Today’s winner is…Ellen Egerton of District 10!
Congrats, Ellen, your training score is now 10!
And then there were four.
I step over a fallen log, pausing as the ground shakes once again. The tremors began about an hour ago, only lasting a few seconds each. At first I thought it was an earthquake, but now I think it might be falling trees or something. Gotta keep my guard up.
So much is riding on me being able to hunt down these last three tributes. I have to press on, do what I have to do, and get out of here.
I can mourn my loss of humanity later.
The islands are falling.
I stand at the edge of the Cornucopia and watch as yet another sky island suddenly drops from the sky, whatever force that held it up apparently being shut off.
The forested rock seems to descend in slow motion, but only because it’s so massive and far off. But I still feel the earth shake as the island strikes the mainland before disappearing under the treeline. I assume that it’s only grazed the side of the mainland and fallen into the endless sky, like the islands before it. No harm done.
My gaze moves up to the islands that hover over the mainland, one in particular that sits above the Cornucopia, casting its shadow over the plain.
I step back into the Cornucopia. The Gamemakers have never destroyed the golden horn in the history of the Games. It’ll keep me safe.
I should have just killed her.
The girl from 6 died, not even an hour after I decided to drop my bow and let her go.
Now she’s dead, and there are three strong tributes left for me to kill. Guess that’s what I get for looking for an easy victory.
It’s about time a guy won the Hunger Games. The only girl who really deserved the win in the past three years was Victoria. The other two, Grace and Sarah, they got lucky. Skilled tributes like Victoria could give me a run for my money, and I think the girls left in the arena are in that caliber.
So I have to find them before they find me. That’s proving difficult, however, in an arena designed to be half-full when twenty-four people are running around in it trying to kill each other.
The ground shakes again, and I steady myself against a tree.
These earthquakes aren’t helping me either.
The girl from 12 walks under the tree I’ve been camped out in, and I pull out my last concoction, the one I was attempting to make when I accidentally killed the boy from 7.
I adjust myself in the tree as I feel a charlie horse forming in my leg, which causes the branch I’m supporting myself with to rustle.
The girl whirls and looks up at me, and I act fast, throwing the bottle down at her as she fires an arrow up at me.
We both miss. Luckily, unlike her arrow, my weapons explodes.
I carefully climb down from the tree, taking my time. The girl from 12 lies on the ground, completely paralyzed thanks to the effects of my concoction.
Everything inside me screams to get up, to get my bow, to run away, to do something. But I can’t do anything but lie on the ground, my limbs and muscles numbed by whatever was in that bottle.
The girl finally makes it to the ground, landing rather clumsily and almost losing her balance. She clearly hasn’t thought through how she’s going to kill me, as she searches around for a weapon. Her eyes lock on my arrows the exact same time feeling returns to my right hand.
I stop moving towards the girl as I become aware of how dark the forest has become around me. Looking up through the canopy, all I can see is rock.
A rock that seems to be moving closer to me.
Oh. On no.
Another tremor rocks the inside of Cornucopia, sending stacked ration packs tumbling to the ground around me. I think that one just landed on the mainland.
A cannon fires as if to confirm my suspicions.
When the dust settles, I stand up wearily and check myself for injuries. Besides a large gash on my leg (Training Point Lost) from where a rock scraped in my mad dash away from the falling island, I’m safe.
Can’t say the same for the girl from 12. The island was small and missed crushing us both, but the tremors shook some trees loose from the ground. I can see what’s left of the girl sticking out from underneath one of the fallen oaks.
I crawl around in the fallen trees and over the girl’s dead body, searching until I find my pack, flattened but still useable. Then I head out of the forest and back towards where I think the Cornucopia might be, constantly checking overhead for more falling islands.
Three left. Time to end this.
Current Training Scores
District 1: Jennifer Fu (7)
District 2: Josh Ryken (8)
District 10: Ellen Egerton (9)
Strongest Tribute: District 10’s Ellen Egerton
Weakest Tributes: District 1’s Jennifer Fu
Average Training Score: 8
Median Training Score: 8
Score Most Tributes Have: 7, 8, 9
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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