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District 7: 92 ADD

DISTRICT 7

92 ADD

District 7 was really just a giant woodland. In the north there were vast swaths of taiga forests, with all types of conifers stretching out as far as the eye could see. Oliver's grandparents lived in those forests, part of a community which focused almost solely on pines.

All the way to the south were the looming green houses for tropical trees, roofs stretched up taller than even the skyscrapers Oliver remembered from London. He'd only been there once—his father wanted to take part in a wood-cutting competition the City was running, so they'd all hitched a ride to see the shining structures. The mills were there, too, mostly; there were others throughout the district, but the majority bracketed the railroad which ran across the southern third of it.

Oliver was born in the middle of the district as Alban Red, son of Alban and Sara Red. He grew up in a temperate forest where the denseness of the vegetation meant you couldn't see more than a few dozen feet in any direction and the vegetation had to be continuously trimmed back from the roads and walkways just to keep them usable. He'd been a dearly hoped for child, many years in the making, and it was peaceful.

That didn't mean that he was oblivious to the problems of this world. Having had to start working at four was a bit of a shock to the system, not to mention how inherently dangerous it was to send a kid that young (or any age, really) scrambling up a tree to cut down the smaller branches—the first job most had.

The peacekeepers were a problem, too: they were constantly there, constantly watching. If your community wasn't meeting production standards (which his, thankfully, always did) then they'd send an additional influx of peacekeepers in, too, just to make sure you weren't getting lazy or rebellious or something.

And then, of course, there were the Games.

He still remembered the first Games he had had to watch. He and his community had gathered in the center of the log-cabin style homes of people who all lived together, ate together, and worked together. The peacekeepers had put up a large white sheet against the largest of the homes, the one reserved for the peacekeepers themselves, and set up a projector opposite it. His parents had sat down on either side of him, bracketing him in place, and then the screen flickered to life.

Oliver didn't think he'd ever forget the screams of the first child he'd ever seen Reaped; a girl, barely thirteen, who had known immediately just as everyone who was watching did that she was not going to live. The Parade, the Interviews, and the Games themselves were likewise burned in his brain, nestled beside his memories of the organ-ripping curse at work, of Marcus Quimby seizing under the effects of the cruciatus curse, of what St. Mungo's had looked like after the war was over and everyone was dragging any body—alive or dead—inside just to see if there was a chance they could be saved, could be fixed, could be whole again.

So he wasn't exactly oblivious to the horrors of this world.

But he was also not oblivious to its charms.

He loved his parents, loved the elders and the other children (despite his lifetime of memories he still found himself quite capable of playing, of acting his age, of joining in the excitement of excitement), he loved his neighbors and his friends and he loved the plants and animals that surrounded him.

He loved his father's laugh and his mother's snark and how his grandparents, whenever his parents made the trek up to see them, always had something to give him, however small.

He loved how cozy their little speck of the world could feel, when the whole town was whistling a merry tune and they'd already met that month's wood requirement and someone had killed a deer the day before so everyone was going to eat well that night. He loved when his father—as the town spokesperson—took him along to declare that quarter's total wood output, and they spent the day sitting in a massive truck and going south, south, south, past woods that blurred by his door like they had used to when he had flown, and his dad was telling him stories and he was telling some back and the Peacekeepers were in their own little trucks, not overhearing for once, and Oliver got to watch as the trees, mostly oak, that he knew so well slowly began to dissipate into other trees, as they passed by other settlements, as they stopped by a lake partway to the destination to have a snack and then spend the rest of the half-hour getting clean while learning how to swim.

Actually getting there was less fun, of course—he stood to the side while his father stood in the line and the other two drivers from his settlement went to deposit the last of that quarter's wood, and he spent the next hour or two watching as one by one each spokesperson spoke with the Capitol official and the City official and got that month's paycheck. But then they got to go to the market, and speak with loads of different shops, and order the food and medicine and blankets that the elders had put together in a list of what was needed. After that was the mad rush home—the less time driving in the dark the better—and Oliver trying and failing to stay awake to keep his father company and finally blinking his eyes open only to find himself in his dad's arms, being carried to his bed while his mother laughs quietly at the senior Alban's descriptions of the junior's attempts at wakefulness.

Truthfully, he wasn't looking forward to all this coming to an end, because Harry's mission made it clear there would be an end, and he spent every day trying to make the best of what little peace he'd be allowed to experience yet.

If there was one thing either life had taught him, it was that good things never lasted forever, so why not make the best of it?

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