I would like to thank my now three wonderful reviewers: Peeniss0314, Courtney DiLaurentis and sundragons9. I know I am really bad at replying to your reviews so I just write a wee thank you and answer any of your questions here and now. It also means I don't have to answer the same question twice.
Peeniss0314: I too like the relationship that was developed in the last chapter between Cato and Rue; this will help Cato and Katniss relationship near the end of the games. I have been trying to tell people that he really wasn't that bad, but they are all like oh he trained for these games he must have been like this. I think that he was only a child and he too has been made out to be something that he wasn't: a killer! I think he would probably only does the one thing he knew what to do and that was to show her how to fight. I know my grammar is awful, I have been looking for a Beta reader but no one has replied, I could use one for all my stories! I too hoped to get more reviews for this chapter, and I did but I would love to receive more and hope that you will review this one as well. I hope you enjoy your update!
Courtney DiLaurentis: I hope you like the update and would love to hear more reviews from you again!
sundragons9: I am glad that you liked one of my other stories and decided to give this one a read. If you like this side of Cato please feel free to read my other Cato story (you probably already have!) I am glad that you like this one and hope that you review again on either of my stories!
Well with that out of the way let's start the story!
DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT OWN THE HUNGER GAMES OR ANY OF THE CHARACTER IN THE BOOKS OR THE MOVIE.
Katniss's Point Of View
I headed back to lunch and saw Rue had now sat down beside her District partner and Peeta as well as the tributes from three and six. I took my seat beside Peeta, he was telling the rest of them all about the different breads from each of their districts. I sat and stared at Rue. How could she really trust Cato? He would probably kill her as soon as she looked to him for help. That's what his plan was. I left the table right away and head towards the Training Centre, he was coming past one of the corridors, and a marched straight up to him.
"What can I do for you twelve?"
"I know what you're playing at. Making that little girl think she can trust you. You will be her friend and she will come and see if you can come and find you and then you turn against her. It's people like you that make me sick."
I had now pointed my finger into his chest in a harsh poking form. He probably wouldn't even have felt it through all the muscle which he had. He just stared at me. Trying to find the words to find.
"That's why I entered the games to save my sister from people like you, people who don't care about, people with no feelings…"
I didn't know what to expect, but I certainly didn't expect this. Cato grabbed the collar of my training suit and held me up against the wall.
"You may think I'm a monster, but don't you dare say that I don't care for others. I have family too you know. I would have done the same if it had have been my brother that got reaped. I would do anything to make sure they don't ever come here. I have two younger brothers and a younger sister. I made sure that there was food on the table, I made sure that I was there when they had nightmares. Do you think this is what I wanted? I want to be at home as much as you do. I have never killed anyone or anything, not even a bug. People say it's a lot different from stabbing a dummy, but I certainly don't want to hear the screams of someone looking me to finish them off. So don't you dare call me a monster with no feelings, because that certainly isn't me."
"What are their names?"
"Their names, you said you had brothers and a sister."
"The eldest boy is Aiden, he's fourteen and then Kayden he's thirteen. It was Trinity's first year in the reaping."
"It was Prim's first year too…I'm sorry, I didn't know. But why did you help Rue?"
"Same reasons you are here asking me question. I care."
He let go of me that moment and I fell to the floor. He leant down to look me in the eyes, trying to read my emotions as I read his. He went to place one of my hands on my shoulder, when one of the peacekeeper, came around the corner and saw us. He thought Cato was attacking me, and was trying to take him, away. We all knew that if you attacked another tribute before the games, that you could be punished with death. I surprised myself and lunged towards the peacekeeper, trying to prize Cato from his arms. More peacekeepers came and surrounded us, I was able to run up to Cato, you pulled his arms around me, and moved me behind him.
"Look, this is all just a misunderstanding, she just fell and I tried to help her up."
They wouldn't listen and as they tried to take him, I once again held onto Cato's arm. They finally decided to drag us together. We hadn't a clue where they were taking us, but we ended up in the Gamekeepers room, soon followed with our mentors. We continued to stand there holding onto one another. It felt that it was some comfort as if we let go the other would be punished.
"What have you done now Sweetheart?"
I knew straight away Haymitch was now in the room and what also looked to be Cato's mentor.
"We did nothing. I just fell and Cato tried to help me up, and then they came and tried to take him. They would have killed him."
"And why did you not just let him go? He would have been one less thing to worry about in the arena.
"Because I care."
Cato's Point Of View
I turned around to look at her, fully understanding why she had done this: for Aiden, for Kayden and for Trinity. I can't feel anything but love for this girl standing beside me. She is clutching onto my side, that if she let go she would be taken instantly. I have barely known this girl for more than a day and only talked to her five mintues ago and already she has done so much for me. The gamekeepers just laugh at her.
"You a girl from the Saem caring for a monster from District twelve. Now this is something you don't see every day."
"Don't call him a monster, this is what you made him to be, this isn't the Cato that I know, the one I care about."
