A Sword Is Like A Knife

You Two Are Weird

I don't own The Hunger Games. :(

4 Weeks Later:

The TTE is in two weeks and the official selection is today. Cato and I have trained like crazy, and we are pretty sure that we'll be chosen. Going to New York with Cato will be great. We've been together for just over a month now, six weeks. Lydia can take her bandage off in a week. Something very interesting happened the day that she got stabbed in the shoulder.

"What are we going to do, Cato? Look at her! She's half-dead!" I paced around the kitchen, running my hands over my hair.

"Well, I'm going to stich her up. Then I'm going to bandage her shoulder and carry her upstairs. Trust me Clove, it's not as bad as it looks." He reassured me.

"Okay." I said and stopped pacing. I joined him at the table. "I trust you."

"Good." He barely looked up at me; he was threading a piece of surgical thread through a sterile needle. Lydia was laid on the table, unconscious, with a cloth pressed to her shoulder wound. Cato removed the cloth and tossed it to me. I threw it in the trash and watched him as he delicately stitched Lydia up. She had around twenty seven stitches in total. I'm glad I didn't have to do it because if I had it would have looked like a monkey did it. I passed Cato a roll of bandage and he wrapped it around Lydia's shoulder. He cut the end and tucked it in.

"Can you get the door for me, Clovey? Then we'll deal with Johnny." Cato asked. I nodded and opened the door as he picked my sister up. I opened the door to the room I shared with her as well and he put her in her bed. I tucked the covers up over her and we made our way back into the kitchen. Johnny had been slumped on a chair out cold when we left the room, but he was awake now.

"Who are you? Where am I?" He asked, confused.

"I…" I was speechless. He didn't remember me. He wouldn't hurt me ever again, because he had no clue who I was.

"You're a door-to-door salesman." Cato responded. "You're from Pennsylvania, but you came down to West Virginia to try and sale your new range of…Irons."

"So how did I end up here?" He asked.

"You slipped when you knocked on the door and hit your head. You're fine now but you should probably leave. You're flight back home is in about three hours." I lied.

"Umm…Okay…" I showed him to the door and waved goodbye. When I re-joined Cato in the kitchen, we laughed together.

"Did you see his face?" I asked between laughs.

"Yeah. He's gone now, Clovey. Gone for good." He smiled and pressed his lips to my forehead.

Cato stayed with me that night. When I fell asleep he watched over Lydia for me. I haven't been with him for very long. But he's been really good to me. I wonder why everyone thinks he's such a jerk and a user.

"Ready?" Katniss approached me when we were out of our geography class at the end of the day.

"Yeah. Are you?" I knew that Katniss was hoping that I got into the TTE. The twelve best schools were submitting a girl and a boy between the ages of twelve and eighteen. There was a tournament at the very end of our training, The contestants from eight, nine, ten, eleven and twelve were usually knocked out of the final tournament in the first stage.

We gathered in the gym to hear the instructors' decision. There was about twenty boys and fifteen girls going for the positions.

"First of all, we'd like to thank everyone for trying so hard to gain a spot in the TTE. But we can only award two. One for the males and one for the females." Mr Gun explained.

"So, our final choices are..." The instructor that taught us axe throwing cut in. "Cato Ludwig and Clove Fuhrman!"

I breathed a sigh of relief as annoyed applause thundered around the gym. We made our way outside. Glimmer bumped me with her shoulder as I walked through the door.

"This isn't over, Clove." She muttered as she walked away. I rolled my eyes at her retreating figure.

"Congratulations, Ms Clove." Cato said from behind me. He slipped his left hand into my right one.

"Same to you, Mr Cato." I smiled.

"You two are so strange." Katniss said. "Hey, are you coming back to the bakery?"

"Nah." I said. "We'll let you have some time alone with Peeta." I winked and Cato and I walked away. Peeta and Katniss had been together for about a week now. I hadn't seen her so happy since she got with Gale last year. They had broken up because Katniss went to the TTE last year with Peeta and the organisers had forced them to pretend to be a couple for good publicity. It was filmed live and I think the pressure of having to hide their relationship finally got to Gale and they broke up. They were still best friends, but things weren't the same. Eventually, Katniss fell for Peeta but it took him a while.

"Earth to Clove. Do you read me?" Cato was looking at me with one eyebrow raised.

"Sorry. I was thinking. Are you coming back to mine?"

"Actually, I got a text from Marvel asking to meet at the Bandstand. Up for it?"

"Sure." We got into our separate cars and drove to the Bandstand. Lydia was going back to Prim's to work on a school project. At least, that's what she told me. When I reached the Bandstand I found that she wasn't actually with Prim. My almost fourteen year old sister was sat on a bench, making out with Vick Hawthorne.

"Oh my God." I whispered. Cato got out of his car and walked over to me. I pointed at them and his eyes widened.

"We can have some fun with this." He grinned evilly. We snuck up on them and Cato mouth three, two, one! We both sang at the top of our voices.

"AND I-E-I-E-I WILL ALWAYS LOOOOVE YOUUU!" Vick and Lydia sprung apart and screamed. I think I fell over, I was laughing so hard.

"That was not cool, Clove!" Lydia frowned at me when I finally stopped laughing. Cato extended a hand and pulled me up.

"What are your intentions, young man?" Cato asked, looking seriously. I knew he was messing around, but Vick blushed bright red and so did Lydia.

"Well…Um…" He had no idea what to say.

"I will get you two back for this, I swear." Lydia glared at us.

"Oh, shit." Cato muttered. Lydia was scary.

"HEY, CLOVE! OVER HERE!" I heard someone yell from behind me. I spun around and broke into a grin.


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