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Ask the characters
I'm bored. Ask the characters anything you want to know. (As always, I'll answer as I'm thinking now; if it's future-ish, it may end up different.)
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From: (Anonymous) Date: May 20th, 2014 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Can I ask a HP one? I've always wanted your three Sirius's to react. Phineaus brother, Padfoot Sirius and Teddy's Sirius. Even the three of them intereacting with a common object or place in their own times...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 20th, 2014 04:31 am (UTC) (Link)
What question did you want to ask them? (These are short little first-person answers to questions.)
sonetka From: sonetka Date: May 20th, 2014 05:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Mimi, what do you think about Effie's (sorry, Euphemia's) working with Haymitch? Do you worry about her? About him? There aren't any bugs on this LJ, you know, you can say whatever you want ...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 20th, 2014 05:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, I think she's certainly a little besotted with him, and I'm one to recognize the symptoms!

For his sake, I'm quite glad. She's such a sweet thing, and he really should make an effort to be happy. For her sake, I hope he straightens up and flies right. She does not need to be constantly jerked from one mood to another.

I'll admit also to a little bit of jealousy. I've grown up a little bit now and I know it's better not to take things so very seriously, but goodness, the intensity! I don't know what on earth he needs to drink for -- the way he feels things, and the way you feel things when you're with him, is quite intoxicating enough. And maybe a little addictive.
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 20th, 2014 05:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Doolin Odair, did you have any idea what Gia/Carolyn was planning on doing with regards to Glass? What did you say/do when you found out?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 20th, 2014 06:07 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't think Carolyn had any idea what was going to happen. As she explained it to me, Glass spotted her unloading shrimp at the railroad station, and said he would meet her later at the beach... and he used her old name to make the "invitation." When she got there, he made any number of threats, and, as was his habit, tried to back up those threats with his style of putting someone in her place. He grabbed her. She grabbed a trident. She's learned to handle it pretty well. She signed her name, hoping that it would lead the government on a wild goose chase.

She wasn't one of the women that got picked up at the reaping, so I put her on a boat right away and got her out of the hot seat. Of course, since they'd tested everyone not out at sea, they were pretty sure it would be one of the fisher-women, but of course, her DNA didn't match their sample when it came back, even though a Peacekeeper swore it was her.

She's upset at me for letting it go so far and keeping her from confessing, but to tell the truth, most people here are in favor of hiding anyone who wants to hide with us.
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 20th, 2014 07:14 am (UTC) (Link)


Caesar, do you ever feel the urge to confide in victors (who don't know) that you understand exactly what they're going through? Can you see yourself ever letting it slip to Haymitch?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 20th, 2014 07:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Caesar

Sure I do. Haymitch, particularly, because he's another Quell victor, and because he seems to understand a much bigger piece of the picture than a lot of the others.

I can't do it, though. I can't risk it -- I have made a deal to stay in the Capitol, and that deal involves Charlie Flynn being dead and gone. Peeta was the first soul I told, and I assure you Coriolanus never found out that I did.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 20th, 2014 07:59 am (UTC) (Link)
It was something I did with my brother, before he joined the Peacekeepers. We had an old deck of cards -- my father used to play -- and we just went with it. I always found it relaxing.
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 20th, 2014 07:51 am (UTC) (Link)

Coriolanus Snow

1) Why get so upset about the nightlock berries? Why not either (a) let K&P go through with the simultaneous nightlock-eating, so they both die; or b) shrug it off. ("We were outplayed. It happens sometimes.") Why make Katniss's life afterward, utterly miserable?

2) Why were you laughing when Katniss shot Coin?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 20th, 2014 08:04 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Coriolanus Snow

1. My dear child, I can't let people get the impression that I am playing a game, in which I can be "outplayed." If you're to maintain control over territories so dispersed, over a population so fractious, they must not ever believe that they are more powerful than I am. I might have been more forgiving of having no victor than of allowing her to win, as she did. Seneca should certainly never have put himself in that position. When I was head Gamemaker, I'd have put paid to that nonsense much earlier, before it even came to a crisis point. With access to highly engineered and fearsome creatures, I would have sent one into that cave to see to Miss Everdeen while she was was passed out. It may or may not have taken Mr. Mellark -- they were both asleep for several hours -- but I feel Mellark could have been worked with, if given the proper attention, had he won.

