NAME -- Ashton (prefers Ash) Grace LovelisAGE -- 16DISTRICT -- 2WEAPON OF CHOICE -- KnivesLOOKS -NAME -- KJ Archer CameronAGE -- 17DISTRICT -- 1WEAPON OF CHOICE -- Swords + Hand to Hand combat.LOOKS -
This year was going to be different. They were going to have twogames due to the lack of excitement happening in Panem. One half of Ashton wanted to go to the Games, see what it was like. The other half of her wasn't excited. She didn't want to die. As her mom finished waving out her hair, she looked at her and smiled. Her mother smiled at her, a big grin spreading across her face. "Oh, darling. We will forever be proud of you." She mentioned, like she was actually going to the Games. "We will see you soon, sweetheart." She added as Ashton made her way out the door. Looking at the ground and doing the usual things that she did when the day of the reaping came, she stood with the group of girls that were hoping and praying that they would not get reaped. However, Ashton was surprised that some of her friends wanted to be in the Games.-- KJ was a fanatic about the games, training nonstop in case he was reaped, which he hoped. District One was crazy about the games, always congratulating the people who went on. His father actually won the games a long time ago. However, he doesn't like to talk about it that much. After all, he hated to brag, sometimes. KJ fixed the collar of his white dress shirt and nodded. This was it. He was hoping that he would be reaped just so he could show the City of Panem what he could do. He was waiting for his moment in the spotlight, to step in the arena and show people what he could do. After all, he was underestimated a lot of the time. Walking out of the house with a smile on his face and the sun shining on his hair, he walked to the stage where the reaping was going to be held, doing the usual protocol. Then, he went with the other group of hopeful males.
Ashton stood with her age group, standing on the tip toes of her black dress shoes to see if she saw anybody that she knew. Then, she saw Dominic. Rolling her eyes and getting off of her tip toes, she looked forward. Dominic wasn't her favorite person. They were friends, but they had that love and hate relationship. Some days she truly cared about him, while other days she didn't because he almost drove her off of the deep end most of the time. However, she would guess that he was an alright guy. Suddenly, a woman with poofy orange hair came up to the stage, a smile glued onto her face. "Happy Hunger Games, District Two." She stated with a nod and a couple of waves to the crowd as they played the video that they did every single year.KJ smirked as he crossed his arms, walking over to the group of boys who were also his age. Who wouldn't be excited about the games? It happened every single year and now there was going to be more than one game! Two! Not one, but two! And KJ wanted to be reaped so bad. He would die either way if he didn't get reaped. He couldn't think of a better way to spend his days. As he spent the next few minutes talking to one of his friends from school, he couldn't get his mind off of the games. They were action packed, heart pounding, adventure of a lifetime that everybody in District One wanted to take part in. However, only four, not two, got to take part in the games this year. And it was about to begin whenever a woman with straight teal hair stepped onto the stage with a very weird hot pink outfit mixed in with a color that looked like the color of her hair. They played the video, but KJ couldn't watch it. He was too distracted on the thought of the woman's hair. Was that even her real hair?
(( you're fine! no worries. ))Ashton almost fell to the ground because she couldn't feel her legs anymore once she heard that her name was called. Maybe somebody would volunteer? But nobody volunteered. After all, her parents probably paid everybody not to volunteer if their daughter was reaped. Making her way up to the stage, she took a deep breath and closed her eyes as she walked up the steps, brushing a piece of her dark brown hair behind her. As she was walking, she caught a glance of Dominic, who was smirking at her. She wondered what he was thinking. Was he thinking about how desperate every single girl in this District was for him? Was he thinking about her? That wasn't possible, so Ashton brushed the thought out of her mind, only to not hear who was reaped, but then she saw the first male who was reaped and it was him. Crossing her arms, she sighed. Him? Why him?KJ smirked as he heard the name of the second girl being called up. The used to be District Eleven citizen. Laughing softly, he nudged his friend in the ribs. "Really? The used to be District Eleven? Once an Eleven, always an Eleven, am I right?" KJ whispered, looking forward and crossing his arms as he watched Mercedes make her way up the stage. He knew her, but had never talked to her. He just cracked jokes about how she used to live in District Eleven to his friends, but he would never make them in front of her. Who knows if a fire ball of terror lived inside of her. Then, it was the second male's turn and KJ's name was called. Getting a ton of pat on the back from friends and hoots and hollers, he chuckled at their reactions. They were really supportive, but were they really his friends? After all, he didn't know anything about them! Making his way up to the stage, he glared at Mercedes.
