How did you all like last chapter?
In this chapter we shall see Finnick get reunited with Annie, and then I think we're going to do a short time jump where we'll skip ahead a little bit, but we'll see.
What do you guys think of Leo? I like writing about him and Jo because I get to show sides of them they normally don't have.
I also like Finnick and Johanna's relationship right now, it's kind of a flirty never going anywhere friendship :D
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Song for this chapter is "My own one" by Emily Moldy.
(some of you may recognise it from the nature valley commercial. I heard it and was like "I need to know that song!")
Oh! and I heard this song and it made me think of Annie after Mockingjay :'( It's called "And the world turned" By 'The Gabe Dixon Band' It's painfully sad. You should listen to it sometime. :')
Chapter Fourteen: Goodbye for now.
The next morning, I'm woken up by Leo running into my room, and jumping on my bed.
"WAKE UP SLEEPY HEAD!"
He shouts in a high-pitched boys voice. It startles me, and I sit up with a shout, wielding Bruce's knife that I always carry with me.
Leo shouts in surprise, and falls off the bed. I blink several times, and rub them with the back of my hand, the adrenaline pumping through my veins has banished every tired nerve from my body. I set the knife on the nightstand, and crawl to the foot of the bed, looking down at a very startled Leo. We stare at each other for a moment.
"You startled me."
He says, I raise my eyebrows at him.
"I startled you?"
He looks a little sheepish at me, and as I think over the scenario, I grin, then he smiles, then we both start laughing. After a few seconds, Johanna slams the door open, and looks confused at us. She's holding a long dagger by her side, and she's still in her pajama's.
"What's going on?"
She asks in a rather husky voice, she's not a morning person. Leo looks at her and smiles.
"Morning Jojo. Finnick and I were just scaring each other."
I chuckle, and flop back on the bed.
"You mean you ran in here and woke me up by jumping on the bed and screaming."
His head pops up at the foot of my bed, and he leans his arms on the bed.
"Hey! You made me fall off the bed by almost killing me with that knife."
I sit up and cross my legs, pointing at him warningly.
"You're lucky I didn't kill you. You can't startle me like that."
He narrows his eyes.
Johanna, looking very irritated answers shortly.
"Because he's a victor."
She walks out and slams the door behind her. Leo looks at me and shrugs.
"Sorry. What did Jojo mean?"
I sigh and slide my feet to the floor.
"You never really get out of the arena."
He nods sadly.
"When you wake up, sometimes it takes a minute to remember you're not in the arena anymore."
He stands up and walks over to the side of the bed, then he sits down next to me."Oh...sorry."
"You didn't know."
"Woke you up though didn't I?"
I laugh, and nod my head.
"Yeah, it definitely woke me up. Just don't do it again."
He salutes with one finger, just like Johanna does.
"Right oh! I guess you're feeling better."
I stand up and sway slightly.
"Yes, I'm definitely feeling stronger."
He stands up, and grabs my hand.
"Well you're still a little pale, so I'll help you down the stairs."
As we walk out into the hall, and start slowly descending the stairs, he remarks sadly.
"Since you're better I guess you'll be going home today."I nod.
"Yeah, they have a train waiting for me around noon."
He looks sad as we reach the bottom of the stairs.
"Oh...I'm glad you're feeling better, but I don't want you to leave."
I ruffle his dark curls, and smile at him.
"Me either. What about you and Jo come see me in district four sometime?"
He brightens up.
"I'm sure Jo could find a way to work out a visit."
"Jojo's good at getting what she wants."
I laugh and nod in agreement.
"Yes she is."
We walk to the kitchen where Leo searches through the cabinets for breakfast.
"What are the options?"
I walk over to the island.
"Do you have eggs?"
He runs over to the cooler, and pulls out a dozen eggs.
I find a frying pan, and walk over to the stove.
"What about veggies?"
He searches the cooler again, and pulls out some peppers and a tomato.
"Well if you have any cheese we can make omelets.
He looks through the cooler one last time, and smiles brightly when he finds a medium cube of orange cheese.
