Chapter One

She opened her eyes only to find the familiar blue shade of the sky up above her. There was not one cloud amongst the sea of blue. She sat up and heard a loud ringing in her ears. She put a hand to her forehead and the ringing intensified until it was almost unbearable. Then it stopped, as simple as that. She felt something wet and sticky on the back of her head. She went to touch it and when she pulled her hand back, she found it to be covered in a red liquid. Blood.

She slowly stood up and found that she was in a cornfield, utterly confused as to where she was or how she had gotten there.

"Maria! Maria, where are you?" she heard a voice call. She had no clue who Maria was, and upon further thinking, she realized that she did not know who she was.

She had no memory of her name, age, address, or lifestyle. She had forgotten who her parents were. She had no recollection of where she had been or what she had done within the past year. She had no memory at all.

Suddenly, she noticed just how close the voice was to her. Her first instinct was to run, so she did. She ran at first a little unsure, but then she went faster and grew accustomed to the feeling of running through the corn. She thought she was moving silently but the owner of the voice had heard her and he was following.

He had to find her, he just had to. Maria was his wife! It was his job to protect her, so why had he failed? Why had he let her go with him? He knew that it was foolish and rash. He wanted to spend more time with her, but now she could have been gone. And it was all his fault.

"Maria? Maria?" the voice was still following her and she still ran. She was fast, in fact she was surprised at her own speed, but he was gaining. She soon came past the corn and found a large road. She automatically assumed that it was a highway because of its size. She stood in the grass by it, panting and exhausted. She had ran far.

He followed her and came out right behind her. She turned towards him and her eyes widened. She quickly perused over him, but could not find a place for him in her memory.

No, he was a stranger. He had to be. Tall, freckles, blue eyes, red hair. There was nothing. A total blank. She had no idea who this person was.

"Maria," he said with relief obviously in his voice.

But she was scared. She was scared, tired, and confused. She was at the breaking point. She was also upset that he knew more about her than she herself did. He knew her name, her title. She shouted at the top of her lungs, in a somewhat aggressive way "Who are you?"

AN: Hey, thanks for reading! I hope you like it! Anyways, here's how this story formed. I had this idea for a little bit, planning on publishing it as a story after "In Our Darkest Days" (my other COTC fanfic, check it out!) but then I got a oneshot request from Athena72 and decided to use her OC, Maria Williams, in this plot. So instead of a oneshot, it's going to be about five chapters, hope you like it! Leave a review?