A Sword Is Like A Knife

You Know What I Mean

So there's a bit of a TIME JUMP this chapter. :) The last chapter was on a weekend and this one is on the Friday after. I don't own The Hunger Games. :( Cloves dress link, remove all spaces: images . sugarscape userfiles / image / editors / Mhairi / APRIL2010 / summerdresses / AZZ88449BLUE _ LARGE . jpg

"I can't believe you're going on a date with Cato tomorrow. Do you know how many girls would kill you to take your place?" Katniss and I were walking to English, our first lesson of the day.

"You mean the ones he hasn't already been on dates with?" I joked, rolling my eyes.

"Hey, he's not as a big a man whore as Marvel. Before he got with Cashmere, Marvel would bring a new girl back to his house every week. Cato only had one every, like, month." She grinned.

"Whatever you say Katniss. And it's really not that big a deal that I'm going on a date with him."

"You have his number, right?"

"Yes. Why?"

"Because half of the girls in this school would punch you just to get it."

"We might decide that we just want to be friends."

"I, personally, don't see the attraction. I mean, yeah, he's hot. But that's not all that matters." She carried on speaking as if I had never spoken.

"You're too hooked on Peeta to notice anyone else." I winked at her and she frowned back, causing me to laugh.

"Shut up, Clove." We reached our English room and I took my seat next to Cato.

"Hey, Clovey." Cato smiled and waggled his fingers at me. His other hand rested on the table next to me. I dropped my English book onto it, and he yelped. "What was that for?!"

"I told you. My name is Clove." I sat down and looked away from him.

"Awww, Clovey. Don't be mad." I could hear the smirk in his voice even if I wasn't facing him.

"Give me on good reason." I turned around and glared at him. I wasn't really mad, but Cato looked pretty scared.

"Because this face is too perfect to be bashed in by you?" He gestured to his face and pulled a cross-eyed face. I couldn't help it, I laughed. Loudly. The teacher shot me a glare, but it was nothing compared to the glare that Glimmer was giving me.

"Ready for this?"

"I'm ready." Katniss and I ran out of the changing rooms and down to the running track. She was trying out for the endurance sprint team and I was trying out for long distance running. When we reached the track Madge, Annie and Haymitch were trying out for the sprint as well, so I left Katniss with them and made my way over to the group of people stretching and preparing for the race. The top six people would qualify for the team and the race in two weeks. I stood next to Finnick and did a few leg stretches until someone tickled my ankle from behind. I let out a sound that was halfway between a laugh and a scream and kicked at my assaulter. I heard a male voice scream and instantly knew who it was.

"Cato!" I frowned. "What the hell did you thing you were doing?" He was bent over; I had kicked him just below the stomach. That kind of area…

"Tickling…You…" He groaned.

"Never, ever tickle my legs!" I yelled at him. When he stood up straight again, he was grinning.

"Is Clovey ticklish?"

"…No…" I lied. He smirked and went to tickle me again, but I grabbed his arm.

"Tickle me again, and I swear I will knock that smirk right off of your face." I narrowed my eyes at him. "Understood?"


"Good boy." I patted his head. The coach blew her whistle and we started running the 1500 metre race. Finnick, Cato and I stayed near the back, saving our energy for the final push. When we reached the 1000 mark, we started sprinting and pushed to the front of the group. The race ended with Finnick in first place, Cato in second, me in third, Enobaria in fourth, Wiress in fifth and Marvel in sixth. I smiled to myself as I crossed the finish line. My brother also loved running, and I wanted to make him proud. Look at me now, Joey. Are you proud? I hope so.

Saturday, 7:00pm:

I checked myself in the mirror one last time before turning to Lydia.

"How do I look?" I ran my hands down the sides of Summer dress, flattening it down slightly.

"For the fifth time Clove, you look fine." My sister rolled her eyes.

"I'm sorry, it's just…"

"I never thought you were one to get nervous Clove." Lydia smirked at me.

"I'm not nervous!"

"Do you feel shaky?"

"A little…"

"Got butterflies?"

"A few…

"Sweaty palms?"