2. Because I had won. Alma Coin tried to out-gambit me, but I knew that Katniss Everdeen understood what had really happened. Whatever happened after I died, District Thirteen was not going to have power over Panem.
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 20th, 2014 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

thanks, hurray!

Can I cheat and ask three characters the same question? Lyme, Drake and Cato, would you each describe what was going through your head when you volunteered (assuming you did)?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 21st, 2014 03:57 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: thanks, hurray!

[Lyme]I bought the whole business until roughly five seconds after the countdown in the arena ended, and the bloodbath got going. I stayed with my alliance because I though I could keep us alive a little longer, but yeah -- when I first saw a boy I'd trained with lying on the ground with half his insides on the outside, I stopped thinking about the Games as an athletic event in which I could excel. Unfortunately, that was long after I volunteered.

[Drake]I grew up in the Community Home, and I knew how much they needed -- clothes, food, a decent media center, everything. So I started training myself, watching over the wall while the rich kids trained in Victors' Village (they had to pay the Peacekeepers to look the other way). It was all supposedly "outreach" by the victors, physical fitness, you name it, but they certainly didn't teach lethal weaponry in the school gym. So I watched, and I learned, and I practiced on my own, so that just once, we could get a little money and glory for those of us whose families broke their backs on the quarries, instead of waiting on the Peacekeepers in training.

[Cato]You don't understand what it's like in District Two. The victors are gods. Everyone wants to be a victor, so of course I volunteered. I worked hard to be the volunteer they chose, too. I knew I could win, and I would have, except for a really bad piece of luck.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: May 20th, 2014 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

@ The Daughters of the Founding

To those of you who remember; how was the life before the Dark Days different from life with the Games? Are there things you miss, and things you're happy to see gone?

(I'm not sure about the grammar here - English isn't my first language - so I'm sorry for any possible mistakes)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 21st, 2014 04:04 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: @ The Daughters of the Founding

[Ulpia Jakes]Oh, dear, I was quite small during the Dark Days, only twelve when the war ended. I was six when it began.

I can think of nothing that improved after the war, for the Capitol or the Districts. Here in the Capitol, the rankest rubes took over the culture and turned it into a wasteland. When I was a child, we saw plays and listened to music from all over Panem. People actually traveled. I recall the ski resort in District One. People still go there, of course, but it's really only government officials. You need to be cleared to travel.

I imagine now that it wasn't good for the Districts. They certainly should have held more control over their fates than they did. But the violence of their attacks, and the destruction of so many of their towns, and the near prisons they became after... I can't imagine what they thought the endgame would be. It was either us or District Thirteen in charge of them, and I don't believe that, had the Capitol fallen, District Thirteen would have provided a more stable alternative.

We still, of course, celebrate the Expansion -- the time when the Capitol burst out and re-populated the empty world in the west, but when I was small, it was a time when we all celebrated it together. It was the Districts' history, too. (Well, not Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen. They had a different history.)
akilika From: akilika Date: May 21st, 2014 01:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm afraid I forgot her name...

But Haymitch's mother: What's your favorite memory with Haymitch's father?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 21st, 2014 04:11 am (UTC) (Link)
For public consumption?

It would have to be watching him play with the boys. I suppose it's cliche, but it's true. I don't imagine many mothers who don't love to see their children's father loving those children as much as Basil loved Haymitch and Lacklen. I sometimes made up household tasks that I "needed" to finish (sewing was pretty common) just so that I could sit on the outside, and watch them roughhouse together.

Before he got sick, Basil was a very strong man, and the boys would climb onto his back, and he'd ride them around the house, telling them that he was Pegasus, and he'd take them up into the sky any day now. Next, he'd be an elephant, and then he'd be a giant tree for them to climb. Once, heaven help us, he was a dragon. After a few hours of that, all three of them would conk out on the cot we built to be a sofa, and he'd be there sleeping, the boys curled up, one in each arm, and I'd just sit in my chair and love them all.
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 21st, 2014 03:29 am (UTC) (Link)
President Snow, do you have any pre-Catastrophe books in your private collection that you are particularly fond of?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 21st, 2014 04:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I am rather fond of Animal Farm. Every time someone tries to convince me that I should allow the animals to run my farm, I remember precisely how well that scenario worked out.

Perhaps I should have dropped copies of that book, instead of pink and white roses, onto the District Thirteen compound, and let the people there take a good look at Alma Coin in light of it.

Then again, she'd probably just have burned it before letting it into their actual lair. I would, in her place.

