Chapter 2 (Katniss' POV)
Approaching Gale's place I can see him herding his siblings inside the house.
"Gale!" I call out.
"Katniss, what are you doing here?" Gale questions.
"Well, I was doing some thinking, and I was wondering if you were serious about running away?" I ask curiously, barely keeping my voice above a whisper for fear of eavesdropping neighbors.
"Yea, I was. Why? Are you thinking about running?" Gale asks.
"Actually, I was thinking about it…I'm sick of living a life of fear, Gale. A life controlled by something so evil. I just want to get away from it. The reaping made me realize that it easily could have been any one of us going into the Hunger Games," I tell Gale seriously.
"Ok, let's do it. I've been itching to get out of this place," Gale says calmly.
"Are you serious? You really want too?" I ask surprised by his quickness to answer.
"Of course I'm serious. Why would I joke about that? We need to start making some plans. This needs to be carefully planned out, we can't just waltz out into the woods and expect it to go off without a hitch," Gale says, with a sparkle of excitement in his eyes.
"Well, let's get planning then," I say.
"How about we start tomorrow? I really am tired," Gale replies.
"Alright, I'll see tomorrow Gale," I say as I turn to leave.
"Wait, Katniss, I really am happy you thought about that. I'm glad you decided to do this with me, it means to world to me that you have that much faith in my plan," Gale says honestly as he pulls me into a hug.
"You're welcome. I have all the confidence in the world in you," I reply as hug him back.
I turn to leave and I can feel Gale's eyes on my back. I really did make him happy. I think this actually is going to work. I practically skip all the way home I'm so excited. When I get home I find my mom and Prim sitting at the table eating some dinner. I wonder how they're going to react to my plan. I don't know if I should tell them tonight. Maybe I should wait until we have everything planned out, then it will seem less crazy to them. I still don't know, even after showing them the plan, if they will go along with it. It is very risky. Who knows what could happen. We're definitely going to be taking a risk by doing this but it I think the benefits will outweigh the risks.
"Hey Prim," I say as I sit down next to her.
"Hey Katniss," Prim replies as she shoves another spoonful of food into her mouth.
"So, what did you need to see Gale about?" my mom questions.
"Oh, it was nothing important," I reply as push food around my plate, "I just needed to ask him a little question."
"Alright," my mom doesn't look totally convinced but I'll take it.
After dinner, I head to bed. I really have a problem falling asleep. I just can't stop thinking about the plan; I can hardly wait to start plotting it out. I toss and turn, but my brain just won't be quiet. The fact that I could escape all this just makes me so excited.
The next morning I get up before my mom and Prim. I throw on some clothes, grab my hunting bag and head out. I walk down the road in the early morning sunlight with purpose, as I get to Gale's I can see he is coming out of the house.
"You want to head to the woods?" I ask pointing down the street, towards the edge of the district.
"Sure, I think that would be the safest place to talk about this," Gale says as we start to walk down the road towards the fence.
"Did you tell your family about it," I ask curiously.
"No, I didn't think it was the time or place to bring up such a plan," Gale replies.
"I didn't tell my mom or Prim either. I don't think they would have gone along with it," I tell Gale.
We walk in silence the rest of the way there. We get to the gate and climb through the hole and head farther into the woods. I find a good spot and sit down, motioning for Gale to follow. Surprisingly, Gale pulls out a notepad with pages of ideas.
"I've been planning this longer than you think," Gale says as he smiles sneakily, "so I have a list of supplies we will need," he says as he points to an extensive list on the page.
"That's a lot of things Gale," I say cautiously.
"It looks like a lot but a lot of this stuff is really small, so it will be ok," he replies. "Here are the other plans."
I flip through the pages in astonishment, "How long have you been planning this?"
"Probably, for like the last two months," Gale says coolly, "I knew this would happen eventually, so I wanted to be prepared."
"Obviously, we're going to have to get most of the supplies slowly. It would be too obvious if we went and bought all this in one trip," I tell Gale.
"Of course, I've thought of that," Gale replies as he pinpoints a few more things in his notebook.
"Gale, we can't go through town with all those people and all that stuff and not be noticed," I point out.
"I've thought of that too. We have to go one by one; each of the adults will take a child. We have to space out the time too. Like one every hour. We'll meet in our spot in the woods," Gale explains.
After another hour we call it quits and decide to do a little hunting before heading back to the district. I can't believe Gale had been planning that for so long. It boggles my mind thinking that he came up with all that.
"You really are quite smart," I tell Gale as we walk back to the district.
"Thanks, you are too," Gale replies.
I think that maybe running away will work better than I thought. After seeing Gale's plans it looks very plausible. Now to present the idea to the families. This should be interesting.