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Azelma Thénardier
 Posted: Nov 30 2011, 07:04 AM
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Five Games in one year, this was surely the cruelest twist someone could create. Even if she didn't get reaped in the second one (because the first one was specially for victors) what made her think that she wasn't going to get reaped for the rest of the Games? What if capitol was going to vote for all of them? Azelma was surely not interesting, not strong and she could fight at all, so Capitol wouldn't have any reason to vote for her. They would chose one of those stronger kids, the badass ones who could fight, or at least give a kick.

Azelma was glad she was not a victor. If she was lucky enough to win the first time, she would surely die in the second one. Azelma was sure that she wasn't related to any victors at all, so she didn't have to worry about losing someone dear. She secretly hoped that these Games were going to last longer than usual, so the District kids could live peacefully for a while. Nobody liked the victors. Well, their families did, but the rest of the nation didn't. They had killed a lot of kids during the Games and a lot of families hated them. Many of them would probably be happy to see them die.

District 9 was not proud of many victories, so Azelma didn't worry at all. She still hoped that at least one of them would stay alive, so their next tributes will have a mentor. An escort could still do his work, but a victor knew best, right?

Azelma was not really sure why she was in the forest. It was illegal and she hated doing illegal things. Sure, she was stealing, but she didn't do it because she wanted to. Her parents forced her to do so and if she wanted to survive and live with them, she would have to accept their commands. Azelma feared her father and she knew that his drunk self could get really agressive. After five years she could leave her home and live with Fang, or whoever was her husband then.


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Aamina Ellis
 Posted: Nov 30 2011, 04:13 PM
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Mina's head was still spinning from the President's announcement the night before. She couldn't fathom a year of non-stop Hunger Games...just when they would get a reprieve from the bloodbath, another group of innocent people would be sent out to be slaughtered. And with five times as many tributes being selected, who's to say that she wouldn't end up one of them? For the first time, she truly appreciated the vehemence with which Bastian opposed her taking out tesserae. It meant her name was in the drawing many times fewer than it would have been had he relented.

Despite her new-found gratefulness she felt for her older brother and his protective nature, Mina was in the woods as a form of rebellion. She and Bastian had had it out again over her stealing; he kept pointing out that if she got caught, she could be sentenced to death. While this was technically true, Mina knew that no district twelve Peacekeeper would ever be so harsh. Especially since they knew her story. Most of them had bought bread from her just a year ago. Sure, it was still dangerous, but Mina hated feeling like she didn't contribute anything to their little family. The two of them were in the lowest place they had ever been, and she hated the idea of sitting idly around the shack they called home and twiddling her thumbs while Bastian worked himself to death in the mines. The least she could do was scavenge around.

In her frustration and her fear of the Quell, Mina found herself wanting to get away from people. When lunch came at school she grabbed her bag and snuck out when no one was watching. She could always claim she'd gotten sick and have Bastian vouch for her; that was the nice thing about having your older brother as your parent, too. She'd started walking, keeping away from the roads in case anyone got curious. But as she'd neared town, she realized she didn't want to go anywhere she knew. She couldn't go home and just sit around--that was stupid. She couldn't wander around the square or people would ask why she wasn't in school. She didn't feel like snooping around in people's garbage, not today. But just on her right were the woods. And isolation. And the feeling of freedom she so desperately needed.

Mina didn't hesitate, just ducked under the fence at the next loose spot she found in the wire. It was supposed to be electric, but everyone knew it was never turned on. That sort of thing would just be a waste in twelve. So it was easy to venture out of bounds, easy to just start wandering and not thinking about the consequences of yet another illegal action. Mina had never been into the woods before, but she quickly found she liked it. She could lose herself in thought, and no one bothered her or looked at her strangely. It was peaceful.

Mina had no idea how long she'd been walking or how far she'd come when she noticed the bush with the big red berries. She paused; she recognized that type of berry. Surely she'd seen a picture of them in a book at school--they were edible, weren't they? Hesitantly, she picked one, rolled it between her fingers, touched it to her tongue. She popped it in her mouth and chewed; it was tart, but full of more flavor than anything she'd eaten in months. A lightbulb went off in Mina's head then; what if she didn't have to steal, but she could find food in the woods instead? Surely there were other edible plants--she and Bastian could figure out something to do with them. A smile spread across her face; surely, he would approve of this idea. They were just berries, after all, and surely stepping across the fence to grab a few every once and a while wasn't that illegal. Hastily, she opened a pocket of her bag and started to pick berries by the handful, shoving them into the bag to take home.

Mina was on her knees, checking for riper berries on the underside of the bush when she heard it. A distinctive noise--a twig cracking. She froze, her hand stuck into the middle of the bush, and glanced over her shoulder. There was definitely something moving, about twenty yards to her left. She stayed on her knees and pulled her bag towards her as she crawled to the other side of the bush. If it was an animal, she wanted to know it was something that wouldn't attack her before she came out. If it was a Peacekeeper....she needed to find a better hiding spot.

