Society. Year 2045. Perfection is the only thing that keeps you safe. April 20th, 2045. 7:32. 1 hour and 28 minutes until the matching ceremony begins. Lily Evans sat in her room, brushing her hair as she prepared for her matching ceremony. It was a custom in Society that every April the matching ceremony would take place, matching every 17 year old with their perfectly selected partner. Lily's mother was a match selected, which meant she and her co-workers went though the Society's database and matched a couple based on personality, grades, and interests. The person you were matched with was suppose to be your perfect match, your soulmate for life. Though Lily couldn't see why she couldn't pick her own husband, her fear of Society kept her quiet and respectful. Just the way they liked their citizens, perfect. Pulling her curled hair into a low ponytail and then draping the pieces into a beautiful messy bun. Leaving a few curled, brunette strands to frame her face. She smiled at her reflection in the mirror. She knew she'd be a good wife and a good mother, and tonight she would be seeing the first glimpse of her soon to be husband and father of her children. She looked down at her scattered make-up that lay on the vanity. Picking up her lipgloss she looked back up at her reflection and slid the gloss over her pale pink lips. With a sigh, she stood up and walked over to her door and down the stairs of her family's home. Her father beamed with pride as he looked her over and her mother clasped her hands together as she fought back the tears. Lily's small figure was draped in a trumpet styled navy blue lace gown, with a sheer bottom. Her neck was graced with a silver pendant necklace her grandmother had given her and she wore small silver heels to accompany her dress. "Wow Lily you look beautiful!" Her nine year old little brother gushed as he ran up to her. "I second that, Lilypad, you look incredible.. my little girls all grown up!" Her father said as he took her arm. "Oh honey you look great! Very beautiful and elegant." Her mother agreed as the family left the house. "Thank you guys" Lily said with a little laugh and a blush. The air train that took her to the capitol was only a short 30 minute trip surrounded by her 17 year old peers. She chatted back and forth with a few others when some whispers caught her attention from a few seats over. "Yeah I heard the.. resistance was meeting tonight. They're taking on new people.. I heard there head quarters lies beneath the city.." She tried to hear more but couldn't as her friend Edith asked her a question. "Well Lily?" She asked. Lily's head turned back around quickly to face her blonde friend. "Didn't you hear me? I asked what you hope your match looks like!" She said with an excited tone to her voice. "I.. honestly don't know.. I haven't thought about it much.." Her voice trailed off as they raced towards the capitol. "Why worry.. He'll be perfect..." When Lily reached the capitol she was relieved. A young guard helped the girls off the train one by one as more and more 17 year olds filled into the matching building. The grand building was a large building that towered in the capitol city, it was the Matching Head quarters, this was where her mother worked. The main floor of the building was a large lobby with a grand stair case and on either side a pair of glass elevators. The second floor the banquet floor, this was where all the parents and family members would dine while the child being matched would go up to the third, fourth, or fifth floor. Which was a floor with a series of rooms. That held the small chair and computer screen that would show your match. The other floors were for authorized personal only. Though as Lily made her way up the stairs she couldn't help but notice a young server who was sneaking behind the lobby desks and disappearing behind a door. Lily's family was seated at a banquet table with her friends parents and siblings, laughing and talking. While Lily sat and tried to take small bites of her delicious capitol food, while she played her rings on her fingers. Her heart beat would increase and beat faster with every passing second. Her mother made a comment about how this years matching bunch was a great one. Lily couldn't help but think maybe her mother was wrong. She thought back to what the person had said on the train ride over, how the resistance was meeting tonight. Maybe she could excuse herself to go and check it out. Her mind was made up and she began to open her mouth to speak when a gentleman came over to the table and asked for Edith Montogomery, Penelope Greenfield, and Lily Evans. That was her.. this was it. The parents beamed with pride as the girls politely excused themselves and followed the man into the hallway and down a corridor. "These are your matches. Edith Montogomery room 308, Penelope Greenfield room 409, and Lily Evans room 523." The man said while handing each girl a computer chip that held everything they would need to know about their future husbands. The man gestured to the elevators and the three girls entered. Each pressed the button to their designated floor. At each floor the bell would ring and the door would slide open. First Edith go out, flashing them a smile before the doors closed and proceeded up. Next was Penelope, and she gave Lily a thumbs up with a quick hug before exiting the elevator. And suddenly Lily was alone, riding the glass elevator up to the fifth floor where it stopped and opened its doors for her to exit. She nervously took a few steps forward and turned just in time to watch the elevator disappear back down to the second floor. She turned and walked down the long hallway. It made a large circle as other teenagers made their way to the rooms. 519.. 521.. 523. This was it, this was her room. She pushed open the door and heard it shut tightly behind her. The small room was no bigger then a shed. It was a plain white room with a comfy looking green chair and opposite the chair was a large computer screen. Lily had been gripping the chip so tightly it had left an indent on her palm. She pushed the chip into the port and took a seat on the green chair, crossing her legs nervously. The screen blinked once before it lit up and spoke her name. "Lily Mae Evans, female, aged 17. 5'6. 113 pounds. Job in childcare." This was reminding Lily of her Job ceremony only a year prior. Unlike her job ceremony this time instead of a picture of her future work place, a picture of her match came up. A nice looking boy with dark brown hair and green eyes. "Matched with Devlin Joseph Lockton, male, aged 17. 5'9, 150 pounds. Job as a medic." A medic, her parents would be impressed. Lily thought as her eyes stared at the picture of the boy. "His likes include Swimming and Running..." The computer started listing his hobbies, grades, and interests. And once it was finished the Society symbol appeared on the screen with the national anthem. Lily sat there for a second as she tried to take in the information just given to her. Devlin was her perfect match.. so why wasn't she excited?