Katniss aims for a hanging bag of apples, and with her third arrow gets them to tumble free, setting off a chain of explosions that destroys most of the Careers' supplies and sends her flying backward. Katniss' mind is increasingly drawn toward Peeta. She worries about him and tries to decide what might have happened to him after he helped save her. She wants to remember that moment in the woods, to try to figure out if what she had seen had been real. No matter how much she tries to deny it, she does, in fact, have feelings for Peeta. She also worries about Rue. Katniss considers herself Rue's protector, an older-sister figure, but realizes that both of them cannot survive, which complicate the Games later. The importance of birds emerges yet again in this chapter. Rue, like Katniss' father, sings to the birds, and birds sing back. Rue explains that the mockingjays at home
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