Today’s winner is…Josh Ryken of District 2!
Congrats, Josh, your training score is now 8!
Your votes counted, and three tributes will die today! Read how I handled today’s kills on the “How Do The Games Work?” page.
Jen calls us together for a meeting late in the morning, as the sun heads for the highest point in the sky.
“Today is the last day of our alliance,” she announces. “Once the feast starts, all ties are cut. We won’t aim for each other, but we won’t protect each other either. And once the feast is over, it’s every man for himself.”
I nod silently as I suddenly become aware of how fast my heart is pumping.
“Just grab some water, some food, and leave,” I think. “Don’t fight.”
I wonder if it’ll be that easy.
This’ll be easy. Swoop in, kill Jen and her alliance, grab some supplies, and leave. Maybe kill a couple more tributes who show up.
I’ve got this in the bag.
Peering through the foliage I’m crouched behind, I can’t see any supplies except for those by the Cornucopia. The announcement said the feast would take place by the lake, not the Cornucopia. So I wait.
Noon should be coming soon.
A shadow passes over my head, and I look up to see a large circular rocky disc floating over my head. It aligns itself over the large lake, hovering for a moment.
Then it drops.
With a tremendous crash, the land disc crashes into the lake, sending a ring of water shooting up into the sky. I’m too stunned by the spectacle to notice the girl from 12 break out of the trees to my right.
The lake is gone, the water forced out by the large land disc, upon which I can see tables and piles of food, water, and weapons. The feast has begun, and I’m the first to arrive.
An arrow whizzes over my head as I grab a few water bottles and shove them into an empty burlap sack. Grabbing another sack of apples, I turn and run back in the same direction I came from, charging past the boy from 2, who levels his crossbow at me and fires off a shot that stabs into the apple sack. I rip it out as I run; I’ll make good use of it with my bow.
Passing through the safety of the treeline, I head deep into the forest. Behind me, the labored sounds of a scuffle break out.
(Kayla is safe!)
The girl from 9 crouches behind a table of food and water, loading up her pack and glancing about furtively. I rush forward towards her, a knife in my hand.
My plan for an easy kill is thwarted, however, as my district partner steps in front of me and swings his katana with a vicious yell. I jump back, but not far enough. Pain erupts from the right side of my stomach, and I look down to see blood begin to pour through my ripped shirt (Training Point Lost).
Jen recovers quicker than I thought she would, launching her knife out at me and catching me under my chin (Training Point Lost). I cry out and clutch at the wound with my hand, feeling my palm turn wet with blood. Jen stumbles towards a pile of weapons, clutching her side.
I take my hand away from my neck, noting that the knife didn’t cut through any large veins. I’m about to go after Jen when her ally from 4 charges at me from my right, katana held up and ready to attack.
Our swords come together in a clash of steel.
The girl from 10 screams as the spear I jut out at her grazes off her arm, drawing blood (Training Point Lost). In her moment of weakness, I finish filling my pack and stand to run back to the forest.
But I crash right into the boy from 12, bumping skulls. In a moment of dazed confusion, we stare at each other. Then a spurt of blood splashes out into my face as an arrow slams into the side of the boy’s head. As he falls, I turn to see the boy from 2 loading another arrow.
My head clears. I run for my life.
(Christie is safe!)
Andrew crumples to the ground, and as his cannon fires, I let my guard down for a half-second. Joseph’s katana slices into my forearm (Training Point Lost), and my hand reflexively shoots open, dropping my own katana. I stumble back, screaming in pain, and look up to see Joseph’s sword slice down towards my neck.
As I load my pack with food and water, another cannon fires as the boy from 1 beheads the boy from 4. I’m distracted from the scene by a sudden fiery pain in my side, where an arrow has lodged itself. I look up to find the boy from 2 slowly approaching me, winding up another arrow in his crossbow.
Suddenly, I decide that I’ve gathered enough supplies. I throw my pack on and turn to run away from the boy from 2, feeling a thud on my back as his next shot lodges into my pack. I rip the arrow out of my side as I run, letting out a pained scream that gets muffled by another cannon firing.
(Ellen is safe!)
I turn away from my latest kill to look for Jen, and find her whirling a meteor hammer over her head. A girl screams behind me, causing me to subconsciously turn my head away from Jen just as she releases the chain.
By the time Joseph turns back, it’s already far too late. The meteor slams into his head, forcing it back. An audible snap sounds as his neck shatters, and his body is thrown back and to the ground due to the hammer’s force. A cannon sounds, but I barely hear it as I collapse to the ground, already woozy from the amount of blood I’ve lost (Two Training Points Lost).
Everything goes black as I fade out of consciousness.
Suddenly, everything is quiet. I look away from the pack I’m filling to find the field littered with bodies. Four tributes lie dead on the ground. It’s funny, I only heard three cannons. Must not have been paying close enough attention.
I down a bottle of water and reload my quiver with arrows. The girl from 10 was injured, catching up to her shouldn’t be a problem. I load an arrow into my crossbow and head in the direction she ran off. I’m back in the game.
(Josh is safe!)
The battle finally over, I step out from the trees and run over to the tables of supplies. Not much is left, but I’m able to get what I need. The six remaining bottles of water, along with a few ration packs, go into my backpack.
I grab a spear from the pile of weapons, turn, and promptly trip and fall to the ground. My hands shoot out in front of me to break my fall, and end up landing onto the blade of the dead boy from 4’s katana. I hold back a scream as it slices through my palms (Training Point Lost), and quickly head back to the table of supplies to search for some gauze and bandages. Of course my only injury in the Games so far would be self-sustained.
Once my wounds are wrapped up, I look out over the open field. Four bodies lie on the ground, and bloodstains litter the grass.
It’s not safe out here in the open.
Is it really safe anywhere in this arena though?With that thought bouncing around in my head, I head back for the forest, leaving the open plain behind.(Kasey is safe!)
When I wake up, it’s dark. I get to my feet, groggy and dizzy. Stumbling over myself, I head back to the Cornucopia to find a bandage and something to clean my wound, which has apparently closed since I passed out.
Once my wound is tended to, I slump up against the Cornucopia, completely exhausted.
It’s only then that I realize that Edwin and Andrew are dead. And even though I only knew them for less than two weeks, even though they would have had to die anyways for me to win and get out of here, I cry for them.
I cry for a long time.
(Jennifer is safe!)
Current Training Scores
District 1: Jennifer Fu (7)
District 2: Josh Ryken (8)
District 6: Kasey Send (4)
District 9: Christie Taylor (6)
District 10: Ellen Egerton (8)
District 12: Kayla Roberson (9)
Strongest Tribute: District 12’s Kayla Roberson
Weakest Tributes: District 6’s Kasey Send
Average Training Score: 7
Median Training Score: 7.5
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)
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