Chapter 15

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"Good morning kids," my uncle smiled when Clove and I walked into the kitchen.

"Good morning," I greeted, opening the fridge to find yogurt.

"I hope that you don't hate the kinds I got," my uncle threw over his shoulder.

"Actually, you got ones I like so thank you," I responded, grabbing some for Clove and myself. I handed her the watermelon Greek yogurt, which she was absolutely obsessed with.

"Thanks Dr. Hadley," Clove smiled. Of course she would be super polite, after all she is a guest. And this is the Capitol.

"Cato, once you're done I need to talk to you," my uncle told me, his smile gone. He looked exactly like my father in that moment, I was terrified.

"Ok."

"Y'all can talk about it in front of me. I'm not a porcelain doll," Clove snapped.

"I don't know how Cato's going to take it," he said pointedly towards Clove. "You'll probably handle it better than Cato since he always has to be the hero."

"Just spit it out already," I snapped, tired of waiting, and being insulted.

"Your father got transferred to District 1. And you're moving with him. You aren't going back to District 2. At least not yet," he said, looking away from me.

"So, when does Cato leave?"

"After Vacation. And you and Brutus leave that same day. You can spend the month of summer that's left together, but I wouldn't get too attached, who knows if you'll ever see each other again."

"You sound like my father! Trying to break us apart!" I screamed at him, dumping the yogurt all over his head.

"This is exactly why I wanted to tell you in private. I didn't want you to dump something on me or hurt me! I'm only doing what your father said! He said if I didn't he'd take you back right now. Never letting you say goodbye to Clove."

"He, Cato," Clove said with a weak voice.

"Clove, it's ok. You'll get by without me. You never needed me. I have only ever held you back. And now, I can't," I told her, picking up one of the knives.

"Oh my god! Cato, stop! Please, put it down!" Clove screamed, running towards me, but my uncle held her back.

"Clove. I love you," I told her, slamming the knife into the counter. Getting rid of the weapon, since I didn't know what I was planning to do.

"I love you Cato. But sometimes you have to let go of those that you love. I'm leaving. Don't bother trying to find me. That boy I just saw, that's not the boy I fell in love with! And, maybe it's time to move on. You can't keep wrecking your family for me. I'm not going to do that to you! Goodbye Cato."

"Clove, please," I cried, chasing after her.

"Give it up Cato. Here. Have this back," she growled, shoving her necklace in my hand. "Remember the name when I win. See you on the victory tour. Maybe. But for now, Cato Alexander Hadley, goodbye and have a great life," she finished before storming out and slamming the door shut behind her. I stood there, unable to figure out what had just happened. I had just lost the best part of me.
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Wandering around the house the rest of the summer with Clove, Marin and Bianca ignoring me. I had tried calling Brutus, Enobaria and Clove, and the only person who answered was Brutus, and the only reason he answered was to call me some very nasty things that I completely deserved.

"How's Clove?" I asked my uncle when he came home.

"I'm not allowed to tell you."

"I just want to know if she's still alive."

"Well, she is, but you trying to reach her is not helping her recovery," my uncle snapped. "Are you packed to leave?"

"Yeah," I responded. Today was my last day here. Before I went to district 1, to probably never see Clove again. And in all honesty, it was the worst thing ever. Well, the 2nd. Watching my brother for in front of the whole country beats this. But now, I'm losing the girl who on multiple occasions, saved me, and most of all, taught me how to love and forgive.

"I know Clove said that she never wants to see or talk to me again, but please send this to her," I begged my uncle. I had written notes for everyone, my cousins, Marin, my aunt, my uncle, Brutus, Enobaria, and most importantly, Clove.

"You really love this little girl, don't you?"

"More than dad loves his job," I told him.

Nodding, he pursed his lips and said, "I'll try kid. But if none of them will take it or let me read it, well, that's their option."

After hugging me tightly, he grabbed my bags and started walking down the hall to the elevator. As soon as we left the apartment we were locked in silence. I don't know when I'll get to see him again, if he'll read the letter I left him, or if he could ever forgive me.

"I know what you're thinking kid. I'm your uncle, I'll see you again. Of course I will read that letter when I get home. And probably a thousand more times after that," he told me. "But most importantly, I forgive you. I forgive you for pouring yogurt all over me, threatening me with a knife, and for acting like your father. I know that's all you've ever seen, and you didn't want to lose Clove. Hopefully someday, you'll get her back."

"I hope so," I replied, shoving my bags into the train. I turned to my uncle and hugged him. "I'm going to miss you, I'm going to miss everything."

"We're going to miss you too kid," he smiled before hugging me one last time, handing me a letter and walking off the train.

"Well son, no crying Clove coming to send you off?" My father asked cockily, knowing that my uncle was the only person sending me off.

"No. We broke up," I informed him.

"I knew it was just a matter of time."

"Before you came along and wrecked it. Like you did with Bri and Liam. Then Clove and I. And I how you realize that you're splitting up Cami and Alex too."

"You would have never made it. Dumb school kid, trying to find a friend. Thinking friendship was love. I thought you were smarter than that," he grinned.

"I guess j got your smarts," I snapped back.

He stood there, shocked that I had stood up to him for a while before grabbing my collar and pulling me up. "Listen you ungrateful brat! I'm protecting you. Those kids, they're trouble, always have been, always will be. I'm helping you out. The kids of District 1 are far better."

"I don't care about those kids! I just want my best friend! My best training partner I've ever had!" I yelled, picking up the knife on the table.

"You wouldn't. However mad you might be, you couldn't kill your old man," he taunted. "You're too weak."

"I am not weak!" I replied angrily.

"You're in love. To love something or someone is a weakness. You ruin it and yourself. Just find yourself a woman you can stand and marry her. That's how I decided I would marry your mom. She treated me how I deserved."

"You're such an asshole!" I yelled, advancing on him. "All you do is take what you want! I know that you are cheating on mom. I know that you have a kid with someone else! I know all of it!"

"Who told you?"

"Nobody. I caught you doing it. The only reason I haven't told mom or drove this blade through your chest is because we need your money. Mom isn't as sweet as you think sometimes. She's using you like you're using her."

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Hey. So things got crazy. Like real crazy. Please don't hate me. I'm going to write all of the letters in here and Cato's first day in this book then time jump into our next book, written in (drumroll please). CLOVE'S PERSPECTIVE. I'm struggling with this whole, writing from a guy's perspective, and why not switch it up. Anyways, a few more posts in this book and then we'll say hello to teenage Cato and Clove. Until next time.

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