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Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Ask the characters
Okay, I want to get started writing again, but I need to limber up the brain.

So... ask the characters anything.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: June 14th, 2016 06:10 am (UTC) (Link)

Cashmere and Gloss

Haymitch seemed to think you were enjoying the 75th Games, killing people who you had palled around with for years. Did you?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 14th, 2016 06:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Cashmere and Gloss

[Cashmere]Well, we knew it was probably the last thing we were ever going to do, and it was a challenge, so... well, yes. That way. If you're stuck in the arena anyway, you may as well try to get some enjoyment out of playing the game.

[Gloss]I always felt that way about my Capitol dates, too. It's not like I had a choice about it, so it was a question of whether to be miserable or find what I could like about it.

[Cashmere]I never found anything to like about that.

[Gloss]But killing old friends wasn't a problem?

[Cashmere]With the Capitol dates, I never gave up on the idea that I could get out of it. I gave up on the Quell in the hovercraft on the way there. If no one called it off for a pregnant girl, they weren't going to call it off for anything. I was well and truly stuck with it, so I accepted it. I never accepted the other.

[Gloss]Life is easier when you just accept that someone else is calling the shots. Just go with it.
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 14th, 2016 09:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Glen Everdeen, what are your memories of granddad Effrim like? Did you remember any of his stories? Did you ever tell Katniss about him?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 14th, 2016 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I shared a room with Grandpappy for three years, before he got too sick to stay with me. (Duronda came to the rescue then, pretending they were crazy in love and wanted to get married, so he could stay in a fine room in her house for the last months of the sickness. They never covered that in the press.)

I remember singing with him when I was little, before his lungs got too bad for it, then singing to him after the coughing was bad. He told me a few stories. I liked the one where he sang with the jabberjays. That's what really got me started singing to mockingjays.

I don't remember telling Katniss any of those stories, though they might have come up while we were hunting and I've just forgotten. She always wanted to hear about me courting Ruth, if she wanted stories at all. She was never a child who begged for them. The things she usually asked were more along the lines of how to do things, and there's a lot to learn in the woods, so that filled a lot of our hours together.
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 14th, 2016 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Question for Blight (and any other characters that want to answer): what's your happiest memory?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 15th, 2016 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)
[Johanna]Blight's happy memories would get him in trouble on a family friendly blog.

[Blight]Very cute, Mason. I don't think yours will ever make a kids' picture book, either.

[Jack]They're both full of it. The question was you happiest memory, not the best time you ever had in the sack.

[Blight]What makes you think they aren't the same thing?

[Jack] (rolls eyes) For what it's worth, my happiest memory is goofing around in the pond on the summer trips to the logging camps. There's been good stuff since then, but when something good happens, I always think, This is what I figured life should be when we were goofing around in the water.

[Johanna]How touching. Can I puke?

[Blight]Aw, come on. Swimming is good. Me? Okay, probably it was when Gia said she loved me. That was a great day. We were walking along the lake in the Capitol and she just said it, out of nowhere. I felt about ten feet tall.

[Johanna]I give up. You're both lost causes. (walks away)
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 15th, 2016 03:14 am (UTC) (Link)
<3 Thanks!
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 15th, 2016 07:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Love this.
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 15th, 2016 12:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

For Brutus

I've been curious -- we've been given to understand that you prefer the company of men (which neither I nor the Capital seems to mind), so why did you bother getting married (to a woman)?

Sara Libby
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 15th, 2016 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: For Brutus

The same reason it was done in Greece and Rome... I wanted an heir. I looked for someone who would produce one, and traded her a pretty easy life in victors' village for it. It was understood that it was a business arrangement.
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 15th, 2016 08:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: For Brutus

Ahh. Yes, that makes total sense. Thanks!

From: (Anonymous) Date: June 16th, 2016 05:40 am (UTC) (Link)


I know Finnick and his family meant a lot to you, but did you ever have a romantic partner? What happened to him/her?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 16th, 2016 06:32 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Mags

There was never anyone special that way. I had a few, both flavors. Maybe I was a little in love with my ally in the arena, but we were both too young for that to mean much. Afterward? Nothing really clicked for me. I had my life, and no real attachment space for someone else to join it. (Don't feel bad about that. It's just the way I'm built. I'd have expected someone to more or less just adjust to whatever I felt like, without making the slightest adjustment on my own part. That wouldn't exactly have been fair. So I just had some occasional fun and called it good.)
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 16th, 2016 10:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Romulus Thread:
How does it feel that your oh-so-generous Capitol decided to toss you into the garbage incinerator with the rest of District Twelve?

-- FFR
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 17th, 2016 12:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I knew the risks when I took the post. Naturally, they could not risk tipping off the local rebels before the strike, which means that Capitol troops stationed anywhere are susceptible to surprise attacks. If the anarchist rebellion had never instigated its unfounded attacks, then the president would not have needed to firebomb the district. I know where the fault lies.
Tracy Wood From: Tracy Wood Date: June 17th, 2016 11:50 am (UTC) (Link)

For any mentors in the 74th games who were part of the rebellion

Did you think what Katniss and Peeta did (the stunt with the berries) would actually jump start the rebellion the way it did? And what was your first reaction when they did it?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 18th, 2016 06:55 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: For any mentors in the 74th games who were part of the rebellion

[Cecelia]By that point in the Games, I was so invested in what was going on that I wasn't thinking about the rebellion. I don't think the rest of us were, either, least of all Haymitch, though he probably understood what happened better than I did. Johanna pretends that all she cared about was the rebellion, but I don't think so. You have to understand: By that point in the Games, everything stops mattering except the ones left who you care about. That year, we all had Katniss and Peeta, all the way to the end, and at that moment, the only thought I had that didn't boil down to, Those poor children, what has Snow done now? was for Haymitch, and how badly this was going to break him. So when they held up the berries, my only thought was, They might survive, the kids might both make it out yet. I imagine that's all they were thinking as well.

I'm not saying the rebellion wasn't in the back of everyone's mind, but it always was. I don't think I realized until I saw the people in the street exactly how rebellious the bit with the berries was. I don't think in the districts, even, that it was thought of immediately as rebellion in the capital-R sense. This wasn't someone waving a flag and screaming death to the Capitol. It didn't make riots immediately. Most people were just relieved, and pleased that the Games had been beaten. The power of that... it sank in quickly, for something of that sort, but it wasn't immediate. If anything, the tempers that flared didn't flare because of the berry stunt, but because of the precipitating factor -- the way they changed the rules so that she couldn't win his life. What she did might not have been so inspiring if it hadn't been a response to such blatant and immediate unfairness. And the idea crept in that you don't have to just take it when people in power abuse your trust. You can take a stand, as long as you accept that you might die for it. It was a quick progression, but it wasn't instantaneous.
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