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The 15th Hunger Games have just ended leaving Faeryn Nacht of District One as the Victor. The citizens of Panem are trying to survive another year of uncertainty and fear, but what will the next reaping bring?
 
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PostSubject: Under the sea | Xander   Under the sea | Xander I_icon_minitimeSun Nov 20, 2011 11:56 am

Mel had been convinced that after her first stop with the secret railway, the rest would get much easier. Unfortunately, after her run-in with a peacekeeper in District 10, the blonde was more terrified than ever. It didn’t help that the train had broken down outside of District 4, which Mel was well aware was one of the Career Districts. If the peacekeeper from District 10 had been intimidating, Mel didn’t even want to imagine what they would be like this close to the Capitol. She was just going to hope that they got less strict in the privileged districts. That could happen, right?

Whether or not that was true, Mel didn’t have much of choice but to push forward into the district. At least it was early in the morning, so hopefully not too many people would be out and about. And this was the fishing district, so maybe she could get some fish? The rebels would probably enjoy that change of pace, since most of their diets consisted of whatever plants they could rummage up in the vast woods between the districts. As she walked through District 4 doing her best to look natural, Mel couldn’t help but notice just how different the place was from Districts 10 and 11. District 10 had felt strange enough, but compared to this place it was an exact copy of her home. The first thing Mel had noticed was the temperature-by this time, District 11 was already beginning to get cold, but here the weather was very mild, and Mel found herself pushing up the sleeves of her sweater. She also noticed the smell of the place-it was a strange, salty smell that the fourteen year old (as a couple days ago) couldn’t place; it was like nothing she’d ever smelled before, and Mel wasn’t sure whether she liked it or not.

The temperature and smell, however, were nothing compared to what Mel saw as she turned a corner. What she saw in front of her was water. More specifically, the ocean. The fact that she was supposed to be getting food and being discreet had completely flown from Mel's brain as she took in the sight before her. Sure Mel knew what it was, but she had never actually seen it before. The blonde stared in awe at the endless expanse of water that stretched on and on, into a distance that most likely contained nothing. It was as if a magnetic force was pulling the girl toward the water, and as she slowly approached it Mel looked down to see that she was walking though a strange substance. It was a little like dirt, only…drier. So this was sand. Yet another thing Mel had never been exposed to in District 11.

Curious, Mel reached down and took off her shoes, then continued barefoot through the sand. The sand on her feet was a strange feeling, but Mel decided she liked it. When she finally reached the surf, the blonde rolled up the legs of her worn-out jeans (hand-me-down, just like every other piece of clothing she owned) and allowed the water to wash over her feet. She jumped back at the contact, surprised to find that it was quite cold despite the mild temperature. Tenatively, shoes still in her hands, Mel stuck her feet back in the water and took a few more steps, so it rose just above her ankles. The fourteen year old was not going to let a little coldness stop her from experiencing the feel of the ocean; in her wildest dreams, Mel had never imagined seeing the ocean, let alone standing in it, so she was going to take advantage of her opportunity.
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PostSubject: Re: Under the sea | Xander   Under the sea | Xander I_icon_minitimeSun Nov 20, 2011 2:02 pm

The afternoon sun's warm rays beat down on Xander as he walked down the streets of the city towards the beach. He glanced around, fixing his gaze on little things that most people wouldn't pay attention to. Two little girls were playing tag, and the redhead girl's bouncy curls caught his attention for quite a while. Then he let his attention stray to a dirty shop window displaying beautifully decorated cakes and other pastries. The entire town was alive with people, and though some people were engaged in conversation, most people looked down at their feet and shuffled on, not even paying attention to the things around them. They wore frantic expressions, as if they has someone to see or somewhere to be, which they probably did. There was always something to do in District 4.

Finally, Xander escaped the busy crowds and made his way down the small stretch of green grass before the beach. The beach was Xander's favorite place to be during the day. To him, it was his home away from home. Familiar ocean scents washed over him like the waves crashing on the shore as he first stepped onto the dry, heated sand. The air, heavy with the smell of salinity, was the strongest scent of all he smelled. He sighed and deeply inhaled the saltiness. Seagulls squalling, water churning, and splashing made by children. All these sounds were so familiar to Xander. More melodious than any song he ever heard, more beautiful than any tune he had ever sung.

Xander yanked off his worn blue t-shirt, flinging it onto the beach and kicking off his brown sandals. He spread out a towel over the sand and sat down, trying to observe his surroundings. Not very many people were crowding the shores today, but as he peered on both sides he noticed quite a few people enjoying the water. Without another thought, the seventeen-year-old raced for the water's edge. The water felt icy cold against his legs, but that didn't hamper him. He waded in until he was waist-deep, then dove underneath the surface. His lungs felt as if they had contracted slightly due to the chill of the water, but he had enough air to stay under for a little bit longer. When he has exhausted his oxygen supply, he kicked off the sandy ocean floor. He broke the surface of the water, inhaling loudly. The water was cold, yes, but he was used to the chill.

Xander swam around for a few minutes, each wave seeming to wash away all his worries and stress. With a violent shake of his dark brown hair, he made his way back to the shore. Overhead, a seagull squawked. Xander studied it closely. It had feathers as pure white as snow, though light grey feathers covered the top of its wings, the tips of which were coal black. It soared with ease through the wind currents. As Xander watched the bird intently, he didn't even notice the young girl standing right in front of him. He ran right into her, sending her tumbling into the water. "Oh gosh, are you alright?" He asked hastily, grabbing her arm and heaving her out of the water. Her long blonde hair was stuck to her neck due to the water she had unwillingly been introduced to. She looked so small and young, and as he looked into her eyes he felt even worse for knocking her over.
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PostSubject: Re: Under the sea | Xander   Under the sea | Xander I_icon_minitimeTue Dec 06, 2011 10:09 am

As awed as she was by the ocean, it was no surprise that Melody had slightly lost track of time as she waded through the water. It seemed the next time the blonde bothered to look at her surroundings, several more people had appeared at the beach and were now swimming. The first feeling that struck Mel was that of happiness-everyone looked like they were having a great time, and the fourteen year old was thrilled to be part of that. However, that feeling was almost instantly crushed by a much stronger feeling of panic. It was only now that she was surrounded by people that Mel realized just how much she must stick out in this district. All around her, people were wearing shorts and T-shirts, and here Mel was dressed in jeans and a sweater. The blonde fidgeted uncomfortably and decided she should probably get out of there before people started to notice her.

Before she could move, however, a strange bird flew over her head. Mel stared, awed by the bird that she had certainly never seen in District 11, and didn’t notice the boy about to plow right into her until she landed in the water with a splash. The blonde let out a small scream of surprise and found herself panicking for a moment. Mel certainly had never learned to swim in District 11, and she began flailing about for a moment before she realized she was still only in shallow water. Right.

A slight flush colored Mel’s cheeks as she calmed down long enough to finally notice the person responsible for knocking her over. Standing over her was an extremely cute boy who looked to be a bit older than she was, looking very apologetic. Mel couldn’t help remembering the last time she had encountered someone in another District, so she couldn’t help feeling wary towards the boy after her meeting with the peacekeeper from 10. Still, Mel didn’t want to make herself stick out any more than she already had, what with her strange clothes and freaking out in the water (the thought of which caused her cheeks to turn an even brighter shade of pink), so Mel accepted the boy’s hand and allowed him to help her up.

The fourteen year old was now drenched, and her warm clothes were now making her shiver slightly from the cold water soaked into them, but Mel managed a small smile at the boy, trying her best (and probably failing) to not look as scared as she actually was. What if he knew she was an outsider? What if he had already called a peacekeeper and was just trying to keep her busy until a ton of them showed up to arrest her? “Oh, uh, it’s okay. I’m fine. Uh, thanks.” Mel looked down at the ground as she spoke, and noticed that she had dropped her shoes. Oops. She bent down to pick them up, then unceremoniously flipped them over so that a sizeable amount of water was dumped from them. The blonde frowned. So much for taking her shoes off to keep them dry.