"Bring the ingredients over here and I'll show you how to make them."
After about an hour, the kitchen smells delicious, and Leo and I are flipping omelets onto a plate. Leo runs into the pantry and finds some fruit which I let him chop up all by himself. As we're setting the food on the table, Johanna makes a reappearance dressed in jeans and a black turtleneck. At home she leaves her hair down.
"What smells so good?"
She questions, looking in a much better mood now. Leo smiles brightly, as he waves a hand over the table.
"Finnick and I made breakfast!"
She raises her eyebrows in surprise, and glances at me with a smile.
"Did you? Well that's exciting."
He nods, and pulls out a chair for her.
"Wait until you taste our omlease!"
I chuckle, and don't correct his pronunciation. We all sit down and eat breakfast, talking and laughing. By the time we're finished eating and cleaning up, it's almost noon.
"You had better get to the station if you don't want to miss your train."
Johanna says a little sadly, quickly hiding the tone in her voice by coughing several times. Leo jumps up from the couch.
"Let's walk him to the station!"
Johanna meets this suggestion with much less enthusiasm, but Leo coaxed her into it. She doesn't like goodbyes, I think she finds them painful.
"Alright well we have to hurry."
She says finally, Leo jumps up on tiptoe and kisses the tip of her nose.
"Thank you! Let's go!"
He grabs my hand, and pulls me to the door. Johanna grabs her leather trench coat and a jacket for Leo.
"Leo wait! It's cold put your jacket on."
He pauses just long enough to slip the coat on, then grabs my hand again and pulls me outside. Last night it snowed, and I stare at the white blanket covering everything.
I say quietly. Johanna pulls up her coat collar, and grumbles.
"It's just snow."
"We don't have snow in district four."Leo gasps and stares at me with his mouth wide open.
"You've never seen snow?!"
"The first time I saw snow was on my victory tour, this is the first time since then."
He seems unable to understand.
"Never seen snow before?"
He mutters to himself. I chuckle as we continue to walk to the train station.
"What's the matter Jo?"
She wrinkles her nose, and glares at the white flakes falling gently from the sky.
"Snow is just frozen water, and it's cold."
"You don't like snow?"
"Not especially. Like I said, it's just frozen water."
I bend over as we walk, and grab a handful of snow, letting it melt on my palm.
"What's wrong with water?"
I look back when she doesn't answer. She's walking with her arms crossed, and her eyes look scared.
"Oh...Jo I'm sorry, I didn't think of..."
She shakes her head.
"No it's fine. I'm fine."
Leo glances back at his sister.
"You sure Jojo?"
She nods, and Leo whispers to me.
"After she got back it took her over a week to get in the shower, she's never been a fan of swimming, but after her games it was really bad."
I nod, remembering the way Cecil and Ziva tortured her by submerging her head under the lake and waiting for a long time before letting her breathe again. She seems to have gotten over most of her phobia, but I have a feeling she wont be going swimming for a long time.
"Is that the station?"
I ask. Leo stands on tiptoe.
"I can't tell."
I pick him up, surprised at how light he is, he can't weigh more than sixty pounds. I put him on my broad shoulders.
"See it now?"
He laughs, and stretches his arms out at his sides.
"Yes I can see it up ahead."
He turns slightly to look down at Johanna as we continue walking.
"Look Jojo! I'm a giant."
She laughs. As Leo starts making growling sounds, emphasizing every footstep with a loud "Stomp!"
I picture what it must look like from his perch, he has to be over eight feet tall on my shoulders. He laughs again, and tilts his head back closing his eyes.
"I can touch the sky!"
Johanna walks up to my side, and we both smile at happy Leo is. In a few minutes we reach the train station, and I take Leo down, almost dropping him."Oops sorry, I'm still a little shaky."
He straightens up and smiles.
"I don't care if you dropped me, I got to see what a bird sees!"
He runs around Johanna and I in circles, holding his arms out at his sides.
