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Katniss asks the woman what the mockingjay symbol on the cracker means, and she replies it means they’re on Katniss’s side. A girl walks up and the two explain that they’ve run away from District 8. They’re surprised to learn Katniss doesn’t know about the mockingjay symbol. The older woman’s name is Twill and the younger one is Bonnie. They’re on their way to District 13, which shocks Katniss since it was demolished seventy-five years earlier. Inside the house, Katniss realizes they’ve run out of food so she gives them some bread Peeta gave her. They tell Katniss about the uprising. It had been planned for weeks, and when it began the people quickly overtook the Peacekeepers. At first they were successful, but Peacekeepers started arriving by the thousands and hovercrafts bombed the rebel strongholds. Within two days the rebellion had been suppressed. Once things returned to normal, the factory where the idea for the uprising was suspected to have originated exploded, killing Twill’s husband and Bonnie’s whole family. Twill and Bonnie escaped and have been on the run since.
They say they’re not sure what they expect to find in District 13, but the Capitol has been using the same footage of the area for years. In one shot showing the demolished Justice Building, the same mockingjay always appears in the top-right corner. They think the people of the district moved underground, and the Capitol leaves them alone because their principal industry was nuclear development. They could have nuclear weapons. Katniss thinks the idea is preposterous, but she also sees how desperate Twill and Bonnie are so she doesn’t say anything. She leaves them with food and begins her walk home. On the way she realizes nothing she might have done would have prevented an uprising in District 8, and President Snow was likely just trying to distract her to keep her from doing anything inflammatory. As she arrives at the fence she always sneaks under to enter the woods, she sees it’s electrified.
Katniss needs to get back inside the fence so she walks the perimeter looking for the right tree. She finds one with limbs that reach past the fence, climbs out, and drops to the ground. Immediately she knows she’s hurt herself, but she heads home hiding her limp as best she can. She finds two Peacekeepers waiting for her, and by their surprise she knows they must have expected she wouldn’t be able to make it back past the fence. They ask where she’s been, and she lies convincingly with the help of Prim. Peeta and Haymitch are there as well, and Katniss thinks must have been called there. The Peacekeepers leave and Katniss explains she hurt herself but won’t say how in case the house is bugged. Her mother judges her foot broken.
Peeta goes with Katniss to her room as she gets ready to go to sleep. When she didn’t return earlier he thought she and Gale had run away. Over the next few days Peeta comes by often to help Katniss with a book that her father started years earlier containing all he knew about plants, notably whether they were edible. Peeta does the drawings for Katniss as she fills in the information. Each afternoon Katniss watches television looking for news reports from District 13. She realizes that it’s true what Twill and Bonnie said: the same footage is always used. She wonders what’s there now.
After weeks of recuperating, Katniss is mostly healed. Her prep team arrives to get her ready for a photo shoot in which she’ll model her wedding dress options. One of them mentions that they’ve had no seafood for weeks. Panem’s seafood comes from District 4, and Katniss is certain the district must have revolted. Katniss asks what else they’ve been without and from that information discerns which areas may have rebelled. The photo shoot goes smoothly, but Katniss wakes early the following morning from a nightmare. She goes to see Haymitch and the two take a walk to town. Katniss relays what she knows and Haymitch informs her of possible uprisings in two other districts, meaning nearly half the districts have perhaps attempted some kind of rebellion. For a revolt in District 12 to have any chance, Haymitch says, everyone in the district would have to be involved, and failure could mean the whole district being wiped out, like District 13.
That night on television, a special broadcast about Katniss’s wedding dresses airs, followed by an announcement regarding the Quarter Quell. President Snow talks about the two previous instances: in the first, the districts voted on the children who would participate in the Games, and in the second, each district had to send twice as many tributes. This year, to remind the rebels that they can’t defeat the Capitol, the male and female tribute of each district will be selected from that district’s Hunger Games winners. In District 12, there are only three, and Katniss is the only female. It means she is headed back into the arena.
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