Mel wiped her sleeve on her face in an attempt to get some of the water off (not that the wet sleeve was very helpful), and looked up , her eyes widened in shock as she got a small taste of the water. “What’s wrong with the water?” She asked the boy in alarm. It wasn’t like any water Mel had ever tasted before-was it poisonous? Oh, gosh. She had survived that encounter with the peacekeeper for nothing, hadn’t she?

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PostSubject: Re: Under the sea | Xander   Under the sea | Xander I_icon_minitimeTue Dec 06, 2011 5:28 pm

Xander felt awful. This young lady, whom he had never met before, was now soaking wet. And it was all his fault. Why couldn't he pay more attention to where he was going? He tried to look as apologetic as possible as she took his hand. He tugged lightly on her arm to help her out of the chilling water. He shook his head, water droplets flying out of his wet hair. She stuttered quietly, "Oh, uh, it’s okay. I’m fine. Uh, thanks." He smiled at her as she stood next to him. She returned the smile with a look of happiness, but behind that facade Xander could see how frightened she was by the accident.

She lives in District 4, and she's afraid of water? He thought with a slight laugh. Then again, he couldn't recall seeing her around the District anywhere. He examined her quickly, with great curiosity. She was dressed much differently than everyone else on the beach. Everyone was wearing shorts and t-shirts, enjoying what sun was left in the day. This girl, on the other hand, was wearing a thick sweater, which was now sopping wet, and long jean pants. She looked very cold, obviously not used to the wet and chill of the water. Where had this girl come from? She was so very different than everyone else in District 4. He was much taller than she, but he could tell she wasn't as young as he first thought. He thought she was around 12 or 13, but she had more of a figure than a girl that young would have. Her face was also more angular and fox-like than a young girl's would be. She was probably only two or three years younger than he was. He noticed that she seemed rather embarrassed, her cheeks flushing a pretty pink color. Xander scratched his head absentmindedly, not exactly sure what to say.

She wiped her face on her sleeve, which was dripping with water. Not a very smart way to dress for the beach... He caught the surprise and terror in her eyes as she looked up from her sleeve. She held her arm away from her as if it were toxic. "What's wrong with the water?" The girl asked, her beautiful eyes round with fear. They looked a little irritated and red, probably from the salt. Xander burst out laughing, almost falling over into the water. Now he knew she wasn't from around here. He stifled his laughter the best he could, taking in a calming breath before answering her question. "Nothing is wrong with the water. The ocean water is salty. Don't worry, you're totally. Besides, if there was something wrong with it, why would there be so many people swimming and playing in the water?" Xander made a huge motion to the people farther down the shore, all enjoying the water, sun, and sand of the beach.

Suddenly he realized he might be coming across as rude. If anything, Xander was not rude. He put a hand on her shoulder. "No worries, I'd be pretty freaked out if my food started to sting my mouth." He let out a weak laugh. He still felt pretty bad for knocking her over in the first place. With his hand still on her shoulder, he tried to direct her towards the shore and began walking. When it got shallower, he looked over at her. "I feel awful about plowing you into the water. Is there a way to make it up to you?" He asked, dropping his hand to his side.

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PostSubject: Re: Under the sea | Xander   Under the sea | Xander I_icon_minitimeThu Dec 08, 2011 8:10 pm

As soon as the boy started laughing, Mel knew she had said the wrong thing. Honestly, she should have know straightaway that there wasn’t anything wrong with the water, or at least that she shouldn’t be surprised by it, but the saltiness had been so unexpected the blonde hadn’t been able to help herself. Now, as the boy laughed at her, Mel felt both embarrassment and fear. Embarrassment because she had made such a stupid mistake, and fear because if she hadn’t made herself stick out enough with her warm clothes and fear of the water, now she surely had. In an attempt to cover up her mistake, Mel forced a weak laugh along with the boy. Maybe she could pass this off as a big joke? ‘Hahaha, like anyone would think salt water is poison?’ Oh yeah, she was hilarious. Fortunately, before she could even attempt what would probably have been a terrible joke, the boy reassured her that the water was safe, indicating the people swimming. Well, duh. Mel’s face flushed once again, and she gave the boy a sheepish smile. “Oh, uh, yeah. Right. I was just kidding…” She tacked that on weakly, positive the boy wouldn’t believe her but also refusing to admit outright that she hadn’t know the water would be salty.

Suddenly Mel felt the boy’s hand on her shoulder, and the blonde couldn’t help but flinch slightly from the contact. Not wanting to make the boy feel bad since he was so incredibly good looking after being so nice to her, Mel forced herself to relax slightly and allowed him to leave his hand on her shoulder. At his next comment on the water (it seemed he unsurprisingly hadn’t believed that Mel was joking), the fourteen year old shot him another small, appreciative smile, but couldn’t help feeling a bit worried, not to mention angry with herself. All it seemed to take was the ocean and a cute boy to make Mel start blabbering away like an idiot and sticking out like a sore thumb. What if this boy knew she was an outsider and was only being nice to her until a bunch of peacekeepers showed up?

The paranoid thoughts filling Mel’s brain seemed to take over the moment the boy began pushing her toward the shore. Oh no. This was it, wasn’t it? This was a trap, and he was leading her to the peacekeepers. Mel tensed visibly at his movement as she racked her brains for any solution to the predicament the fourteen year old was convinced she had gotten herself into. Her eyes scanned the shore, sure that every person enjoying themselves on the beach was actually a peacekeeper in disguise. Oh gosh. She had to find a way out, she had to get away from this boy,

She had to get a hold of herself.

Right. It seemed that as these thoughts had been circulating Mel’s mind, the poor girl hadn’t even noticed that she had been following the boy the whole time. And seeing as how the people on the beach hadn’t started running towards her with torches and pitchforks, maybe, just maybe, this boy was actually just being nice. The blonde took a deep breath and forced herself to relax once again, just in time to catch the boy’s next words.

Oh, he was apologizing again. Because he was nice and strong and adorable and not trying to kill her (Mel had decided that his releasing her shoulder without anyone trying to murder her meant he was innocent, and that was her final answer.). This time, the smile Mel gave him was slightly less forced, and she replied in a stronger voice, “Thanks, but I’m fine, really.” Mel glanced at her clothes and grimaced. “Wet, but fine.” She gave a small chuckle so the boy would know she wasn’t really mad. Though now that she thought of it, Mel was a bit worried about where she could find some dry clothes. “Do you know where I could-” Mel stopped speaking abruptly. Asking the boy that question would be like standing under a sign that said, ‘I’m not from District 4’, so Mel was on her own for now. Hoping to distract him from her blunder, Mel stuck out her hand and introduced herself with the same name she’d used in District 10. “I’m Tori, by the way.”
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PostSubject: Re: Under the sea | Xander   Under the sea | Xander I_icon_minitimeSat Dec 10, 2011 11:38 am

The girl laughed along with Xander. He smiled at her as she said, "Hahaha, like anyone would think salt water is poison?" She managed a weak smile. Oh gosh, I've really made her feel bad. He fretted, biting his lip nervously. One thing Xander couldn't stand was when he hurt someone's feelings, made them feel embarrassed, or anything in between. Ever since he was a little boy, he had always been such a softie and a people-pleaser. If someone didn't like him, he made sure to fix it. He'd go to any means possible to make that person like him.

As Xander stood next to her, waiting for an answer, he looked down at the blonde girl. She seemed tense, ready to sprint down the shore. Her large, frantic eyes darted from side to side, as if she were expecting someone or something to lunge at her and tackle her into the water. He felt slightly uncomfortable as she scanned everything along the shore.Who is this girl? he thought to himself, scrutinizing her for a few seconds longer. She's strange... strange indeed. He ruffled his hair, now practically dry again.

