Katniss and Gale escape each day into the woods to go hunting. Today Gale offered Katniss to run away with him, the thought sounds impossible and when she thinks of leaving her sister the thought makes her sick.
Today is the day of the choosing, each has to dress in their best and act as normal as possible. Everyone gathers together in the square for the choosing. When Prims name is called Katniss goes into shock. She volunteers for her sister and to her suprise Peeta, her classmate, is also picked to be with her in the arena.
Peeta and Katniss get on a train to leave and are allowed a few visitors. Katniss gets the expected visits, Prim and her mom, and Gale promising to keep them save. Although there is one person who comes in that she wasn't expecting, Madge, her "sort of" friend that is the daughter of the mayor. She gives Katniss a golden pin that she says will keep her safe. The pin has a Mockingjay on it. A Mockingjay is a bird that the government made up in the wars to spy on people, but they eventually bred with other birds and now are useless. Although since the pin reminds Katniss of memories of her dad, this is sentimental to her.