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 This is goodbye, tag: Falabella
Stetson Lariat
 Posted on: Dec 1 2017, 10:08 PM
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And just like that everything that he had ever known, everything that he had ever hoped for was coming crashing down right around him. Why would Bella volunteer for the games when she was so weak? Was she really that willing to leave this place and him behind? Stetson was never much of a selfish person. He was always the type to put other people before himself. But damn it, when she had volunteered for some girl he didn't even think that she knew, he began to think selfishly. She was acting selflessly and all that Stetson could think of was the fact that she was leaving him. And her chances of coming back weren't good.

His hands were clenched into fists as he listened to the boy's name being called and then whatever nonsense had to go on but in honesty, he heard none of it. The sound of her volunteering just kept playing over and over again in her head. His knuckles were white from clenching his fists so hard and he didn't even realize that it was all over until someone bumped into him in their hurry to leave. That was when he realized that the section around him had more or less cleared out while he had stood there staring at the stage as if it would bring her back to him.

Once he realized it was over, he knew that he had to get inside the Justice building. He had to at least see her off, especially if this was going to be the last time that he ever saw her in person. It was that thought that forced his feet to start moving in the direction of where the tributes had been led. He waited his turn, letting her parents and brother go first, waited until she had no more visitors in line to see her before he stepped inside. He needed the time to compose himself. To try to think of what he could even say at this point.

Everything that he had come up with left him when he entered that room and saw her, though. She seemed even more frail than he remembered when she was surrounded by the finery of the Justice Building. He frowned as he just stared at her for a moment, willing himself to say something. To say anything. But he couldn't find words, so instead he just walked across the room and reached out to her. He pulled her into her arms and held her tightly against himself. ”Why, Bella?” It was all he could say as he murmured into her hair, his chin resting against the top of her head then.
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Falabella Mustang
 Posted on: Dec 1 2017, 11:51 PM
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She thought the show was over, that she would be pulled to the train now that her family left. Her body was turned away from the door as she waited for the peacekeepers to come and get her. But instead the door opened and when she turned she stopped dead in her tracks. Stetson. Her heart sank into her feet and the hot, painful tears she was holding back poured from her eyes. The boy she was madly in love with stood before her and she was to be taken away from the slaughter. Just like Daisy.

Her eyes fell to her feet, she didn't have the words to tell him. Her throat was clamped shut and as she looked up at him, she could see the heartbreak in his face. "Ste...."But her words were caught in her throat. What did she sat to him, what could she say. The truth, it was the best way to do things. His eyes bore into her as she stood there, but he approached her and wrapped her up in his embrace. When he spoke the words she sobbed. why? She melted into and tried to calm herself so she could speak. "Stetson, I'm so sorry. There are reasons, I know you don't understand why." She looked at him and frowned.

"You deserve better than me. You need someone that will be around a lot longer than I will, someone that can bare children for you and that can care for you well into their old age. I can't do that for you, I'm.....Dying. We both know that to be true. You don't need to watch me suffer, to watch me die slowly. It's better this way, if I don't come back, you can move on with your life. And fi-find someone better." She choked back her tears and sobs wiping at her face. "You are a wonderful person, Stet. I just can't be the woman you need."

Her eyes studied his face for a moment. "And I couldn't let that little girl go into the games..." She finished off with a sob and she took in a deep breath wiping the tears from her eyes. "I love you Stetson." She didn't know if it meant anything to him. But she wanted him to know that before she left. "And who knows, maybe I'll come home, all better, shiny and new." She reached out and touched his face. "Remember me?"

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Stetson Lariat
 Posted on: Dec 4 2017, 08:36 PM
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As soon as she had laid her eyes on him, he had seen the tears begin spilling from her eyes. Previously, he hadn't seen any tear tracks down her cheeks but they would surely be there now. Not that he was judging or anything. He was struggling with his own emotions as he tried to keep them in check. It was a losing battle but he would try to be strong for her. That is what she would expect from him. She would expect him to keep it together and to stay strong. It was what he had always done. Through her sickness and the fact that she grew weaker and weaker, he had stood beside her and tried to keep her steady. And he would do the same now.

When he had crossed the room and wrapped her in his arms, he could feel the way the sobs wracked her small body and his frown deepened as he closed his own eyes, fighting back his own emotions. Then she spoke, and pulled away from him to look at him instead of staying flush against him as he would prefer. ”You're right... I don't understand.” The words weren't spoken spitefully, he didn't think that being angry with her would do either of them any good. He just wanted to understand, to know why she was leaving him. He fell to silence as his hands fell down to hold her own while she spoke again.

