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District 1: The Reaping

DISTRICT 1

Ginny : Tourmaline/Malie

The Reaping

Malie smiled widely at the crowds of Capitol citizens that always turned up for District 1 Reapings. It was the only one they were allowed to see in person, and getting one of the one hundred spots available was always hotly contested and thoroughly enjoyed by those lucky enough to earn a spot.

Now the District 1 children were filing in, walking down a red carpet spread in their honor. Some of the children shuffled through quickly, knew they weren't the ones the Citizens wished to see.

Others, like her, lingered.

Their reasons varied.

Some, including her, were movie stars. Others were children of the most elite of District 1, the few and privileged who were given small tastes about what life as one of the Capitol was like. She supposed she was one of them, too.

The largest group, the one that only she knew she was a part of, were the prospective Victors.

District 1 was unfailingly honest about not (specifically) training recruits. There were no schools, not like in District 2, and Victors didn't personally train a select few like in District 4.

Instead every boy and girl—no matter their position, no matter their desire—was given training in how to fight using a few key weapons, on how to battle in any environment, about how to survive in any environment.

Those that had natural talent—and they had a well of those, given how healthy they were in comparison to literally any other district—were then given the opportunity to take after-school classes covering anything from martial arts to rope climbing to dance (because this totally wasn't about improving their chances in the Games.)

Truthfully, however, District 1's main competitive advantage was their relationship with the Capitol. Not a single Game in living memory had gone by without one of their volunteers getting at least one, if not many, many more sponsor gifts. They also knew how to play the game better than any other district—they accepted alliances from any who offered, kept those that did so at arm's length and constantly off balance, and used their group dynamics to kill off the majority of the competition before they even had a chance to think about how to survive wherever they ended up.

And then, after they and District 2 had killed off everyone else, it was a mere matter of using their sponsor gifts to ensure the fight was anything but fair.

Frankly, a lot of people in the district thought that the Reaping was more difficult than the Games half the time.

But then, you were supposed to die during the Games. District 1 was the only district that suffered deaths during Reapings.

Of course, that was probably intentional.

Why else would they set it up the way they did?

The runway (for that was what it was, really) ended, and Malie was quickly shuffled in with the rest of the thirteen year-olds—towards the front of the group, of course, to keep the Capitol's view unobstructed of their favorite starlet.

After the standard propaganda video came District 12.

Seeing Fred—seeing George—was nearly too much.

Actually, it was too much.

It was only years and years of acting practice that made Malie do anything more than burst wildly into tears at the sheer disbelief, the sheer love she felt in that moment.

She took a breath.

Eyes on the prize, she reminded herself.

Seeing Neville was nothing compared to seeing the twins, and she managed to get through District 11 without issue. District 10 passed much the same—the desire to react emotionally rather than the inescapable need—and Districts 9, 8, 7, and 6 did too.

District 5—Harry—was a bit more troublesome. She might have fallen out of love with him years ago, but he was still Harry, just as much her brother as any of her 'real' ones could claim to be.

District 4 broke her nearly as much as District 12 had, but for different reasons.

After the war her relationship with Percy had been strained by years of arguments, by years of disagreements, by years of battles and the complete inability to empathize with the other.

She realized, of course, that he had done what he thought was right, and that he had learned he was wrong well before the end of it all.

But there was a difference between understanding and forgiveness, and she'd never quite (no matter how much she tried) been able to do the latter.

Seeing him...

He'd had practice too, hadn't he, in how to hide his emotions? He'd admitted as much in their first life, about how in Voldemort's and even Fudge's government he'd had to hide his complete disagreement with everything everyone around him stood for and do what he could to fight back, within the system, against their actions.

His practice was insufficient.

He appeared on screen crying. He explained it away easily enough—the girl who was supposed to be the tribute was apparently his cousin—but Ginny knew him too well to not see the real reason.

Fred and George were alive, and he was just as surprised, as ridiculously happy about the unexpected event as she was.

Ginny couldn't remember District 3 appearing on screen (she barely recalled Hermione being their tribute 13), and District 2 only snapped into focus when Ron appeared on screen as Roman, a boy far larger, far more muscular and dominant than her Ron had ever managed to be.

Then it was her turn.

In District 1 volunteers were chosen by whoever could get both feet on the stage first, and after the sheer violence of the eleven and twelve year-olds (no one died, but one boy likely permanently lost control of his left arm. Both battles were won by girls—they, more than the boys, knew how to use their smaller size to their advantage), everyone was more than eager for the thirteens to show their own power.

But then, no one had even considered that she wanted to volunteer. While the others—the kids that knew from the beginning that they were each other's enemies—fought and stabbed and kicked and punched, she slipped forward unnoticed.

By the time the most violent girl in the group managed to get her first foot on stage, Malie was already placing her second on without issue.

She tuned out as the crowd went wild, as the escort went wild, as everyone went wild. She answered all of their questions automatically, glimmered as she was supposed to and never, ever forgot that in a few short hours she'd see her siblings for the first time in thirteen years.

Her smiles had never been more genuine.

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