"Wouldn't it be cool if you were a bird? Then you could just fly around wherever you wanted! I could go see all the districts, or I could fly over the capitol! Or maybe I would fly across the ocean to see if there was any other land out there."
He chatters excitedly. I glance at the sleek silver train, and then look back to Johanna.
"I should probably go..."
She nods, and sniffs away a tear.
"Yeah you should."
Leo skids to a stop spraying both of us with snow.
"Oh, I almost forgot you were leaving."
He runs up and hugs me.
"I'm going to miss you! Promise you'll see me again?"
His last phrase sounded a bit odd. But I nod.
"I promise I'll see you again. Remember to remind Jo to come visit me. You'll love the ocean."
"Could you send me a picture of the ocean?"
He lifts his fist, and I bump it with mine, he smiles.
"See you soon!"
Then he runs to play in the snow for a little while.
"Don't go to far!"
Johanna calls after him, then she turns to me.
"Is that the best you can do?"
"I'm not very good at this give me a break."
"Johanna, I am going to miss you. You'll try to come see me?"
"I'll find a way somehow."
She pulls her hands out of her pockets and walks forward. I open my arms and she gives me a tight hug. I wrap my arms around her.
"I'll miss you."
She manages quietly. I pull away slightly and kiss her forehead.
"We'll see each other soon."
"Goodbye Odair."She releases me and I walk into the train. As it pulls away from the station, I look out the window and wave back to Leo and Johanna.
The train ride will last until tonight, since this is a speed trip and we won't be making any stops. The time goes by rather quickly, and soon I'm told we'll be arriving in an hour. I decide to relax in my room until we arrive.
As I sit down, I hear something crinkle in my pocket, confused I reach in and feel a folded piece of paper. I unfold it, and my eyes scan over the message.
I'm not very good with words like you are, and I can't make people like me like you do,
I find it's easier to say what I mean if I write it out, so I decided to write you a letter.
I don't know when you'll get this, or if you even will, but I wanted you to know some things.
I want to tell you that everything the president said was true, and I wanted you to know the truth.
Thank you for being there when no one else was, thank you for holding me when I needed comforting,
for being the only friend I've had, and thank you for caring.
You are smart, funny, charming, witty and loving. I know you can see through my acting, so please know
that I am a very scarred, and that is why I act tough and mean. You were there to help me when
I didn't know what else to do, you were amazing with Leo, and thank you so much for giving him a friend
as well. I'm mostly writing this to say goodbye, because I don't know when I'll see you again, but I will
try my best to come visit you in district four.
Thank you for keeping me strong.
I read the letter several times, finally staring into space with it in my hands. She has a good heart, I just wish she would show it more. I suppose she can't because now she has a reputation to uphold. I fold up the letter, and tuck it deep in my pocket so I won't lose it.
"We are now arriving in district four"
I hear a voice announce over the loudspeaker, they don't use it much. I stand up and walk to the main car, I catch a glance of Julia cleaning in the other room, and I wave. She sees me and smiles, giving me a small wave back.
The train slows to a stop, and the doors open, I take a deep breath of the salty air that blows in through the door, and I walk out onto the station. It's a little late, so I'm not surprised that there's nobody to greet me. I decide to go directly to the Cresta's house, I know Annie will be waiting up for me, even if I didn't get back until one o'clock in the morning.
I take my time getting there since I'm still recovering and I'm a little tired. I finally reach victors village, and I glance at my dark house before knocking on the Cresta's door. After a moment's pause, I hear someone walk to the door and turn the handle. It opens and I'm a little surprised to see Mags is the one who answered the door.
Her face lights up temporarily when she sees me, but they are distracted and there's an undertone of worry.
"Finnick! It's good to have you back...come in..."
She opens the door wider, and I step inside. I give her a quick hug.
"Is Annie around?"
She doesn't answer, and my heart starts pounding.
"Come into the living room dear."
She says quietly, leading me into the living room. My muscles are all tense, and anxiety is gnawing at my stomach. I freeze in the doorway to the living room, my heart stopping, then beating furiously.