After the reaping was over, Ashton saw her mom and her dad waiting for her with her arms open wide. Did they even think that she could do this? As tears started to fill up her eyes, she buried her head in her mother's shoulder. "Dear, you are ruining your makeup." She replied with the shake of her head. She gave her mother a hug and turned to her dad, who was looking at her with a straight face. "Do good. Don't let us down." He stated in his usual monotone, which left Ashton only to nod. What did she even say to that? There wasn't really anything to say. Taking a deep breath, she was taken away from her parents as she got on the train that would lead her to the Capitol. Too bad that she had to suffer with Dominic around. He was definitely going to be a pain that probably would disappear for a very long time. Taking her hair down from its neat bun that her mother did, she ran her hand through her hair and sighed again, taking a seat at the table.KJ was praised in front of a crowd, along with Mercedes. He went back and saw his father, who gave him a very hard slap on the back which he was sure that it would sting for a while. "Son, please don't let the Cameron family generation down. The Cameron's always win." His father stated, which suddenly made KJ a lot more nervous. He wasn't nervous before, but now he was. If he let his family down, he would be a disgrace to his family. Besides, he wouldn't even be there to say that he was sorry. He would be dead. Looking at his father, he nodded sharply. "I'll try my best, Father." His father gave him a stern look back, getting closer to his ear. "No," his father began to his in his ear quietly. "You will do your best. You will not let us down. You will win." His father left the room, and KJ was left with the large quiet space as the words rolled through his mind.
Ashton watched as Dominic came and sat in front of her, with something stuck on his mind. How could you not think about so many things? You had to at a time like this. Was she even going to stay alive? Is she going to win? Who would be rooting for her? She was strong, but she wasn't that strong. She was weak, sort of. Looking over at Dominic, she still wondered what he was thinking about, but she wasn't going to ask. Crossing her arms across her chest, she looked at the place mats that were on the little table by the window in case they wanted food, but Ashton wasn't hungry. She didn't want food. If she did have food, she was pretty sure that she would get sick. So, she picked at the corner of the pale blue place mat, looking at her bit fingernails as she did.KJ sat down, still satisfied that he was reaped after all of these years. He would finally have his chance in the spotlight. However, his father made him terrified. If he didn't win, he wouldn't be around anymore to see their reactions, so his father could say anything to anybody about how his son, would he even still call him his son?, was the biggest disgrace in the whole entire 74 years of the games. Shivering at the thought, he ran his hand through his hair and jumped at the sound of a voice, only to find that it was Mercedes who was talking. "I know, and I think that I can survive on my own." He nodded, grabbing one of the mini powdered donuts and popping it in his mouth, some of the powder on his lips. "Well, that's right. I don't really trust you, because you came from Eleven, a poor poor district that farms. You're just a farm girl who lives with her uncle."
Ashton looked up at Dominic, still picking at the corner of the place mat. He was probably mapping out how it was going to be like when they got to the Capitol, training, or even the Games. He was mostly thinking about the Games probably. Blowing a piece of hair out of her face, she tucked it behind her ear as she stopped picking at the corner of the place mat, then she began again. She couldn't ignore Dominic forever. It just wasn't possible at all, but for right now she was, unless Dominic talked to her, but she wasn't going to let out a peep. He would have to say something first. She wasn't going to spill her heart out to him like those ladies did in fairy tales.KJ rolled his eyes, letting out a chuckle. "Hah. That's very funny, miss. Well, suit yourself. You'll need me soon." He winked, taking another donut in his hands and popping it into his mouth. He should have never ate the first one, or the five donuts that he had eaten after the first one because it was bad for his health. Plus, it was horrible in general. He didn't want fake sugar to slow him down, but he needed food and there was so much to choose from, so he settled for what was in front of him at the moment and those were the donuts. "Thanks for the luck, sweetheart, but I don't need it at all at the moment. I have hundreds of people back in District One rooting for me." He mentioned. "They are my angels, my luck." He added, acting like he had a huge fan base back in his home district.
Ashton looked up at Dominic as she stopped picking at the place mat. Also, the sound of the picking made her feel kind of weird. "Of course I want to win, but doesn't everybody want to win? Only one of us can." Ashton stated with a shrug. "Everybody wants to live up to the fame and the glory." Ashton added, looking out the window. Just a few more minutes and then would be at the Capitol. Then, everything would change and both of their lives would be different forever.KJ wiped his face off with a napkin, looking out the window and waving a couple of times before looking back down. People already loved him. Mercedes mostly needed the support. When they arrived at the Capitol, KJ's stylist took him away to be cleaned up, mostly so he can get the smell of powdered donuts out of his mouth and somehow off of him. His stylist picked out a real blue suit for him to wear and it really brought out the color of his red hair and his brown eyes. The interviews were approaching and he couldn't wait for the whole entire city of Panem to know him, to praise him forever.
