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   From The Hunger Games
   The moment the anthem ends, we are taken into custody
   I don't mean we're handcuffed or anything, but a group of Peacekeepers marches us through the front door of the Justice Building
   Maybe tributes have tried to escape in the past
   I've never seen that happen though
   Once inside, I'm conducted to a room and left alone
   It's the richest place I've ever been in, with thick, deep carpets and a velvet couch and chairs
   I know velvet because my mother has a dress with a collar made of the stuff
   When I sit on the couch, I can't help running my fingers over the fabric repeatedly
   It helps to calm me as I try to prepare for the next hour
   The time allotted for the tributes to say good-bye to their loved ones
   I cannot afford to get upset, to leave this room with puffy eyes and a red nose
   Crying is not an option
   There will be more cameras at the train station
   My sister and my mother come first
   I reach out to Prim and she climbs on my lap, her arms around my neck, head on my shoulder, just like she did when she was a toddler
   My mother sits beside me and wraps her arms around us
   For a few minutes, we say nothing
   Then I start telling them all the things they must remember to do, now that I will not be there to do them for them