- Was trained for years by previous winners
- Weapons: knife + machete
- Sponsors: Yes
- N. of victims: 2
- Initially trained as a peacekeeper
- Weapons: knife + sword
- Sponsors: Yes
- N. of victims: 2
- Highly intelligent, he built a mine by himself
- Weapons: knife + mine + throwing knife
- Sponsors: A few
- NOT A VOLUNTEER
- N. of victims: 1
- Knows how to fish, make traps and hold his breath underwater for 4 minutes. Best aim.
- Weapons: knife + spear
- Sponsors: A few
- NOT A VOLUNTEER
- N. of victims: 1
- Fast and good at camouflaging + deep knowledge of electricity
- Weapons: knife + bow and arrow
- Sponsors: None
- NOT A VOLUNTEER
- N. of victims: 0
- Has been cutting down trees since he was 11. Very strong.
- Weapons: knife + axe
- Sponsors: A few
- NOT A VOLUNTEER
- N. of victims: 1
- Strong knowledge of poisonous plants and good at hiding and building traps. Not to be underestimated.
- Weapons: knife + sickle
- Sponsors: None
- NOT A VOLUNTEER
- N. of victims. 0
A tropical forest with genetically modified mosquitoes whose bite leads to high fever and death. The highest and lowest temperature are 40°C/104°F and 10°C/50°F. Average humidity between 80% and 85%. Full of poisonous plants and clean water is hard to find.
It's the boy from District 5.
Yoongi approaches Jimin and keeps staring at his leg.
"How did you get that?"
"You're pale. Are you feeling nauseous?"
Jimin nods again, confused. Yoongi sighs and puts down his weapons.
He feels sorry.
Yoongi ignores his question and takes Jimin's hand to help him get back on his feet. He guides him inside the cave and brings him to where he was staying. Jimin is shocked: there's a fire. There's food. There's water. He wants to cry.
"What is it?"
Yoongi looks at the fire.
"Please don't scream. They will find us."
He doesn't let him answer and puts the burning blade on his leg.
He wants him to know he's coming.
"Well, hello there"
It's behind him.
"Are you lost?"
Taehyung's eyes are red. He's uncontrollable. He doesn't say anything and runs towards Jin, his machete high in the air.
Jin doesn't move: he has a sword, an awl and a blowtorch. He grins harder.
"Run!!!!" the voice says.
They both turn towards the voice and then they see it.
Every dispute is quickly forgotten when they see the boy from District 3 followed by fire.
Jin and Taehyung move forward, as they make a silent agreement.
"You're just making it funnier to us!" says one of the tributes.
Namjoon's expression doesn't change.
The cicadas aren't singing anymore.
"Don't! I want the boy from District 5. I want to be the one who takes his life."
He nods and lends his hand.
"You're from District 1 right? You guys are trained very hard there but you still managed to fall into a stupid trap. What does that say about you?"
He laughs and leaves him there, running after Namjoon.
Taehyung's fury only increases.
Namjoon makes himself comfortable and calls it a night.
The fireflies disappear as he hears footsteps coming from the other side of the river.
Hoseok lifts his spear up and aims it at him: he's waiting for the moment the boy's chest is facing him.
He can hardly see but Hoseok's aiming skills never failed him.
"Prepare the cannon."
He's shaking with anticipation: the first level didn't even last a week as the majority of tributes got killed the first night.
"If no one dies tonight, the following days will be hell."
Hoseok sighs annoyed and sits down.
He throws the spear anyway.
The eagle-owl falls, dead.
THE TRIBUTES ARE ASLEEP.
NUMBER OF VICTIMS: 0
"Tributes. The Capitol is amazed by your strenght and fortitude. Thanks to you, Panem has known only peace and prosperity. Therefore it's my duty to reward your efforts. Alliances shall be allowed now.
Panem today, Panem tomorrow. Panem forever."
He touches Jimin's forehead: his ally has a fever.
"What are you doing?"
Yoongi looks offended.
"You're hot. Are you sick?"
Jimin shakes his head.
"A fever means nothing."
"Yeah but... You kept losing blood from your nose too. Listen, I'm not a doctor but..."
"You know what's going on right? You come from District 11. You guys know everything about plants, viruses and stuff like that..."
"I do but there's nothing you can do to heal me. Only a sponsor can and I have none."
"I'll help you."
"I told you, you can't help me! I'm doomed!"
Yoongi is growing frustrated and annoyed at the boy.
"Can you just tell me what's going on?"
Jimin looks away.
"I think I have yellow fever. Mosquitoes must have bit my cut."
Genetically modified by the Capitol. They carry multiple diseases, one of them being the yellow fever. The symptoms usually take days to show but in this case it only takes a few hours.
The last symptom is organs failure and the only cure comes from the Capitol.
"Listen... I'll go get some food, try to catch some fish. You stay here. You're my ally now."
"Ally? Isn't it... Forbidden?"
"But if you know I'm going to die soon, why are you helping me?"
"Can't I do something nice before I get killed?"
"How are you giving up like this? Don't you have someone to come home to?"
"Well... I do but don't laugh please."
Jimin nods and Yoongi looks away.
"It's my dog. I only have my dog."
He says as he leaves the cave, breaking a bit of Jimin's heart.
He sets his eyes on a fish that seems big enough and gets ready.
He shoots the arrow but misses the fish.
Yoongi recognizes him: it's the boy from District 4. The one who spared his life during the first level.
"Are you looking for an alliance or are you here to mock my fishing skills, mermaid boy?"
Hoseok gets closer to him as he enters the water.
Yoongi stays silent. He thinks it through: Jimin is weak. Very weak. The following days will be harder.
Hoseok kills a fish with his spear, his eyes still set on Yoongi, who rolls his.
"Fine. Follow me"
"That's for cowards."
Yoongi approaches Jimin but he doesn't look good. He's pale, there's vomit beside him and he's shaking.
