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I was anxiously sitting on my bed when someone knocks on the door of my room.

"Come in", I say. The door opens to reveal my brother, with a blank face but a solemn look in his eyes.

"It's time. We have to go." I take a deep breath and get out of bed. This is it, I think. Now I have to go live in the middle of a Maze with terrifying mechanical monsters as a subject of an experiment! If there is a silver lining in this situation, it is that I will go with my true love, my soulmate, even though we won't even remember each other. I follow my brother to one of the labs, where I am greeted by the eyes of my friends, whom I have known ever since we had been brought to WICKED when we were just children. They give me small smiles, except him. He throws a goofy grin at me, his tense body relaxing as he sees me. I wave back at them and observe what is happening around me.

There are about twenty other teenagers in the lab, but I am the only girl. I see several doctors running tests on some of the boys. I feel guilty when I see that most of the boys have confused looks on their faces. They don't even know what is going to happen to them, I think. One of the doctors calls my name, and I walk towards her, dreading what she might do to me. However, she just did some ordinary tests on my vitals and it was over. My brother, who had followed me to oversee the tests, quietly starts dragging me towards a corner of the room, away from the chaos in the middle. I stare at him, confused, but he just gives me a just-trust-me-it's-important look. When we reach the corner, he stares at me with sad eyes, reflecting how he felt about me going into the Maze. I stare back at him with tears in my eyes, already feeling an emptiness in my heart from being separated from him soon.

"Hey listen to me. Don't cry, I will be with you all the time, just on the other side," he says.

"But I won't remember you! I won't remember our family, our life before WICKED, anything!" I reply as tears started rolling down my cheeks.

"I know you will not remember anything, but I am sure you will manage to get some memories back, even if they come as fragmented dreams. Just try to remember that I love you little sis," he says. The tears leak out faster from my eyes as I give him a tight hug. The last hug I will be able to give him in a long time.

Behind him, all the boys were gathering near the entrance of the room, where there was the elevator that will take us to our new home. I take my arms off him, give him a light kiss on the cheek and walk towards the crowd, formally accepting my fate. A small part of my mind is screaming at me to resist this and try to run away, but the rational part of my brain knows that I can't escape. I search for his eyes in the crowd, only to find him doing the same. I quickly walk towards him, desperate to share a last moment with my lover before we are sent to the hellhole. 

"Hey, love", he whispers as I reach him. He bends down and lightly presses his soft lips against mine. I melt into the moment, cherishing it, knowing that this may be our last kiss. 

"I love you more than anything. I just want you to know that. Hopefully, you might remember that." I say, wrapping my arms around him.

"I love you too, my Rose. Don't let the loss of our memories scare you. Our love is eternal. I will always find a way back to you and your heart." he replies, stroking my hair. Suddenly, I am forced away from him as the guards pull me towards a chair. I struggle and scream, but they are too strong and one guard quickly covers my mouth. Ava Paige, the Chancellor of WICKED who is throwing us into this mess, is saying how this experiment is for the wellbeing of humankind. The last thing that echoes in my head as a nurse injects me with a blue serum and I slowly lose consciousness is 'WICKED is good'.

Author's Note

So this is a prologue of what happened just before the girl and the rest of the boys were sent up to the maze. Who do you guess is the girl's brother? Why do you think she felt guilty when she saw the confused boys? I will only reveal all that after a few chapters! :D

So what do you think so far? Let me know in the comments!!!



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