Chapter 21 Summary
A deadly fog is advancing on Katniss and her allies. She has only to scream out a warning and Finnick awakens, takes stock of the situation, and runs off with Mags. Peeta is still recovering from being shocked by the force field and is slower to wake. Katniss does her best to stay with him rather than abandon him, particularly because she views abandoning Peeta as doing what the Capitol would prefer. They struggle to evade the fog and discover that it is paralyzing. Finally Finnick returns and lifts Peeta and has Katniss carry Mags. However, soon Katniss can carry Mags no longer. The fog is slowly paralyzing their limbs. Finnick has already dropped two tridents, and Peeta is holding on to the third one. Finnick apologizes and says he will not be able to carry them both.
Mags understands the situation. She dashes up to Finnick and kisses him, then she turns around and runs into the fog before Katniss can react. They watch her body writhe in pain before a cannon shot announces her death. Finnick turns and continues to carry Peeta toward the shore. Katniss does her best to keep up.
At the shore, Katniss discovers that the salt water draws the fog’s poison from her body. She bathes herself...
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