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District 5: The President's Speech

TEAM 13: DISTRICT 5

Harry : Hugo

The President's Speech

Death was silent; in all likelihood the being wasn't even here, was off somewhere else in one of the other endless universes under that particular deity's control instead.

Harry almost wished they'd bothered to stick around.

He'd managed to catch sight of Hermione, but their locations were being constantly monitored by the Peacekeepers, so he couldn't think of how to slip away. He'd seen Percy and Angelina, too, but the problems remained much the same.

It took some time to get him up on the chariot—the outfit was clearly not built for maneuverability, and his designer (it was the man's first year) seemed outright surprised he and the rest of them didn't just magically teleport onto the chariots when it was time for them to board.

The ride was... Harry was happy that he wasn't really expected to do much. Other tributes, especially from more prosperous districts, wasted no time in waving and blowing kisses to their prospective fans, but Harry would let the rest of Team 13 deal with that.

He, luckily, was the odd man out in this one: the one non-volunteer.

Harry would wait until they all met up for the concrete plan on how to use this, but for now he settled for shell-shocked awe: it was a common enough look among the tributes, and one that allowed for a hell of a lot of variation when the time for interviews came.

After they finally they arrived at the end of the street and patiently waited for every other tribute to file in it was time for the President's speech.

After a suitably long pause (what was it with people in authority and their need for opera-like dramatics?) President Gaius began to speak.

"Welcome, tributes, to the First Centennial Censure." He paused, waiting for the roaring of the Capitol to die down enough that he could be heard. "We welcome you here, to the Capitol, with open arms, and applaud your future sacrifice and those that you have already made for the betterment of Panem. You are here to demonstrate the absolute best your District has to offer and now, for the first time, you also have the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to work in a team like never before. Your actions, today and over the course of the next month or so, will be remembered for eons to come. Your courage, your honor, and your true understanding of the duty you now must carry is saluted, and I know I speak for all of Panem when I say we cannot wait to find out what you are capable of.

I, we, wish you a happy Hunger Games, and may the odds be ever in your favor!"

Harry stared up at the grey-haired man.

The odds had never been in his favor, not once tipped to favor him instead, and yet he had still managed to win.

And win.

And win.

Of course, the world as he had left it was still far from perfect, and the institutional issues seemed all to insurmountable when defended by the Wizarding community's own true hatred of change, but at the very least Harry had been able to keep some people alive, keep dozens safe long enough for them to flee across lands and oceans to places more understanding, less deadly.

At some point in it all the weight of his obligations had left him truly uncaring of what happened to Wizarding Britain. Its people were a different matter, but the government? The culture? The history?

That he saw no reason to maintain.

And here the world was even more divided, even worse than any kind of stable empire he could remember.

Of course, here (unlike Magical Britain, unlike the culture Harry had washed his hands of) was also ready for change, pulling at the leash of the Capitol and eager for any chance to break free, to be better than their current captors.

The loathsome culture of this place was maintained by a relatively small minority of the population, unlike the stagnant selfish population of his previous life, and for that reason he felt more assured than ever that what he was doing was right, was meaningful, was consequential.

Harry stared up at President Gaius, and all he felt was purpose.

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