Excerpt from “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins ~~Rue~~

picture-HungerGames-CollinsI’ve stopped for just a moment when I hear it. I have to cock my head around to the side to be sure, but there it is again. Rue’s four-note tune coming out of a mockingjay’s mouth. The one that means she’s all right.
I grin and move in the direction of the bird. Another, just a short distance ahead, picks up on the handful of notes. Rue has been singing to them, and recently. Otherwise they’d have taken up some other song. My eyes lift up into the trees, searching for a sign of her. I swallow and sing softly back, hoping she’ll know it’s safe to join me. A mockingjay repeats the melody to me. And that’s when I hear the scream.
It’s a child’s scream, a young girl’s scream; there’s no one in the arena capable of making that sound except Rue. And now I’m running, knowing this may be a trap, knowing the three Careers may be poised to attack me, but I can’t help myself. There’s another high-pitched cry, this time my name, “Katniss! Katniss!”
“Rue!” I shout back, so she knows I’m near. So, they know I’m near, and hopefully the girl who has attacked them with tracker jackers and got an eleven they still can’t explain will be enough to pull their attention away from her. “Rue! I’m coming!”
When I break into the clearing, she’s on the ground, hopelessly entangled in a net. She just has time to reach her hand through the mesh and say my name before the spear enters her body.

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One response to “Excerpt from “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins ~~Rue~~

  1. Suzanne Collins was born Connecticut, USA on 10 August 1962. ‘The Hunger Games’ was published in 2008.

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