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I took a shaky breath, trying to calm myself down as I rode up the tube to the Cornucopia. I wouldn't look scared in front of the other tributes, I couldn't. My father was counting on me to get home, to help raise my family. Standing straighter the blinding light of an artificial sun rained down on us as I looked around, noticing the scared expressions of some and the excitement painted onto the smiles of others. Somewhere signing to each other about the water, but I didn't need their secrets to tell me it was dangerous. The water had an ugly, vicious hew of dark red mixed into its deep waters, like dried blood and smelled of sickness. Crinkling my nose down at it I watched the waves that were forming lap against the platforms before turning my attention to the large metal contraption in the middle.
 The Cornucopia glinting under the cloudless sky, full of goods that would be necessary to stay alive. The careers would probably try and make a home out of it, thinking themselves safe surrounded by their weapons and tainted mote, while I on the other hand would be running out into the area of tall grass as soon as possible. It was not unlike the tall beach grass at home, and would make a far better hiding place for me than the thick brush that most of my other competition would probably end up calling home.

5, 4, 3, 2, I hadn't even thought my plan through all the way when I felt myself diving into the disgusting water, listening to the distorted sounds of the others trying to drown each other above my head as I swam, face down eyes closed as fast as I could, thinking of my fathers old chants of "faster, faster, faster" as we would train. Gasping I pulled myself up onto the Cornucopia platform, the first person to land on it and dripping with the fowl waters, wiping off my face as fast as I could. Finding a brown bag I looked around, stuffing as many things as I could fit in it within the waterproof fibers. Berries, rope, some socks, all handy tools I would need to survive. I could see my competition, two or three others climbing onto the platform. They grabbed a raft and I threw a knife, only missing one of them by a few centimeters, perhaps even skimming her. I didn't know and I didn't care because they were already leaving and others were already there. All of a sudden a boy appeared in front of me, seemingly out of nowhere and slashed a small dagger towards me. It hit, but missed my neck, instead leaving a long wound dragging down from my temple to the bottom of my cheek bone on the right side of my face. It stung, and as I grasped my face I fell backwards, landing hard against the platform floor and nearly landing in the water. The boy tried again, swinging down towards at my throat but I was able to move. In my panic my hand fell in the water and I splashed water into his eyes. The next thing I knew I heard a scream, of which the word bloodcurdling didn't even begin to describe. The boy, or rather young man of perhaps sixteen, was screaming about his eyes, of the burning he felt. He was in such a fit that he didn't even realize he was walking over the edge until he was underwater. He didn't resurface.
I was ready to leave the platform, trying to avoid confrontation with anyone else, when I noticed something. A small glistening item was covered in someones blood and under a rather large bow. Throwing the bow(and accompaniment of arrows) into the water I grabbed the lighter, running my finger over the small precious item, stuffing it into my bag, before swimming back across the water. Careful not to get a drop of the vile liquid into my cut I climbed ashore, smiling back at my competition on the Cornucopia before silently embarking into the grass.
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