Max woke on the ground with her eyes closed. She felt drops of water on her face and as she opened her eyes, she recognized it to be rain, which started to get heavier. Max looked around and she saw that the forest and the lighthouse pathway were lit up by flashes from the thunder and lightning.
"Where am I? What's happening" Max thought to herself as she started to stand up "I'm trapped in a storm? How did I get here? ...and where is "here"?"
Max looked around and tried to recognize the place that she was in. But when she turned around, She saw a light in the distance and she recognized it to be the lighthouse.
"Wait... There's the lighthouse... I'll be safe if I can make it there... I hope... Please let me make it there..." She thought as she started to walk towards the lighthouse. This could be her chance to get out of the place. She lifted up her left arm up in an attempt to protect herself from the crazy wind.
She walked up the steps on the hill. But as she got closer to the lighthouse, she noticed a hurricane approaching Arcadia Bay. Her eyes widened and her heart seemed to stop beating. Her body froze. She looked at the sight in front of her in horror
Suddenly, by some miracle, the hurricane turned towards the lighthouse and Max was confused until she saw a figure in the corner of her eye near the lighthouse, raising their hands as if they were bringing the hurricane away from the town. She couldn't believe her eyes.The figure then turned to Max as if they felt Max's presence but Max still couldn't recognize the stranger's face.
"Go!" was all Max had heard before she saw a boat hit the top of the lighthouse and the top crashed down towards Max. But she blacked out before it hit her.
Analia Bennett sat down at her desk, which was located across from Kate Marsh, and she decided to do some sketching as Mr.Jefferson started his lecture about Alfred Hitchcock. Max Caulfield was sitting on another table left from her and she fell asleep. Analia started to take advantage of this situation and started sketching her. Max didn't like anybody taking photos or drawings of her and Analia was not gonna waste this opportunity.
But her concentration was knocked off when she saw Taylor Christensen throw a crumpled piece of paper at Kate and hit her on the head. Kate looked as if she was going to cry. Taylor started to laugh but as soon as she saw Analia give her a death glare, She turned away at once. Kate was one of Analia's best friends since they went to similar clubs together like Bible club and Meals on Wheels. Kate was the first person Analia met when she joined Blackwell Academy.
Analia was about to finish her drawing when she noticed that Max woke up scared and confused. Max looked around and realized that she was back in the classroom. She sighed. Analia thought that Max probably had a nightmare and started to go back to work on her drawing. After some time, Analia had finished her sketch. She smiled at her work and was about to sign her name at the bottom when she heard a flash coming from her left. She turned to see Max, who had also gotten the unwanted attention from Mr.Jefferson.
"Shh, I believe Max has taken what you kids call a "selfie"... A dumb word for a wonderful photographic tradition. And Max... has a gift. Of course, as you all know, the photo portrait has been popular since the early 1800's. Your generation was not the first to use images for selfie-expression. Sorry. I couldn't resist. The point remains that the portraiture has always been a vital aspect of art, and photography, for as long as it's been around." Mr.Jefferson said as Max blushed due to embarrassment.
"Now Max, since you've captured our interest and clearly want to join the conversation, can you please tell us the name of the process that gave birth to the first self-portraits?"
"You're asking me? Let me think... Um..." Max said, hoping that Mr.Jefferson would move on.
But he didn't. Instead, her hesitation started to make him annoyed.
"You either know this or not, Max. Is there anybody here who knows their stuff? What about you, Analia?" Mr.Jefferson said as he stared at Analia, who turned her attention back to Kate and noticed that she was still upset.
Analia turned to face her teacher and said "Louis Daguerre was a French painter who created "daguerreotypes", a process that gave portraits a sharp reflective style, like a mirror."
Analia turned towards Max and winked at her. Max smiled in return.
"Impressive, Analia," Mr.Jefferson said proudly "The Daguerreian Process brought out fine detail in people's faces, making them extremely popular from the 1800's onward. The first American daguerreotype self-portrait was done by Robert Cornelius. You can find out all about him... In your textbook. Or even... online"
Analia blacked out the rest of his conversation as the clock rang, indicating that class was over. She stood up and put all her belongings in her bag. She watched everyone leave except for Victoria, who followed Mr.Jefferson.
Max stood next to Analia and both watched Victoria try to horribly flirt with Mr.Jefferson.
"Victoria doesn't waste a second kissing ass," Max said which made Analia laugh
"That's Victoria for you" Analia replied before turning her gaze to Kate, who didn't look like herself.
"You go on ahead," Analia said
"Sure," Max said before turning to leave but then Mr.Jefferson decided to speak to her about the "Everyday Heroes" contest.
Analia approached Kate, who looked like she was in a nightmare and couldn't get out. Analia became worried.
"Hey Kate," Analia said with a small smile
"Hi Analia" Kate murmured
"You seem quiet these days," Analia said, "Are you okay?"
"Just thinking too much" Kate replied
"I understand the feeling" Analia joked "Want to come to my dorm later and I'll make my famous hot chocolate that you love so much?"
Normally that would put a smile on Kate but today was an exception. All Kate did was frown and seemed a bit more miserable than she did a few moments ago.
"Thanks, but not today. I have to go over homework" Kate said politely.
"No worries," Analia said "But I'm here if you need me"
"Sure," said Kate
And with that, Analia walked out the classroom to see Max against the wall, waiting for her.
"I need a serious time out in the bathroom." Max said as Analia walked out "Splash water on my face and make sure I don't look like a total loser."
"You're never a total loser," Analia said as both girls walked down the busy hallway.
"So what did Mr.Jefferson want to talk to you about?" Analia asked
"Just My "Everyday Heroes" photo" Max responded
"When did you hand it up?" Analia gasped "And why didn't you show me?"
"That's the point, I didn't hand it up," Max said
"Why?" Analia questioned as they both rounded the corner and headed straight to the bathroom "Your photos are amazing"
"I don't know" Max replied but before she went to continue on, Analia gasped.
"Damn!" Analia sighed before clicking her fingers "I forgot my textbook. I'll be right back"
Max walked into the bathroom while Analia rushed down the hall. But as soon as she got her books out and closed her locker, Juliet Watson walked over to her to talk about the school newspaper since they were both on it. The conversation took longer than expected and as soon as she was done, Analia walked towards the bathroom.
Suddenly as soon as she was about to push the door open, She heard a gunshot and her mind raced to Max. Analia's whole body froze before quickly pushing the door open, praying not to see her best friend on the ground with blood covering her. But Instead, all she saw was black.
Inside the bathroom, Max watched in horror as Nathan shoot the blue haired girl in the stomach. She put her hand up to cover her mouth. But right before she was about to reveal herself, The bathroom door quickly opened and Analia came into her view. But it didn't last long because right as Analia opened the door, It scared Nathan and he accidentally pulled the trigger which released a bullet that aimed for Analia's head.
As the bullet hit her, Max stretched out her right hand and gasped. Suddenly everything went into slow motion. The gun falling on the ground, Analia head going back and Nathan rushing towards her. The whole situation suddenly reversed and Max found herself back in art class.