She suddenly lost the tensity, and the feared look in her eyes wasn't as noticeable. But there was still an edge to her appearance that showed that she was slightly wary of everything going on around her. He tried to make her feel more comfortable by relaxing his shoulders and keeping a faint but genuine smile on his light pink lips. The girl finally answered his question that he had thought would hang there forever, “Thanks, but I’m fine, really." He watched as she looked down at her clothes and winced. "Wet, but fine.” She was really wet. Her wool sweater was dripping with water. “Do you know where I could-” She started to say, but stopped herself. There it was again, the fearfulness she had only seconds ago. Xander felt pitiful for this girl. The reason she looks so different is because her family's probably poor... It was the best explanation he had for her strange behavior, so he rolled with it.

And idea popped into Xander's head. Maybe I can grab some of my older sister's old clothes for this girl. Maybe that could make up for pummeling her. His sisters, Mae and Mary, had been her size when they were her age, so it would work out perfectly! The clothes were only collecting dust in their storage boxes. That is, until his little sister Claire got older and was big enough to wear them. Just as he was about to offer it, the girl thrust out her petite, light-colored hand and said, "I'm Tori, by the way."

Xander smiled warmly, clasping her small hand in his own big, warm hand. Her hand was freezing to the touch. "Tori is a very pretty name. Fitting for a pretty girl like you," He said sincerely. "Well, I'm Xander. Xander Simmons. My dad owns the bait and tackle shop here." Xander pulled away slowly, but his eyes still held hers. "Look, why don't you come to my house? We can get you dressed in something that isn't carrying twenty-five percent of the ocean in it." He said with a chuckle and a grin. "I have some older sisters, and their clothes they've outgrown are just sitting in my closet, packed into boxes. It would be no trouble to give you some." He offered. Not only was he doing this out of the kindness of his heart, but something about Tori was different than everyone else in District 4. He wanted to get to know this cautious young lady.


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PostSubject: Re: Under the sea | Xander   Under the sea | Xander I_icon_minitimeSat Dec 10, 2011 9:55 pm

The boy’s scrutiny had not gone unnoticed by Mel, but the fourteen year old had no idea how to react to it, so she decided to ignore the staring and hope it stopped on its own. She couldn’t really blame him for looking at her. After all, she was drenched, wearing strange clothes, and even Mel had to admit that she was acting very strange (even though she had a good reason to be).

While the fact that Mel’s family was poor wasn’t really the reason for her strange behavior, Xander had certainly been right about her family being poor. All of Mel’s clothes were hand-me-downs, worn by each of her four older sisters, so the fact that they were old and worn definitely showed. It was the norm in District 11 to be poor, but Mel had a bad feeling it was significantly less common here. Four was a career district, after all. Mel looked up at the boy in front of her and wondered for a moment if he was a career. He definitely looked strong enough (not that Mel had been, erm, admiring his muscles or anything. No, never.), but he seemed far too nice to be training to kill people. Mel did not have a chance to come to a decision about the boy, however, because his next words caused just about all of the blonde’s thoughts to fly from her head.

"Tori is a very pretty name. Fitting for a pretty girl like you,"

He thought she was pretty? A faint blush spread across Mel’s cheeks, and she couldn’t stop a tiny smile from flitting across her face as she looked down at her (wet) shoes. He thought she was pretty. Mel wondered if he would think her real name was pretty, but quickly pushed that thought to the back of her mind. He would never hear her real name, so it didn’t matter. "Oh, uh, thanks." She stammered out. Mel managed to look back up at the boy as he introduced himself, and she nodded in what she hoped looked like recognition when he mentioned that his dad owned a bait shop. The blonde figured that she probably should have heard of the shop, and the last thing she needed was to do something else to make herself stick out.

Just when Mel was thinking that it was time for her to leave Xander, who probably had much more important things to do, and find herself some dry clothes and food before she could do any more stupid things, Xander spoke again. Mel’s eyes widened in surprise at his offer, but she laughed easily along with the boy at his mention of how wet she was. Mel hesitated as she considered how to answer the older boy.

She wasn’t sure it was a good idea to go to some stranger’s house, especially in a district she didn’t belong in. Mel may have decided that Xander wasn’t going to set her up for a peacekeeper ambush, but that didn’t mean someone the blonde may encounter at his house wouldn’t either. Plus, wouldn’t it be a bit strange for Mel to need clothes from Xander, since she was supposed to be from the district? Then again, the boy had offered, so maybe it wasn’t that strange to be a bit far from home? Mel could always say she was form the other side of town-if District 4 was half the size of District 11, that would be enough of an excuse to need dry clothes, especially since her jeans and sweater had not been made to dry quickly.

Maybe it was the fact that Xander seemed to genuinely want to help, maybe it was because he had older sisters as well, something that was familiar to Melody, maybe it was just because she really wanted some warm, dry clothes, or maybe it was a combination of all those things, but for some reason or another Mel found herself replying, “Oh, um…okay, if you’re sure it won’t be any trouble.” She paused then added, “Only because my house is, uh, on the other side of town.” Hopefully that would keep him from asking any more questions, as long as Xander didn’t question why Mel had felt the need to share that fact in the first place. Hmm. After a moment, the blonde looked back up at Xander and shot the boy a grateful smile. “And thanks.”
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PostSubject: Re: Under the sea | Xander   Under the sea | Xander I_icon_minitimeSun Dec 11, 2011 9:07 am

((Ooops, I totally kept saying District 10 instead of District 4. o.o Anyway, I'll get to posting later today.))
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PostSubject: Re: Under the sea | Xander   Under the sea | Xander I_icon_minitimeSun Dec 11, 2011 1:25 pm

Tori seemed hesitant at first to accept Xander's offer. He began to feel really stupid about the offer. I just met her and I'm inviting her to my house. She's either going to think that I'm a creep or a kidnapper... He knit his fingers together, biting his bottom lip. It was a habit of his, to bite his lip when he was nervous or anxious. One time, Xander had came to class and the teacher announced a pop quiz. He felt so nervous that he chewed on his lip the entire class period. By the time he finished the quiz, he was notified by the teacher that blood was trickling down his chin. He had bitten his lip so hard that it began to spurt blood.

He was so distracted by the remembrance of this story that he almost missed her response. “Oh, um…okay, if you’re sure it won’t be any trouble,” She replied. He smiled at her, and she frantically added, “Only because my house is, uh, on the other side of town.” He nodded, not sure why she had to share that little piece of information, but he thought nothing more of it. He watched her look back down at her feet, then back up at him once more. Her bright green eyes locked on his and she said, "And thanks." Such a short response. Two words, yet they meant so much to Xander. See, Xander was used to doing kind things for others and not getting anything back in return. Not even a thank you. Everyone in District 4--And probably the rest of Panem--only cared about themselves, what was going on in their world, what kind of tragedies the next day would bring, and most importantly, what close family member would be taken away by the Games. Everyone was so wrapped up in their own lives that they never noticed when someone went out of their way to do something kind, something out of the ordinary, and they themselves never attempted to go the extra mile. So what Tori must've meant as just a courtesy meant so much more to Xander. . . more than she could ever know.

This blonde girl, whom he had just met, had shown that his kindness wasn't wasted. That even though most people disregarded when he held open the door for them, or helped them pick up their spilled items, someone appreciated his helpfulness. Sure, he didn't do what he did for fame or awards of any sort, but everyone wants to feel appreciated. And no one can deny that burning inside them that wants to be accepted and loved.

He snapped out of it to find Tori waiting for him to take initiative. He walked out of the water, the dry sand on the shore clinging to his wet feet. Walking in shoes with sandy feet is extremely uncomfortable, so instead of sliding his feet back into his dark brown sandals, he picked them up, wrapping them in his t-shirt, which he didn't feel like putting back on. He plucked the light blue towel out of the sand, which his mother had made for him, and shook out the grains of sand that had clung to it. He draped it over Tori's shoulders, hoping that it would help somewhat with the wetness. He beckoned her to follow him with a wave of his arm and set off towards the town, the light breeze ruffling his now dried hair.

((Sorry it's kinda short...))

