The people of the Capitol gathered in the great hall waiting to view their new victor. They rushed in to get a good seat before Caesar would come out. Just like that the music played and Caesar walked out onto the stage waving to the crowd. Everyone went wild with excitement. He shushed the crowed and took his seat on the stage.
“Ladies and Gentlemen! Welcome! We are here to celebrate this year’s 58th Hunger Games victor, Gold Cronin!” The crowd jumped to their feet anticipating the arrival of Gold. “Here he is ladies and gentlemen!” Gold walked out onto the stage wearing a sparkling suit that went up from Copper to Silver, to Gold making them blend together. He waved to crowd as he took his seat across from Caesar. After the crowd finally sat down, Caesar began. “So Gold, how does it feel to be out of the arena?”
“It feels great Caesar. Originally I wasn’t too sure how my life would be after spending what felt like an eternity in the arena. I just can’t wait to get home and see my family and girlfriend.” The crowd clapped.
“Now, how was it participating in the Hunger Games?” Gold took a second to think of all the events he witnessed while in the arena.
“It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do in my life. I had trained for years, but it doesn’t compare to the actual games themselves. When I realized we were on a farm, I was nervous. I had only seen farms in pictures from District 9, 10, and 11. All I could think about was the type of weapons available to us, and who my targets were.”
“I see. And what about losing your sister? Was that hard for you?” A tear fell down Gold’s cheek.
“I was very hard to see my own twin parish to the hands of another. I loved my sister more than you can imagine, and when I watched her die, I didn’t know how to handle it. She was a great competitor and a great friend, I was sure as hell not going to let her die in vein. I can tell you that much.”
“Did you ever think to just kill yourself while in there?”
“I did a few times to be honest. The worst was the jabberjays. When I heard my sister’s voice, and my girlfriend’s…I couldn’t do it. I just kept hearing their screaming voices over and over again, ringing through my ears. If I never made it to the cornucopia for the last battle, I don’t think I would be on this stage right now.”
“FInally Gold, how does it feel to be right at your father, Platinum’s side as a victor?”
“It feels wonderful. It has always been my dreams to be as great as he was, and now I am. I finally understand what he’s been through and it has made me a stronger person. These games were tough, but I did what I had to do to survive. My father always said, “Kill or be killed.”
“Wow, and let me tell you, you are a strong individual who has been through many trials. Very proud of your work.” The two men stood up and crowd went crazy. Caesar grabbed Gold’s hand and raised it up into the air. The crowd was even more excited than before. Their victor had come home. “Ladies and Gentlemen! Your 58th Hunger Games victor, Gold Cronin!”
As Gold looked out into the crowd of people cheering his name, all he could think about was all the lives lost in these so-called games. He knew deep down inside, he would never be the same again.