Hoseok looks shocked.
"What the fuck? Sorry but I didn't make an alliance for this!"
"What are you doing?"
Yoongi almost growls.
"I'm not leaving him."
Hoseok points at the poor boy.
"I know! But I will never forgive myself if he dies alone!"
"What about sponsors?"
Yoongi stares at Hoseok.
"We have none."
"What happened to you, my buddy?"
Jimin's voice is weak.
Yoongi takes his backpack and weapons.
"I'm getting whatever fruits I can find and then you'll throw away the poisonous ones, okay?"
Even the air smells nice, like freshly cut grass.
Yoongi suddenly stops: he sees someone bathing from afar
Hes not ready to fight against two tributes, who seem to be allies now.
Realization finally hits him: its the boy from District 2.
With the boy from District 1.
He doesn't even kill bugs.
Fuck the Capitol.
Life is precious.
But he has time and the Capitol will be shocked by what he's thinking.
Blood is nice yes, but why not have some fun with the tributes?
"You know what to do."
He promised it: Hell is breaking loose.
The tributes hear something and rush towards the source, disappearing into the forest.
He sighs, relieved. He goes back on his feet and walks away, desperate to find something for Jimin.
He knows how to hunt, the problem is he only has an axe and a knife. Unless he throws it at his prey, there's no way he can kill something.
He starts thinking about his District.
Many people hurt themselves to cut down trees and provide them to the Capitol. Many died too.
They have no proper medicines.
But how? If he does anything, they will get his family. He knows it. It happened before.
He shakes his head and keeps walking fast.
He gets his knife and silently gets closer to it, his mouth watering and his stomach growling.
As he gets ready to throw his knife, a box made of lianas falls on the bird.
He sees the boy from District 3.
"Hey! That was my prey!"
Namjoon gasped scared. He didn't notice he wasn't alone.
He starts to panic: he has no weapons, except a knife. He lost his throwing knife the other night.
Jungkook approaches him.
"No, you listen! You will give it to me right now before I cut your throat!"
"I was going to ask you if you knew how to cook it."
Jungkook looks at him suspiciously.
"I'm not interested in an alliance."
"Neither am I but you don't know how to make traps. I do."
"I see you have no weapons. I do."
"Even if we don't want each other, we need each other. Believe me, I'm not happy with alliances either but either we both die or cooperate."
"Do you know these are the Hunger Games?"
"Sorry to break it to you but only one will make it out alive. It could be you, me or someone else."
"And? What are you implying?"
Jungkook laughs and shakes his head.
"Nothing. I just want to eat that bird."
He could kill him right there, wait for Yoongi to come back and kill him off too.
He could do that.
He really could.
But he won't.
Jimin nods. He doesn't trust someone with a spear.
"How do you know you're sick?"
"It's pretty obvious. Plus I have all the symptoms."
"Is there a cure?"
"Ask the Capitol."
Jimin wipes the blood coming out of his nose for the hundredth time.
"Oh. I see"
He wants to say something but he can't.
"Listen... You stay hidden okay? I still don't know why Yoongi thinks you need protection... I'll come back soon."
Jimin closes his eyes.
It makes him furious knowing that the Capitol is enjoying this with a full stomach and a glass of wine.
He hates the Capitol.
Hes crossing the river when he sees them.
The boys from District 1 & 2.
And they see him.
They're right in front of him.
"Hey! Don't run away, we want to be your friends!"
They both start laughing.
Jin and Taehyung embody what the Capitol is.
And Hoseok hates them.
He runs faster as they're catching up but then he feels a sharp pain hitting his cheek: Jin threw his knife
"I'll throw my fucking machete!"
Hoseok looks behind him as he keeps running, blood coming out of his cut.
He sees Taehyung getting ready to throw his machete at him: if that thing hits him, hes dead.
Hes not ready.
An arrow hits Taehyung's shoulder
He keeps running and gets out of the river, heading towards the cave.
Taehyung breaks the arrow stuck in his shoulder and grunts.
"I will find you!"
He's a burden
Jimin's voice is weaker, barely audible.
"Nothing. It got a bit intense out there."
"It's bad huh?"
Jimin smiles sadly.
Hoseok stays silent.
"I should've known better... I made a stupid mistake by not being more careful with my injury. I thought it wasn't anything serious. It's too late"
Jimin takes a look at it.
"Speaking off... You should let me take care of your cut. I need a papaya for it but Yoongi might be coming with it so in the meantime I can clean it for you."
As he's applying it to his skin, Hoseok stays silent but his mind is racing.
He doesn't know what to do.
"Did you volunteer?"
Namjoon raises his eyebrows at the question.
"No? Why would I?"
"You're from District 3... I thought your people was eager to participate or something."
"We're not all like that. Even in District 1 and 2 there are people who aren't okay with this and want a change."
He sharpens the bones of the bird they ate to make weapons out of them.
"Joon, they're watching us."
"You don't mess with the Capitol... Remember what happened last year? You shouldn't say these kind of things."
"The tribute threatened the President's life, of course they killed him and his family. I didn't say anything wrong. Take it easy."
"I wouldn't mind a revolution. A riot. Something like that. I think it would be interesting to see how it goes, don't you think?"
Jungkook doesn't answer: Namjoon laughs.
"Oh man... you're such a coward, Jungkook."
"Are you sure? You threatened to cut my throat moments ago and that's what cowards do. They don't get things done, they just talk."
Jungkook is offended. He really wants to cut his throat now.
"Okay, you know wha-"
Shock crosses Namjoon's face.
Jungkook is sweating. He feels something behind him but only Namjoon can see it.
"I said don't move. Trust me."
Namjoon grabs his axe but Jungkook really doesn't trust him.
Then he hears something hissing.
He sees something green.
He turns pale: he hates snakes.
Jungkook is paralyzed as he feels the snake go down on his head.
