Katniss' talent is archery. Rue's is climbing trees and Peeta's is camouflage. If you were a tribute in The Hunger Games, what would your talent be?
Hm. Skills are important. I am slow and small and do not have Peeta's skills of an artist. The BFF says I work in puns the way other artists work in oils or clay, but it's hard to picture that being helpful in the arena. (Get it? Picture? Yeah, pretty sure my punning skills will just get me killed faster.)
I can sew, but that's not going to do me much good unless I happen upon a fabric store, and my abilities to make play dough from scratch, speed read and retain 30 years worth of song lyrics are fairly useless in a survival situation.
Hm... wait! I did a lot of kickboxing and Tae Bo in high school! But it's been a long time since high school. And looking at this picture, I'm thinking it might strike fear into the hearts of my enemies, but probably not in the way I'm hoping.
It's been even longer, but I was a Girl Scout. Daisy, Brownie, Junior and I even bridged to Cadette before I moved from St. Louis to Arkansas.* So I do know a few helpful things:
- How to build a log cabin fire
- How to make a solar oven
- Best pranks to get your entire cabin in trouble
- Make new friends but keep the old. (This is only helpful early in the games.)
- How to get your dad to sell all your cookies for you
- How to rock the knee socks (see right)
So I'm short on mortal combat skills, but probably just the right amount of insane to survive, at least for a little awhile-- "wait until the others all die" would be my best strategy. Good thing I'm a writer! We're experts at waiting!
*I just got totally excited that there are Cadets in The Hunger Games, then realized I was thinking of "Careers." Cadets are in Jellicoe Road. #YAfail
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