Mrs. Cresta is sitting with Ariel on the couch. Ariel is sobbing uncontrollably, and Mrs. Cresta has her arm around her shoulders comforting her, but I can see anxiety in her eyes as well. I don't see Poseidon anywhere. Mrs. Cresta looks up and smiles weakly when she sees me.
"Finnick...I'm glad you're better, we weren't sure what happened, we just got a call saying that you were in the hospital..."
She trails off, and Ariel looks up at me with red tear filled eyes. I swallow nervously, and ask very slowly.
Ariel bites her lip, and takes a deep breath, before bursting into tears again. Mrs. Cresta rubs her back, and looks up at me with tired, worried eyes.
"Lily is missing."
I lean against the doorway, feeling shaky again.
"What? How long?"
Ariel manages to choke out.
"We...were playing...and I turned around for a second...and she..."
She covers her face with her hands and sobs loudly. Mrs. Cresta picks up where Ariel left off.
"This afternoon Ariel took her shopping, we don't know where she went, she just wandered off."
Mags sighs, and rubs her eyes.
"Ariel ran into Annie while she was looking for her, and Annie offered to look while Ariel told Poseidon."
Mrs. Cresta holds back tears as she says slowly.
"We haven't heard from either of them since. Poseidon is out looking for them now."
I feel my heart stop beating, and the breath is caught in my throat.
"Where was the last place you saw her?"
I ask when I finally get my breath back. Ariel sniffs loudly.
"I ran into Annie on main street, and she went in the direction of the harbor."
I don't wait for anything else, turning around and running to the door.
I hear Mags shout after me, but I'm already running for the harbor.
As I race past street after street, thoughts run through my head. Where could they be? District four is one of the larger ones, they could be miles away. Where would Lily go? Where would an eight year old girl go? Annie had gone towards the harbor, did she think Lily would be done at the beach? I've never run this fast in my life, and I quickly pass the richer area of the district, and start running past the less wealthy houses and shops.
I hear someone shout as I dash past a side street. I skid to a stop, and turn around, running as I catch sight of Poseidon jogging towards me.
"I didn't know you were back..."
He starts, but I cut him off.
"Any idea where they are?"
He shakes his head.
"I've been out here for hours, combing the streets."
He runs his fingers through his hair, and sighs heavily.
"I don't know what to do."
I suck in a deep breath of air, and look around quickly.
"We keep looking."
"Where do you want to look?"
I'm about to reply when we both spin around at a shout.
Poseidon runs forward.
"Lily! Baby where are you?"
I run after him as we hear another shout.
Lily dashes out of an alley, her light blue dress dirty and ripped, her blond curls in a frizzy disarray, and two clean streaks on her cheeks from tears.
She runs up and Poseidon scoops her up in his strong arms.
"Baby! Are you alright? What happened?"
She holds onto him tightly as I slow to a stop in front of them. Poseidon pulls her away gently so he can see her face, he wipes the tears off her face.
"Can you answer daddy baby?"
"Are you alright?"
"I was scared because it got dark."
She whimpers. Poseidon nods.
"I know, you're safe now. What happened?"
"Mommy took me shopping, I saw a little birdie and I followed it..."
Poseidon kisses her cheek.
"What happened then baby?"
She looks guilty as she strokes Poseidon's cheek with her little hand.
"I got lost daddy."
He holds her tightly.
"You're doing great baby, just one more question. Did you see miss Annie?"
She nods. I can't help but ask quickly.
"Where? Why aren't you with her?"
Lily starts crying again.
"She found me in the dark place...there were bad men and she told me to run..."
She starts sobbing loudly, and clings to Poseidon's neck. He looks torn, and I make a decision.
"Take her back to the village."
"Finnick what about..."
I take off at a run down the alley Lily came from, shouting back over my shoulder.
"Take her as fast as you can, then come find me!"