"Kill it. Kill it now before I start freaking out."
Namjoon laughs and gets closer.
The snake sees him and hisses as he throws the axe at it.
Jungkook kicks it away.
"It's fucking moving! Disgusting!"
Namjoon throws his head back, laughing.
"This is priceless... Aren't you from District 7? I thought you were used to snakes."
Jungkook takes the snake and throws it at Namjoon's face.
"We could take the Capitol down, me and you. Dont you think?"
"Ah, fuck off. I have a family, you know?"
"Well I dont. Who cares. Fuck them"
"Why are you saying this?"
"They kept using me to get more tesserae. My name was on the reaping 58 times."
A butterfly flies past him.
"I thought you were rich?"
"Hey, I just realised you saved my life."
Namjoon chuckles softly.
"Yeah and now you owe me."
Jungkook nods: he's right.
"Hey, look at me Joon!"
Namjoon looks at Jungkook raising his middle fingers at the camera and joins him.
He hasn't said a thing since the previous night and has been observing them all.
District 1 and 2 aren't important to him.
He's focused on someone else.
He finally speaks.
"Get me more informations about the boy from District 7."
Jin has been keeping an eye on Taehyung. His shoulder isnt bleeding since the other half of the arrow is still inside his skin.
"Would you stop doing that?"
Taehyung breaks the silence as they're walking inside the forest.
Jin looks away, embarrassed.
Jin stops, offended.
"I was trained as a peacekeeper, watch it!"
Taehyung fakes his fear.
"Oh a peacekeeper! How scary! Look at me, shaking with fear."
He keeps walking.
Taehyung stops and ignores him.
"We should stop here. Get some food and water. I have to take care of my shoulder. Hey, who had an arrow and a bow?"
Jin tries to remember.
"The one from District 5?"
"Yes, I'm sure of it. I remember seeing him run away with those and thinking the bow was as big as him."
Taehyung's jaw is clenched.
"What do you have against him? What did he do?"
Jin asks carefully, trying not to alternate the boy.
"Why are you so damn curious?"
Taehyung ignores him and sits down, focused on his shoulder.
He rips off a part of his shirt and takes a look at his injury.
He takes the rest of the arrow in his hand and quickly pulls it off.
"I'm not here to gossip. Mind your own business."
Jin had enough. He grabs the boy from his neck and blocks him against a tree.
"You know I don't need an ally."
Taehyung smiles despite the sharp pain.
Jin looks at him confused and lets him go as if he was touching something revolting.
"You're nuts, you know? You're fucking nuts."
Taehyung ignores him again.
Jin sees a lizard and throws his knife at it.
"Ah, I found dinner."
The older boy rolls his eyes at him.
"Alright. Let me ask my sponsors for a chicken then."
Taehyung doesn't laugh.
"You know our sponsors send anything we want. Why make such a stupid request?"
Jin decides to stop talking.
He so wants to kill him.
Jimin is sleeping next to the fire as Hoseok and Yoongi are softly discussing.
Hoseok's cheek feels so much better thanks to the mixture Jimin made for him: his knowledge of plants is incredible.
Hoseok now understands why Yoongi is fighting that hard for him.
Yoongi's eyes light up.
"You would do that? Really?"
Hoseok nervously shrugs.
"I could. I mean... They probably won't help me again but... Yeah."
"Please. Let's make it another night without any victims."
Jimin keeps snoring, unaware of what's happening.
They wait a few minutes.
An owl fills the silence of the night.
Yoongi shifts uncomfortably.
"I've never killed anyone. I barely survived the first level and if you didn't spare me, I wouldn't be here. So thank you. I guess."
"Yeah. Dont mention it."
"Yeah... He's my only family. I found him next to a power plant and he was pretty bad. His leg was broken so I took care of him and we've been inseparable ever since."
"You're making me miss my cat."
"Her name is Venus because she has this cute little star-shaped spot on her back. She hates me but I like her. She's warm."
"She probably hates you because you're always around water, mermaid boy."
Both start giggling.
"My dog is called Happy. Sappy huh?"
He rapidly puts his hand on Hoseok's mouth to stop him from laughing.
Hoseok gets away and looks at him, shocked.
"What the f-"
"Do you hear it?"
Yoongi rushes out of the cave, ignoring the fact he's exposing himself without weapons.
Then he sees it.
"They heard you. Hoseok, they heard you."
Hoseok jumps on his feet and takes the box from his hands.
There's a note inside.
Hoseok sighs: he knew it.
Yoongi is waking up Jimin, who looks alarmed at the sudden agitation.
"They sent the medicine! You're safe!"
Jimin looks at Hoseok, his eyes asking if it were true.
Hoseok nods and shows him the box.
Jimin almost cries.
Taehyung can't sleep.
The Head Gamemaker is watching him.
He commands to a Gamemaker to turn the volume up and sees Taehyung's reaction, which consists into ripping his hair off.
He's going crazy.
Hell is breaking loose.
Not only they have trackers in their arms, they also have a special kind of earbuds that allow the Gamemakers to make them listen to whatever they want.
Only Taehyung's are on.
And all he hears is people laughing at him.
Over and over.
He's sleep deprived. He's starving. He's mentally unstable.
His target is nowhere to be found and his District is laughing at him. Mocking him.
In reality District 1 doesn't even care.
How can he sleep through all this noise?
He tries to wake him up but when he does, Jin doesnt look very happy.
"How can you sleep? They're so loud!"
"What the fuck are you talking about?"
Jin gets up: he's furious.
"Listen! I've had enough! You're a fucking psycho! You.. What did you do to your hair?"
Taehyung doesn't understand what's going on.
He just wants to sleep.
Jin grabs his sword and steps back.
"He won't need any more of these fake laughs after tonight" he smiles "These voices will forever be in his head. We will forever be inside his head."
The Capitol is watching.
The President is watching.
No one is protesting.
