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District 2: 97 ADD

DISTRICT 2

97 ADD

Roman Lare was born to Romulus and Rhea Lare on October 31st, 86 ADD. He was a fat, screaming baby and his parents were overjoyed to have him. Here, his mother and father thought, was their chance to experience the glory that had been so rudely snatched away from them. At only 19 they'd both decided not to wait another minute: if they couldn't compete themselves there was no reason not to do so vicariously through a strong and healthy child.

In District 2 the Peacekeeer Settlement—which lived in and around the Nut and were the best-off of the Settlements—had only two schools: the Girl's Training Academy and the Boy's Training Academy. In there every batch of children would be separated based on physical prowess and trained until they couldn't anymore. There were no classrooms, only large exercise rooms with small alcoves along one wall containing the necessary beds and storage space. There were no textbooks: lessons were screamed at you while jumped, ran, and punched. Progressing up or down a grade was entirely dependent on one's ability to fight; whether or not they could read having been deemed to be not nearly as important as their ability to stab.

Ron, for all that he didn't necessarily want to, prospered. The physical stuff was hard, of course—he'd never worked so much in his prior life, and he was sure there were some days where it was only his sheer will that kept him alive. But... it was also...

He was the top scorer in literally every non-physical exam, despite his fighting prowess promoting him up three grades. He was also insanely popular: his parents were well regarded themselves, and his willingness to talk to those 'lesser' than him (otherwise known as those who couldn't hit a bullseye with any weapon blindfolded) made him the man. His past life served him well, giving him the intelligence, maturity, and drive to succeed, and so that was what he did.

By ten there was no question that when he was 18 he would get his nomination, an honor which was only possible for the top five of the highest grade and which was actually given through a vote encompassing every resident of that gender's academy.

But, given Harry's luck (which was, at best, mercurial), Ron knew he needed the ability to volunteer before then.

"Sir?" He said, knocking on the door of Mars's office, the winner of the 54th Games and school principal.

"Ah, Roman! What can I do for you?"

"I have a question, sir." Ron said. "As I've been watching the Games—"

"Good one, too, isn't it?" Mars interjected. "I like the swamp layout."

"Yes," Ron said, "I honestly prefer it to last year's—the mountain was cool, but this one seems to be allowing a lot more variation in deaths."

Mars laughed.

"But as I was watching I thought... do you know that the last time District 2 had a victor younger than 18 was in the 36th Hunger Games?"

Mars's eyebrows knit together. "Really?"

"Yes, I double checked."

"...and you want to be the next?"

"Yessir."

"How young?"

"I don't know." Ron said. He glanced out the window. It wasn't really a window—a window implied an outside—but it was close enough, with glass in it and everything, and it showed the exercise rooms below where he and the other boys fought, slept, and lived. "I was thinking... I'd ask your opinion about that."

Mars huffed, then pulled out a cigar. Lighting it, he followed Roman's gaze to the kids below. The current games were being projected on a screen on one side of the closest room, and most of the boys sat enraptured as a girl from District 4 stabbed the boy from the same district in the back. Bad move that, Roman thought—you were supposed to wait as long as possible before going after your own district.

"I'll have them step up your training." Mars said. "We'll promote you another age group and see how that goes, and then another if you can keep up. If you can win most fights against the eighteen-year-olds then I'll let ya volunteer whenever you like, how's that?"

Roman grinned. "Perfect."

The screen suddenly shifted, snapping to the boy from District 8 being gutted by the girl from District 2 while the girl from District 1 stabbed her in the back.

"May the odds be in your favor, eh?" Mars grinned, puffing on his cigar.

Roman grinned. "I'll win even if the odds aren't." And he would, really—it wasn't his fault that his and Mars' definitions of victory happened to be different.

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