A Peacekeepers Nightmare

Chapter 48:Display

We were allowed to see the bodies in person.

Montgomery, Jacobine, and I were three of the twenty four guards stationed around the two corpses to make sure nobody got too close or tries to take a souvenir. However, it seems like everybody is content to simply watch from a distance like children approaching an unfamiliar object.

After being in display for thirty hours, the bodies of Katniss Everdeen and Peeat Mellark, as well as the bodies of Johanna Mason and Finnick Odair, will be cremated and the ashes dumped unceremoniously in the middle of Capitol Lake.

By now, the blood has drained from their bullet holes. Lying dead together, they look somewhat peaceful. I can see what Montgomery meant by what he said last night; these two people do not look like they had hearts of maliciousness. I do not know what lies or threats were levied against them to make them act as the face of a rebellion, nor do I know whether or not they would rather have lived out their lives without bloodshed. In fact, I am not even sure if they actually intended for a revolution or if they simply dug themselves too deep until there was no longer a way out of it.

I still do now know what to think of the vision I had while unconscious. If I told the doctors, they would say I was just hallucinating. Maybe I was, but it felt like something in the collective subconscious that for worse or better was simply forgotten. If it was real, I have no doubt that Cato would welcome the two new arrivals without hard feelings.

In any case, things are starting to look good for me and my people for the first time in a year. The rebels have been completely thrown from District 2 and the Capitol, loyalist partisans liberated the barley occupied District 1 and placed it back under Peacekeeper control, and it looks like we will be on the offensive soon.

Quite frankly, I just want this whole war to end. Too many people died, and too much suffering was felt. I am just thankful we were able to stop the enemies before they went too far and commit genocide.

Still, I know that there will still be fighting and dying ahead. I have no intent of running away; I must see this through. I hope the worst is over, and that we can finish this quickly.

This must be what it means to be a Peacekeeper. During times of peace, we enjoy its fruits and have families and friends and we prosper. During times of war and times of rebellion, we fight and die in the mud and the trenches to protect our families and friends so they may once again know peace.

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