Taehyung is observing Jin.
He sees how he first looks concerned and then grins.
He sees how his expression becomes amused.
Jin starts laughing.
Taehyung gets up.
The first cannon.
He thinks it's better off this way, he's telling himself Taehyung is in a more peaceful place now.
He takes all his items and leaves.
Namjoon keeps playing with a stick.
"What happened? Who died?"
Jungkook looks annoyed.
"Cant they just use something less noisy? Like a flute?"
Jungkook rolls his eyes, offended.
"You know, it's a real bummer they don't show who dies anymore... I'd like to see how my face looks like in the sky. But then again, that would happen only if I died, so i can't witness it. How unfair."
Jungkook looks at him for a few seconds.
"Yeah, right... I will pretend I understood what you just said."
He goes back to sleep, leaving Namjoon alone.
"Who do you think it was?"
"It could be anyone. Or no one too."
"I guess so. It would be the greatest gift if it were the boy from District 2. He threw a knife at me!"
"Well, at least you're not wanted by a psychopath. My aiming skills got worse, I aimed at his heart."
Yoongi nods and yawns.
"I think you should sleep. I'll be on guard duty."
The Head Gamemaker smiles.
NUMBER OF VICTIMS: 1
He leaves anoher Gamemaker in charge and exits the room, ready to meet him.
The unbearable smell of roses hits him as soon as he enters the President's office.
He's sitting there, frowining.
The Head Gamemaker does as told.
"Did you read the news, Tatius?"
He stays silent: he didn't.
The President keeps talking.
"Capitol fears a rebellion. Things aren't going as planned and I'm disappointed. Only one death in two days? You can do better than this."
He gets interrupted.
"I don't want to hear it. I want you to show the tributes who's in control. Show them the consequences of joking about a rebellion. Have no mercy. Or I will do it. And I will throw you in the arena."
Tatius nods, ashamed.
He woke up before them and found Hoseok asleep in a very uncomfortable position.
He helped him get cosy and left the cave, not going too far away.
He feels brand new.
He doesn't even flinch.
"You shouldn't go around without protection. I didn't save you to then get you killed after a few hours."
He turns around and sees Hoseok laughing and shaking his head.
"I got you guys breakfast! I hope you like bananas."
It's not real. It can't be real.
He stands still, trying to catch that sound again.
All he hears is the buzzing of the magnetic field of the arena, followed by his beating heart.
He calms down: it must've been a dream.
A really bad dream.
He takes all his tools and leaves the cave, curious to know how Jimin is feeling now.
He sees them next to the river, focused on catching some fish.
He gets closer.
Jungkook has been complaining for hours now but Namjoon isn't listening.
He's focused on preparing himself for any possible attack.
"Why do I even try..."
He covers the hole on the ground.
Jungkook looks confused.
"We're not in an actual forest. We're not eating actual food. These trees? They're not real."
"Wait what the f-"
"I know it. The best minds of the Capitol come from my District. I know how all of this works."
"Crazy huh? All of this... It's holograms. The food you're eating is just... How do I explain it to someone like you?"
Jungkook just gets more offended.
"Hey, I'm not stupid you know? Headass!"
"Why did you hunt the bird then? Why do you search for food?"
"It's a game, isn't it? You have to play by the rules."
"You know too much, Joon. It's not always a good thing."
"I could easily blow this entire arena off, you know?"
"Shut up! They're watching us!!"
Namjoon leans on and whispers.
"There's always a flaw in the system."
Namjoon looks surprised as a little box falls from the sky.
"Did you ask for something?"
Jungkook shakes his head.
"No? The only thing I'm asking right now is for you to shut up."
"Who are they?"
"My parents and my future wife."
"Wife? Arent you like 12?"
Jungkook ignores him.
"I wanted to marry her before all of this started. All I can do now is fight for her"
Jungkook looks away, a little embarrassed but Namjoon keeps making fun of him.
"How did someone this pretty end up with someone like you?"
The boy looks at the picture again.
"Hey, there's a message behind it."
"What does it say?"
He turns pale.
He stops eating the fish Hoseok caught and gets up, panting heavily.
"Did you hear that?"
They both look at him, confused.
Yoongi starts moving around, panicking even more.
"Did you fucking hear it or not!"
"The barking? Yes?"
"There's no way they can do that. They can't. Yoongi, they cant."
He doesn't listen to them. As soon as he hears another bark, he runs towards it, getting deeper into the forest.
Hoseok mutters a "Fuck" and follows him.
Jimin does the same.
He's panting and shaking.
Hoseok and Jimin catch up and stay close to him, minding their surroundings.
He sees something move in front of him, coming out the vegetation.
Hoseok's eyes widen in shock as Jimin takes a step back.
"Y-Yoongi, step back."
He doesn't listen to them. He can't hear them.
He only sees his dog, his actual dog, coming closer to him.
He didn't realise he was crying until he starts sobbing.
He takes a step closer to the... creature Capitol mutated.
"Thats not your dog anymore. Step back."
Jimin's voice is quite, as if he didn't want to scare the animal.
Yoongi raises his arm, trying to pet it.
The creature growls.
The creature jumps at Yoongi but Hoseok steps in, pushing the boy away.
He falls down, using his spear to keep the creature away from his face but it's too strong for him.
Yoongi can't move. He can't even blink.
The creature scratches Hoseok's chest, making him scream painfully.
Yoongi doesn't know what to do.
Why is the Capitol doing this? How are they enjoying this? What kind of sick fucked up world is he living in?
He takes an arrow and aims, shaking.
The creature gets back and howls in pain.
Yoongi's heart breaks: that's exactly how Happy would act whenever he got hurt.
He falls down on his knees as Hoseok gets his spear and pushes it through its chest.
The creature whines and falls back, dead.
He doesn't protest and lets Hoseok carry him.
He doesnt have anything now.
He might as well just die.
