Peeta started to speak, “I came to tell you I’m sorry I haven’t been very nice to you. Haymitch is dead. He was drinking last night, and he fell and hit his head. Since we no longer have an advisor, we need to work together in the games. It’s a matter of life or death.”
Katniss was tentative, but eventually nodded her head in agreement. “See you in the games, Peeta Mellark.”
Sleeping was not possible for the tributes. The morning of the games finally arrived. The Games were about to commence. The timer began ticking. Katniss took in her surroundings, and even made eye contact with the infamous Cato, who was from District 2. There was a clearing in the middle of the arena, and a wooded area, where the trees were rampant. The announcer, who had a deep voice, came onto the speaker, “Good luck, and May the odds be ever in your favor.” The timer wound down… 3,2,1. A loud gunshot went off. Katniss took off into the woods, but not before grabbing a heavy bag, which was full of supplies. Running was Katniss’s strong point. She ran as fast as a cheetah. Climbing up a tree, her ears rang with the sound of the cannon being fired. Katniss still had no idea where Peeta was. She was alone in the Hunger Games.
The next day, Katniss set out to find Peeta. Fourteen tributes had already died the night before. Warily, Katniss walked around the woods for hours. Walking made Katniss exhausted. She walked for about three hours when she stumbled onto a cave. There she found Peeta hiding. He had already received a cut as deep as the Grand Canyon in his thigh. He was a sick puppy. The two kept their promise, and became allies. The wound was treated by Katniss. Her mother, who was a nurse, died before Katniss could learn advanced first aid. Katniss and Peeta then fell asleep to the sound of rain.
A week had passed, and in the cave, the two were desperately trying to stay alive. The Gamemakers were still trying to kill Katniss and Peeta with fire, poisonous gas, and mutant animals. Both Katniss and Peeta were somehow still alive, but barely. Two other tributes remained: Cato and Thresh. Although Katniss had received many promises from sponsors, she had not yet received any gifts. Haymitch was not alive to woo the sponsors. She and Peeta were greatly affected by Haymitch’s death in this way.
A glorious feast had been promised by the announcer. All of the tributes knew it was a trap to lure them in, but they very desperately needed items promised to each tribute at the feast. District 12’s tributes needed medicine for Peeta’s infected leg. They knew it would be at the feast. Katniss and Peeta set out for the Cornucopia. When they arrived at the “feast,” they faced both Thresh and Cato. Cato swiftly ran towards Peeta with a knife in his hand. He lunged towards him, and thrusted his knife into Peeta’s chest. Peeta collapsed. Peeta Mellark, who was from District 12, was dead.
Katniss lost all hope. She was devastated. She had promised both Haymitch and Peeta’s family that she would keep him alive. Katniss was disappointed that she did not keep her promise. She was boiling mad. Katniss ran towards Cato, and brutally stabbed him multiple times. Cato was dead. After Cato’s death, she chased Thresh, and mercilessly killed him. Katniss Everdeen was the last person remaining in the 74th Hunger Games.
A tune blared on the speakers, and the announcer came onto the intercom, “Congratulations Katniss Everdeen from District 12. You are the winner of the 74th annual Hunger Games.”
Katniss should have been filled with joy, but instead was devastated. She wanted Peeta to live. She wanted him to win the games. She wanted him to experience his life. She wanted Peeta Mellark to have it all. She thought he deserved to win more than she. Katniss Everdeen, the girl who was once loved by all, was now hated by all of Panem. She was hated for letting Peeta die and because she killed Cato and Thresh.
Katniss returned home and nothing was ever the same. Her family lived in Victor’s Village, but she felt alone. One day she sat on her porch, thinking about her time in the games. She reminisced on how she could have saved Peeta in the games. Katniss thought to herself, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times in the games.”
She was not the same bubbly girl she used to be. She kept to herself all of the time and mourned the death of Peeta. She got to know and fell in love with a boy, but he was dead. Katniss Everdeen, the once energetic, eccentric girl was no longer.
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