)
District 9: Christie Taylor (7) and Joseph Abdelmelek (8)
District 10: Ellen Egerton (9) and David Nitchman (9)
District 12: Kayla Roberson (8) and Andrew Wang (5)
Strongest Tributes: District 1’s Joseph Quiggle and District 4’s Abigail Black
Weakest Tributes: District 5’s Kasey Send and District 12’s Andrew Wang
Average Training Score: 8.47
Median Training Score: 9
Score Most Tributes Have: 9, 10
District 2’s Josh Ryken: One kill (District 8’s Abe Nakamura)
District 3’s Katherine Braden: One kill (District 11’s Nico Lasta)
District 4’s Edwin Chung: One kill (District 3’s Dr. Matthew Milliner)
District 9’s Joseph Abdelmelek: One kill (District 5’s Dr. Beth Jones)
District 10’s Ellen Egerton: One kill (District 6’s Zackary Smiley)
The Terrible Three (District 1’s Jennifer Fu, District 4’s Edwin Chung, and District 12’s Andrew Wang)
The Blonde Resistance (District 3’s Katherine Braden and District 9’s Christie Taylor)
The Elites (District 2’s Josh Ryken and Dr. Tiffany Kriner, and District 7’s Dr. Alison Gibson)
Sponsorship is now open!