I look down and release just how hot headed she really is. I don't think I had ever heard of any other tribute that has ever outspoken like that to one of the Capital citzens let alone a gamekeeper. Haymitch also seemed to understand how stupid Katniss was being and came over and grabbed her from me, and tried to apologise on her behalf. I looked at her face trying to see the emotion on her face and anyone could see that it was going to end bad.
"Do you hear that she cares about him? They have only been here a day and this girl is already doing what she does best sleeping with men of high position of themselves."
Before she could say anything, Haymitch already had his hand over her mouth and trying to hold her back.
"Don't you dare say anything about her. She hasn't done anything let her go back to the others."
Katniss was now struggling out of Haymitch's arms.
"I'm not going back as long as you come back with me."
"Now isn't this cute a wee couple which only met due to the Games, we always knew there was a reason that we had them as a dating service. Now, you two lovebirds go back to your lunch we would like to have a wee talk with your mentors make sure that you two behave."
We were both shoved out the door, and were surprised that the peacekeepers didn't follow us. I just stared at her, as she stared back at me. I stroked some of her hair behind her ear and she leaned forward and into me.
"Thanks Katniss, you saved me, you saved my family…"
"Cato, you don't owe me anything I was being honest when I said those things in there. I do care… I do care."
I surprised myself when I leant down and kissed her. I felt nothing for the first few seconds before she started kissing me back. I let out a moan which I knew she heard, as we both put our hands into one another hair. We then heard the noise of some giggles and the opening and closing of a door.
Haymitch's Point Of View
As soon as they let the young one out, the gamekeepers just looked at us and we looked at them. Brutus turned around and looked at me and me to him. We didn't know what to think.
"What have you done to that boy? He was nowhere near my tribute and now he can't keep his hands of her."
"Me, what about that girl of yours, sticking up saying he's not a monster. For goodness sake he's from district two, of course he's going to be a killing machine, that what we specialise in monster and your district specialise in chew toys for our young mutts."
"Please my girl could take him down any day. You should see her with a knife, she different. At least your boy can see it."
"My boy's here to kill, not to fall in love."
"You think your two tributes are in love, how cute."
We both looked at the gamekeepers, almost laughing at this.
"No, there just two teenagers they don't know what love is and if any of them have any idea of thinking about the other, we will beat it out of them wouldn't we Brutus?"
"Yes, and now if you excuse me I have some mentoring to do?"
We both went to walk out the door and as soon as one of the peacekeepers we were met with a scene of two lovesick teenagers making out in the middle of the corridor. Brutus closed the door, as soon as it was open and the gamekeepers started to laugh.
"This cannot leave this room, we will sort this out and then they will be ready to kill one another in the arena."
Brutus opened the door, grabbing his boy by the ear and dragged him done the hallway. Katniss clutched on to his waist and was also being dragged down the hallway. I ran up and grabbed her from the waist and headed for the elevator. We were just about to have a serious talk, one I never expected to have with a tribute: the boy talk. She reluctantly followed me to the elevator, as instantly asked if Cato was in trouble making sure that she would be able to see him later.
"You know how much trouble you are in Sweetheart? You could have gotten yourself killed if you kept that mouth of your going, and for goodness sake what do you see in that boy? The gamekeepers are right, he is a killer. He may not have killed anyone, but this is what he was made to do, and he will. You may think your safe, but really Katniss, district two, what about our own District or even eleven or four, come on"
"But he's not, there are his brothers and then his sister. He doesn't want this, he just wants to protect them, just the same as I want to protect Prim. He does care, I too was wrong about him."
"How do you know about his family?"
"We were talking about our families before we were found by the peacekeepers. We had been arguing because he had been helping Rue, the girl from eleven. I thought he was taking advantage of her, you know getting her trust and then kill her, but he did it for the same reason I was worried that he was helping Rue, he cares. He cares about her, he cares about his family…he cares about me, just the same as I care about him."
"You really cares don't yeah."
"Haymitch, I have only cared for four people in my life: Prim, Gale, mother and father. I'm not going to lose him. I don't care if I have to die, if I have to save him, but I'm not going to come out of those games, unless he is by my side."
She got up and walked towards her room, and for once, she quietly closed her door. I sat there thinking about her words, this brought back many unwanted memories. I headed to the kitchen in the search of a drink, but before I reached the kitchen I had already made my mind up. I would do whatever it took, to make sure that they both would come out. I would do it for the person I wasn't able to bring out with me: Maysilee Donner.
I hope you liked this chapter. It took most of today trying to write this chapter. I was away on work experience this morning in school and saw something that made me think of this chapter so I thought I would give it a shot, hope that you all liked it and would really like a few more reviews. Thanks again to all of you for who have reviewed or put this story on you alert or favourites lists, it all means a lot to me and would love to hear what you think about this story! Thanks again for reading and I hoped you both enjoyed it as much as I have writing it!