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PostSubject: Re: Under the sea | Xander   Under the sea | Xander I_icon_minitimeSun Dec 11, 2011 7:45 pm

Of course Mel had thanked Xander. It wasn’t every day that someone you just met offered to take you to their house and give you clothes, especially since Mel had been acting so strange. Mel was similar to Xander in the fact that she always tried to help people whenever she could, so she knew it always felt good to know her help was appreciated. Not only that, but District 11 was apparently different than District 4-with so many poor, starving families, any kind gesture was not something to take for granted. Mel did have to admit that she was surprised by Xander’s kindness; she had expected the people in District 4 to be rude and stuck up, seeing as it was one of the Career districts. Xander hadn’t single-handedly changed her opinion of the entire district, but it was nice to know that there were good people everywhere. It gave Mel hope that maybe, just maybe, the rebels would one day gain enough support to stop the Capitol and end the Hunger Games. Though maybe she was getting a bit carried away; That was kind of a large leap to make from meeting one nice person.

Just when Mel was beginning to worry that Xander had changed his mind, and was regretting offering his help to her, Xander finally started walking. Mel followed the tall boy out of water, glad to be moving away from the ocean. She’d had quite enough of it for one day. Mel waited as Xander gathered his belongings and hoped it wasn’t weird that she didn’t have anything of his own. Not that there was anything she could do about that. A smile lit up Mel’s face as Xander placed his towel on her shoulders-it was nice and warm after sitting out in the sun, and the blonde gratefully pulled it more tightly around herself. She pulled her hair out from under it so that it hung on the outside of the towel, and just having the wet hair off of her neck made Mel feel much better. Not to mention that this was the first time that Mel actually felt safe in one of the districts. Maybe it wasn’t the smartest thing for the fourteen year old to be so trusting of a complete stranger, but it was in her nature to assume to best of people, and Xander just seemed so kind and genuine. Surely he was trustworthy, right?

Mel was suddenly pulled from her thoughts as she noticed that Xander had begun walking. The blonde quickly caught up to him until she was walking just barely behind him. A slight breeze caused her to pull the towel more tightly around her shoulders once more as she took in the scenery of District 4. Besides the knowledge that she was helping to stop the Capitol, Mel’s favorite thing about being on the secret railway was getting to see all of the Districts. It was amazing how different they all were from her home, and Mel couldn’t get over how ignorant the members of each district were about the others. It was only when Mel glanced up at Xander that she remembered she was supposed to have lived here her whole life. Which meant she certainly should not be looking around as though she had never seen District 4 before. Mentally cursing herself, the fourteen year old forced herself to stop looking around in awe and simply focused on following Xander. Should she start up a conversation? Mel would like to know more about this kind and extremely attractive boy, but she was worried about saying something that would give herself away even more, so she remained silent and focused on the direction Xander was taking her. It wouldn’t do for Mel to get lost and not be able to find her way back to the railway.

((Don't worry! I know my posts have been really long, Mel is spewing out of me xD))
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PostSubject: Re: Under the sea | Xander   Under the sea | Xander I_icon_minitimeSun Dec 11, 2011 9:46 pm

They walked side-by-side in silence. The silence allowed him to think, to ponder. Who was this Tori girl? He had never seen her before... Ever. There were those people who stayed in their homes all the time and never came out. "The Hermits", as his older sister Mae had called them. Taking a quick, sideways glance at Tori, she did have the complexion and colors to match that sort of lifestyle. She had fairly pale skin. Sure, it wasn't a ghastly white, but it was a very light peach color. But she also seemed to social to be a social outcast. Someone living like that would hardly know how to communicate...

Xander pushed his thoughts away, to the back of his mind. Right where they belonged. He didn't need to think on this too much, anyway. It's not like this little girl could strangle him, tackle him, or kidnap him. She was small and thin, and he was (Not that he ever really thought about himself like this) a tall, fairly muscular man. If anyone should be worried about kidnap or anything of the sort, it would be Tori. He laughed quietly, to himself, then realized how weird it seemed and stopped. Gosh, I must really be freaking her out. He thought, rubbing his neck with his left hand, trying to think of what to say to break the awkward silence.

He let his arm sag back to its original position and looked inside a shop window as they passed by. The corners of the window were mucky and decorated with thick cobwebs, but the shop itself looked fairly clean. A short, stout lady worked at the register, her dark black hair coiled up in a bun on top of her head. Stretched over her bun was a white hair net. She talked animatedly, with large gesticulation, which wasn't very flattering for her. When she made larger motions with her arms--especially circular ones--her arms jiggled. Xander, slightly appalled, decided to direct his attention to another area of the room. In this corner, a young couple sat, sipping some sort of hot liquid. Steam billowed from the cup and engulfed their faces in white mist. The teenaged boy took a long gulp. He watched as his adam's apple moved down his throat, then back up. The boy set his mug down, and the girl burst out in laughter. She then reached across the table, very sweetly, and wiped off his hot cocoa mustache with her little napkin, and Xander could her their faint, melodious laughter even though he was standing outside.

Xander looked back at Tori, who seemed to feel the awkwardness of the situation just as much as he himself did. He cleared his throat, getting rid of any flim lining it (Gross, I know.) and racked his brain for a good conversation starter. Usually he had no problem talking to people. He was good with starting with something interesting to talk about, keeping a conversation running, and ending it smoothly when it need not be discussed anymore or if he could tell the person on the other end was becoming bored or tiresome. But for some reason, he couldn't think of what to say to Tori. Maybe it was because they just met, and he didn't know what they could talk about that interested her and made her become engaged in what they were talking about. Or maybe. . . just maybe. . . it was because she was so different. Her differences made it hard for him to find a subject that he knew she'd know something about, or a subject that she would find comfortable to talk about. So far she had seemed pretty hesitant to share any personal information with him. Heck, all he knew about her was her first name! Look at you, you're over thinking this, He thought, scolding himself. Just ask her something about herself. Get to know her.

"So. . ." He began, a smile tugging at the corners of his lips, "What do you like to do in your spare time?" He felt the tenseness evaporate out of the air as he finished his question. Good, good. He thought happily. If you have anything in common with her, then you can start a conversation about that. There's bound to be something you guys share that you both like. . . right?
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PostSubject: Re: Under the sea | Xander   Under the sea | Xander I_icon_minitimeMon Dec 12, 2011 8:38 pm

It seemed Xander had been too preoccupied with his own thoughts to notice Mel’s gawking at the District she was supposed to have lived in her whole life, for which the blonde was extremely grateful. She had been all ready to give him some lame excuse about how every day was special and she wanted to embrace it, but it was much easier not having to explain herself. Goodness knows Xander probably already thought she was crazy (and this was without Mel knowing he thought she may be a hermit). It was definitely best that she didn’t know that detail, or Mel just might have headed back to the ocean in an attempt to drown her embarrassment.

Upon hearing laughter, Mel looked up at Xander and cocked an eyebrow at him, as if to say, what’s so funny? She looked around for the source of his laughter, but didn’t see anything and decided to just shrug it off. He was probably laughing at how weird she was. As she had still been looking at the boy, Mel saw him look over at a window, and she followed his gaze to the lady working. The sight of the large woman made Mel angry, and it took her a moment to figure out why: in District 11, it was normal for families to be hungry day in and day out, yet here there were people with so much to eat that they actually got fat. Mel realized it was not the woman she was mad at, but the capitol for allowing such injustice to happen. No wonder Careers were so strong-they had plenty to eat, and an ocean to swim in.

It was only after a few moments that Mel realized Xander had turned his attention to a happy couple in the shop, and their good spirits helped raise Mel’s own. The girl was naturally kind and happy, so she had trouble staying angry about to food thing for so long. As she’d already realized, it wasn’t the woman’s fault, it was the Capitol’s. And since the whole reason Mel was in District 4 was to help the rebels, she felt at peace with herself knowing she was doing something to help.

