The winner of today’s sponsorship vote is…Eileen Armes of District 5!
Congrats Eileen, you get a free attribute point added to your lowest attribute (Strength).
From an outsider’s perspective, my alliance’s camp would appear to be an almost idyllic haven from the horrors of the arena.
Carmeanna and Maurice are back on their feet and chatting with each other, while Amanda and Eileen switch off launching Eileen’s spear at the target Ruby painted on a tree trunk the other day. My bespectacled ally sits alone against a large mossy boulder, resting. And Julia’s off collecting water for the group from the nearby river.
It looks almost picturesque. But I know it’s not.
Carmeanna and Maurice haven’t said a word to me today. Ruby can’t even talk because of her bruised vocal chords. Amanda and Eileen are only practicing because of what happened two days ago, when Ian died. And Julia might not even be coming back, considering her alliance members have come the closest to killing her so far.
I fire an arrow into another of Ruby’s painted targets, and it clusters in with the other six I’ve already shot. The tension in the air is thick, and any one of us could snap at any minute. We’ve already lost two. How much longer before another of our number is gone?
Julia suddenly breaks through the foliage, breathing heavily.
“I got four bottles of water,” she gasps, emptying her backpack onto the floor as we all stride over to her. “But there’s this giant bug guarding the river. I had to get out of there before it saw me.”
I pick up a bottle and open it, taking a sip before tossing it to Ruby, who fumbles with it but barely manages to catch it.
This alliance will crumble. Most of us will die here in the undergrowth, if not all of us.
But not today.
Ditching my alliance was the best move I could have made. At least that’s what I keep telling myself every time my ankle starts throbbing.
Yesterday went all wrong. I thought about jumping out of the tree that was my base and attacking the female from 9 when she showed up. Then I thought about jumping out of the tree when my old allies showed up and killed her. I thought about it again once that giant centipede came out of nowhere and attacked the tributes from 1 and 6 that apparently were camped right next door to me for two days.
In the end, I didn’t even jump out. I fell out. And now my ankle’s sprained.
I finally haul myself back up into the tree that I fell from. Thankfully, all my supplies are still here, and the giant centipede is gone. The only sign that any fight ever took place here is a pool of dried blood on the mossy ground. Stevie’s remains are all washed away by now, and the tributes from 1 and their ally from 6 have moved on from their original campsite.
The river trickles below me. I’m alone once again. And that’s the way it should be.
It’s premature, obviously, but I can’t help but feel that I’m going to win this thing.
My remaining allies are hands down some of the strongest tributes in the Games. Stevie was weak and his death yesterday didn’t surprise me. I was glad to see Luke come back alone, although to be honest I wouldn’t have minded if the zealot had died along with Stevie. Whatever time he doesn’t spend sleeping or hunting he spends mumbling prayers to his stupid goddess.
Maureen has proven her worth to me by making each member of our alliance a Moltov cocktail. Even though she can’t fight to save her life, I appreciate her company for now.
Jess, on the other hand, is a capable fighter, and is surprisingly every bit of a threat as Luke is.
But none of my allies hold a candle to me. The only tribute who could was Caris from 1, and according to Luke she’s lost the use of one of her arms after the centipede attack yesterday.
I am the ultimate tribute in these Games. I will not falter. They will all fall before me, one by one.
Strongest Tributes: Caris Chun (D1 F) and Luke Vander Ploeg (D4 M)
Most Agile Tribute: Caris Chun (D1 F)
Most Cunning Tribute: Carmeanna Eberly (D2 F)
Most Charming Tribute: Taylor Lindell (D4 F)
Strongest Overall Tribute: Taylor Lindell (D4 F)
Attribute scores have been altered due to today’s events. Please note the changes on the respective page.
The benchmark for Day Five has been posted on the home page!