Ashton sighed, nodding. They were from the same District. Working with Dominic shouldn't be too bad, but one of them had to go in the end. They both couldn't stay. As she got taken away by her stylist, Ashton was put in a tight yellow dress with black lace and black heels. Her brown hair was gently waved out, but it didn't look like how her mother or how Ashton usually did it in the mornings, and all through out the day. Looking in the mirror, Ashton sort of shivered. She would die if she saw herself like this every single day. As she looked over at her stylist who seemed like she knew what she was doing, she gave her a thumbs up, wiggling her silver sparkly eyebrows up and down. Well, at least she had a great attitude about things.KJ smiled, making faces at the mirror and laughing about them. However, the whole entire day he couldn't get the thought out of his head about his father. That ruined him and crushed him all at the same time and he wasn't sure that he could be repaired. He was broken and he couldn't be fixed. As he stepped out of his dressing room, stepping around his stylist who tried to constantly fix his hair even though the really expensive gel was keeping it in place, he looked over at Mercedes who looked, different. There was a lot showing, which the Capitol had a thing for. "Wow. You look, nice? Is that a word I can use in this situation?" He asked, scratching the back of his neck nervously. This was one of the times where he was really thankful that he wasn't a girl. "You do look really pretty though."
Ashton looked over at Dominic and lightly smiled and blushed a light pink. "Thanks. This dress is torture though. It's tight. It is the tightest thing I have ever worn in my whole entire life. You don't look so bad yourself." Ashton chuckled lightly as she looked over at Dominic, nodding. "Sounds like a plan. I think that this night is going to be busy, the part, the parade, the interviews, and then a lot of training." She replied. She was so talkative now to Dominic, just like old times. She just needed to get the thought out of her head that one of them won't ever get to see the other again, or their parents, or they will not get the chance to go back home unless they are in their coffin.KJ smiled and nodded as he listened to Mercedes's stylist bring up her sister. He knew that she had a sister. He had just never seen her around before. "Oh. Well, I didn't know that she was in the Games before." KJ mentioned with a shrug. The sad part was that he didn't think that she won. After all, she wasn't with Mercedes anymore and she wasn't in the District. He didn't watch the Games a lot, but he always heard who made and who didn't make it. "I know what happened to her, and I'm sorry. My father always says that the Cameron family had to win. If not, we will be a disgrace. That year, it was my cousin. Never saw him again after due to the changes he went through. He's a mess now, like that Haymitch guy." KJ mentioned, remembering some of the sudden outbursts that his cousin would have.
Ashton's eyes widened which made her really glad and actually thankful that she wasn't a boy and even though she was wearing the super tight dress, she didn't want to be stuck in an itchy suit. "Yeah. We should." She mentioned, nodding as she looked down and watched her steps as she followed Dominic to where they would be meeting the tributes from District One. Ashton suddenly wondered what they would be like. Would they be nice, mean, sweet, ruthless, or just a combination of mixed emotions and feelings? Ashton didn't know, but she was really curious to find out. "She was young. She was twelve, and maybe she was foolish, but she probably didn't know any better." KJ mentioned with a nod as he made his way to the place where they were going to meet the tributes from District Two. "Nobody who is that young should ever participate in the games. I find it foolish and horrible to place somebody so young in that sort of position." He added, holding open the door for Mercedes. He started to feel bad even though he didn't kill her younger sister, but her cousin did. He could imagine all of the sweet memories that they could have had together if she were still here with Mercedes and her family. He couldn't imagine his father going away from his all of a sudden, but sometimes he wish he did.
Ashton looked up at Dominic and then back over at the District One tributes. "Ashton Lovelis, pleasure to meet you guys." She said with a soft smile. Too bad she wouldn't know them for a long time though. All of them would be gone, but maybe one of them would still be here. That's the only part that Ash couldn't get out of her head, and it tortured and tormented her. Smiling as she stayed quiet, she looked at her nails which were bitten due to being nervous earlier, but now they were painted black and they actually looked nice and shimmery for a change."Awe. Does he not feel anything anymore? No more pain? No more sorrow? No more happiness in his life?" KJ asked as he immediately stopped talking whenever he saw the District Two tributes. He didn't know if Mercedes wanted them to know about what was going on in her personal life. KJ smirked as he shook Dominic's hand. "KJ Cameron." He stated, nodding. That was all that he really needed to know. After all, he wound possibly find out more later. He didn't want to spoil all of the fun now!
