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Beyond the Wasteland 5Beyond the Wasteland
Chapter 5: A Source of Strength
As Celeste let himself fall, Haymitch leapt forward. He managed to grab the younger man's hand, but instead of stopping him, he began being dragged over the edge. He struggled to hold his grip, one hand on Celeste's wrist, the other on the rusty roof. His legs were planted as firmly as possible, while his upper body mostly hung over the edge. The hand that was stretched to grip the edge began to slip, when suddenly two smaller hands gripped his wrist.
Haymitch took it as a good sign that Effie was reacting at least. He steadied himself and tried to pull Celeste up, but he was too heavy. "Celeste! Stop being a fool and pull yourself up before you pull us both down!" That seemed to make Celeste wake up, as he didn't want the guilt of their deaths even if his own life was about to end.
He reached up with his other hand and lessened Haymitch's burden. Haymitch backed away, pulling Celeste along. Celeste finished climbing up, "I'm sorry..
Beyond the Wasteland 6Beyond the Wasteland
Chapter 6: Flowers and Arrows
Focusing on the target was no easy task, he hadn't trained this hard since he, along with Katniss and Peeta started acting like careers to prepare for the quarter quell. Haymitch let the arrow fly. His aim wasn't as perfect as Katniss, but at least he was hitting the target. He tried again, again and again, until he thought he had a chance to hit a moving target.
Haymitch set off alone one morning, bundled up for the cold weather. He saw his breath with every step and wondered if he should wait for the village hunters and join them. No, he couldn't do that, there was no telling if Celeste and the others were still alive and the islanders might not want to get involved, as they were removed from the conflict. He had to get used to fighting alone and watching his own back, he needed to be competent. Even if he joined up with Celeste's group later, his plans to steal an aircraft from Snow's followers might seem too daring. This training w
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