13 Lives @montenyaofthefairies
They're Out

Harry braced for impact barely in time—the ground slammed into his shoulder, no doubt causing some harm, but didn't hit his head. The other children around him yelled and screamed as they followed him down the cliff, but he'd been one of the first; only six others were off the cliff before the rest saw the danger and the rest of them were able to protect their most vital parts too.

"Harry?!"

"I'm fine. We're all fine!" Harry said, glancing about to make sure he wasn't lying. "Come on!"

Ginny didn't hesitate. She and the other Team 13 girls quickly set up a line of children, taught them how to safely fall, and then had them each jump off in turn. Harry organized the grounded children himself, having them prepare to run in and help each as they landed.

Blood was pouring out of one boy's nose, and he held his shirt up to his face to stem the flow as he—having just jumped down—ran straight to Harry.

"Where's the rest?"

That was an excellent question.

They'd initially had Team 15 split off to provide more drama for the Capitol and ideally keep them out of danger, but now they had to reunite; Ron and several others had gone to make sure they'd received some sort of Sponsor sign of where to run, but they weren't back yet.

The force field was down, dropped mere seconds before Harry would have run straight into it—dropped just in time for him to run over air instead—but that only meant the danger was about to skyrocket. They didn't know how long it would take for the Capitol planes and drones to arrive, didn't know how much Draco was able to do before getting away, but whatever time it was was not enough—it never could be, not in this sort of situation.

Most of the Alliance were down, by now—nearly everyone, actually, except for Ginny and the Chasers. The latter were trying to convince the former to jump, but she wouldn't without her brother, and he wasn't—

Ginny jumped and started screaming: "Here! Here! Here!" and then Katie was flying over the ledge, with Angelina and Alicia mere seconds behind her. After one last look back Ginny followed and then, after less than a second of an empty ledge, Ron and a bunch of fifteen-years-olds were leaping after them.

Ron grunted as he made a rolling land—the same land that every Quidditch player except Harry had managed, actually, then stood and turned to Harry and Hermione. "Straight?"

"According to Draco's messages." Hermione said.

Harry grunted in agreement. "Death says the route's clear for now."

Hermione and Ron blinked in surprise. "He's speaking to you now?"

"He's… not the right pronoun. Not important—yes. Seems to think we need the help."

"Well, that's not ominous at all."

The time for banter, unfortunately, was over.

As the last few bodies threw themselves over the cliff—the turncoats from 17 and 18, they'd already thrown their 'prisoners' down with the Alliance—Team 13 set the pace.

There was still nothing in the air, and while Harry knew that was a good sign—and Death had even gone so far as to okay their route—it still felt wrong. Too easy, despite the incredible difficulty of getting as far as they already were.

Harry didn't like it.

The terrain around them was not nearly as clear as they'd expected it to be; instead it seemed to be a temperate forest, one with thankfully sparse undergrowth. There was no sign of the supposed toxicity of the land that left it uninhabitable, unoccupied.

Nevertheless, it was empty of any individuals, and the signs of animals were few and far between—plant life had no trouble, then, but something was keeping animals from populating much.

Probably best to get out as quickly as possible, then.

Unfortunately, at the time Draco had managed to send a message to Hermione his knowledge of what this would be like was… scarce.

He did know, however, that they had to make it to the canal—24 miles away.

They were a bunch of children, some of which were unwillingly being dragged along, many of which were injured to varying levels of severity (Harry's shoulder still couldn't move without sharp pain, which was likely a terrible sign) and they had to carry provisions with them too, because they didn't actually know what was waiting for them.

And still—

Just as he had the thought about the clear skies, the first drone streaked past.

And then the second.

Both were clearly beelining for the arena, and Harry—gasping from the pain of his shoulder and the exertion of running, distracted by the need to keep those around him moving and motivated—thought that was stupid.

He just couldn't think long enough to figure why they'd send their drones to an arena already cleared of most humans but, as a third drone streaked past, he figured he wouldn't have that long to wait: eventually the sheer number would mean that one checked on the cluster of children barely making a twenty minute mile in the foliage below.

And then the next drone turned around, traveling in a wide arc to swoop towards the probable direction of District 13—

Or, at least, that's what Harry thought it was going to do.

If, you know, it wasn't hit just as it settled on its new course.

The drone and the plane that hit it went down and another drone—following closely behind the first spotted plane—quickly followed, seemingly caught up in the air currents.

That collision was close enough to see, but they only heard the second.

The third could be heard and felt—it shook the ground as what sounded like two planes crashed down.

Harry wanted to take the time to think, to try to figure out what was wrong with the planes and how to best use the information, but they'd been barely running an hour if that and at this pace it would take the rest of the day.

He saved his energy and kept running.

The planes and drones, despite all signs initially pointing to them increasing in frequency, were now rare sights, and each seemed to still be looking at nothing but the arena. The terrain had gotten worse, though, had transformed into hills an thickened with more bushes, leaves, and ground cover, and Harry's shoulder was killing him, making him cry as he raced up one side of a hill and all but slid down the other.

Soon, he lied to himself, soon they'd be done.

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