Looking over at Dominic, Ashton gave him a confused look, but the confused look erased to a light pink blush whenever he helped her into the carriage and sat with her. "Oh. Well, that's not very good." She replied with a nod as she pursed her lips together and looked over at Dominic. "I guess that nobody would want to be a pain. That's the worst." She added with another nod as she tapped the carriage with her fingernails, a habit that she had. "Just up until the Games start, do you think that everything is going to be alright? I mean, after this is over, it won't be over. No matter who wins and who doesn't, life will be different, for better or for worse." When the parade started, Ashton was a bit surprised that the carriage went forward with a jerk. Smiling and waving a bit shyly to the crowd, she watched as the carriage went forward.KJ nodded as he left the District Two tributes alone, helping Mercedes into the carriage carefully, making sure that she didn't fall forwards or backwards. That would be a horrible thing to happen. After all, she had to compete in the Games no matter what, no excuses. "I wasn't joking and if I was, i apologize. I had no idea." KJ stated as he hopped into the carriage, sitting down as he waited for the other tributes to get settled into their carriages. "I mean, that's not god that he is mean and cruel and abusive and you should probably tell somebody about that if you make it back to District One." He said, his words trailing off into a mutter. "Nobody should ever be hurt, Mercedes." When the parade started, he showed the world his best pearly white smile and waved.
"That was actually really fun. Probably the highlight of my whole entire day." Ashton stated with a smile as the two of them made their way to the elevator to the room that they were staying in. "Also, please don't burn anything. I know that was a joke though." Once she got into her room, she got ready for bed and got in it. Most of the time she would have just relaxed, talked for a little bit, but today was crazy. However, she couldn't go to sleep. Ashton kept tossing and turning and looking at the walls. She couldn't get the thought out of her head that she was going to make it or that she was going to die. It was all way too much for her to handle.After the parade was over, KJ helped Mercedes out of the carriage and went over to their room that they were going to be staying in for a few nights. He got ready for bed, putting on a night shirt and a pair of lounge pants. He looked around and looked at the giant bed and sighed happily. It looked really comfortable. As he made his way to get a glass of water, he looked over at Mercedes who was watching game recaps. "Hey, do you need anything? Water? Food?" He asked softly and curiously as he cocked his head a little bit slightly. He wondered which year Mercedes was watching of the Games, but he didn't want to ask. He felt like he had annoyed her all throughout the day.
Ashton put her pillow over her head, tugging at the sheets. She looked out the giant window in her room and sighed as she heard the sound of the TV. The recap of the readings and the Parade was on, but she didn't feel like watching. Leaning over and grabbing her little glass of water, she took a sip and took a deep breath. She would do anything to be back with her mom and dad right now, but being with Dominic wasn't entirely all that bad. He was being sweet, but just imagine when the Games started. She didn't want to imagine that.KJ nodded as he leaned over and looked at the TV, taking a sip of his water and swallowing it slowly. KJ nodded as he sat down by Mercedes and nodded again, looking at the TV. "I knew that. You don't seem like the type of person who would bite somebody." KJ stated with a light chuckle. Rubbing his eyes and tucking his legs up to his chest, he looked up at the TV with wide eyes, watching everybody. He watched how they moved, acted, and defended themselves. He needed the practice and the support from the past winners if he wanted to win.
Ashton still laid on the bed, looking out the window as she let out a yawn, closing her eyes and going to sleep. However, it didn't last long. She shot right up screaming something as she realized that she was covered in sweat and breathing in and out heavily. The Games haven't even started and they were getting to her already. Listening to the whole entire area stay still and quiet except for her, she looked around in the dark, the room staying aglow by the one light that she still had on in her room.KJ looked over at Mercedes, shrugging as he looked back over at the TV. "I think that it will be kind of hard. Everybody is so used to the basic deal, you know?" KJ said, doing his little hand motions that he did lots of the times when he was giving reports or rambling about something that probably wasn't needed. "Cool. That sounds good, Mercedes." He replied with a nod, frowning as he looked back over at the TV. Until one of them lives That really got to him when she said that. One of them would live and the other would be gone.
Ashton looked up at Dominic as he entered her room, walking over to her side and holding her close. Taking a deep breath and burying her head in his shoulder, she nodded. "I'm sorry, Dom. I don't want to go, but I have to. I have no idea what is going to happen." She spoke, her voice muffled. "I can't stop thinking about the Games because it is right around the corner. I'm scared."KJ nodded. "That's true. One of the higher districts were also with Everdeen , but they both died. If Clove and Cato were the last two, the Capitol would have let them survive. After all, they were the popular picks of the game before Everdeen." He stated, nodding as he took a sip of his water. "I think that we can possibly do that." KJ nodded. They had to do it. After all, District One was the most loved District. "Nah. I don't think so. I don't think that I'll win." KJ admitted. "It is just not like me to win at this sort of thing."
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