The Earth Is Crumbling
On the second floor, Chris rushed in immediately followed by Saphira. An even louder rumbling could be heard from above and below as the ground violently jerked about underneath the tributes, throwing them off balance. A large crack split down the ground, and it was evident the tributes wouldn’t have much time to fight on both of the remaining floors. Before any more damage could be done to the arena, Leo reeled back and threw his trident at Saphira’s head, but she easily ducked it and smirked, thinking he had missed. But on the contrary, Leo had wanted his trident to get imbedded in the wall. Before he could execute his plan, however, a large crack split up the wall, causing the trident to fall down to the ground. Even more cracks grew in the floor as the center of the floor began to crumble away.
While the other tributes were partially distracted, Saphira brought out her hookshot once more, but this thinking of a new plan. She knew Leo was protecting Chris, so she aimed the hookshot at his legs and fired. As predicted, Leo darted in the path of the chained projectile and tried to swing it away with his glaive, but a crack formed where his foot landed and he began to slip to the ground, the hookshot piercing into his shoulder. He let out a hard grunt as he crashed onto the crumbling ground, struggling to pull himself up. Saphira began to reel back in the hookshot, pulling Leo closer and closer to the widening hole. He desperately attempted to claw onto anything to keep himself up, but everything continued to crumble away at his fingertips.
The cavernous hole gaped open wider, and Leo was swallowed into the blackness as Saphira had planned. What she hadn’t planned on was the hook on the chain becoming stuck in Leo’s flesh, or the fact that Leo could hang onto the item (If you aren’t into Zelda, the hookshot attaches to ones hand in order for them to swing around. This is why Saphira didn’t simply release the weapon). As Leo dropped into the black hole, Saphira began to slip forward supporting the weight. She had forgotten about Chris who pulled out his secret item, a bomb which no one but himself had seen therefore no one could have prepared for it. Hoping to get rid of both of his opponents in one blow, with just a thin ridge of floor to stand on left, Chris ignited the bomb and threw it over at Saphira. She did her best to dodge the item, but while trying not to drop herself in the pit, but wasn’t fast enough as it exploded against her leg. She screamed and crumpled onto the ground and the small ledge that was left began to disappear around her. It continued around the circle, edging towards Chris who only smiled as Saphira and Leo both fell into the pit, not seeing the impending danger.
Chris attempted to pull on the door, but the rule was that one tribute had to be killed on each level. He pulled with all his might, panicking as he now saw what he had done. The bomb had caused the ridge to crumble away at an even faster rate, and before he knew it the ground gave out beneath him and Chris was falling. When he landed, he landed hard. What he felt was like he was stuck in a thousand gears, being churned and crushed around in the giant cogs of hard earth. And if that wasn’t bad enough, he could hear the screams of his fellow competitors as they too met the same fate. A voice echoed in the darkness, the last thing the tributes heard. A cheerful, but creepy voice sounded through their minds. “You’ve met with a terrible fate, haven’t you?” the voice said, echoing in their minds as they screamed as a crushing weight imploded on them, the moon crashing into the ground. Soon, three cannons fired. And the cycle began.