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Hunger Games - ReapingThere was no surprise or suspense as they rounded in for the reaping, the tributes of District 1 gathering as more of a formality.
Charm had been announcing his intentions to volunteer for months in advance, cultivating fans and pledges for support far beyond the opening dates- and the money donated preemptively that would help him little in the arena was spent on perfecting his image in it's ferocity.
The morning of the reaping was met with Charm decked in his finest- over an hour on details and jewellry, stalking his way readily through the crowd to take his place closest to the stage.
Silence was called, procedures followed, their announcer tittering about nobody having to fear a thing before she pulled a slip- made out a syllable before Charm's voice called out in interruption, excitement and confidence exuding the bronze-skinned tribute.
ReflectionsVal's pursuit led him to the foul beast's domain. The hollowed-out cavern reeked of blood and rancid meat. The dim light he had seen as he charged through the tunnel after the monster could now be identified: torches. Rows of mysteriously lit torches lined the walls of the huge cave. At its center was a substantially large labyrinth of mirrors.
He spotted the beast entering.
He spun his silver broadsword in his hand and hurried in behind it.
His garb was a simple blue and white crusader's leather with thick armored pads and reinforcing steel studs. Lightweight and flexible, but quite effective defense against blunt blows and – in a pinch – the slashing claws of the unholy spawn of the earth. All monster-hunters wore a similar variety in Val's experience. It would serve him well in these close quarters of the mirrored maze.
Right, left, forward, left, right he turned, always catching a glimpse of the beast's tail as he wove his way through the corridors. Every so often he sp
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