Ever since Ava could climb, she did climb. She was climbing furniture and anything else she could get her little hands and feet on from before she could really walk. A little monkey her parents had called her, before that name was replaced with a little terror. She had been a high needs baby, a hyper toddler, a headache of a child, and now as a teenager she was just her. She was strong willed and sometimes called a bitch, but she didn't care. When the days got to her, she would go to the forest and climb. She tried to climb a different tree each time she came out but she did have a few favorites.The forest was nice, it was quiet and serene and she didn't have to censor herself here. She wasn't afraid of letting her mouth get her in trouble out here.
Today had been a trying day at school. Her teachers had been on her case, she had almost gotten in a fight...again. Her sister had made digs at her from the instant she got home and her mother just shrugged everything off. Her father would have lectured her on manners and respect had he been at home, but lucky for her he wasn't. So instead of sit around and let her anger continue to build at home she had grabbed a pack with some water, a small snack, and the current book she was reading, and headed for the forest. Her parents didn't even bother worrying about her any more. She was never on time and yelling at her for it had gotten them no where. Ava pretty much could come and go as she pleased so long as she continued to do good in school. So she took advantage of that and rarely told her parents anything at all. It wasn't that she hated them, she just didn't understand them and they didn't understand her. It was better for everyone if she just kept to herself.
Her one true friend, Fenris, was busy today otherwise she probably would have been over at his house, venting to him. But instead here she was, trudging through the woods while being mindful not to step on any of the new saplings that had been planted. For each tree that the Capitol had cut down, more new trees took its place. It was the only way to make sure that they never ran out of lumbar. Ava walked for about fourty five minutes before she came across her favorite tree. It was a big oak tree with branches laid out perfectly for climbing. She didn't even hesitate to scale the tree, as she had done many times before. Once she found her spot, about fifteen feet up on a large branch, she nestled her back against the tree itself and pulled out her book.
Bonnie and Zinedine had an argument. It was about something silly--whether or not to fire their current nanny for the boys. She was paranoid, to the point of suspecting everyone and everything might be working for President Snow, who still managed to insinuate himself in her life from time to time. She still had not told her husband about the past--specifically her past with the president, and the stone of guilt was weighing heavily on her mind.
The 19th Victor left her home in district Five, took her kids, and ended up back in Seven. It seemed as though everywhere she went, she was trying her best to return to her roots. Dropping off her kids with Emerie Parrish was no small feat, the Parrish matriarch loved to see the boys, and it was a chance to walk alone through the forest. Bonnie had missed the solitude and comfort being among the tall trees of Seven. Her boots stepped lightly against the earth, and she tucked a few strands of black hair behind one ear, drawing the sweater that Emerie had made her take closer around her shoulders.
Not expecting anyone around, Bonnie went to the nearest tree, and with her back to the great arbor, placed a hand over her eyes, her mouth crumpling as a sob escaped her throat, hot tears rolling down her cheeks. The victor cried for her past, her parents, her district, and those who had been lost in the power outage. The Capiitol was reporting that all those who had left when the fences were easy to bypass had either been taken into service as Avox or killed for deserting. There were more people missing from Seven, she felt, than any other district and the loss of life, combined with her anguish over what had happened in Five had finally overwhelmed Bonsai.