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From: (Anonymous) Date: May 21st, 2014 07:24 am (UTC) (Link)

For Haymitch

Was Katniss the first tribute who really got the messages you were trying to send with arena gifts? Did she understand everything or was there something she missed?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 24th, 2014 01:53 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: For Haymitch

Eh, sometimes they'd pick a few things up. When I could think of something to tell them, which wasn't always a given. A lot of them, there was nothing to say. They knew the stakes, and there wasn't much of a strategy to run. Things changed too fast to try.

But yeah, there were a couple here and there. I knew Katniss was different when she was looking for water. I'd have sent her some if she'd really started to lose consciousness, even though parachutes on the first day risk being tracked -- it wouldn't make a difference if she died of dehydration or a spear wound -- but she didn't. I could see her thinking, and she must have realized that I could see from the aerial view that she was close.

I wanted to send her a message when she was with Rue, to get to the river where they could both pick up Peeta, but the money hadn't started to roll in yet. I was going to send her an empty canteen. Since hers was in good shape, she'd have known something was going on. But it didn't work out.
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From: queen_bellatrix Date: May 21st, 2014 09:17 am (UTC) (Link)
No idea if you're still answering these, but in case you are:

Gia and/or Blight: You're one of the few successful District/Capitol couples; how did you manage to maintain a long-term serious relationship while only seeing one another once a year, considering the various available distractions/temptations.

And if I can cheat and ask one more: Jack, if you're not averse, tell me something about Lindon? How did the two of you meet etc. etc.?

Intrigued by couples today, for some reason.:)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 24th, 2014 02:02 am (UTC) (Link)
[Gia]It was a job of work. We spent a lot of time on the phone, pretending to talk about the Games, and wrote each other a lot of letters. I got a travel permit to go out there for the Victory Tour -- that's been stopped since -- so we got to see each other in the winter, and trust me, we kept each other nice and warm. And what passes for a relationship in the Capitol doesn't seem very appealing once you've had a real relationship, so I never felt much temptation. Ollie did, and I'm reasonably sure he cheated on me at least twice, though he never 'fessed up to it.

[Jack]Linden and I were in the same logging troop, and we grew up together, though he was three years older than I was. Neither one of us was exactly secretive about who we were. The only people who didn't know about me were the people who only knew what was in the official cut of the Games (in other words, the ones Snow had it in his mind to sell me to, mostly because I think he liked the idea of making me act that far against my nature... he sure didn't mind people knowing about Brutus!) District Seven isn't one of the more uptight districts, truth to tell. But we never dated until about a year after the Games. Linden had watched what happened in my Games, and guessed what happened in the scenes they didn't show -- before I ended up killing my "ally." He understood, and realized exactly how broken I was, and why. And he helped put me back together again.
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 22nd, 2014 07:45 am (UTC) (Link)
(I'm probably expecting something grandiose, but he might surprise me)

Plutarch, what's one pre-Catastrophe thing you'd like to bring to the present day?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 24th, 2014 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Free travel.

I've often sat alone by the lake shore and looked out across the water, and wondered what it would be like to be able to just get on a train without having to go through the whole travel approval process. The idea of just going to the train station and saying, "Give me a ticket on the next train to District Eight" and getting the ticket? It's a heady thought. If people could just come and go and meet each other without having to go through official channels, which certainly vet you for your opinions, then I think we'd all be better off, don't you?
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 22nd, 2014 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

For President Snow

Why don't you take Ceasar's advice more often? It strikes me that on those occasions when you have taken it, it's been quite sound, well-considered advice.

Also, someone once wrote a play called "Coriolanus." Ever read it? Thoughts?

Sara Libby
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 24th, 2014 02:17 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: For President Snow

As you mention, I do take it... when it's sound and well-considered. It rarely is. Charlie's goals are not my goals, and his advice is generally predicated on his own interest.

Were in the play, I would not have returned to the Volsci after concluding a treaty with Rome. That was a fool's mistake.
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 9th, 2014 07:54 am (UTC) (Link)

HG meets HP

If characters from _The Hunger Games_ met up with characters from _Harry Potter_, who would become friends (or more)? Myself, I see these pairings--

Friends: Katniss Everdeen and Molly Weasley, Effie Trinket and Luna Lovegood.

Bellatrix Lestrange and Coriolanus Snow, I can see becoming each other's "bootie call."
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