Today’s winner is…Ellen Egerton of District 10!
Congrats, Ellen, your training score is now 10!
“Just the three of them now,” says Josh. “We should go attack them.”
Myself and my allies are crouched behind a thicket of bushes, beyond which is the open plain where the Cornucopia sits. Ever since the boy from 6 died, Josh has been urging my original ally and I to take out the remaining Career alliance.
“Wouldn’t be smart,” says Dr. Kriner next to me, clutching a small knife in her hand.
“Why not?” says Josh. “Three on three, we’re stronger than them, and I can use a bow. We can pick them off before they even know what’s hit them.
Dr. Kriner sighs exasperatedly. “No, we can’t. Unless you can shoot them from here, which I seriously doubt. They’ll see us coming as soon as we step out of the trees, and they’ll just move inside the Cornucopia. The girl from 1 uses shields too. And they’re all better close-range fighters than us. We might get one of them, but not all of them.”
“So let’s just wait until one of them leaves to hunt,” I say in response.
“I doubt they’ll be hunting any more,” says Dr. Kriner. “Zack was their strongest ally, and without him, I’m sure they’ve lost confidence in their abilities. They won’t be leaving unless something forces them to leave.”
We stare out from behind the bushes at the patrolling tributes. Dr. Kriner is right, they look overly wary and alert, as if they know someone’s watching them.
“If one of them dies, we’re attacking,” says Josh with a scowl, his way of admitting that Dr. Kriner is right. He stomps off into the forest, heading back to our camp.
Dr. Kriner sighs, and then follows, with me close behind her. In term off allies, I’ll always stick with the more level-headed individual. My money’s on my female ally outlasting my more brash male ally.
I hope I outlast them both.
Six days in, and nothing has happened.
I shouldn’t say that. Plenty has happened; seven tributes are dead. How they managed to get themselves killed, I have no idea, considering that I haven’t seen a single tribute since I landed on the main island on the first day.
In fact, the only living thing I’ve seen since the first day is the rabbit that I somehow managed to kill a few minutes ago.
Maybe it’s the knife, or maybe it’s my complete lack of skill, but skinning the animal turns out to be extremely difficult. By the time I decide I’m done, nothing on the rabbit is even remotely intact. Frustrated, I throw scraps of raw meat away from me. So much for a nice cooked meal.
I drop to my knees at the side of the small pond I found on this sky island and wash the blood off my hands. Maybe it’s a good thing I haven’t run into any tributes. If my skills are murder are anything like my skills with skinning an animal, it’s probably best that I stay here, by myself.
The girl from 3 wandered off from her campsite, leaving her partner from 9 by herself.
Now’s my chance.
I sneak up behind her, silently unsheathing my katana. One quick slice across her neck will do it. She won’t even have time to scream.
The girl from 9 hums absentmindedly to herself, messing with her hair. It’s almost too easy, sneaking up on her and ending her life.
Turns out, it is. I’m not watching where I’m walking and step right onto a fallen tree branch. It snaps under my foot.
I whirl around at the sound of the snapping branch to find the boy from 10 advancing on me, katana drawn and ready to strike. In the moment of shock he experiences at me noticing him, I’m able to pick up my spear and level it at him.
“Stay back!” I cry. It comes out a lot quieter than I want it to.
The boy laughs. “You and I both know that you won’t kill me. Even if you weren’t against killing, you wouldn’t have a chance.”
I take a step back, and he advances two. “How’d you know—
“That you were against killing?” the boy finishes, moving ever closer. “I watched you in training. You didn’t touch a single weapon, and you spent your whole time at the healing station.”
“You’re wrong. I know how to use this,” I say in a voice that doesn’t even convince myself.
“We’ll see,” says the boy, and suddenly he’s charging forward at me.
I hear Christie scream.
Cursing under my breath, I turn and start running back towards camp. This would happen while I decided to go for a quick walk.
Halfway back to camp, a cannon fires.
I run faster than I’ve run in the Games so far.
Bursting through the trees and onto our campsite, the first thing I see is Christie, covered in blood.
Thankfully, it’s not hers. The boy from 10 lies at her feet, a katana gripped loosely in his hand and a spear through his chest.
“You killed him!” I exclaim, running over to my ally.
The way Christie turns and looks at me makes me stop dead in my tracks. She may not by physically injured, but something in her mind has snapped (Training Point Lost). She rips the spear out of the boy’s corpse and points it right at me.
“Christie, it’s me, Katherine,” I say gently, stooping and dropping my knife on the ground. “I’m not gonna hurt you.”
Slowly but surely, reality returns to Christie. She lowers the spear, and then collapses to the forest floor, sobbing. I walk over to her and lift her to her feet, leading her away from the dead boy from 10, so the hovercraft can come pick him up.
“You killed him. Murderer.”
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 (6) and Joseph Abdelmelek (8)
District 10: Ellen Egerton (10)
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: 8.43
Median Training Score: 9
Score Most Tributes Have: 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 9’s Christie Taylor: One kill (District 10’s David Nitchman)
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)
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