I hear him take off at a run, and I'm thankful we're both in shape and fast runners. I erase everything from my mind, pounding down the alley, I spot Lily's small footprints in the sand strewn street. I take a right turn, and I accelerate when I hear shouts up ahead. I take a left turn into a wide alley, and up ahead I can see where the shouts are coming from.
There are at least four full-grown men in the alley, and I feel the killer in me rise as I see one of them has Annie's thick brown hair in his fist. She's screaming and crying, holding onto the hand that has her hair. Her dark green dress is missing one of the sleeves, and is covered in mud. So far the men haven't noticed me yet, and I don't slow my pace for a second, slowly closing the gap. One of the men, with straggly mud colored hair steps forward and grins at Annie, I can just catch what he says.
"Pretty little thing like you shouldn't be out all alone...something terrible might happen to you."
He and the other men laugh uproariously. He steps even closer, and brushes his dirty fingers down her neck to her collarbone. She promptly spits in his face, and he pulls away yelling and wiping off his face.
Her head snaps in my direction, and without hesitation she slams her heel down on the foot of the man holding her hair. He roars in pain and automatically releases her. She bolts away from the men just as I reach the one who was holding her and jump into a flying tackle. I catch him in the stomach, and we both fall to the ground, somersaulting several times before I pin him underneath me, and without hesitation slam his head against the street. He instantly goes limp, and I roar as two of the other men grab my arms and pull me from him.
Adrenaline is pumping thick and fast through my blood, and my vision is tinted red with the blood pounding in my head. The men struggle to hold me, but I reel backwards, slamming them against the side of a building. They release me and try to catch their breath.
"Stop right there!"
I hear a rough voice shout. I don't even feel the cut across my forehead, but I know it's there from the blood dripping down my cheek. I slowly turn around, and see the man with the mud colored hair has his arm around Annie's waist, his other arm is holding a knife to her throat. Annie has both of her hands on the mans arm, trying to pull away.
the man shouts, pressing the knife against her throat, she relaxes and bites her lip as a drop of blood runs down her neck.
"Annie, just hold still."
I say calmly. The man laughs, and puts his mouth close to Annie's ear.
"Annie huh? Pretty name for a pretty little girl."
I take a step forward, gritting my teeth together.
"Ah ah! I wouldn't do that if I were you."
The man says threateningly. I stop, and my mind races furiously.
"Let her go."
I say, stalling for time to think. He laughs and shakes his head.
"Why would I do that pretty boy?"
I decide to tag in capitol Finnick, and I shrug in an off-hand manner.
"Well if you weren't an uncultured swine, then you would know who I am."
He seems taken a bit off guard by this, but replies quickly.
"Why should I know who you are?"
I laugh, as if it's the most ridiculous question he could have asked.
"Because I am Finnick Odair, victor of the sixty-fifth hunger games."
"What does that matter to me?"
I sigh, and rub my eyelids like I'm trying to teach something to a brick wall.
"Because, if you weren't an idiot, you would realize that since I'm a victor, I am obscenely wealthy."
His eyes brighten up slightly, and he relaxes his knife hold on Annie slightly.
"Yes, I believe that's what I just said."
He points the knife at me."So you pay me to let the girl go?"
"Or I could fight you for her."
He laughs harshly, like this is the funniest joke he's ever heard.
"You fight me boy? Why are you playing prince charming for this lass?"
I lock eyes with Annie, trying to reassure her. She meets my gaze, and I see fear, but I also see trust in her eyes. Trust that I will get her out of this.
"Maybe I just like living up to my looks."
I say with a cheeky grin. He laughs.
"I don't think she's worth your hide lad."
I flex my arms, and stretch slightly.
"I think you're scared you're going to lose."
His eyes grow hard, and his pride shows on his face.
"I ain't afraid of you boy."
I get into a ready stance, and smile.
He pauses, then pulls the knife away from Annie's neck, then he slowly sticks the knife in his belt.
"Oi! Shark! Get over here and hold the girl!"
One of the men I fought a minute ago walks carefully past me, and grabs Annie's wrist tightly in his hand.
"Don't worry Annie, I'll rescue you, just don't struggle okay?"