He really fucking hates the Capitol.
He calls his name and after a few seconds, he hears an answer.
He lets Yoongi go and moans at the pain, but he quickly ignores it again.
"Where are you?"
Jimin's voice is weak.
"Down here! Follow my voice!"
Yoongi quietly follows him: he's not crying anymore.
They find Jimin trapped in a hole.
He looks embarrassed for his stupid mistake, but quickly changes his expression as he sees Hoseok's chest.
Yoongi's voice is dark. Hoseok sighs and nods.
Yoongi ignores him and walks away, hating the way birds are singing.
He hates how the sun shines bright.
He's full of hate.
He can't understand why every single liana disappeared.
Yoongi is about to turn back when he sees another tribute sitting on a rock.
He looks like he has been crying and Yoongi doesn't know what to do.
Then he sees him too.
Yoongi gets defensive and points his arrow at him.
The boy doesn't even move.
He doesn't even blink.
"Do it. Kill me."
"What happened to you?"
Jungkook shows him the message.
"They killed my family."
"How do you know?"
"It's the fucking Capitol, what do you think? They killed my fucking family! I have nothing to fight for now."
"They killed my dog..."
Yoongi takes a step back.
"I... You can't ask me this. I won't do it."
As Jungkook is about to speak, someone approaches them.
"You can't kill him. We're making a pie."
Yoongi sees the boy from District 3 and takes a step back: they're probably allies and he's alone.
"Ah, you have nothing to lose anymore. Revenge is sweet. Just like a pie!"
Namjoon smiles fondly and looks at Yoongi.
"What do you think? Pie?"
"What are you talking about?"
Namjoon gets closer to him.
"Sometimes when people are hurt by other people they get revenge by making a poisoned pie. Or something"
Namjoon's smile fades abruptly and Jungkook sighs.
"He's asking you to join him."
Yoongi is even more confused.
"Join what? I'm here to get some li-"
He stops. He completely forgot about Hoseok and Jimin. "Did you make that trap?"
"Duh? Yes? Of course."
Namjoon crosses his arms.
"Friends? Thats not really how you should define them but... Okay. At one condition though: you join us."
"Do you think your friends would be interested in pie?"
They're both still there and Yoongi sighs relieved. It's not like Jimin could've gone anywhere anyway.
"What took you so long?"
Hoseok is annoyed.
"These two." he mutters.
He points at Jungkook and Namjoon.
Hoseok's eyes widen.
Hoseok looks interested while Jimin isn't as sure.
"I don't have a family anymore but I'm still not so sure about this, Yoongi. Especially if I have to call it a pie all the time."
Hoseok nods and turns to Namjoon.
"I want the pie. Im in. How do we eat it without being seen?"
"You can't" he turns to the other boys "What about you? Will you join?"
"Okay yes, I'll join you. I have never made pie though."
"You'll be fine. I'm not really a fan of pies, but when you're starving they're the best."
Yoongi and Jungkook both roll their eyes.
"Just call it for what it is, a revo-"
"Revolting pie? Rude."
"Let me take care of that."
He takes the mixture he had made for his cheek and applies it on his exposed chest.
Hoseok grunts at the coldness but he's grateful.
He mentally thanks Yoongi for saving Jimin.
He doesn't understand what they're talking about but he's suspicious.
"Show me the tribute from District 2."
They zoom in on Jin.
Tatius gets closer to a microphone.
"It's your turn. Head South."
Despite his weapons, he's definitely the weakest one.
But these are the Hunger Games and the tributes can't be all allies.
He doesn't know what to do.
Tatius speaks again.
He sees something moving behind the tributes.
He's sure it's an animal, so he gets ready to fight.
But its not an animal.
He sees the boy he thought he killed approach the group with raised hands.
Yoongi has his arrow pointed at him and he's not shaking.
Jin doesn't understand. Did he actually kill him? Is the Capitol just messing with him?
But why would they?
He doesn't understand.
Yoongi still has his arrow pointed at him while Namjoon looks at the tribute carefully.
No one wants to say anything but Jungkook breaks the silence.
"Does it mean the dead tribute was the one from District 2?"
"Yes. I killed him."
Yoongi shakes his head and points at his chest.
"I don't trust you."
"You will not shoot it. You can't kill."
He's about to shoot his arrow when Namjoon stops him.
"Don't. I want to listen to what he has to say."
Hoseok taps his shoulder in a weak attempt to cheer him up.
"I see you all made an alliance or at least it looks like that. Whats your plan?"
They dont think Namjoon is dumb enough to reveal the plan.
But he starts talking.
Taehyung's expression doesnt change.
The Head Gamemaker crosses his arms, confused and slightly pissed.
The tributes look at each other but stay silent.
Yoongi's arrow doesnt move.
The wind stops
Namjoon takes a step towards Taehyung, who takes a step back and gets closer to a tree.
"Dumb? You think it's dumb?"
"The Capitol is powerful, more than you will ever know. I will not join you."
"Let me shoot."
Namjoon snaps, scaring the ally, who does as told and takes a step back.
Jin watches the scene from afar, hidden between the trees and wonders what he's supposed to do.
He looks at the camera but the Head Gamemaker ignores him.
"Holograms can't die."
Everyone but Jungkook is confused. The youngest sighs.
"Nothing is real, everything is just holograms, you're eating holograms, the air you're breathing feeds you and so on. Dont make him listen to him again, please."
Namjoon isnt listening.
He's focused on Taehyung.
"I want you to find out what they're plotting. I can't kill them all so I want you to take them one by one. I will help you."
Jin nods at the orders and leaves, focused on finding a hiding spot.
"What the fuck is he talking about? None of this is real?"
"The arena isn't real. Where do you think hovercrafts come from? We never see them but they come from the outside."
Namjoon is secretly proud of Jungkook.
Taehyung looks trapped.
Jimin follows Namjoon's order and lights up a fire, despite the high humidity of the forest.
