A Game of Chance [A Hunger Games Fanfiction]
Author: Phoenix Summers

Chapter 6
The Train

We soon reach the district 1 train station. When we see the train, we gasp slightly. It is completely clean, and is powered by blue heat energy. This energy makes the train seem like it is floating in mid-air which... they can probably do without us seeing the blue anyway. I suppose they think it looks better with the energy. As always, they are right. My guess is that it looks better by a long shot, making the overall effect even more awe inspiring.

Joe grins at the look on our faces. 'In the Capitol everything must be clean, and flashy' he explains. Well, at least that explains the exterior. But when we enter, we stop, shocked and look round, seeing diamonds littering the wall and endless comforts. Not mentioning the plush cream sofa to die for in front of the TV. For some curious reason there is damson jam and bread on the table. Wonder where they thought that one up from?

My question is answered just as soon as I think of it. Joe smiles happily at me while he says 'The Diamonds on the wall are for you, Dia.'

I wince as he says my supposed 'name'. It doesn't feel right. I guess that is understandable, although I do wish that i'd had a bit more time to choose it. Then I frown, confused. 'Where's Hunter?' I ask. She wasn't with us when we went to the rooms, and I can't see anything in here that looks like 'hunt'.

'Oh, don't worry,' Joe dismisses my worries. 'She'll be here soon. It's just that she doesn't have any family. Besides, the hoses by the fire extingusher represent her. We decided to use her surname, Hosement. She doesn't deserve anything special; she didn't volunteer now, did she?' He then leaves the room, for who knows what reason.

I frown slightly. I suppose that is fair. After all, she had to try hard to pretend she wasn't scared... and still failed. Me and Damon are the Careers here.

Wait a minute... Damon. His name does not sound like a usual district 1 name. I lean into him slightly. Unsurprisingly, he recoils. I grind my teeth together. I actually can't wait to kill him in the arena. But for now…

'Why haven't you changed your name?' I whisper to him. He smirks.

'Well…' he replies. 'To start with, they'd suspect. Then there is the fact that I hate the usual District 1 names. They're all so stupid. Like the one you've chosen, Diamond. The other districts won't take you at all seriously now.

I open my mouth hotly, preparing to object, but he goes on. 'And of course my mother named me Damon. If I won by a fake name she'd kill me. So there's your answer.'

I am just about to reply when Joe comes back in. 'It's time to meet your mentors!' He says, sounding exactly like a high pitched bird. 'Yours, Dia, is Kiere Hurtone. As for you, Damon… you have Rald Bergress.' I laugh slightly at this, and he struggles to say anything. You see, Rald was the victor of the last games. He went slightly… bonkers, and tried to eat the other tibutes. At this rate, I might not even have to deal with Damon in the arena! 

Our mentors shake our hands before leaving. Joe turns to us again, and tweets in his Capitol accent 'the next thing on our agenda is to review the other tributes from their reapings!'

He tosses us notepads. 'I'd like you to take notes' he explains. I groan. I absolutely hate taking notes. Damon smirks at me. Of course he'd know, from Karl. Joe glances sharply at me.

'Don't groan like that, Dia. It will help you. I'd like you both to record who the tributes that would make possible careers are, and which District they are. I'd also like you to note which tributes seem weaker. Those tributes will be sure kills in the Arena. Any in-between tributes you can put down in a list. They might be weaker, or more lethal than they look. Dia, please turn on the TV. As District 1 is the closest district to the Capitol, we don't have much time before we arrive.'

I walk over and switch it on. It flashes up with the Capitols anthem, then District 2 appears. Joe nods at us. 'Get ready' he says. 'There won't be any breaks between the reapings'. I sit down with my pen poised over the paper. I watch as the reaping progresses, then make some notes.

District 2 - 3 tributes

Tribute 1
Kierlan North
Boy
17
Looks Horrified, Visibly trembling and terrified.
Weakling - To be taken out near the beginning if possible.

Tribute 2
Damon-Lee Knight
Boy
15
Looks Angered, petrified, Dumb founded
Spins some story about a sister who died in the games.
Possible Career.

Tribute 3
Neleesha Westwood
Girl
15
Looks Dramatic, Brave.
Possible Career.

District 3- 1 tribute

Tribute 1
Dante Benzikinte
Boy
15
Looks shocked but calm
Not a threat

District4- 2 tributes

Tribute 1
Willa Glasnost
Girl
8
Looks determined, volunteers for elder disabled sister
Minor threat

Tribute 2
Blaze Summers
Girl
18
Looks strong, gives slight grin when reaped
Ideal Career.

District 5- 3 tributes

Tribute 1
Clancey Decimus
Boy
12
Looks crazy, talks to thin air.
Weakling, take out at beginning of the games.

Tribute 2
Rosabelle Greene
Girl
15
Looks shocked, angry, sly.
Possible Career, although looks untrustworthy.
Huge threat.

Tribute 3
Lee Markson
Boy
10
Looks untrustworthy, merciless, bloody, insane.
is happy to be reaped
Very big threat - take down soon as possible.

District 6- 2 tributes

Tribute 1
May Brooks
Girl
16
Looks Astounded. Afraid to step forward.
Not a threat

Tribute 2
Clarissa Jewel
Girl
15
At reaping bows her head and goes for it.
Not a threat

District 7- 1 tribute

Tribute 1
Ivy Lane
Girl
17
Looks shocked and fearful
Not a threat

District 8- 4 tributes.

I pause a moment. Did I hear right? Four tributes? I sneek a peek over Damon's shoulder. He's written the same. I shake my head in disgust. Trust one of the poorer districts to mess up the numbers. I then continue writing.

Tribute 1
Poppy Bailey
Girl
14
Looks shocked.
Not a threat

Tribute 2
Mia Elgarven
Girl
12
Looks crazy, goes mad
mild threat

Tribute 3
Pritt Diver
Boy
9
Looks determined, volunteers for elder brother.
Not a threat

Tribute 4
Rose Daltroy
Girl
15
Looks stunned, shaky, afraid, upset
Weakling

District 9- 1 tribute

Tribute 1
Clarissa Marigold
Girl
16
At reaping - Hysterical sobbing, hyperventilating, dramatic
Minor threat- Could be acting

District 10- 1 tribute

Tribute 1
Troy Thorstone
Boy
17
At reaping grins wildly and cheers.
Potential to be a career

District 11- 2 tributes

Tribute 1
Easton Pierce
Boy
16, nearly 17, birthday due in arena
Reaction at reaping - Casual, not excited, not sad.
May or may not be a threat

Tribute 2
Asher Gillard
Boy
14
Looks like he is in his own word, overlooked
Not a threat

District 12- 1 tribute

Tribute 1
Gwendolyn Williams
Girl
13
Looks tearful and scared
Nervous of the crowd
Weakling

I finish my list off with a flourish. 'Is that all the tributes?' I ask Joe. He shakes his head and looks at the door. I also glance over and freeze. Hunter is standing there.

'Hey Hunter' I say with a fake smile. She just stands there, looking at me. After about a minute she turns and walks down the train corridor.

I look thoughtfully at my list, and add a single shorter last entry.

District 1
Hunter Hosement
Girl
Get more infomation on her before arena...

 

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