Water splashed as a wide black paw was set down heavily for a second. It was raining hard, but the creature didn’t care. It had its mind set on killing its prey. It stopped for a second, watching the two-legged thing struggle to hang something to keep it dry. It crept out into the partial clearing, and watched the oblivious creature. It slowly walked up to its prey and growled slightly. The two-legged thing whipped around, startled. The black creature could see the fear in its prey’s eyes. It thoroughly enjoyed bringing the prey down to the ground.
“No!” said a man in a long, white lab coat as he watched the screen in front of him. “I’ve told you a hundred times, we’re not running that simulation in the actual games! We’re not having a wild jungle cat in the rain forest!”
“Why not?” question a man sitting at a computer. “It would make for an interesting turn of events, especially if we give them a limited weapons resource.” The man next to him smirked.
“Yeah,” he said. “If we only give them close range weapons, and have absolutely no careers at all, a merge would happen early on.”
“That’s exactly my point!” argued the man in the lab coat. “It would end too quickly, and there wouldn’t be a good show!”
I looked out the window above my seat. We were coming into the Capital, and it was surprisingly beautiful. The fact that I utterly hated the Capital my whole life, and I was now seeing a place that I had never imagined was giving me conflicting feelings. It’s not their fault, I thought. But it is their fault that they enjoy a game of death so much.
I was waiting to find out what dimension we would be in. It was always split up differently, and the terrain of the arenas was always different. Another thing I was looking forward to finding out what weapons we would have access to in each dimension. The tributes always get stripped of their weapons during a dimensional merge, and they basically start fresh. I was anxious about the whole idea of killing someone with a weapon that I wasn’t even familiar with.