flora wingrave / 001 . flora wingrave goes for a swim .
triggers : drowning , suicidal ideation , hospitalization . mentioned : rebecca jessel , miles wingrave , owen sharma , finnick odair , jamie clayton .
flora wingrave is not a very strong swimmer . she never had been , and that was a result of the miss jessel incident . after that , person after person was taken by the lake , dragged to the depths . she was almost taken herself — she often wishes she had been .
she finds herself out on the dock , legs tucked beneath herself . it’s chilly , the breeze creeping beneath her baby blue sweater , but that’s not why she’s shuddering . as she looks out over the water , she thinks of bly and the people she lost there . she thinks of miles , and her parents , wonders if owen is alright . she wonders if there’s anything spooky or interesting about THIS lake .
her hands grip the wood as she leans forward to peer into the murky water . the setting sun makes it difficult to see clearly , so she tilts further . a fish darts past and startles her , hands slipping and sending her face first into the lake . she opens her mouth to scream , but she’s met with a mouthful of foul tasting water . it burns her throat and makes her eyes sting , and she can feel herself starting to worry .
the fabric of her skirt tangles around her legs and prevents her from kicking back up to the surface . arms flail , mind races , and flora begins to panic .
i’m going to die .
the lack of oxygen hurts , her muscles hurt , she wants to sleep . so she does . she’ll be alright , won’t she ? she can see her family again ! it won’t be so terrible . it might even be . . . PERFECTLY SPLENDID .
she isn’t sure how much time passes , but she’s yanked from the water by a strong pair of arms . her eyes won’t open , her words won’t come . she knows this is him . it’s finnick’s voice trying to reach her ears , his hands tapping at her cold cheeks .
oh , finnick , just let me rest .
when she opens her eyes , she chokes on a plastic tube . she can see finnick in the hallway , his shape blurry but easily distinguishable .
a woman next to her removes the tube from her throat and smiles at her . ❛ we’ve called your mother , dear . jamie clayton , is that correct ? ❜
flora begins to cry .