13 Lives @montenyaofthefairies
Fred

The Alliance didn't time to mourn Luna and Werner; their bodies had barely had time to disappear when the train began moving, began speeding away.

The plane didn't follow them—Fred didn't know why, couldn't begin to guess—but it did give them a few pleasant minutes rest.

Most of them, anyway.

Team 13 was not so lucky.

"What's going on?" One of the older District 7 residents asked. He seemed… not angry, exactly, but very much like he didn't know how they'd gotten to this point and wasn't particularly enthused about being out of the loop.

"It's—" Harry started, then froze.

"You wouldn't believe us, is the thing." Ginny said. "Like, at all."

The District 7 residents—and the children not-so-furtively listening in—seemed to entirely agree.

Fred supposed that if he was in their position what they did know would be unbelievable already, so the idea that the cause was equally so was—well, no one seemed like they were going to argue.

A second, then two, and Hermione decided it was time to move on.

"What's the plan?"

"There was a note left here when we found the train—said it was sending us East, to 13." The man who was speaking pulled out the note he was referring to and Team 13 spent a second examining it, but there was little else to learn.

Ron grunted. "We need to take down the Capitol next, or else all of this will have been pointless."

The men grinned. "And how do you propose we do that?"

"13's a good start, but so is contacting other nations. I don't know how many if any will be willing to lend a hand, but we need all the help we can get."

"Panem is isolationist. We don't talk to outsiders."

"The Capitol doesn't talk to outsiders. We just… never had the chance."

"And how do we get into contact with these outsiders?"

Percy raised his hand. "I have an idea."

"Yeah?"

Before Percy could explain, everyone's heads snapped up.

There—just on the edge of their hearing—the sound of a jet.

And then, less than a second later, gun fire.

Louder and louder and louder.

"Shit!"

The car exploded into movement, everyone trying to rush to avoid the bullets which were no doubt about to rain upon them but with no idea where to go.

"They'll target the middle of the car!" Ron shouted.

No one had any reason to disbelieve him, so they started for the edges.

The plane passed by.

No one was shot.

It had, from the sounds, hit a neighboring car.

"Come on, come on, come on…" Fred muttered. He could see Alicia across from him, her face ghostly pale and framed by many of her District mates. "Come on, come on, come on…"

The train was a long one.

It felt insane to think that the plane would entirely miss their specific car, especially when it was no doubt about to be joined by a good number of others, but…

Well, Fred wasn't about to give up hope.

Another pass.

No victims yet.

The men were silent now. So was 13. The sound of gunfire was too disquieting to continue their plan, at least for a moment.

They would need to, though, needed to keep preparing and—

The jet began its approach once more, and then the train lurched—a tight corner, at high speeds.

Alicia fell, the momentum of the bodies around her pushing her out of place and into the center of the car.

"NO!" Fred screamed. He ran forward, intending to shove her out of the way, but even as the children around her grasped to pull her back in—

It was just bad luck, that this time the jet chose the right car.

Bad luck.

He didn't feel the impact so much.

Must have been the adrenaline.

But one look at the amount of blood…

Alicia stared at him, covered in streaks of it, none of it hers. "No, no, no, no, not again, not again…"

Fred tried to smile.

He couldn't.

It took a few tries—he'd already lost so much, would likely be unconscious in a few seconds and dead not long after that—but he finally found the energy to speak. "See you next time. Maybe we'll get that wedding then."

And then…

Nothing.

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