"Bring it closer to the hologram."
Jimin is reclutant: he's not sure that's an hologram.
Namjoon rolls his eyes and does it himself.
"You better tell me what the fuck just happened and Im not joking. How did you know he wasnt human?"
Namjoon raises his hands.
"He flickered. Didnt you see it? It was so obvious."
A punch hits him.
Namjoon laughs and wipes the blood coming out of his lips.
"Guess I deserved that huh?"
Hoseok is pissed.
Jimin takes Hoseok's hand and pulls him closer to calm him down.
Then, there's a loud beeping
Jungkook warns Namjoon, who happily watches as a box is falling from the sky and landing next to him.
He takes it and smiles at the content.
"Its like the third you get, its so unfair."
Namjoon takes his items and leaves, hiding somewhere close.
No one says anything.
He gets up and goes looking for Namjoon, despite Jungkook's warning to leave him alone.
He finds him soon: he looks like he's working on something.
Namjoon jumps as he was caught off guard.
"What do you want?"
"Be careful of the cameras."
Yoongi nods and sits next to him as the sun goes down.
"How did you know he was an hologram? Why didn't you let me shoot?"
"His sides kept flickering and he raised his hands. A tribute from District 1 who surrenders? Too suspicious."
"Use your brain. If the whole arena is taking up energy to make it look like it's real, then it uses even more energy to make it feel, soud and taste like it's real. Making a fire takes up a lot of energy which makes the system vulnerable."
"In a way, yes."
"How do you know all these things?"
"My District is responsible for technology and stuff. I've watched every Game I could and I've studied them."
"You watched them all? How could you?"
"You know what Yoongi... You need to get comfortable with the idea of killing someone. Life is precious indeed, but this doesn't mean yours isn't. You kill or you die, that's how it is for now. And I need you to kill."
"It might sound crazy to you but I don't mind being here. My District won't fail me."
"Who are you fighting for? You weren't a volunteer. I lost the only reason I had to keep going and I was... I just wanted to know."
Yoongi looks down as Namjoon stops working on his tools.
"I'm fighting for myself. For my freedom."
He decides to leave him alone so that he can.. do whatever he was doing.
As he's getting further from him, he hears Namjoon talk to himself.
"One, two, five. High chances of four."
He decides to ignore whatever nonsense he's saying and goes back to the boys.
Jimin smiles when he sees him.
"Im glad you're back! I thought something happened to you."
Yoongi shrugs and sits next to them.
"Nothing happened. That guy is a real weirdo but I think hes okay."
Hoseok shakes his head.
He stops talking.
Panem's anthem starts playing as the face of President Snow shows up in the sky.
He looks insane as he starts speaking.
"Starting tomorrow alliances will be forbidden. Kill your ally and goodnight"
They're all tense.
They know they're still allies for now, but tomorrow... Tomorrow they won't be anymore.
Jungkook could be a victim.
He gets closer to his axe.
Jungkook blushes in embarassment as Jimin speaks.
"You can't blame him, Hobi. Relax and sleep a bit, you're too tense."
"No shit Sherlock!"
Jimin is surprised by Hoseok snapping at him.
"I'm sorry. I just want this to end."
Jimin nods and allows Hoseok to lay his head on his legs.
"You should rest. Tomorrow is another day."
The tributes go to sleep: Jungkook is holding his axe and Yoongi is holding his bow and arrows.
Namjoon hasn't returned yet.
NUMBER OF VICTIMS: 0
More butterflies are in the arena.
The humidity isn't as high as before.
The tributes wake up to Jungkook talking to himself.
"Promise me you'll do it. Please."
Hoseok throws a rock at him.
"Who are you talking to?"
Jungkook runs away.
"We have to divide them. I want the one from District 5 alone. District 4 and 11 can stick together. It will be more entertaining."
The Gamemakers nod.
"What do we do? Another fire?"
"No" he shakes his head "Make it rain."
"A fire rain."
"We... We have never made anything like that. And it would take up too much energy."
Tatius screams, frustrated.
"Do anything! A flood, a fire, an earthquake! Just do something, you idiots!"
They obey as his eyes turn bloodshot.
Hoseok's chest feels better despite hurting a little.
"Jimin told me everything he knows about plants... Maybe I can teach you."
"Nope, thank you."
The groud starts shaking.
Hoseok's eyes widen in shock.
"I know this sound. Hurry, climb on a strong tree and hold on to it!"
They do as told and separate to find the strongest tree.
Jimin finds one next to Yoongi, while Hoseok is a few meters away.
The water comes.
"Let the water bring them to the Cornucopia. Make sure they don't drown, decrease the intensity every now and then."
They nod and make the water hit the trees, causing them to shake.
"Don't let me down, District 4."
Jimin's tree breaks.
Yoongi wants to jump in and save him but he can't swim and the water is too strong for him.
He looks at Hoseok, who's just staring at Jimin as the water is taking him away.
His body is paralyzed but his mind is telling him to do something.
The water is cold and he admits he kind of missed swimming.
He goes underwater and he notices the intensity of the flood is decreasing, which allows him to locate Jimin's unconscious body.
He swims towards him and takes his hand.
Jimin is still unconscious but at least he's breathing.
It only lasts a few more minutes and Hoseok notices some trees flickering.
The flood stops: they're at the Cornucopia.
Jin is there too.
He's alone but he could stay on the tree for as long as he wanted.
He relaxes and looks around him.
Some trees are flickering and everything is silent. Not a bird, not an insect. Not even the wind.
Then he sees Jungkook coming.
Climbing that tree took a lot of energy from him and he's not ready for a fight.
Jungkook grabs his axe.
He hits the tree.
The fact the tree is big means nothing to him: he cut down bigger trees.
Birds start screaming.
Jungkook grunts as sweat runs down his forehead and another hit makes the tree shake.