Her speech was moving and showed him just how selfless she really was. He envied her selflessness even as he continued to battle with his own selfishness. ”I deserve what we had, what we could have had. And as long as I could have had it then it would have been enough. You deserved to live, to be happy. Not this. No one deserves what you're about to go through.” Stetson wasn't normally so down, but he couldn't help it in this moment. He released one of her hands to lift his own and to gently wipe away the tears that fell down her cheeks. ”You underestimate yourself, Bella.” Sure, maybe she wouldn't have been around as long as he had wanted, but he would have been able to be with her every moment. Now he would just have to watch her suffer on the screen where he couldn't even attempt to comfort her.

She mentioned the little girl and Stetson sighed. She always wanted to help others. Even if it meant sacrificing herself. ”And I love you, Bella. He spoke the words that he had said before... Though, before it had been in a friendly manner. He meant every word of it now. ”Always.” He spoke of her question that he would remember her. Then he looked down to their hands again and he saw the leather braided bracelet that he wore on his wrist. It wasn't much... But it was the only thing he had. He removed it from his own wrist before placing it on hers. ”Take this. It's supposed to bring luck or something. Maybe it will help you get back to me.” He forced a half smile. ”And then the Capitol will heal you and we will have all the time in the world.” He had to believe it was possible. He had to.
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Falabella Mustang
 Posted on: Dec 5 2017, 07:57 PM
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Falabella knew that Stetson was breaking, she was destroying him. She could feel it in her body and it killed her, even more, to know that she was hurting the person that she loved so much. But she couldn't be selfish, she didn't want to be selfish and even though he had been there for her through everything and never treated her differently, she had to push him to be with someone that could be with him longer than she could. She wanted him to be happy, forever, make little Stetson babies, even if it wasn't with her. She choked back a harsh sob as she thought about him being with someone else.

"I knew you wouldn't, but I also knew that you would come and see me off. I have to help you understand where I'm coming from. I want nothing but happiness for you Stetson. I feel like I'm bringing you down. You're watching your best friend suffer." She hadn't really thought about what would happen if she won the games because that wasn't in her mind. She was going into the games knowing her chances of getting out weren't good. She was weak, she wasn't strong and she was already on her way out of this world. But if she did happen to make it out, she would probably be fixed. But that was a selfish reason, and Fala was anything but.

"That's my point, Stet." Her found the sides of his strong face and she stepped closer to him. "I am happy, you make me feel like I could fly every day. You make me forgetI'm even sick and I couldn't ask for anything else. I love you so much, that I want you to find love in someone that gives you more. And I couldn't let that little girl go into the games, to face the horror that they face. The heartbreak and the pain she would have gone through..." She felt the tears burning her eyes again and they slipped down her cheeks. "I would love nothing more than to stay here with you, but I know that this is better." She took in a deep breath and kissed his lips gently. "You're a good man...but I have to give you up. I have to let someone else who can give you what you want in life."

When he said that he loved her, a harsh sobbed wrecked her little body. It was the first time that she had heard him say with such passion, so much love behind it and it would probably be the last time she would ever hear it. When he placed the bracelet on her wrist, she took a breath and threw her arms around him. "I"m so sorry Stetson. Take care of my family okay." He had hope, hope that she would get out and the capitol would fix her. She didn't douse that hope. She embraced and kissed him hard.



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Stetson Lariat
 Posted on: Dec 10 2017, 10:45 PM
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It was all that Stetson could do to try to stay strong in front of his friend, the girl that he was now sure that he loved. Sure, he had thought that he loved her before but had never let himself actually admit his romantic feelings towards her. Now that he was faced with losing her he knew that he had been a fool to have missed all of the opportunities that he had when he hadn't been able to completely figure out his own feelings. He had loved Bella for years, since they were kids, but that love had only began to morph into something more than that of a best friend recently. Now it was all going to be gone. He wouldn't have the chance to actually act on any of it.

When she spoke again, about trying to make him understand why she had done it, his frown deepened. He still didn't understand. ”I will still have to watch you suffer on those screens, Bella.” Of course, he knew that she probably thought that seeing her suffer through the games was a much smaller thing than watching her struggle every day for possibly years. ”Even those who win suffer in the games. The only difference with your suffering is that I will have to watch it knowing that I can't even be there to try to help.” It was in that moment that he began to curse himself for not volunteering when she had. He could have tried to protect her. But then who would look after her family if she didn't come back?

