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Liz Thornescape
 Posted on: Nov 16 2017, 12:59 AM
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It was almost that time once again. The reaping were just around the corner, and actually it feels like the last games had just ended. It was almost like the Capitol was throwing more games than just one or two a year. It felt like there was a new one every month. It irked Liz to say the least.

Everyone knew that she was not a fan of the games when it came to the Capitol's own personal entertainment. She was always very opinionated on the train rides whenever she met with her tributes. She didn't even remember how many games she had mentored now when it came to tributes. She was the victor of the 107th, and the 122th was drawing near. A long time to say the least.

Funny enough, she was still so young. Only twenty-eight. Not even thirty and she had witnessed and had been apart of so much chaos in her life already. Still, as much as she hated the games and everyone who marveled in the entertainment, she had learned over the years how to play face to the Capitol as a victor to gain sponsorship and so forth. She had that sweet face that she used to make Caoitolites cater to her when she needed to most.

The time would come again soon enough. For now, however, she was at home in District Nine's Victor Village...once occupied by Patrin, another mentor of Nine, before he decided to depart and go back to his free living lifestyle. She stood in her kitchen, pouring wine from her jar into a glass with a plate of crackers and cheese in front of her. She picked up the glass and swirled the liquid around, watching it move about before slowly bringing it to her lips and taking a drink.


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Krista Lasenze
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Krista had been to nine before, but she hadn't exactly left with a good taste in her mouth. She found the trip to be rather bland and... dirty. She'd met the two victors before of course, on the train to the capitol each year for the reaping, but it was clear something wasn't working. Krista had a feeling she needed to get to know at least one of these victors on a greater level if they were going to pull out a win for nine. Of course, the tribute's survival wasn't exactly something that bothered Krista - in the sense that... she didn't mourn their loss. Krista was relatively egocentric. She merely cared that their loss made her look bad. She was never going to make it in the escorting world if nine couldn't pull their weight.

Charlotte's words rang out in her head. Wait for someone to fall, so you can rise, or something along the lines of that. Krista knew she was right, but she wanted to rise on her own merit, not just from the failure of others. Where was the pride in that?

So that frosty morning in the Capitol, Krista sprang out of bed and decided that today? She was going to nine. Krista was able to freely visit district nine at her will - since it was her escorting district. Often, escorts didn't bother with it. They seldom liked to leave the comfort of the Capitol, however, Krista had a job to do, and she was sure to get it done. She took her time getting ready, as she would usually, and curled her hair into perfect ringlets before getting dressed, and leaving for the station.

The train journey was short and sweet. She wined and dined for the hour it took to get there, which put Krista in a relative pleasant mood, given the circumstances. The district was as dull as she recalled, around every corner was a sea of grey, and once again, the golden fields of wheat were nowhere to be seen. The victor's village was, at the very least, a step up from the rest of the district, and as she entered the large gates she felt a little more at ease.

Krista hopped up the steps of Liz Thornescape's house and took a deep breath when she approached the door. She smiled brightly before knocking three times. One, two, three..

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Liz Thornescape
 Posted on: Nov 24 2017, 11:56 AM
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She took her drink, and grabbed a cracker with cheese and took a bite. The luxury winnings every month she received for being a victor. She was sent monthly goods from the Capitol. She didn’t agree with the games, but who was she to pass on free alcohol and food for the hell she went through. She didn’t get a lot of visitors really. She went running every morning just to see what the district was up to, but she just wasn’t feeling it this morning. It could have been the dread of it almost being time to go back to work yet again.

Did she like losing? Of course not. It was never easier to get to know your tribute then watch them die, and that would be the only time you got to spend with them. It was something that nine needed to change. Since Parin, no one else had come back a victor for nine. She knew he took it harder like he had something to prove with mentoring. To her, she just wanted to see them come back so they could live. She took nine’s death every year differently. She felt sadness, but the deaths didn’t drive her like it did others. She had nothing to prove. She already did that.

That didn’t mean she wasn’t good at her job. She always did everything she could to prepare them for the arena, her best tips, but it just wasn’t working out as of late. Suddenly, there was a knock at her door.

She made her way to the door, wondering who was coming to see her honestly, and she saw the blonde from the Capitol she knew. She didn’t know her well on a personal level, but she knew her. She was their District’s escort. She was easy on the eyes, she had to admit, and she had a lovely smile. Still, why was she there? They still had a week or two before she was scheduled to be here and pull names from the bowl. ”Krista? Little early to harbor death to our lovely existence.” she told her before taking another drink from her glass, and walked away from the door leaving it open. Liz’s formal way of her invite inside.



