Hello, Panem! This post we welcome two lovely guests, everyone's favorite victors from District One: Cashmere and Gloss, now featuring in these wonderful fics.
Title: Running the Spectrum: Red
Summary: "The problem that most people like us have is not a lack of skill or a lack of determination. We can't hold our tempers. We get mad and we stop thinking. Promise me you won't let yourself see red."
Recommendation: The second half of this definitely has a dramatic tone; the first part is what I'm recommending this for, though. You get the perfect brother-sister scene in a short amount of time, their whole dynamic set firmly and quickly. That said, it's not a "warm and fuzzy" type of scene, and the suspense is subtly woven through for a veery eerie beginning.
Title: C'est la Vie
Summary: Cashmere always lived in Gloss's shadow. She was second best to everybody, including her own parents.
Recommendation: This gives you the feeling you didn't know everything there was to know about these two from the books - which is flawless character development. You don't have to be told about the frustration or anticipation of the characters - you feel it right along with them. A different and well-played style makes this an all-around unique fic.
Title: His Beautiful Death
Summary: On the night before the Quell, Gloss considers the most important Games of his life, the one he really loves, and whether his life was really worth living.
Recommendation: This fic was tear-inducing on both sides of the emotion scale. It's mostly a flashback that reads smoothly and presents a lot of new speculations on both of their Games, and the relationship between them; a refreshing look at the Careers is here, as well. A truly beautiful, emotional piece of writing throughout.
Summary: Everyone has the right to pursue happiness. Five times in Cashmere's life when she knew what it feels like, just to be happy.
Recommendation: Would you look at that: a relatively cheerful fic in the Hunger Games Fandom! And it was pulled off wonderfully, realistic for Panem and bittersweet and not cliched at all. It's a great closer look at these characters, their views on the Capitol and the Games. "Smile" is a must-read for Career fans.
Those are this post's fantastic fic recs - check them out, everyone! Till next time, may the odds be ever in your favor.