Only after they passed by the shop did Mel become aware of the awkwardness now hanging in the air. The fourteen year old had felt it a little bit before, but had been too wrapped up in her thoughts to notice, Now, however, she felt it at full force. Still, Mel was not going to say anything, lest she give herself away to Xander. Forutunatley, the blonde was saved from having to figure out a way to break the silence when Xander took the initiative and did so himself.

What did she like to do in her spare time? Mel hesitated. What did kids do for fun in District 4? Swim? After her panic attack in the ocean, telling the boy she liked to swim would hardly be believable. Mel decided the best thing to do would be to be honest, and just leave out a few things. “Well, I don’t really have a lot of spare time,” she began, hoping that wasn’t too much information. But really, what could it hurt? It wasn't like not having a lot of spare time automatically meant 'I work in the Orchards of District 11'. Well, at home it did, but Mel highly doubted Xander even knew the Orchards existed or that every child had to work in them, if her own ignorance of the other Districts was any indication. “But when I can, I play soccer with my friends. I’m also a pretty great tree climber,” she added with a sly grin. Mel had to admit, it was kind of fun to actually be able to brag about her tree climbing abilities. In District 11 climbing tree was far from a talent, but here she suspected it wasn’t nearly as common. She did hope they played soccer here, though. Before joining the railway Mel would have assumed all the districts know the game, but now she knew she could never be too sure about the similarities between districts. After a short pause, Mel looked up at Xander. “What about you?” It would certainly be interesting to hear what a normal teenager from District 4 did in his spare time.
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PostSubject: Re: Under the sea | Xander   Under the sea | Xander I_icon_minitimeTue Dec 20, 2011 11:28 pm

"Well, I don't really have a lot of spare time," Tori began. Her voice sounded guarded, mixed with a small bit of fear. It was the voice of a liar being interrogated, measuring each word with great ease as to not give too much away. “But when I can, I play soccer with my friends. I’m also a pretty great tree climber,” she grinned, her eyes lighting slightly. She had such a pretty smile. Shaking his head, Xander tried to focus on what she had just said. "Oh, cool. I've never been much of a soccer player myself. Basketball has always been my calling." He said with a slight frown. He had once tried to play soccer when he was a little kid, and it was a less than stellar experience for him.

The memory starts with him sitting at the window, watching as the boys in his neighborhood kicked around a ball. They were all older than him, but he desperately wanted to play with them. His mother, pregnant with Braxton at the time, ushered him out the door. She thought that playing soccer with the boys would maybe give him something to help him focus; his ADD was becoming more and more apparent as he got older. Xander stumbled out the door, a cute little grin lighting up his huge, amber brown eyes. "Can I play?" He asked, tilting his head to the side. His words came out with a whistle since he had lost his two front teeth recently. "Sure." A big, muscular boy, Zane, had said with a grin. It was a mischievous grin, but Xander was so little that he didn't recognize it for what it was. He thought they were merely being friendly. Zane whispered something to the boy next to him, which the boy laughed at, and then told Xander to join the other team. They placed the ball in the middle, Zane on one side of it and another boy on the other. They both raced for the ball, and the other boy, the one on Xander's team, got the ball. Everyone on the field surged forward. Xander ran after them, almost tripping over his own feet, and was soon close enough to the ball to be passed to.

Waving his arms wildly, he beckoned for the boy to pass it to him, which he did. Xander urged the ball forward with light kicks, keeping it close enough to him so that no one could steal it away. He got pretty far down the field, advancing farther than he had initially expected. Everything was going great. He raced down the field all the way to the goal. The tattered, white goal loomed over him, the goalie grinning evilly at him. He stopped and ran backwards to get a running start at kicking the ball. Before this could happen, Zane was bolting towards him, too quickly for Xander to have time to react. Zane bowled him over and Xander tumbled onto the hard-packed earth. Pushing himself off the ground, Xander ran home to his mother. His elbows had been scraped, his knees bloodied. Tears streamed down his face as he told his sympathetic mother what had happened.

Snapping back to the present, he realized that Tori had asked him a question. "What about you?" She had asked. He looked over at her, into her bright blue eyes, and he realized she looked genuinely curious. "Well..." He muttered, clearing his throat, "I love writing music." His mind quickly flashed to an image of the old oak tree behind his house, which he lounged beneath as he searched for inspiration for his songs. "I also like working on traps, singing, and playing with my sister, Chloe. She's six and such a sweetie."

At the mention of his sister, Xander smiled. Chloe was one of the brightest lights of his life. He loved her--and the rest of his family, of course--more than anything. Her smile lit up everything around her and made him feel free, as well as giving an airy lightness to his heart. He only wished that Chloe was closer to his age. If she was ever reaped for the Hunger Games, there would be nothing Xander could do about it. He would volunteer if he could, but he would be far too old by the time she was eligible. Try as he might to protect his little sister from the dangers of the world, the Games were something he could not save her from. That was where his protection faltered. The thought brought tears to his eyes. He couldn't save his precious little angel. He had never thought of it like this before. Is this what all fathers and mothers feel? He asked himself, a tear streaming down his tanned cheek. He tried to calm himself down, quickly wiping the tear away from his eye. You still have one year to save Braxton if needed. He told himself. Taking in a deep, calming breath, he faced Tori, hoping she hadn't noticed his breakdown.

Her wavy blonde hair trailed behind her, small wisps of it caught in the light breeze that wound its way through the District. He smiled. She truly was beautiful. Don't stare. He thought, tearing his gaze away from her. The streets were surprisingly empty today. They walked along in silence, their footsteps echoing quietly against the buildings that lined the streets. It took a while, but they finally got to the place where the paved roads ended and the dirt paths began, the division between the wealthy and the poor. His house was close now. Only a few minutes, and he would be home.

Walking up the path that led to his house, Xander grabbed Tori's hand, hoping to make her feel at home instead of awkward, guiding her along the path. He knocked on the tall, wooden door. Someone answered it almost immediately. It swung open outward, unlike most house doors. It was Braxton. He looked at his brother, then looked at Tori. A devilish grin spread across his freckled face. Oh no. "Ooh, Xander brought home his girlie friend!" Braxton taunted. Xander's ears turned red, but he tried to play off his embarrassment. "Don't make me beat you up in front of my friend." Xander threatened, but it was empty. He would never hurt his little brother. Even then, the threat alone was enough to send Braxton squealing back into the safety of his room, which he shared with Xander. "Sorry about that. Braxton can be a bit of a pest sometimes. Well... all the time." He laughed, dropping Tori's hand only to grab the scuffed, golden door knob. He pulled the door wide open, and said, "After you, my lady."
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PostSubject: Re: Under the sea | Xander   Under the sea | Xander I_icon_minitimeWed Dec 21, 2011 8:40 pm

Basketball, huh? “I’ve never played basketball before,” Mel was fairly confident she could share that bit of information without giving herself away. The blonde had seen some peacekeepers playing it before, but she’d never gotten to try the sport herself. If she recalled correctly, there was one extremely tattered net somewhere in town, but it was useless without a basketball, and those were virtually impossible to get a hold of in District 11. Apparently that wasn’t much of a problem here in District 4, though. Mel tugged self-consciously at her damp sweater, remembering how out of place she must look. “It looks like fun, though.” She added, noticing that Xander seemed to be frowning. She would have loved to ask him to teach her, but Mel knew she would probably never see him again.

For some reason that she couldn’t quite figure out, that wasn’t something Mel wanted to think about at the moment, so instead she turned her attention to Xander’s answer to her question. Though it seemed the older boy had spaced out a bit. Mel cocked her head a bit as she waited, trying her best not to notice how incredibly hot attractive erm, fit he was. Yeah, that was it. And then Xander had turned his distracted gaze back to Mel, and the fourteen year old blinked and looked away as quickly as possible. No, she hadn’t been staring. And her face also hadn’t just turned a light shade of pink. Nope.

