A Sword Is Like A Knife

Damn You

I don't own The Hunger Games. :(

One Week Later:

"You're not serious." Madge said when she opened her front door. She was wearing a white strapless dress that sparkled in the light and reached her knees. Katniss and Annie were stood behind her. They were both wearing similar style dresses, but Katniss' was floral print and Annie's was the colour of the ocean.

"Oh, I'm serious." I said, stepping inside. I was wearing white jeans, a black tank top, black pumps and a soft white cardigan.

"It's a dance, Clove! You have to wear a dress!" Madge complained. I could see Katniss trying to stifle a laugh behind her.

"No! The last time I wore a dress I felt really awkward." I frowned. There was no way I was ever going to wear that red devil dress again.

"But you have too!"

"No!" I didn't tell Madge that Cato and I had planned to dress casually just to see her freak out.

"Oh just leave her, Madge. At least she's comfortable." Annie said, glaring at her stilettos. She looked like she wanted to throw them against a wall and her feet were already going red.

"BUT IT'S NOT LOGICAL! THIS IS A DANCE NOT A MALL TRIP!" She yelled.

"Jesus, Madge. Breathe, will you?" Katniss said, rubbing her ears.

"But she's-"

"WE GET IT! SHE'S NOT WEARING A FUCKING DRESS! WHO GIVES A SHIT?!" We all looked at Annie in shock. Sweet, innocent Annie who probably hadn't said a curse word in her life until this moment. She blushed when we burst out laughing.

"What? She was annoying me!" Annie complained, but she was smiling through her blush.

"Come on, Clove. I must have something in my wardrobe." Madge grabbed my wrist and started to pull me up the huge staircase.

"No, Madge! Stop it! No!" I yelled as she yanked me up the stairs. Years of cheerleading had given her an iron grip though, and I couldn't escape. The doorbell rang when we reached the sixth step. Katniss ran forward to open the door at the same time Madge yelled,

"Don't open that!"

"We heard screaming. Is everything okay?" Finnick asked when he, Gale, Peeta and Cato stepped into the house. Cato glanced at the staircase and started laughing because Madge now had me by the ear and was still trying to drag me up the stairs.

"Cato, what are you wearing?! You're worse than Clove!" Madge threw her hands up in the air and I took the opportunity to dart away from her. I sidled up next to Cato and he wrapped an arm around my shoulders. The other boys were wearing button-ups and dress pants, but Cato was wearing black jeans a grey polo shirt. Gale helped Madge down the stairs before she had a breakdown. When they reached us, Madge narrowed her eyes at Cato.

"You two planned this, didn't you? You better watch out, Ludwig." She glared at him. When she went back to the banister to pick up her purse, we couldn't help but laugh slightly. Luckily, she didn't hear us.

"We got the, uh, limo you asked for, Madge." Peeta smiled, taking Katniss' hand. Madge nodded excitedly and opened the door to get a look at the limo.

"What kind of sick joke are you playing on me tonight?" She groaned. "First Cato and Clove dress up like they're going for a stroll in the park, and now this!" I pushed her lightly through the door and into the warm night. A van was parked in front of the house with the word 'Limo' spray painted on the side. Madge elbowed me in the ribs when I started laughing.

"Lighten up, Madge!" Katniss laughed as she stepped outside. We all piled into the back of the van. It was a tight fit, so I was sandwiched in between Cato and Annie. I didn't dare sit next to Madge because of her mood. She'd probably find a way to 'accidentally' kill me. When we reached the school, Peeta parked the van and we all stumbled out. A breeze had picked up, and I smirked as the girls started shivering in their dresses. Cato grinned at me before grabbing my hand and charging at full sprint towards the gym.

-Line Break-

"I wouldn't trade this moment for the world, Clovey." Cato said into my hair. His arms were around my waist and mine were around his neck. We were dancing to some old love song and I had my cheek rested on his right shoulder.

"You're so cheesy, Cato." I said, but I blushed anyway.

"That's just my method. Soon you'll be so desperate to hear things like that that you'll let me do whatever I want with you." He joked.

"Like what?" I asked, lifting my head and raising an eyebrow.

"Like this." He smirked and started tickling me. I screamed and started laughing. I slapped Cato on the back of his head until he stopped. Everyone in the gym was staring at us when he finally stopped tickling me.

"Oops." He muttered in my ear. I smiled and elbowed him in the ribs.

"Alright, folks! It's time to announce this year's Spring King and Queen!" The principle announced, cutting the music. Everybody stepped a little closer to the stage to hear him better.

"This year's Spring King, voted by you, is…Finnick Odair!" The crowd cheered and a few girls yelled his name.

"You vote for him?" Cato asked. I nodded in response.

"And this year's Spring Queen is…" The crowd went quiet again. From what I'd heard from Katniss, Spring Queen was quite a bid deal for some of the girls here. Out of the corner of my eye, I could see Glimmer readying herself to collect the crown.

"Clove Fuhrman!"

"Shit." I muttered. Cato almost fell over he was laughing so hard. I glared at him and pushed my way through the crowd to get to the stage, still wearing my glare.

"Give it up for this year's spring royalty!" The principle said and the crowd cheered again. Once the tiara had been place on my head, Finnick led me onto the dance floor. We were friends, so it was only slightly awkward. Once the song had ended I made my way back to Cato, who was still laughing slightly.

"You so fixed the vote." I scowled.

"I'm sorry. I couldn't resist the opportunity. Besides, did you see Glimmer's face?" He managed to say through his laughter.

"Who really won?" I sighed.

"Cashmere." I made a mental note to give the stupid tiara to her later.

"It's not funny, Cato!"

"Lighten up, Clove."

"Damn you."

"It's funny!"

"It's not!"

"Shut up." He said, pressing his lips against mine to silence me. In Cato's arms, on the dance floor under the flashing strobe lights, I felt something I hadn't felt since Joey died.

I felt whole again.

So that's it! The sequel will be called Gone With The Wind and will be up later this month. Maybe even next week, I don't know. :) As for my oneshot Under The Apple Tree, should I add a few extra chapters to that and make it like a short-story?

Thank you for sticking with this story even when it hit boring parts, I really appreciate it. :) And thank you so much for all the reviews! I'll post here when the sequel's up! ;)

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