I immediately started giggling at her, but had to suppress myself by covering my hand with my mouth. She was so right. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to put another piece of delicious candy in my mouth without *censored because icky*
"Same here. Just thinking about it makes my tummy do summersaults!" Looking ahead, I saw Kathleen looking back at us, shushing us with a firm finger pressed against her mouth. I giggled quietly in response.
Rena’s giggles grated on my nerves just a bit, but my smile continued to widen until it hurt my cheeks just a bit. Kathleen’s maternal shush sent Rena into another giggling fit and I didn’t have it in me to join her so I just kept smiling.
The snow wasn’t that difficult to traverse through, it could have definitely been a lot worse. As we kept walking, though, I realized how much of a trail we were leaving behind. It wouldn’t be difficult at all to follow us just by the tracks we were making.
I allowed Kathleen to take the lead. She seemed to be more used to traveling these forests than we were, considering she had to travel a long ways to get to our cabin in the first place. Slowing my pace, I let Eden catch up with me and I turned to her and smiled.
"So how are you doing Eden? Your tummy feeling a bit better after those cockadoodie sweets messed it all up?"
Rena slowed down to walk next to me and I turned to her and smiled. I hadn’t been keeping up with the facade for a while now, but I needed people to believe it. I needed people to pay attention to the sweet, innocent little twelve year old girl from Three. I needed them to know who I am.
"Yeah, I just don’t think I’ll be able to eat another sweet ever," I said with a light laugh, making sure to keep my voice down so as not to attract any attention. After all, a normal, sweet little girl would do anything to take her mind off of the situation around her.
Wooh! Now that the icky sweet and sticky candy is out of my system, I can start to feel myself slowly getting better. Goodness, this cute little house has caused more pain than it has goodness and sweetness…I think it’s time we leave. It’s for the best, I think.
"Oh! Kathleen! You read my mind!" I said with a sweet smile and a giggle. I watched her carefully as she started putting everything back in her bag. At one point I spied with my little eyes some food, so that was good! We had some actual, non cursed food with us so we should be fine!
Giving them a smile and a nod of my head, I stepped through the gingerbread doors, feeling the crunch of the snow under my feet and hearing it in my ears. Ahh, it felt good to be outside! Turning around, I motioned for Kathleen and Eden. “The coast is clear!” I said in a whisper, smiling at my friends.
I felt ten times better after vomiting except for the fact that some stray had gotten on my shoes and I really needed to shove my boot in snow to try and get it off. I cleaned myself up a bit and stepped as far away from the candy as I could possibly get. Even the smell of sugar made me want to vomit all over again.
I agreed with the decision to leave this house, it smelled like sugar mixed with vomit and that’s pretty much what it actually was. I followed Rena out the door and the first thing I did was clean off my boot before I trailed behind her and Kathleen as they headed what I assumed to be east.
Oh no. The dam has broken! Run! Run! Run!
I don’t think I’ve ever run that fast before. I sprinted straight for the open sugary window, dragging Kathleen behind who was still holding on to my hair. What a good friend she was! Sticking my head out of the window, I opened my mouth and *censored because icky*
After a few minutes, I coughed up one last *censored because sticky* and stuck my head back inside the house. Looking at all the candy around me, instead of making me hungry, made me feel ill. “Thank you Kathleen. I’m so lucky to have you as a friend.” I thought about hugging her, but I knew how my breath smelled, so I decided against it. I’ll hug her later. Out of the corner of my eye I could see Eden *censored because nasty* out of an open window too. Oh that poor soul, I hope she’s okay.
I felt absolutely terrible and while Kathleen was over helping Rena, I couldn’t hold in my vomit any longer. I projectile vomited out the window and into the once white snow. Without anyone to hold my hair back, I got a few chunks of what looked like hard candy bile stuck in my hair. While I frantically pulled it out, hoping that nobody saw me in my disgusting state (even though I’m sure the Capitol would pity me, bless them), I saw Rena gathering up candy canes and other small candies.
I’m not sure what possessed her to think that any of us could ever eat another single piece of candy in our lives, but I suppose it’s better than nothing if we end up stranded and starving. She probably just thinks they’re pretty, too.
Last night, I had been woken up by the sound of the Fallen being flashed onto the dark sky. I stood up and looked outside the small window but, when I noticed Emilio’s face and the replay of his death, I was lying back on the floor. If it wasn’t for my broken heart, I would’ve appreciated the irony. Suddenly, I felt so alone, but I forced my eyes to close and my body to relax before I could start crying and thanked God for the exhaustion. I wasn’t going to cry.
I wake up and notice a pair of feet in front of me. Rena. I couldn’t tell if it still was early or not. For all I know, I could have slept for a whole week. “Rena, what are you doing?” I asked, when I noticed her eating some cookies like the world was going to end.
Kathleen’s voice startled me from a dream that was all to familiar. I quickly wiped the sweat off my brow and sat upright only to see Rena scarfing down more sweets. Honestly, I was feeling a bit sick of them myself, until my eyes landed on a peanut butter cookie lying a few feet away. I don’t think my stomach has ever growled so much in my entire life
I stood up from the spot where I had slept and quickly stretched out a crick in my back that felt like it would rip me in half. I guess I’m used to mattresses… Then I went over, picked up the cookie, and ate in one gigantic bite. Before starting to eat every other cookie I had put in my pocket.
After Rena and I finished our little dinner of stew and a few candies, the stove was still running just in case. I pulled my crate to my side and never let go of my dagger, but assisted Rena in straightening the place up a bit. The pain in my hand was beginning to die down and when I asked Rena she said the same about her cheek and small burn.
As you’re packing away your goodies, the front door of the little cottage opens and a small elderly woman hobbles in before spotting you. She looks at you suspiciously asking you why you’re in her house and stealing her belongings. Once you explain, the woman appears to calm and smiles at you with what remain of her blackened teeth. The woman tells you that there’s real food in her kitchen, succulent meat and bread to sop up the juices.
Para out the interaction with the woman and your decision as to whether you follow her into her kitchen, politely leave taking what you’ve packed with you or attack her and rob her anyway.
When the old lady walked in, her smile made me feel a bit more comfortable until I saw her soot colored teeth. The temptation of meat and bread sounded too good to be true, and I decided that with my dagger I could protect myself if I needed to.
I picked up my crate and carried it with me to follow the kind old lady into what I assumed was her kitchen.
Oh look, she hasn’t died!
"We should take a few for the road! No sense in wasting!" Picking up a few cookies, I place them gingerly inside the survival box thingy. Maybe a snack for the road would be useful!
Giggling, I notice that there is some chocolate stuck in the craw of Eden’s two front teeth. “Eden, you have a little…chocolate right here.” I say, pointing at my own two front teeth.
"What?" I was probably a bit too loud as I ferociously scrubbed at my teeth. If the camera had been on me! Oh my goodness. I scrubbed and scraped until my gums began to bleed and hoped that I had gotten all the chocolate out. I couldn’t have anyone seeing me like that, certainly not the entirety of the Capitol.
I continued to look around as Rena packed more food into the crate type something or other for the road, no sense in wasting was right. It didn’t seem like there’d be much food out there anyway, what with everything dying because of the cold. Tributes included.