Right, Xander was talking. Thankful to have something to turn her attention to, Mel listened intently to what the boy had to say. He wrote music? That was pretty cool. Mel had never even considered trying it herself. She had a decent voice, she supposed, but Mel had never been good at making up her own lyrics or melodies (oh, the irony). That didn’t make it any less impressive to her that Xander wrote music, though. If anything, that made it more impressive to Mel. She was reminded of the people in the orchard who would sing their own tunes to the mockingjays, only to have them repeated throughout the whole orchard. "Do you sing to the mockingjays?" The words left Mel's lips before she could stop them, and all she could do was hope that mockingjays were found in District 4. She hadn't seen any as of yet, but a girl could hope, right?

As Xander mentioned his other hobbies, the thing that really stuck out to Melody was the mention of his little sister. Xander really was a great guy. Of all the people who could have knocked her over on the beach, Mel knew she had been very luck it was the one she was talking to now. Xander’s smile was infectious, and Mel found herself grinning along with him, though hers was a sad smile; she could tell just by looking at him how much Xander cared for his younger sister, and it made her think of Donta. Mel’s relationship with Donta had been more like that of best friends than like a parent and child, since Donta had only been a year younger than her, but Mel still would have done anything she could to protect her little brother. And hearing Xander mention his little sister brought back all the painful memories Melody had left behind in District 11.

Determined not to drown in a pity party right here in front of this boy, Mel blinked several times and looked down at the ground. Once she was sure she wouldn’t have a breakdown, Mel managed to reply, “She sounds great. I have four sisters, but they’re all older than I am.” She had been so lost in her own thoughts, Mel hadn’t looked back up at Xander until she spoke again, so the blonde was taken aback to see that he looked just as upset as she did. She furrowed her brows, wondering if he’d been through something similar to her. Hopefully nothing was wrong with Chloe. Mel knew all too well how it felt to lose a sibling, and she didn’t wish the feeling on anyone, especially not someone as sweet as Xander.

Fortunately, Mel was saved from her depressing thoughts as Xander’s house approached. The switch from paved to dirt roads had not gone unnoticed by Mel, and the change made her feel much more at home. There hadn’t been paved roads anywhere in District 11, so it was comforting to the young girl to see dirt under her feet again. The next thing she knew, Xander had taken her hand and was leading her up to what must be his house. Mel was a bit surprised by his gesture, but this time she welcomed the boy’s contact rather than tensing as she had done previously. She figured if Xander was going to turn her in he would have done it by now, so now Melody was more afraid of the people she may meet in his house and his gesture did indeed make her feel more comfortable.

Then the door swung open, and Mel found herself face to face with another boy, who she was convinced had to be Xander’s brother. She didn’t miss the grin that crossed his face, and as he made his ‘girlfriend’ comment Mel’s cheeks turned bright red. Suddenly, she was all too aware of Xander’s hand in hers and the fact that her clothes were still soggy. And entirely wrong for the District. And that Xander's towel was still draped across her shoulders. Fortunately, Xander managed to run the boy off before he could say any more embarrassing things, and Mel couldn’t help but laugh along with her new - dare she say it? - friend.

“That’s okay, I-” Mel paused. She had been about to say that she also had a younger brother, but she had to remind herself that wasn’t true anymore. Right. For the second time, Mel shoved the painful memories of Donta to the back of her mind, forced a smile, and continued, “I know how younger brothers can be.” There. That was true enough, without making her bring up Donta, which was the last thing Mel wanted to do.

And once again, Mel was spared from having to give the subject any more thought, because Xander had opened the door. She managed a small smile at his comment, then tentatively made her way into his house and tried not to remember she had just met the boy. If something was going to go horribly wrong and peacekeepers were going to jump out at her, now would be the time.
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PostSubject: Re: Under the sea | Xander   Under the sea | Xander I_icon_minitimeThu Dec 22, 2011 3:52 pm

“I’ve never played basketball before,” Tori said. Xander watched as she tugged at her sweater, still heavy with water. “It looks like fun, though.” "Yeah, it's really fun. I'm a fairly tall guy, so it's a great sport for me. I wish I could handle the ball better, though. See, I'm good at the shots up close to the net, but when it comes to dribbling, I'm a clutz." He said with a laugh. Many times he had tried to dribble the ball down the court but wound up hitting the concrete, face first. Now he just passed the ball as soon as he could to avoid those kinds of disasters from happening again.

The house felt warm inside as Xander and Tori walked through the high door frame. Something about Tori seemed guarded, ready to jump at any moment. She had been like this at the ocean for quite some time. Xander hoped that she didn't think he was going to harm her in any way. He would never do that. He tried to make her feel at ease, relaxing his shoulders and putting on a convincing smile. "Mind if I take this?" He asked, reaching for the damp towel strewn across her shoulders. He picked it off her shoulders. Just as he was about to go outside to hang it on the clothesline, a little blonde head poked around the corner.

"Xandy!" Chloe yelled, running over to her brother. Her sandy blonde pigtails bobbed with every step she took. "Chloe!" Xander called back just as she got within arms reach. He scooped her up in his thick arms and then held her out farther, spinning her around and around. Her giggle as musical as chimes filled the entire house, ringing down the hallways. "How's my little princess?" He asked, setting her down. He squatted so he was at eye level with her. Xander noticed that he didn't have to go down quite as far. Chloe was growing. The thought saddened him. In six more years, she'd be eligible for the Games. But that was a long ways away. Xander pushed the thought to the back of his mind. Chloe may have answered his question, but he was too busy thinking to hear it.

Suddenly, Chloe became very shy. She scooted closer to her brother and leaned in close to his ear, cupping her hands around her mouth like all little kids do when they tell a secret. "Who's that girl?" She whispered loudly. Xander smiled and whispered back, just as loudly, "Her name's Tori. She's a friend I just met. Tori is very nice, I promise." Chloe still looked skeptical. "Pinky promise?" She asked, holding out a stout little pinky finger. "Pinky promise." He confirmed, holding out his own pinky. They locked pinkies, then shook them. Chloe now trusted Tori as much as Xander himself did. Oh how simple little children's worlds were, and how trusting they could be in one individual. He gestured towards Tori with a hand. "Chloe, this is Tori. Tori, Chloe." Chloe shyly waved, then hid behind her brother's leg, occasionally peeking around his thigh to take a look at the stranger.

Xander hoisted Chloe up onto his shoulders, who giggled once again. "Stay right here, I need to take this wet towel outside." He said, trotting out the back door. He used one of the clothespins to clip the soggy towel to the line. The wind was picking up, blowing Xander's hair around. He tried to smooth it down as he walked back inside. Hopefully he hadn't stressed the fourteen-year-old by leaving her alone in his home.

Setting his little sister on the ground, Xander told her to go and play somewhere else. Looking put out, Chloe stomped into her room and shut the door behind her. His chocolate brown eyes were trained on her, all the way to her room. When she closed the door, he turned to Tori. "Alright, now that Chloe's out of our hair, let's go into my room." He led the way down the short hallway to his room, adjacent from Chloe's. Braxton wasn't anywhere insight, thank goodness. Flinging the sliding doors of his closet to the side, Xander rifled through all his clothes to get to the boxes. Before he found them, he said, "You can sit on my bed. I don't want you to have to stand." Even though he hadn't made his bed that morning,(which he hardly ever did) sitting on an unkempt bed was better than standing, especially if you were tired and wet.