He wiped the tears from her cheeks again as she spoke about that little girl who had been reaped... As she spoke about her love for him. What she was saying didn't make sense to him. He didn't want to give up on her, he didn't want to give up on trying to make things as normal for her as possible so that she didn't feel like she could be dying. ”You are too damned selfless.” He said it in a soft voice, barely a whisper as he looked into her eyes. His lips pressed to hers as she leaned up to kiss him and he found himself wishing that this wouldn't be the last time it would happen. This couldn't be the last time he would see her, talk to her... ”Things could have been alright... There was always the chance of you getting better. Maybe they would have somehow gotten a cure. I would have sold the whole ranch to pay for a cure if it was mine already.” And he would have too.

When she threw herself at him, he wasted no time in throwing his arms around her once again. He held her tightly to himself until she began to pull away, her lips once again finding his. And he kissed her. He kissed her as if he were the one dying and not her, as if he were a drowning man and she was the air that he had to pull into his lungs to survive. Then he pulled away a bit to let his forehead rest against hers. ”I'll look after them. I promise.” There wasn't a sliver of unsurety in his words, he would make sure that they were alright no matter what. He knew how much Bella cared about her parents, about her little brother. Taking care of them was the least he could do for her.
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Falabella Mustang
 Posted on: Dec 17 2017, 07:38 PM
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The longer Falabella stood here with Stetson, the more regret she felt. She now wanted to stay with him, to protect him. She wanted to love him and tell him that she would be here as long as she could. But now it was too late, she had to go into the games and hope to god that she could come home to him again. She chewed on the inside of her lip and took in a deep breath. He was her best friend and she had been in love with him for years but now, she had to give him up.

She frowned and shook her head. "I know, Stetson. I'm sorry, Maybe it was selfish, but I wanted to give you a chance to move on. So you don't have to...." But she didn't get to finish it. The doors swung open and two peacekeepers came in. Time to go. She shook her head. "Please, one more minute..." They shook their heads and she looked at Stetson. "I'm sorry Stetson, I'm so sorry. I shouldn't have volunteered, I just didn't think you cared about me as much as I love you...It was a mistake." The peackeepers grabbed her by her arms and started pulling her out of the room. She fought trying to get closer to him. She reached out for him as they pulled her away. "I love you Stetson!"

They pulled harder and she looked back at them. "Please one more minute. Stetson! No, no please!" The pulled her out the door, but managed to pull away one last time. She ran to him, threw her arms around him and kissed him. "Take care of my family. I will fight my heart out. I love you." She turned and walked back to the peacekeepers and they escorted her out of the room.

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Stetson Lariat
 Posted on: Dec 20 2017, 10:41 PM
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Stetson didn't want her to feel guilty because of him. What was done was done and they both knew that there was nothing that they could do to change that now. He only wished that he had been able to tell her before now how he felt about her. Maybe if he had done that long ago when he had begun to realize it then she wouldn't have volunteered to leave him. He frowned and shook his head as she spoke again. She kept apologizing to him like he was the one being sent off to his probable death rather than herself. ”Falabella Mustang, if there is one thing that I have never known you to be it is selfish.” He said it with every bit of honesty that he could muster. There was nothing selfish about this girl who now stood in his arms. She had done it to save someone else who she thought had more right to live than she did. It all broke down to her being the kindest and most selfless person he had ever had the pleasure of knowing.

Then the peacekeepers were there. They were telling them that time was up. He wasn't ready to let go, though. He just wanted to keep ahold of her for as long as possible. So, he had pulled her tighter to him when they had tried to pull her out the door. His strong arms wrapped around her tightly. But it didn't matter. Sooner than he would have liked one of the peacekeepers was grabbing her by the arm and dragging her away from him. She fought the peacekeeper with all she had. And Stetson found himself hoping that she would fight with such ferocity during the games. That she would fight and come back to him.

It was all he could do to hold himself together as they pulled her away. As she spoke to him as she fought... As she said that she wished that she had known how much he cared. That simple statement felt like a knife straight through his chest and he wished that he could have just volunteered to go with her. To prove to her just how much he did love her and to make sure that she made it home. Panem needed people like her. As she yelled at him as they drug her away, he called back to her. ”I love you, Bella.” His voice was thick with emotion as he spoke.

He wanted to go after her as they pulled her further away, as she begged them to just give her one more minute. But he knew that it would do no good. They didn't care about letting them say goodbye. It was a wonder that they even gave them the short time they did to say their farewells. Then she slipped out of their grip, running to him and throwing her arms around him. He held her tightly, lifting her from the ground as he did so, kissing her one last time. ”I'll take care of them. I promise. I love you.” Then she was gone, slipping from his grasp and walking back to the peacekeepers.

Stetson moved to the couch in the room and sat down, he just needed a minute. ”I'll never forget you.” He mumbled to the spot where she had walked through the door despite the fact that she was no longer there.
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