Nightfall Short Story

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Nightfall is drawing close and I can’t manage to settle the shaking in my hands. Myself and Cato are still arguing over who will retrieve our gift from the feast at dawn. He knows I can run faster than him, I’m smaller too, I can grab the bag and go, but he’s fighting me. He is so focused on killing Katniss himself that he doesn’t see what needs to be done to keep us both alive. I need to find a way to bargain with him. “Cato, let me get the bag, if I see Katniss I will end her myself. Slowly and painfully. You know how handy I am with knives!” I say this with a sly smile on my face, hoping he doesn’t see through to my immense feelings of fear. His face is serious, tense, he looks like he’s built of stone while he thinks. In all honesty, I …show more content…
Cato hasn’t uttered a word, and I don’t dare strike up a conversation. In just under an hour we arrive at the brim of the open field. The plan is for me to move swiftly and quickly, grab the bag and run while Cato keeps a lookout along the perimeter. Just as the first ray of sun glints off the shining Cornucopia, a table appears. Four packs for each of the remaining districts sit heavily on the round table, which looks distinctly out of place in the open grass field. It’s ironic really. We’re trapped in a fight to the death, and all of a sudden an expensive, detailed table appears and it feels like all of us will come together and have a tea party like dolls, because that is what we are. We are dolls, entertainment to the Capitol. All of a sudden I feel an anger inside me, and that is when I see Katniss running towards the table. I notice another bag has already been retrieved while I had been day dreaming. I sprint and throw my knife at the same time. She sensed me, she deflected the knife with her bow like it was a feather. That’s when I see her pull back the bowstring and send an arrow flying towards me. I turn just in time that the arrow misses puncturing my heart, but I feel the pain in my left shoulder and slow for a second to inspect the damage. ‘I’m fine,’ I say to myself, my voice shaking. I see Katniss reach her bag so I send another knife flying which slices …show more content…
“Want to blow Lover Boy one last kiss?” I announce, half to Katniss but also to the audience who I know will have all eyes placed upon us. Suddenly as I am about to make the first cut I am yanked into the air. I am stunned as I’m dangling a foot off the ground. I have no idea what is happening. Then I realise, Thresh has me. He has me and he is going to kill me. He throws me to the ground like a piece of meat. He shouts at me with all his power. He is talking so loud but I can hardly hear a word. I feel as if I am now the one made of stone. I make out a few words and hear Rue’s name. He’s asking if I killed Rue. I scramble backwards begging him, and telling him it wasn’t me. He shouts again and all I can scream is “No! Please!” I see the rock in his hand and know that there is no way I am going to survive. Even Cato can’t save me now. Before Thresh brings the rock forcefully onto my skull, I shed a single tear and loosen my tense body. I give up. The Capitol has beat

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