Xander's fingers brushed the box, and he gripped it tightly and pulled it out of its hiding spot in his closet. There was another, slightly larger box underneath the one he just removed. He pulled out that one, too. "Here we are." He sighed, flipping the tabs open that closed the cardboard box. Inside were various styles and colors of clothing, from tank tops to full dresses, long jeans to short skirts. In the larger box, which he promptly opened, were a few more shirts, a pair of hole-filled blue jeans, and a few jackets for colder weather. "Pick out whatever you like." He offered, nudging the boxes towards her. He had his eye on a flowing blue sundress that would be about knee-length on Tori. The top was plain sky blue with slightly puffy sleeves, but the skirt was the same color with white flowers snaking down to the very bottom. Around the waistline was a thick strip of white fabric. It would look gorgeous on her. "And when you find what you like, there's a bathroom at the end of this hallway. Only door you can actually lock in the entire house."
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PostSubject: Re: Under the sea | Xander   Under the sea | Xander I_icon_minitimeThu Dec 22, 2011 10:08 pm

Dribbling? What was dribbling? Not wanting to look more stupid than she already had today, Mel simply gave a small laugh along with Xander and chose not to voice her question. Besides, they had arrived at his house, and Mel was pleasantly surprised to be met with a burst of warm air as she entered. The blonde looked cautiously around the room and visibly relaxed a bit when nothing immediately jumped out to attack her. That was always a good thing. She blinked a bit when Xander spoke, having been a bit preoccupied with her paranoia , and shook her head. “Oh, no, thanks.” She certainly didn’t mind his taking the towel. It wasn’t doing much good anymore, anyways.

Suddenly, Mel noticed a little girl’s head appear from around a corner. That must be the little sister Xander had mentioned earlier, and Mel couldn’t help but smile as he greeted the little girl. That is, until Chloe noticed Mel’s presence and began having a “whispered” conversation about her. Mel’s cheeks flushed a light shade of pink, but she managed to keep a smile on her face, especially after Xander’s response to his sister’s question. At Xander’s introduction, Mel gave his sister a friendly smile. The little girl ever so slightly reminded Mel of Donta, but she was so young that it brought back more happy memories than painful ones. “Hi Chloe. It’s great to meet you!”

The next thing Mel knew, Xander had taken Chloe and left her alone in his house. The blonde cast a nervous glance around the room, much less at ease without Xander around, and fidgeted nervously until he finally returned, upon which time she attempted to look as cool and collected and totally un-nervous as she could and probably failed miserably.

Suppressing a giggle as Chloe marched away, Mel then nodded and followed Xander to his room. It was a little odd that he was going to get her girls’ clothes from there, but Mel decided not to question him until she saw for herself. She stood awkwardly in the room until Xander told her she could sit, to which she replied with a quiet, “Oh, thanks.” The blonde gratefully perched herself at the edge of his bed. She hadn’t realized how long she’d been standing for since she’d left the railway so early in the morning, and it was really nice to sit down. It was also nice to realize that the girls’ clothes in Xander’s closet were in boxes that he had to dig out. She’d been a bit concerned about that.

Mel waited as Xander pulled the boxes out of his closet and opened them up, then peered inside at his offer. Wow. There was certainly a lot to choose from, wasn’t there? She followed Xander’s gaze to a lovely blue sundress. It was very pretty, and the fourteen year old was sorely tempted to take it, but Mel knew that a dress would hardly be practical for her situation. And she didn’t even want to think of how the other railway members would react if she returned in a sundress. The last thing she needed was for them to find out she’d actually been to the home of a District 4 citizen. No, Mel couldn’t afford to indulge her desire for nice clothes. Instead, she settled for a pair of jeans and a simple green shirt. The shirt was short sleeved, so it would be much more suitable for the District 4 weather, and the green reminded Mel of the trees back home.

Dry clothes in hand, Mel made her way to the bathroom. Before doing so, however, she paused at the doorway of Xander’s room and gave the older boy a warm smile. “Thanks, Xander. I…well, I really appreciate this.” Mel wished she could convey just how much Xander’s kindness meant to her, but she couldn’t, so she quickly continued on her way to the bathroom.

Once she was there, Mel locked the door behind her and sunk to the floor, letting out a sigh. Regardless of how sweet and welcoming and adorable Xander was, it was always nerve-wracking for Mel to talk to people from other Districts, always worrying about what she could say without giving herself away. Xander had been surprisingly easy to talk to, though, and Mel felt strangely safe in his house. After taking a moment to compose herself, Mel quickly changed into the new clothes, grateful to finally be dry again. The pants were a bit long, which Mel remedied by rolling the legs up a couple of times, but the shirt fit nicely. She felt a little exposed without her sweater, but Mel supposed this was how the people in District 4 dressed.

Finally, Mel ran her fingers through her hair in an attempt to get rid of the tangles then put it in a long braid. Feeling much better, the blonde picked up the bundle that was her wet clothes and opened the door to the bathroom and poked her head out. Could she leave now, without getting caught? Mel contemplated the idea; she could get out, find a food source, and make her way back to the railway without getting into any trouble. But she couldn’t bring herself to do it. There was, of course, a good chance she would bump into Xander or one of his siblings on her way out and then have to explain herself, but the main reason Mel didn’t make a run for it was because Xander had been much to nice to deserve that. And, well, it was kinda hard to realize that in a few minutes she would probably never see the older boy again.

Pushing that thought aside, Mel walked back to Xander’s room and popped her head inside to see if he was still there.
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PostSubject: Re: Under the sea | Xander   Under the sea | Xander I_icon_minitimeTue Jan 03, 2012 1:35 pm

Xander sat next to Tori on the bed, feeling a bit awkward. She was perched as far away from him as she possibly could be. Great, I've scared her. He thought angrily, desperately wanting to scoot just a little closer. But he didn't. Xander kept his distance, because he knew she would appreciate it if he did. He watched as her eyes locked onto the very dress he thought would look beautiful on her. The contemplation on her face was evident, and she seemed to have decided to choose another pair of clothes. She picked out a bright green t-shirt and a pair of jeans that seemed a bit too long for her. “Thanks, Xander. I…well, I really appreciate this.” She said, seemingly nervous.

Tori disappeared into the bathroom, and Xander was left alone in his small room. He began to pack the boxes back up, any clothes that had made their way out of the box somehow were folded neatly and stored back in the box. Folding the flaps down, he shoved both large cardboard boxes back into their hiding spot in his closet, trying to arrange them as close to the way they were as he possibly could. Once he was satisfied, he plopped back on the back, belly up, and looked up at the ceiling. There was a single lightbulb dangling from a cord on the ceiling, illuminating the center of the room, but not quite reaching the corners; the corners of the room were still shrouded in darkness. Xander hadn't noticed how late it was getting until this very moment. Oh crud. He thought to himself. Any respectable young man wouldn't keep a girl out this late... He anxiously waited for Tori to get out of the bathroom.

The bathroom door inched open, and Tori slipped out. She popped her head around the corner, peering through the door frame, then entered. Wow... He thought, She even makes a plain t-shirt look stunning. Her blonde hair was pulled back in a long, meticulously tidy braid that snaked down her back. The t-shirt fit very well, not too snug, and not too baggy, but the pants were far too long for her, which Xander had predicted earlier. He noticed that she fixed this problem by rolling up the bottoms of the jeans to make them just the right length. She wore the same shoes she had been wearing when they first met, which must have been completely soaked. "Very nice, very nice. Why don't you do a little twirl for me?" He joked, pushing himself to a sitting position, then standing. It was amazing to him how much taller he was than her.

"Well, it's getting late, Tori. We'd better get you home." He said, motioning to the one window he had in his room. The night sky was painted navy blue, with only a few, twinkling white stars dotting it. He slipped on a coat and made his way out of his bedroom, hoping that Tori was following. Claire stopped him on his way out, her hair now out of their pigtails and falling down to her shoulders. She wore a very old nightgown, one of Mary's old ones from when she was Claire's age. It was white with a tattered lace pattern on the bottom, going all the way around the dress's hem. "Where are you going?" She asked, her bright blue eyes looking up at him pleadingly. He laughed, scooping her up in his arms, then propping her on his hip. "Just to take this little lady home." He answered. Claire peered around his shoulder and looked at Tori, then back at her brother. "When will you be back, Xandy?" She asked, sadness dripping from her tone. Smiling, he said, "I'll make it home in time to tuck you in." "And to tell me a story?" She asked, now becoming impatient and bossy. He chuckled, "And to tell you a story." She held out her pinky, and he hooked his pinky with hers. The deal was sealed.