But in a few seconds, Mina realized it wasn't an animal or a Peacekeeper that had stumbled upon her in the woods. It was a girl, a girl who looked like she was just as lost in her thoughts as Mina had been. She didn't look familiar, and if she was from twelve, she ought to have been in school. But she seemed harmless enough, so Mina stood up, her bag slung over her shoulder, and stepped forward out of the bush.

"Hey," she said loudly, then realized she should probably keep it down so as not to attract any other people who might be out wandering around. "Hey," she said, more softly. "What are you doing out here? Aren't you supposed to be in school?"

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Azelma Thénardier
 Posted: Dec 1 2011, 06:07 AM
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Soph


Azelma thought her heart would explode when the girl appeared from nowhere. It was so quiet here, in the forest that Azelma had the impression that there was no human around. There were surely animals, but they were hiding in the mountains, deeper in the forest. It was illegal to be in the forest, Azelma knew that well but she was sure that there were no peacekeepers there. That girl didn't seem as a peacekeeper. She looked a little older than Azelma, so the girl figured that she was only a couple of years older.

" Hey." Azelma greeted quietly, her eyes widening at her quiestion. Her father didn't want her to go to school. He said it was a waste of money, that she could do something better than studying. Azelma was not the type of person to do something against her father's will, so she had stopped going to school. According to the law, all children had to go to school, but nobody would care about a fifteen-year-old not attending classes. " I don't go to school."

Once, she used to go though. She missed those days, when her parents could afford her education. Her father wasn't that bad back then. Both of her parents wanted her to study and be a good student. No, they wanted her to steal, although it was illegal.

" I used to go to school, but now my parents can't afford it." she said, feeling stupid for sharing this with a stranger. What if she was one of those richer kids? She would surely make fun of her for not being able to attend school.

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Aamina Ellis
 Posted: Dec 2 2011, 09:32 PM
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Ellie


Mina saw she had started the girl, and she smiled a bit sheepishly. She was still new to this whole illegally-creeping-about-in-the-woods thing, but she should have known better than to jump out of nowhere and yell at a stranger. She could only imagine how it would feel if someone had snuck up on her and then jumped out yelling.

"Sorry if I scared you," she said, shifting her bag from one shoulder to the other. "I was just so happy you weren't a Peacekeeper. I guess I'm a little paranoid."

Mina was confused by the girl's answer, that she didn't go to school. Everyone went to school. That was kind of the law. Well, unless you skipped to wander around in the woods and meet other people who were skipping and doing the same thing. All very illegal, of course, and even more dangerous when your parents slash brother found out. But this girl seemed very sure of her answer--it wasn't that she hadn't gone today, just that she didn't go, period. Mina opened her mouth to inquire how the girl had gotten out of the mandatory school rule, when she volunteered more information.

"Oh," Mina said instinctively. She was surprised; most of the kids in the slums went to school because they knew they'd get fed and be in a nice, warm shelter for as long as the school day lasted. Their parents wanted them there, to get whatever benefits they could. But then there were those who had had to drop out, to work in the mines, to support the family. Her own brother was one, though Mina often forgot he had made such a sacrifice since he was of age anyway.

Seeing as how the other girl had offered up something so personal, Mina felt inclined to respond. "I guess we can't really afford for me to be in school either," she admitted. "Which is kind of why I'm out here gathering instead of in school, reading. But it wouldn't be that way if you asked my brother." She grinned at the girl conspiratorially.

"So, do you work, then?" she asked, curious now about the girl who didn't go to school. "Where are you from?"

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Azelma Thénardier
 Posted: Dec 3 2011, 01:40 PM
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22-October 11 • 1595 Moneys

Soph


Azelma didn't concider stealing as a respectable job. She was indeed doing something and she got money from it, but it wasn't a job. People were working hard for the money she stole. Especially people from Eleven of Twelve, where they had to work in the mines in order to survive. The working conditions in District Twelve were really bad, Azelma had heard of people losing their lifes in order to feed their families.

" Sort of." Azelma replied, unsure if she had to tell Aamina that she was stealing. She didn't even trust Fang this information. What if Aamina told the peacekeepers? No, she couldn't trust a stranger. " District Nine." Azelma replied quietly. Well, that was safe information.

" Azelma." she introduced herself, realizing that she didn't know the other girl's name.

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Aamina Ellis
 Posted: Dec 3 2011, 09:31 PM
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Mina cocked her head and shifted her weight from one foot the the other, confused about the other girl's odd response to her question. She wasn't quite sure how one could not go to school and yet not work, especially if your parents couldn't afford for you to go to school. She opened her mouth to inquire, but then immediately closed it again. It occurred to her suddenly that perhaps this girl was in a situation similar to hers--perhaps she was forced to do things that weren't exactly kosher in Panem to get by. Mina was lucky in that her brother would skin her alive if he ever actually caught her in the act of stealing; he had given up his own education to go to work full time so that she didn't have to do what she was doing. She put herself in this position, because she wanted to. Perhaps the girl in front of her didn't have a choice.

