The anthem ends abruptly. Too soon. I look down and see a group of Peacekeepers waiting for us. Their faces are familiar, yet all I see now is a threat. They may be kind in District 12 but that doesn't change the fact that they're under the authority of the Capitol.
And because of the Capitol, I'm going to die.
I hesitate. Katniss strides forward and down the steps, staring straight ahead in stony acceptance. All her fear and desperation from earlier has evaporated as if it never existed.
She's strong. She knows how to deal with hardship. I'm weak and soft and quaking in my boots. There's no way I can win these Games. She's already stronger than I am.
I follow her down the steps and a Peacekeeper grabs onto my elbow lightly. He's only guiding me but still I flinch and pull away. The Justice Building looms up before us and the door is opening and then we're inside. I feel strange and removed from the rest of the District as soon as the doors have shut.
I realize I never even