Setting his blonde little sister down, he tickled her. Her tinkling giggle filled the halls once again, and she let out a high-pitched squeal and ran to her room, Xander watching her lovingly. He then turned to Tori and said, "We had better get going. Don't want to keep you out too late." He held open the front door open for her, and they stepped outside. "I love nighttime. Though it scares me, too." He hesitated to say the next part, but he continued, "Don't tell anyone this, but I'm afraid of the dark. Well, not necessarily the dark itself... but what's hiding inside it. Like there is someone waiting out here for me, to come and get me" He could feel a flush running to his cheeks, and was very grateful that it was dark out. He let out a laugh, "Though if anyone were to attack me, I am pretty sure I could take them." He teased, flexing his biceps in another attempt to be funny. Their footsteps echoed down the empty streets, and as he looked around, Xander realized they were the only two people out in this part of the District tonight. Everything's so quiet... He thought to himself, glancing at Tori, then back at the road ahead of them.
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Once she saw that Xander was still waiting in his room, Mel continued through the door and found herself blushing at his gaze. Huh. She was certainly blushing quite a lot today, wasn’t she? That thought only served to turn her cheeks an even brighter shade of pink, so she quickly shoved it to the back of her mind and focused on what Xander was saying. With a slightly uncharacteristic giggle, Mel held out her hands and spun around. “Why thank you, kind sir.”

At Xander’s next statement, Mel followed his gaze to the window and her eyes widened in shock as she realized how late it had gotten. Where on earth had the time gone? Were days shorter in District 4 or something? And, oh! Mel hadn’t gotten any food yet. This was not good. She couldn’t fail for a second time in a row. Mel was determined not to be a hinderance to the railway. This wasn’t some sort of fun adventure for Mel, this was a way of getting back at the Capitol for killing her brother. And she was doing the rebels any good if she didn’t do what she was supposed to. Still, Mel figured she had a little time. Maybe she could still manage to steal food from town before she made her way back to the railway? Yes, that could work.

Clinging to that strand of hope, Mel nodded to Xander and followed him out of the room. She smiled at the sight of his little sister, and gave the younger girl a small smile when she met her gaze. It really was sweet how close Xander was to his little sister, and Mel was overcome by a rush of homesickness. In an attempt to distract herself, Mel wondered where Xander’s parents were, but she chose not to say anything. She had no idea how late people in this district were supposed to work and really, it wasn’t any of her business.

Once Xander was finished talking with his sister, Mel followed him out the door. She’d never been a huge fan of the dark, so the fourteen year old was glad to have Xander there with her. He made her feel safe – because, you know, he was older than her and had helped her. Not for any other reason. Nope. When he voiced his own concerns about the dark, Mel shivered slightly and found herself moving a little closer to him. Fortunately, before she could allow herself to follow his frightening train of thought, Xander spoke again, causing Mel to laugh. She shot the older boy a sideways grin and added, “And don’t forget, you’ve got me for back-up. I can be very intimidating.” That was a joke, of course. Mel was quite the opposite of intimidating. A lack of food for pretty much her whole life, combined with her naturally short stature, left Mel quite tiny for her age. Honestly, Xander’s sister could probably beat her up – if she could get a hold of her, that is. Fortunately what Mel lacked in strength she made up for in speed.

It was only when Mel noticed the echo of their footsteps that she realized she had a problem: Xander was walking her home, and Mel had no home in District 4 to go to. In fact, she needed to get to town, get some food, and make her way back to the railway as quickly as possible. And as much as she didn’t want to leave Xander just yet, the blonde knew she didn’t have much of a choice. She couldn’t very well lead him back to the top-secret rebel railway with her.

Her voice think with regret, Mel stopped walking and forced herself to speak up before she and Xander could get any farther. “Look, Xander. Thanks for everything, really.” Mel tried her best to convey just how thankful she was in those words, but she wasn’t sure it was good enough. “But, uh, I can find my way home from here, you really don’t need to walk me all the way there. I-I’d hate to keep your sister waiting.” Mel paused. This was probably the last time she would ever see the boy in front of her, and for some reason that bothered her much more than it should have.

“I’ll, uh, see you at school.” Mel continued. She felt bad about lying to Xander, but the blonde figured it wasn’t a big deal. He’d probably forget all about her by tomorrow anyways, so he wouldn’t even be looking for her. Yet another thought that bothered the blonde for some reason, but she just shrugged it off.

In a moment of complete insanity (in Mel’s opinion, anyways), the blonde stood on her tiptoes and gave Xander a quick peck on the cheek. Her cheeks turning pink at a speed she hadn’t thought possible, Mel muttered, “Bye, Xander,” before swiftly turning around and walking away, hoping against hope that he wouldn’t follow her and make it even harder to get back to the railway.

((Out. That was a great thread!! <3))
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PostSubject: Re: Under the sea | Xander   Under the sea | Xander I_icon_minitimeSun Jan 08, 2012 7:26 pm

((Alright. Funny thing was I was going to have Xander kiss Mel in my last post, but since it happened already, I suppose I don't need to make a final post. That was a great thread!!))
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PostSubject: Re: Under the sea | Xander   Under the sea | Xander I_icon_minitimeSun Jan 08, 2012 7:36 pm

((haha awwww. ^^ Great minds think alike, I guess? And you can post his reactions and whatnot if you want, but if not that's fine too!))
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PostSubject: Re: Under the sea | Xander   Under the sea | Xander I_icon_minitimeSun Jan 08, 2012 8:06 pm

((I guess I shall. I wasn't going to at first, but why not? --Even though I have lines I should be memorizing by now--))

Xander and Tori walked side-by-side, the chilly night air making Xander shiver. He realized the blonde must be freezing, so he shrugged off his jacket, draping it over her shoulders. He noticed how bony they were, probably from malnutrition. Everyone was like that, though, so it wasn't much of a shock. But she was tiny. He was afraid that if he hugged her, she would break. He could feel her scooting closer to him, and a rush of excitement ran up his spine. Why this happened, he did not know, but it happened, nonetheless. He tried to suppress this feeling and act as natural as possible as Tori said, "And don’t forget, you’ve got me for back-up. I can be very intimidating.” He let out a loud laugh, which echoed down the empty street. She was so thin and frail, she would never stand a chance against a mugger. Of course, no one would lay a finger on her. Not with Xander there. Besides, he knew she was only making a joke.

Thankfully there wasn't any wind, but the night seemed to get even colder. Tori seemed to hesitate, and even through the dark Xander could detect the torn feeling she had, could see the pain and regret in her eyes. What for? He thought, completely oblivious to the fact that she was about to leave him for good, that they would probably never cross paths again. The only one that knew this was Tori. She suddenly stopped, and Xander kept going only for a few more seconds, then looked at her behind his shoulder as she said, "Look, Xander. Thanks for everything, really.” What's going on? He thought, completely puzzled. She continued, “But, uh, I can find my way home from here, you really don’t need to walk me all the way there. I-I’d hate to keep your sister waiting.” Another pause, "I’ll, uh, see you at school.” He could feel the tension, as thick as a rope, between them. That's why her kiss caught him completely off guard.

It was just a little peck on the cheek, nothing huge, but Xander felt that cheek heat up as she looked into his eyes with those beautiful blue eyes. His jaw dropped, and he watched, dumbfounded, as she walked away. Just walked away. Something stirred inside him. Go after her. It told him. Go. It continued to eat away at him until he ran up to her. He grabbed her thin shoulders, spun her around, and kissed her. Not on the cheek, but on the lips. He pressed his against hers. Both their lips were cold from walking outside, but his felt like they were on fire. After a few seconds, he pulled away, looking deep into her eyes. He couldn't just let her walk home, all alone. He didn't want to let her go. But there was something else inside him that was stronger, something that forced him to let go of her face that was bathed in the moonlight. So he did, and didn't look back once as he walked back down the street, back home. Little did he know that her promises were empty. They would not see each other at school tomorrow... they would never see each other again. Ever.
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