"District nine?" she said brightly, seizing on the harmless information that had come about. "That's so cool, I've never been over there. Is it far from here?" She glanced around, as though there would be signs in the middle of the forest, pointing towards the different districts or something. "What's it like?"

She shifted her bag to her other shoulder and held out her hand as an introduction, feeling foolish for not having given her name earlier, seeing as how she was the one who'd started this little interview. "I'm Mina," she said. "I'm from twelve."

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Azelma Thénardier
 Posted: Dec 5 2011, 05:26 AM
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District Nine was surely not as luxurious and bright as the other upper districts. People in Nine were poor, their homes were not decorated and only a few could afford a beautiful garden. Even richer residents weren't especially interested in planting trees or flowers. The shops were almost empty, because nobody could actually afford to buy something. Azelma was sure the other girl wouldn't be interested in learning about Nine, but then she heard she was from twelve and well, twelve was surely worse than nine.

" It's nothing special." Azelma started, unsure what she had to mention in order to make an impression. " It is full of factories. Really, nothing special." Azelma had no idea how far nine was from twelve. She needed two or maybe three hours in order to come here. " I'm not sure... Three hours away, by foot." she explained, bitting her bottom lip.

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Aamina Ellis
 Posted: Dec 5 2011, 04:05 PM
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Mina shifted from one foot to the other uneasily; her ankle was bothering her a little, and she would have liked to sit down, but she thought it would be weird. Especially since the girl in front of her didn't seem exactly at ease; Mina still couldn't figure out what she seemed to be doing in the woods. She wondered if some people just came out here for fun, without an actual goal in mind; if that was the case for her, she might not actually wander out into the forest so freely. The law was harsh if you were caught, and it would be a high price to pay for a little leisure time.

"Factories?" she said. "Does everyone work there, then? It's food processing, isn't it? That must be nice," she mused a bit wistfully. "I bet you guys have plenty to eat out there."

Mina thought for a moment; three hours wasn't too long on foot, especially in the middle of the day. She'd been out for at least that long...maybe four hours, even. That meant it would only take her about half a day to walk to District Nine if she really wanted to. She wondered how well she'd be received there--were the Peacekeepers the type to arrest you on sight? Or was it more like twelve? And furthermore, what kind of fuss would Bastian raise if she came home in the middle of the night?

"Do you guys have visitors from other districts a lot?" she asked curiously. If ever she wanted to go to nine, she wanted to at least be prepared. "We don't get a ton of outsiders in twelve, but I think that's because it's so far out. You can really only get here if you're from the rural districts. Unless you take the bus, I guess, but who can afford that?"

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Azelma Thénardier
 Posted: Dec 7 2011, 06:06 AM
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Azelma hated the factories. She had heard horrible stories about young women getting lost in there. She really hoped that she would never have to work in one of the factories in Nine. " No, all the foor goes to Capitol." Azelma replied. Sometimes, when someone made a mistake and the food was slightly ruined, they gave it to the District's recidents and executed the person who dared to do such a mistake. Sometimes, people were brave enough to sacrifice themselves in order to feed their families.

" Well, yes." Azelma replied. " Food is cheaper in my District. At least for the visitors." For a poor District Nine recident, food was pretty expensive. " Oh, nobody in Nine wants to visit the rural Districts, unless we really have to."

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Mina was a bit taken aback; all those factories, full of food, and it all went to the Capitol? Not to the people who worked hard to prepare it? After a moment, she supposed she ought not be that surprised; it was like the Capitol to ignore the workers and reap the rewards of the work for themselves. That was kind of their whole deal. "Oh," was all she could say. "I guess...I guess it's the same for us, too. We don't exactly have, like...endless coal. But we don't really need that much, either."

At the mention that food was cheaper in nine, Azelma had Mina's full attention again, her mind snapped back to the present instead of its usual dreamy, hate-on-the-Capitol state. "Really?" she asked, trying not to sound like some kind of desperate animal. "How...how much cheaper is it for visitors? Why?" She wondered if this was some kind of Capitol trap; lure in the visitors to nine with offers of cheap food, and then trap them there to work in the factories forever or something vicious like that.

For just a moment, Azelma's words about the rural districts stung. Mina realized that the other districts didn't think much of twelve or its surrounding areas, but it was different to come out and say it so directly. She frowned and opened her mouth to snap something back, but then she thought better of it. This girl didn't seem to have much going for her from the way she talked; maybe being from a more urban district was one of the things she ought to be proud of. Though Mina didn't agree with the stereotypes about the rural districts, seeing as how she was from one herself, she kept her mouth shut.

"Well," she said at last. "It would be kind of nice to get around and see some of the other districts. I want to travel around a bit...one of these days."

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