She nods slowly. The man called 'shark' calls to the leader.
"Eh Vile, what do you want me to do with her?"
The leader who must be Vile, fitting name, stretches his muscles as he answers.
"Just hold her til I'm done with smart mouth over here."
I shake my finger at him.
"Ah, ah, ah, Shark you watch miss Annie until I'm finished teaching this Vile creature some manners."
Shark starts laughing, stopping suddenly when Vile shouts.
He stretches his neck from one side to the other, causing it to pop loudly. He's not quite as tall as I am, but his shoulders are much broader, and his arms are like logs.
"Winner walks away."
He says with an evil grin. We start circling.
"The loser won't be able to walk away."
I say, my voice growing hard, the arena Finnick returning.
He chuckles low, and before he has time to think, I launch myself at him and the fight starts.
I score the first hit, slamming my fist hard against his rib cage I hear a snap and he roars in pain. I'm not expecting him to retaliate so quickly, and I don't have time to block the blow that lands heavily on my already cut forehead. I reel back as the cut splits open and blood covers my eye.
"You're already losing boy."
Vile says as he closes in, locking his fingers around my throat before I can recover. He slams his knee into my chest, and I feel several ribs crack. I gasp and struggle as his grip tightens, blocking my breath. He leans down close, and lowers his voice to a whisper."I'm going to have fun with your girlfriend."
My eyes mist red, and I roar as I get my legs under him and kick him off me with all the strength I have. Apparently I had more strength than I thought, because he goes flying and lands five feet away. I'm on him in a second, pinning his arms beneath my knees, and slamming my fist into his jaw.
I deliver each word with a punch, knocking his head back and forth. I've broken his nose in at least two places, and I'm fairly sure I've broken his jaw as well. I can't stop hitting him though, the arena blood is flowing hot and angry in my veins, and the only thing that is playing in my mind is he hurt Annie, he wants to hurt her more, he must die! It plays over and over in my mind, and the punches keep coming. I feel someone grab my hair and pull me off of Vile, it's the other man, I spin around and slam a uppercut into his jaw. He staggers back and falls to the ground unconscious.
Vile says weakly as I stand over him. My chest is heaving, and blood is dripping from my knuckles, I don't know if it's mine or his. I shake my head, my eyes still full of fury.
I spin on Shark, and stare at him with pure hatred and murder in my eyes.
"Let her go."
I say each word low and menacing, and he slowly releases Annie. I take a deep breath and let it out in one word.
He turns and takes off down the alley. Annie rubs her wrist and looks at me with frightened eyes.
I ignore her, the only thought in my mind. I still have to finish him! I grab the front of his shirt, and pull him up until he's standing, then I drag him over and slam him against the wall.
"Now you die."
I breathe quietly, there's fear in his eyes, and I lock my fingers around his throat, tightening my grip, feeling the breath stick in his throat. He cough blood on my face, and struggles feebly.
I hear Annie shout, and for a moment the normal Finnick hears her, the thought registering in my mind that she only calls me by my full name when she's scared or angry. I shake my head, shrugging her arm off my shoulder."I'm doing the world a service."
I growl as my fingers tighten even more around his neck. Annie tugs uselessly at my arm, and soon I can't hear what she's saying anymore, I can only hear the thought in my mind. nobody touches Annie!
I hear the voice firm and commanding in my mind, and I shake my head. Bruce is dead.
"Finnick leave him alone!"
I shout, squeezing my eyes shut. I feel strong arms grab my shoulders and pull me away from the wall. Vile sinks to the ground, coughing and gasping feebly. In one quick instant, all the adrenaline drains from my blood, and all the pain registers. I cry out in pain and wrap my arm around my chest, suddenly feeling very light headed.
"Finnick! Stay with me."
I hear Poseidon's voice, but I can't see him. The last thing I see before everything turns black, is Annie's tear-stained face.
"Please hold on Finn!"
I reach up and brush the back of my hand against her cheek, wiping off the tears.
I barely murmur before my world turns black.