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Krista Lasenze
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Krista supposed greetings weren't on top of Liz Thornescape's list of many talents. She wasn't exactly welcoming, but Krista was pleased to see she hadn't slammed the door in her face. Victors were unpredictable - she knew that.
"Lovely to see you, Liz," Krista said brightly, ignoring her distasteful comment. Such little disrespect, though, she couldn't blame her for her manners, she'd obviously been raised wrong. Krista judged a little internally, but her smile remained bright on her face. "I'm sure you're wondering why I'm here," she said, pausing a little for dramatic effect as she following Liz into her home, closing the door quietly behind her. She peered around the rooms, noticing the quaint little features of the house. It wasn't somewhere she pictured herself living, but it was relatively pleasant.

Once she'd spotted Liz again, she accompanied her in whichever room she'd taken.
"I'm just a little concerned by nine's performance lately, and wanted a little bit of a brainstorm as to how we can improve our tribute's chances in the games. Now, I can't fault you on your performance post-bloodbath, because well... nine hasn't really been making it past that point recently. So I was wondering... perhaps we need to encourage tributes to get themselves out, past that point, then maybe we will be able to help them a little more, mm?" She babbled on, "If you ask me, we need to make the noticeable, the more hype there is about them, the more confidence they will have in themselves right?" Krista mused, looking up at the victor. She was sure they'd be on the same page, they both wanted the same things, right? For nine to win the games this year. It had to happen. It must.

Really, Krista wanted to be on a closer level with the two victors. It was important to look like a cohesive unit. To work together. That was something she had never taken the time to do before now.
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Liz Thornescape
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As Liz walked back further into her home, she turned the corner of the wall and found herself back in the kitchen. She reached for a chair and pulled it away from the bar, patting the seat for Krista to sit down. Liz had manners, she just wasn't fond of visitors normally. It could have been that even after she returned, she was looked at differently. The curse of the victor. She earned it, yet her little bit more elegant lifestyle made others in Nine a bit jealous. She still had those who saw her help in the district. Victor or not, Liz believed in making her own way. Sure, she would indulge in the food and stuff sent monthly, but that didn't mean she would stop helping where she could.

She heard the words of Krista saying how lovely it was to see her. Liz smiled and took a small curtail bow. "You should see me after I shower then." she said with a bit of humor to back it. Yes, she had a few so believe it or not she was a bit more loose than she would have been without any alcohol.

"Why are you here, Krista?" she relived Krista's own statement, confused in her own mind. "Your not scheduled to be here for another two weeks when we whip up for another glorious game." she finished before grabbing another glass. "Wine?" she asked as she began pouring not waiting for an answer from the escort. The blonde looked like she could use a drink herself.

Krista began to explain why she was there. Of course. Game plans on how to win the games. She hated this time of year, she really did. "You know how to improve a tribute's chance in the games, Krista?" she asked setting the bottle of wine down on the counter top. "Your name doesn't get called." she stated plainly. It was the easiest way to be honest, she was right about that. Still there would be those two unlucky souls whose names would be called at the reaping and then Krista, herself, and Patrin would all be whisked away back to the Capitol again.

She went to take a drink from her wine, but coughed slightly as Krista's performance review of Liz's work came about. "You can't fault my work post-bloodbath? Is that even a discussion right now?" she said with a raised eyebrow to the girl. "I teach them what they need to survive. I tell them every year to run, and get the hell away from that hoard of lions just thirsting for bloodshed. The reason they don't make it out of the bloodbath is because they're children, Krista. Children who shouldn't even be out there in the first damn place! she sighed, having to take a breath.
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Krista Lasenze
 Posted on: Dec 24 2017, 04:35 PM
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She had taken the seat offered to her gladly, beaming with her perfectly whitened teeth. The furniture her wasn't exactly up to her standards, but Krista supposed it wasn't unbearable. Personally, she'd have shipped in some luxury items from the Capitol itself, rather than dealt with the mundane objects that had been provided by default. Didn't she have an interior decorator? Krista was bemused at how little effort had gone into her home. A smile twinged at her lips at the slight flirt Liz had offered her, letting the imagery flow through her mind, Krista cocked her head to the side,
"Perhaps I should," Krista tested, giving back a little more than she expected of herself. Victor-escort relations almost never ended well.

The wine that Liz poured her was deep red in colour. It was unusual in taste, unlike anything she had experienced in the Capitol, but it was pleasing enough to the escort.

Krista shook her head, a little disappointed at Liz's attitude.
"That doesn't make sense, Liz," she shrugged, "Someone will get reaped, whether you like it or not, and that person needs every chance they can get." it was true enough. It didn't matter whether Liz agreed with it, it didn't even matter if she agreed with it. This was how things were. No one could change that.

