Love in the Arena-HG- Chap.1Love in the Arena: Chapter 1More Like This
My jet black hair is tired back.Sweat bleeds through my comfortable tank top. I'm out of breath. It feels as if I have been running forever.Starr was on my tail.
She shieks my name, "Shimmer!" It's a very determined tone that makes birds leave their trees. Each yell seems to fade deeper and deeper. I can't give in, not here, not in the arena.Maybe back in district 6, in a game of tag. But here, a game of tag ends in a fatality. I finally lost her in the marsh. Her gleaming eyes showed determination. I soon become aware of my cargo boots, how deeply they imprint the ground, so I take a grassy route. I reach my familiar spot, where I first camped out in the beginning of the games. Already, my first alliance was crushed. My fellow tribute, Triden, was killed the second night drowned in the swamp by a weaponless tribute. His innocent face hauntss my dreams everynight. I walk into the sunshine, gently peering through the canopy. I hear a rustle in a small bush b
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My eyes flicker repeatdly until I have a clear view of the strolling clouds. Before I can even speak, a gentle finger is placed over my lips, hushing me.. Even the slightest touch of Grimm is seductive. Could there be another tribute approaching? Then, Grimm springs out of the underbush and tackles a delicate doe. She falls to the ground in shock while Grimm holds her in a headlock. At the horror of the scene, I remember the fight for food. The innocent creature takes her last gasp of air as well as her last glimpse of Earth. Her head falls lifelessly to the ground. Grimm drags her into our home. He pulls out a knife, preparing to skin her, when he looks up at me.
"Morning." A ray of light catches his smile, making it hard to resist. He offers me half of a cracker for breakfast. We pack up all the things into his small pack and head out. Just about 20 feet from our home and he notices something in my hair.
"Glitter, why?" He picks out each strand, annd exam
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I wake up to a rustling noise. It's late morning, that means Grimm never woke me up Grimm! He not in our sleeping spots.
"Grimm," I quietly exclaim. He peeks his head in through an opening. "You scared me."I try to sound serious but I just keep much of a striahgt face. My eyelids are still heavy but I manage. Then I think why would I want to go to dreamland with Grimm at my side.
"Wait, I got you something." Got me something? From where?
"Where do you get me so-?" I can't speak. He passes me a small circle with bloomed flowers. It's a tiara. A flowered tiara with purples, yellows, pinks! I can't help think but, why?
"It's gorgeous, how did you make this?"
"District 8, textiles." That makes sense. He weaved the flower into the vines. I place it gentaly on my head, showing it off to the cameras. I want to show what he can giveme with our surroundings.Then I remember something.
"What was in the parachute?" That sentence triggered his memory, too.
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How could my hands to that? I have never snapped a neck before. I'm overwhelmed with power. It was for Triden though. He killed my fellwo tribute. I can't bare to his family's expressions. I can't stop. My delicate self has changed into a violent creature. Grimm tries to calm me but I just isolate myself. It's begginging to reach late evening. I was so caught in shock that I didn't notice Grimm carrying me to another bush. He sets me down next to a tree. Then a cannon fires. The noise wakes me up. I look at Grimm. Before he can talk, I race up the tree leaving all the supplies with him. I go to the thinnest branch that will still hold me. Grimm is not a climber. He goes up about six branches and stops.
"Shimmer!" He says my name in a tone I'm sure only I can hear. I look down searching for his eyes. I can barely see the rest of him through the darkness. Then I hear something crawling up the tree. He settles on branch below me. My branch can't hol
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I wake up to the birds chirping before Grimm wakes. I move quietly down the tree and examine our food. One craker. Berries. No more deer. It's not enough food to last. I walk up to the edge of a forest and spot some circular objects dangling from a high branch. There must be hundreds of them! I climb up the tree as fast as I can. I move carefully on a branch to the fruits. I pluck one off. It's a redish shade with small painless spikes poking out. I keep gathering until I can't hold any more. I race back down to the ground and count. I got seven fruits. I'm almost sure these are harmless, from what I remember from training. I take out my knife and slice the edge off. The taste of the sweet fruit satisfies my hunger. I make it back to camp with Grimm still sleeping. The rock in front of me shall be my cutting board. Each slice I make is perfected.I place them into the pouch with the berries. After I packed the fruit, I hear Grimm decending the tree.
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We have been walking for hours now, and he hasn't let go of my hand yet. Sometimes he would carry me if my feet hurt. We talked some about love, hope, and death. Each remark leading to death wrinkles my heart, but Grimm is always there to tend to it. I have never been so in love. It seems too could to be true. Then the topic of family pops up. I want to lie because my story is so pathetic.
"So, who is you family made of?" I just want to run, I can't bear the truth.
"Umm..well..it's better off as a story. Shall I tell?"
"Do tell." He links his arm with mine. I take a deep breath and begin.
"Once upon a time, a man and a woman fell into love. They married and created what they couldn't handle: a child. They waited the 9 months of pure agony. Abortion was not their option. On a warm June night, a baby girl was born. Her mother held her in her arms and saw the most beautiful eyes she ever laid eyes on. The husband worked extra shifts to tr