"Welcome to the Final Round of the Survive or Die games," the announcer, Elsa Whimback, spoke into the microphone. Her eyes sparkled with excitement and she swooped her hand through the air to calm the ecstatic crowd. "Welcome. Today marks the 30th Survive or Die Game Anniversary."
She continued: "For thirty years the United States has taken one boy and one girl from each state and isolated them on an Island in the Atlantic Ocean. The girl or boy that survives the game wins a million dollars for their state. Today we will be choosing who these people will be... but first I'll need a volunteer!"
A young, wealthy girl with designer jeans, sparkling hoop earrings, and long, luscious brown hair waved her hand excitedly from the front row. Elsa motioned for her to come up and the girl bounced onto stage with a huge smile on her face.
"What is your name?" Elsa asked. The girl stood in front of the microphone and smiled at the audience.
"I'm Elsa," Elsa purred, sticking out a hand. Ginger shook it. "You're going to blindfold me and lead me to one of the hundred bowls we have set up behind me."
Ginger nodded excitedly as Elsa produced a blindfold from her expensive suit pocket. Ginger carefully put the blindfold over Elsa's eyes and started to lead her to the back. A spotlight lit up the first bowl and Ginger headed in that direction.
"Now you're going to witness to the audience that I did not peek, Ginger," Elsa explained.
"Okay," Ginger replied with a small laugh. She guided Elsa's hand to the bowl and watched her intently. Elsa's hand swirled around in the bowl until she felt she had mixed it up a bit and then, as carefully as she could, she selected one slip of paper.
Tearing off the blindfold, Elsa shouted, "From Alaska we have Karie Parnell for our girl!"
The crowd went wild as Ginger secured the blindfold again and guided her to the next bowl. She grabbed onto a paper and it slipped from her hands as she brought it out.
"Oops, I'm a bit clumsy today," Elsa laughed. The audience laughed along as Elsa tore off the blindfold frantically and looked around for the missing paper. She spotted, not one, but two slips on the floor. Making sure that Ginger didn't see the other piece of paper, Elsa shuffled the second one underneath the table cloth with her shoe and picked up the first one with her hands.
"Yaga Seise," she called. With her hand she turned off her microphone and spoke to Ginger. "You didn't see anything," Elsa threatened. If Ginger decided to tell about the second slip of paper, Elsa would have to dish through the bowl again and the crowd would watch her even more closely. Ginger shook her head quickly back and forth even though she had witnessed Elsa shove the extra slip of paper under the table. Elsa smiled. "Good."
Turning on her microphone again she turned to the audience with a smile on her face. "A round of applause for our brave witness!"
The crowd went wild and Elsa let Ginger take her seat again. She picked another volunteer and went through the next few states.
"Another volunteer please!" Elsa called. A hand shot up in the back and she motioned them forward. "What is your name young man?"
"Parker Hugh," he said into the microphone. He stepped back and Elsa caught a glimpse of dirt on his cheek. He must have saved up to come to the Final Round.
"Parker will be our next witness!" Elsa smiled. The crowd wasn't as loud as it was before and she hesitated. She needed to liven it up somehow. "Where do you live?"
"Texas," he replied, shifting on his feet.
"Has anyone in your family entered into the Games?" Elsa watched Parker's face intently and he shrugged.
"My older brother did last year but he wasn't picked," he replied. His smile was weak and his brows creased. "I entered this year..."
"You did?" Elsa asked, letting out a surprised laughed. She could make something out of this. "When did you decide to join?"
Parker shrugged, "I figured I would give Texas a small boost if I won... so why wouldn't I join?"
Elsa laughed. "It seems our brave soul has some spice added to his personality! Give a round of applause to Parker from Texas!"