Yoongi takes a deep breath and jumps but he doesn't get to the tree.
He falls down.
Jungkook sees him and runs, his axe high in the air.
Yoongi takes his bow but he sees that the arrow is broken in two.
He grunts and tries to get back but Jungkook is faster.
He decides to throw his knife at him.
He's close to Yoongi but he can't even throw his axe at him.
His shock doesn't let him feel the agonizing pain that hit his body.
He mutters a "Please" but he's not talking to Yoongi, who gets up and weakly runs away.
"You failed. I would tell you to say goodbye to your family but unfortunately, they've been long dead. I knew you weren't going to be able to do what I asked you."
Jungkook doesn't say anything.
He stops thinking as he takes the knife off his abdomen.
The Capitol took everything he had. His abdomen is losing a lot of blood and he cant even walk.
Hes dead so he might as well just end this.
He closes his eyes and counts down.
The birds sing.
The sun shines.
He rushes to him and takes Jungkook between his arms.
He sees his injury and shakes his head.
"No, no, no..."
Jungkook weakly smiles.
"Hi Joonie. Where were you?"
"I was making the pie, Kookie. It's going to work."
"It better work, Joonie. I trust you."
Namjoon ignores the fact his hand is drowning in Jungkook's blood and stops himself from crying.
"I get it now Joonie" Jungkook points at the tree he cut down "Look at the flickering."
"A flaw in the system."
Namjoon takes the knife in his hands and looks at Jungkook.
"Let me do this first Kookie. I already did it with me, I promise it will only hurt for a few seconds."
He cuts Jungkook's arm.
Jungkook smiles and closes his eyes as Namjoon stabs his chest.
He waits a few seconds.
A cannon is heard and an hovercraft appears above them.
It takes Jungkook's body.
"One, one, four. Hopefully not three."
A few moments later a box falls from the sky.
He takes it and goes back to where he came from, muttering a "Zero, one, four. Please don't be three."
"Two tributes just dis-"
Tatius raises his hand.
"Shut up! Zoom in on the three tributes and make sure the one from District 5 gets there too."
Hoseok runs to Jimin and slaps his face, trying to wake him up.
He doesn't see Jin smiling.
"Would you look at that? What is a married couple doing here?"
He starts mocking them and Hoseok grabs his spear.
"Don't you know alliances are forbidden?"
"Says you. Your district has been kissing the Capitol's ass for years so, again, fuck you."
Jin looks furious now.
He takes his sword.
Hoseok doesn't want to hear him anymore.
He runs towards him, his spear facing his chest.
Jin uses Taehyung's machete to slit Hoseok's knees, making him fall down.
The eldest smiles as he gets ready to stab Hoseok.
Both the machete and the sword fell from Jin's hands and he's fighting as Jimin is sitting on him, trying to break his neck.
Unfortunately Jin is stronger and frees himself.
Jin is about to grab his weapon when Jimin attacks him again despite having no weapons with him.
After Jin punches him again, Jimin falls next to Hoseok.
"Take my spear!"
He hears pantings coming from behind him and then Namjoon appears with a weird tool.
"Zero, zero, four. I repeat: zero, zero, four! Its ready, act now!"
Then he stops.
He turns to Yoongi.
"Give me your arm. Im sorry but I have to do this"
Yoongi doesnt even have the time to protest
Yoongi groans at the blood coming out of his arm.
"I took your tracker, dumbass."
"And what do the numbers mean? Fucking hell you're out of your mind!"
"We have to go!"
"I'm not moving untill you say what they mean"
He sighs again
Yoongi is shocked.
"Who are you talking to?"
Namjoon ignores him.
"My District has been helping me all the time. You don't know it but we have earbuds inside our ears. My group has hacked mine and told me everything that was happening. They hacked the cameras too, the Capitol can't see us"
"I was put here by choice. I had to lie and make it look like I got tricked but I wanted to be here. I got everything planned out. We are making a pie, Yoongi. We really are."
Yoongi doesn't even care about his shoulder.
He doesn't know what to say.
Tatius's heart stops beating for a second.
"Whats happening? What did you do?!"
"Im sorry I dont-"
"Where are the other tributes? Tell me!"
Tatius shakes as he notices what's happening.
Namjoon doesn't seem to care about Yoongi's broken shoulder.
Yoongi mutters as he tries to catch up, feeling relieved as he sees the Cornucopia in front of him.
They both stop and watch the scene, shocked.
"I'll make sure you stay alive, Hobi. I owe you."
Hoseok doesn't have the time to reply.
Jin took possession of his sword again and is smiling maniacally as he's enjoying every single moment of it.
"Shoot your arrow at him, hurry!"
"I have a broken shoulder, you fucking idiot!"
"I know! Shoot your arrow and quit being a coward!"
Yoongi grunts as he takes his bow, trying his best to ignore his agony.
He knows Namjoon is right.
"Take this one. I made it for you but it's only one so you must aim right."
He takes the arrow from Namjoon: it's a different type of arrow, it's heavy but somehow lightweight too.
"It pierces through everything so be careful."
He points at Jin and then at the arrow and Hoseok nods, understanding what Namjoon was asking him.
He turns to Jimin, who was still fighting.
"Make sure his back faces that way!"
"The Capitol will win. The Capitol is stronger than you all."
Jimin is full of anger now. He just wants to finish the Tribute.
He runs toward him, his spear facing him.
The blade hits Jin's stomach and Jimin blocks him to make sure his back is facing Yoongi.
Hoseok's eyes widen.
"Step back! Jimin, step back!"
Jimin weakly smiles at him: no one noticed Jin's sword hit his abdomen.
"Thank you Hobi."
Yoongi's arrow goes through Jin's heart and falls behind Jimin.
He goes past Jin and Jimin's fallen bodies and tries to help Hoseok get back to his feet.
Hoseok's heart is broken.
He can't bear to watch his friend's body covered in blood.
