I stood in the boiling sun while Mrs. Audriuss fished her pale
hands in the big clear bowl. Taking forever to choose the future
male tribute's name. She cleared her throat "Daniel Markis!" She
squealed. I looked to the side and saw a young boy, maybe thirteen
shaking. Obviously the Markis kid. I heard a slightly older voice
yell "I volunteer," Of course. He ran up to the stage next to Audriuss
with a proud look on his face, and shook her hand. My turn, I thought.
She shoved her hand in the girls' bowl and quickly pulled up a name.
"Sabrina Hartman!" She yelled. I looked to the right of me and saw an
older girl. Seventeen. I know her, I thought. "I volunteer," I said, looking
at her. She stared me in the eyes and mouthed: Thank you. I shrugged
and walked up to the stage and stood next to Audriuss. She took my hand
and shoved it at the boy's. "Shake hands, child." I glared at her for less than
a second and took his hand. I gave it a quick shook and noticed him looking
at me. What? I mouthed to him, annoyed with how slow the day was turning
out. He shook his head as if to say something. Okay, I thought. And we
were pushed into the building. Not much happened, I was visited by one
person. Surprisingly. It was that Hartman girl. Sabrina, I think. She thanked
me multiple times. I just nodded. Didn't she see that coming? The Careers
are from District One and Two. Someone would have volunteered for her.
Maybe. I went straight to the train. My mentor, Patrick, sat in a chair nearest
to the train door. It looked like he was doing a crossword puzzle. I walked passed
him with Audriuss as she led me to my room. "Thanks," I said. I opened the door
and hooped to the bed accidentally slamming the door behind me. I let out
a long breath into my pillow as I sat up. I heard a light tap at the door just as I
began to get off the bed. I jumped up and answered it only to see the boy who volunteered.