"You, my friend, are nervous." She grinned again. "It's just Cato. Calm down." Cato came round on Wednesday afternoon while I was out with Katniss and he had hung out with Lydia. She loved him, I guess she never really knew Joey well and Cato was the closest thing she could find. I had come back home to find him giving her a piggy back in the front garden. She had been laughing and looked genuinely happy, which is good because if she hated Cato I never would have agreed to go on a date with him.

"Exactly, Lyds. It's just Cato." So why did I feel so…Odd? I liked him, sure. Who wouldn't? But no guy had been able to make me feel nervous before. The doorbell rang, causing me to jump. Lydia ran into the hallway, barefoot, and pulled the door open. I followed her and smiled when I saw Cato leaning against the doorframe holding a daisy.

"I got this for you." He smiled at me and handed me the daisy.

"Thanks. It's pretty." I put it in the vase of flowers that stood on a table in our hallway.

"Oh, please. Cato, you picked that from our garden." Lydia stuck her tongue out.

"Evil child." Cato replied and stuck his tongue out even further.

"If you two are done being five year olds," I stepped outside. "I'd like to leave?"

"Sure, Clovey." Cato ignored my glare and laced his fingers through mine. He pulled me to his car as Lydia shut the door.

"Here you go." He opened the door for me. I blushed slightly and got into the passenger's seat.

"So where are we going?" I asked as he got into the driver's side, buckled his seatbelt, and started the engine.

"Bob's Diner." He replied. We talked and laughed for the twenty minute drive. When we arrived, we were seated and I picked up a menu. Cato did the same. We heard a waitress approaching, but we didn't look up.

"Hi, I'll be your waitress tonight." The waitress said, angrily. Only when I glanced up did I realise why.

"Glimmer? What the fuck are you doing here?" I asked.

"I work here." She said through gritted teeth.

"I swear, I didn't know." Cato said, looking as shocked as I did. Glimmer got a job? She was probably saving up for a boob job or something.

"That's okay. I'll have a burger, fries and Seven Up please."

"I'll take a cheeseburger, double fries and a Coke. Thanks." We handed Glimmer our menus and when she left Cato said,

"I'm so glad you're not one of those girls that order a side salad and diet water."

"No way." I grinned. "And there's no such thing as diet water."

"Try telling them that." He rolled his eyes and I laughed.

"I like your laugh." Cato smiled at me, and I blushed again.

"Thanks. I like your…Muscles." I said, not sure of what to say. I'm terrible with compliments.

"I like them too." He flexed his arms and threw my napkin at him.

"You'll scare the little kids." I said. He laughed and threw my napkin back. Glimmer brought us our meals and drinks, and we dug in. Cato finished when I still had half a plate left and ordered and ice-cream sundae.

"How are you not fat? You eat like a trucker." I pointed out.

"My amazing training skills, that's how."

"Whatever." When I finished my meal, I stuck my finger in his ice cream.

"Naughty." He slapped my hand away and poured the rest of the melting ice cream down his throat.

"Come on. Your sister will kill me if you're not home soon." Cato out down thirty dollars on the table and walked out to his car. As we pulled away, I could see Glimmer glaring at me from the Diner window.

"I had fun tonight. I hope we can do this again." I said. We were stood in the porch and I had my key in my hand.

"Me too. I was actually wondering if you wanted us to be a bit more…Serious." I could have sworn I saw him blush a light shade of pink as he looked at the floor, but it faded.

"What do you mean?" I teased.

"You know what I mean, Clove."

"But I want to hear you say it." I smiled innocently. He sighed and pressed his lips to mine. I didn't hesitate in kissing him back. When he pulled away, he rested his forehead against mine.

"So that's a yes?"

"I suppose so." I stepped away from him and put the key in the lock.

"Bye, Clovey." He smirked and walked back to his car.

"Bye, Cato." I sighed and let myself into my house.

"THAT WAS SO CUTE!" Needless to say, I heard Lydia before I saw her.

That wasn't very clear, so to you any of you who didn't get it- THEY ARE OFFICIALLY TOGETHER NOW. YAY. I was going to wait longer, but I didn't want to keep them apart. :)

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