She was a little taken aback by Liz's outburst. Wincing at her words, ones that jabbed straight into her heart. On the outside, Krista remained unphased. She was used to such talk by now, after several years of escorting such had been the norm from both victor and tribute. A part of Krista empathised with the young ones, especially when they were as little as twelve and thirteen but... no. This was the way the system worked. This was what prevented the deaths of many more... without the games, there would be complete rebellion. Like the 100th games, there would be many deaths. Too many deaths.
"You nor I can change the way things are, Liz. You know that." She spat back at her, sitting up straight. Plastering a perfect smile on her face, "we've just had an unfortunate run, that's all! I'm sure next games will be different!" She hoped it would be different.

Things had gotten serious pretty fast, and it made Krista feel uncomfortable. She wanted a plan of action. She wanted a deeper connection to her victors. She wanted... a chance to rise up, really. How could she get that if neither of them would cooperate.
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Liz Thornescape
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At the sound of Krista’s choice of return towards her shower comment, it took her by surprise a little. She didn’t see it coming, and for some strange reason, Liz was okay with it. She never expected to grow feelings for anyone. She didn’t have an attraction to most because the majority of her life was stripped away at the young age when she was reaped, and ever since she had been mentoring. She didn’t have time for attraction, let alone of a Capitolite. She never thought in a day that she would have had a flirtatious moment with Krista.

The woman was a Capitol. She seemed to care more for the grand showing of winning the game rather than feeling the distress of it all. Losing people they grew to know, etc. There was no possible way she could ever...yet, she was okay with it. Hm.

Well, that moment was ruined. They had to discuss the games. The one subject that always got a rise out of her. She knew what she said didn’t make sense, but at the same time it did. ”Yeah, someone will always be reaped. I know how it works. The Capitol makes it clear every year.” she retorted to the bubbly blonde. ”What I meant was if there were no games, then obviously everyone’s chances increase to survive.” she told her with a nod before taking a drink from her glass.

No, she couldn’t change a thing. No one could change anything. Soon, two more children would be reaped, and possibly only one coming back. She didn’t like the jab that Krista previously made of her not faulting Liz that no one from nine has survived the games as of late. Was it her fault that they kept losing? She did everything she could. Everything she knew. It was just unfortunate. The blonde was beaming and upperly chipper again. Liz’s head cocked to the side, looking at the blue eyed girl. ”How do you do that? How can you just move on like those before now are just the past?” she asked her. She was curious herself. Maybe it was easier that way?

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Krista Lasenze
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The way Krista thought about the games was very different to Liz. This must was evident from the very beginning. She had to disagree, but explaining her thoughts in a calm and understandable way was difficult and thus, she put some thought behind each and every word. Krista had been working with victors for a while now, and she knew only too well how touchy they could be when it came to the games. It made the whole situation so much harder because it made some sort of tension rise between the team. Krista wouldn't allow that to happen.

She took a deep breath,
"I understand we have our differences Liz, but I simply cannot agree with you there. Before the games... there were terrible wars, deaths on mass because people couldn't come to a consensus. The way Panem is run is working." The rebellion in the 100th games came only too close to complete upheaval. Krista had been told many things by the Capitol, and she'd been told so much she completely believed every word of it to be the truth. She couldn't open her mind to other possibilities because her world right now was perfect. She didn't want it to change.

"Because they are past, Liz? What's the point on dwelling on their sacrifice, when we have two new tributes to focus upon? We can't change what happened before, but we can impact what happens next." And it dawned on Krista that those words were the very words that could strike up a rebellion... if directed in the right places, that is. She didn't mean it like that though, but the thought did play at the back of her mind. Her shoulders squared backwards in her seat as on foot tucked gently behind the other as she looked up at Liz expectantly, finding her eyes fluttering between her Lips and her pupils.
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Liz Thornescape
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She took another sip of her wine. She and Krista were never going to agree on the games, that much was true. She just had to let it go, but when you lose someone close by no choice of their own, and others cheered watching, how could you ever come to like them? She lost her brother during the games. In the same game she was the victor of. She was supposed to be the one cold and forgotten, and instead here she was. Her brother saved her life, and now he was forgotten by all except for her. That was a tragedy.

Krista’s words about dwelling on the those of the past stung her. Again, she felt as if to this blonde, family meant nothing to her. To just move on and pretend like their sacrifice was for nothing, but a loss. Her brother’s sacrifice have their district a win because Liz was standing there, now a mentor for future tributes, but she would gladly give all of it back to just have her brother.

She made her way around the table counter of her kitchen, and towards Krista. ”I know you never think about it because it could never happen, but what if it were you?” she asked finding her hand running up the blonde girl’s arm slowly. ”What if you went in, and died. Wouldn’t you want to be remembered?” she asked tilting her head to the side. She stepped back and shook her head. ”I’d trade all of my memories just to have a day with my brother again.” she told her before grabbing her glass and downing the rest.