"You need to get away from here!"
He shakes as he falls on his knees, his mind racing.
His first thought was Jimin and the fact he was responsible for his death, which was something he fought hard to avoid.
He can't believe he failed him.
He throws his bow away.
He uses his other shoulder to help him up and tries to get the two of them as far as he can.
Hoseok grunts as tears stream down his cheeks.
Yoongi starts thinking. If Namjoon wants to activate that tool, it means he's going to need a lot of energy.
If Namjoon takes up too much power to destroy the arena, the tool, which is the source of the entropy, will be the first thing to explode.
Namjoon knows it but he doesnt seem to care at all.
Hes still handling his tool when someone runs out of the forest
His fancy clothes are ripped and he's bleeding from falling too many times.
He shrieks as he sees the two tributes in front of him.
"You're the Head Gamemaker."
Hoseok points at him.
"You made all of this happen!"
Tatius takes a step back.
"It wasn't me!"
He's still unable to walk but Yoongi approaches Tatius and grabs his arm, leading him to Hoseok.
"It's all your fault if Jimin died."
Yoongi is scared Hoseok is talking to him but he's not.
The adrenaline rush makes him unable to feel the pain in his body as he pins Tatius on the ground and tries to choke him.
The man tries to fight back but he's too weak.
Yoongi watches as Hoseok brutally tries to break the man's neck.
He stops him.
Hoseok looks at him with a surprised face but he steps back, leaving the man gasping for air.
Hoseok sees a machete a few steps away and he grabs it, shaking with anticipation.
He doesn't feel anything while watching the man trying to escape.
He takes the machete closer to his neck.
"This is for Jungkook and Jimin. Even for Taehyung. And Jin too."
Tatius doesn't have the time to say anything.
Yoongi's machete slits his throat.
"You did good, my friend. It's all good."
Yoongi shakes as the man is choking on his own blood and is, finally, dying.
He clears his throat.
"You have to give me your arm, Hoseok. Trust me."
He nods: he trusts him with his life.
He nods at himself when he sees that the two tributes are distant from him.
He looks at a camera and smiles.
"Hello, hello Mr. President! How is it going? Can you see me? I bet you can! You're wondering where the tributes are right?"
The cameras only show Namjoon's face and they can't track the tributes.
"Did you shoot the cannon?"
One Gamemaker shakes his head.
"No, sir. It doesn't seem to work."
President Snow is furious.
"They hacked our system!"
"You know, Snow... I saw you lost some weight. That's unfortunate, being the President must be so hard for you!"
He shakes his head, being fake worried.
"The good new is that I'm making some pie for you and turns out it's actually very tasty!"
He cuts off the tracker from his arm and caresses his cheek, grateful for his sacrifice.
He then actuates the tool and tries to run away as the sky opens and the tool explodes.
Hoseok wakes up.
He's in a dark and cold room, surrounded by red lights.
He finds himself in a bed and is confused: when did he get there?
He looks around him and he sees Yoongi, asleep in a bed beside him, his shoulder in a plaster.
His legs aren't hurting.
His ears are ringing and he thinks it's because of the explosion... Speaking of, where was Namjoon? What happened?
Did the Capitol take them?
But what if Yoongi... What if he isn't...
He starts panicking and rushes to the boy, trying to wake him up.
"What the... Where are we?"
Hoseok sighs relieved and hugs the boy.
"I'm so glad you're okay. I can't lose you too."
Yoongi hisses in pain and pats his back.
"I'm fine bud. I'm okay."
"Lets get out of here."
"Where are we?"
"I dont know."
They get out of the room and find themselves in a long hallway.
They follow the lights and walk past another room.
Both can see through the door.
"Please join us. I know you have a lot of questions."
Yoongi is about to do as told when Hoseok stops him.
"I don't trust this."
The man smiles.
"I understand. But we aren't from the Capitol. You can trust us."
Its a big room with a long table and a few seats.
"Please make yourself at home."
They almost laugh at that.
Home.. As if they knew what home feels like.
They do as told and Hoseok sits next to a boy whose face is wrapped in bandages
Yoongi speaks, still shocked by the boy's conditions.
Namjoon raises his hand as his mouth is covered.
"What happened to you?"
The man answers.
"The explosion got him. He didn't make it too far and the fire got him. But I'm happy the brightest brain is still here."
"What about him? He was dead."
Jungkook sadly smiles as Yoongi nods, remembering what happened.
The man keeps talking.
"We got him before it was too late. He barely made it out alive but our technology helped his injuries."
Hoseok still has a little hope inside of him.
The man shakes his head.
"I'm sorry. Yoongi's arrow pierced through his shoulder but Jin's sword is what ended him... We tried to but... We can only take his body to his District. It's the least we can do."
He feels as if they'd rather have Jimin back instead of him and he can't blame them.
"Im sorry I tried to kill you. I had no choice."
"I forgive you" he smiles "Im happy you're here Kookie."
Namjoon draws a smile and shows it to Jungkook
"I didn't introduce myself. I'm from District 3 and I'm Namjoon's sponsor," he turns to Yoongi "Your District and mine cut down the Capitol's power. But let me explain it all from the beginning."
He takes a seat.
"The Capitol took everything from us. We have to avenge every death and pain we've been through. It won't be easy but it's our duty. Our trackers and earbuds are off, we're completely invisible to the Capitol."
Hoseok makes a confused face.
"Yes. That's how they made Taehyung go crazy."
They both nod, feeling sorry for the boy.
"Your shoulder should take a few days before you can use it again."
He turns to Hoseok.
"You had a concussion, but we managed to heal both your chest and legs."
They thank him.
Namjoon giggles and takes a piece of paper: he draws a pie.
Jungkook smiles as Hoseok shakes his head.
"Just stop calling it a pie. Please."
Yoongi looks at the man with a serious face.
"I'll fight with you. For our freedom."