The Clato AU where Clove and Cato win the 74th Hunger Games instead of Katniss and Peeta. Hunger Games AU.
The cannon signals the death of the small, wiry-bodied boy from 10. After a struggle at the base of the Cornucopia, he was brought down almost too easily by the pair from Two.
Clove and Cato wait for the arrival of the hovercraft to take the body, but there isn’t one, and it sends Clove shouting into the air, “Hey! What’s going on?” Her hand to her head, closing over the gash left there from the fight. Her split lip stings when she yells.
Cato suggests, rubbing at his forearm, “Maybe it’s the body. Come on, let’s move away.”
So they do. They walk over to the lake, and both take much-needed drinks. She tries to remember if in past years you have to distance yourself from the final kill, but her brain so muddled, she can’t; why else would there be a delay?
As Clove stoops to take another gulp of the lake water, Claudius Templesmith’s voice breaks over the speakers.
“Greetings to the final contestants of the Seventy-fourth Hunger Games. The earlier revision has been revoked. Closer examination of the rule book has disclosed that only one winner may be allowed,” he says. “Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor.” There’s a small burst of static and then nothing more.
They just stand there, staring at one another. Two Careers, making it to the end—it’s not surprising at all. What is, though, is that they haven’t pounced at the other yet at the chance of winning. That in the ten seconds of silence later, both of them are still alive—not one of them with a sword to the heart, or a knife to the throat.
Only one of them can go home.