Of course most of this probably sounded stupid to Krista, unless she had heard the stories of how Liz came to win her games.

”It’s hard to plan ahead for the games when we don’t know who they are going to be. There’s a difference between a seventeen year old boy who works out in the fields on a daily basis to a thirteen year old girl who spends her day brushing out her dolls hair.” she told Krista, answering her question about what they plan to do next. ”But, I guess I am open to ideas.”

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Krista Lasenze
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Their worlds were completely opposite, and Krista accepted that, but she was stubborn - and could not be swayed by her beliefs. The games were for the good of Panem, everyone knew that, right? Well, clearly some people have been taking it for granted. She shuddered at the thought of rebellion at war, all those horror stories... the worry her parents went through during the 100th games was enough to make anyone have nightmares. They were so close to anarchy it was unreal. Of course, the power of the Capitol could not be overthrown. That fact alone put Krista at ease.

Krista shuffled in her seat as Liz approached her around the kitchen. Her voice was soft and gentle in this moment, as her hand slowly drifted up her arm, Krista looked up at her from under her eyelashes, blinking quickly, she blushed.
"If... If it were me?" She'd never thought about that before. "I-I suppose so, I'd make sure I was unforgettable," she believed she was unforgettable anyway, but her question really did hit home. What if it were you, the words repeated over and over in her head. She had to tell herself that it didn't matter because it could never be; it would never be. Krista wasn't without empathy, even though at first it seemed that way. Krista stayed silent when Liz mentioned her brother, for she had all but forgotten they both went into the games.

"You're right there, but it's more... getting comfortable with each other I wanted to work on, I don't feel I truly know you that well, Liz?" She said gazing at her, "I'd like to," she said, one corner of her mouth curving upwards.

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Liz had no doubt in her mind that Krista would do whatever possible to be remembered if she was in the games. Krista enjoyed putting on a show, but that wasn’t what she was trying to get through to the girl. Still, Liz didn’t push the matter because it was a losing battle and she knew it. Krista was set in her ways when it came to the games, and they would never agree on what they stood for. Krista saw it as a way to keep peace, and Liz saw it as entertainment for the wealthy. Growing cows to be slaughtered later.

She listened to Krista, and a smirk filled her face. ”You want to know me?” she asked curiously. No one talked to Liz. Sure, while she was at the Capitol, she had to talk to people to get donations, but that was just a show. They didn’t know her, nor did they give two shits to care too. Back home in Nine, when she got back she didn’t let being a Victor stop her from working in the District. She still continued to help where she could, and what not, but that didn’t mean everyone was welcoming.

It was a tough atmosphere when you came home as a victor. Sure, it was a pride for your district, but the winnings for the district had long since passed. They were forced to continue doing what they do on a daily basis, and some felt it as a sort of charity for the Victor to be working when she didn’t have too. It didn’t sit well with some. Patrin went back out to his home, so he didn’t stay in the district like she did. It didn’t leave her much to conversate with, and Liz slowly fell into her own bubble. No one wanted to know the victor, other than she was just that. A lucky girl who survived thanks to her brother.

So Krista, wanting to get to know Liz was new to her. She didn’t even know if Krista really wanted to know her even after just a few moments of talking. Everything in the girl’s head in the years was probably enough to make them think she was bat shit crazy, or just a bitch. Still, the escort wanted to get closer with those she worked with. Liz leaned across the counter and looked to the blonde. ”So, what do you want to know, Krista? You wanna know about my past, my loss, what I do for fun….who I’m sleeping with?”

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Krista Lasenze
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Krista hadn't exactly got far enough to decide what it was she really wanted to know. She had originally hoped the conversation would just flow, and that the two girls would simply have some sort of heart to heart about what it was like for them growing up. She supposed the whole prospect of growing up was a little touchy for the victor.

Something Krista had wondered was whether Liz had any friends here in nine, and whether she actually got along with Patrin or was that just a friendly face for the tributes and herself?
"Gosh I don't know where to start!" She said a little surprised Liz had taken her seriously - or at least, that's what Krista took from her response. "Ummm..." she said, biting her lower lip as Liz lent across the counter. "Is there anyone here in nine you're particularly close to? You've never really mentioned anyone before?" She asked, an open question per se - Krista supposed that could be interpreted as "friends" or romantic interests.

Krista had plenty of friends in the Capitol, but when it came to love she had lucked out. There had been a couple of flings here and there - but nothing substantial. No real relationships to speak of. She was kind of new at the whole thing, and while Charlotte did say she'd keep an eye out for her, she hadn't exactly brought anything up for a while now.
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