Samantha Wolfe arrived at school early in the morning, just the same as every other weekday. It had been a few months since school began, so she was far beyond the point of actually being enthusiastic about anything in school. Instead, she simply tried to get through her daily routine without getting bored to death. Of course, she did actually have to put in a decent amount of effort in most of her classes. Before moving to Austin, the school she attended was rather easy, but now she was attending one of the top one hundred public schools in the nation. She was taking several IB classes, and most of her teachers tried to teach as creatively as possible. Still, her natural ability and dedication to academics meant she was rather successful.
Sam went through her first class hardly saying a word. She finished her work, then read quietly without disturbing anyone. She was not one to draw attention to herself; she was dressed in jeans and a plain grey t-shirt, and she spoke to few people outside her group of friends. Her second class of the day was a bit different from the rest of her classes, as it was an elective she chose for the specific purpose of being easy. She had every other credit she needed, but she couldn’t just take nothing, so she picked something to fill the time. Just as expected, she hardly had to pay attention to get through it, and it wasn‘t as if “music appreciation“ would suddenly become important in her life, though there was one unforeseen side effect of taking the class that she had not thought of. The class tended to attract the lowest common denominator from around the school, so she pretty much couldn’t stand any of her classmates. On this particular day, she got into an argument with a rich, entitled girl by the name of Jessica, at least if you could call her screaming insults while Sam quietly ignored her an “argument“. Jessica was the type of person with more money than brains who would wear as little as the dress code would let her get away with. The school was flooded with rumors of her personal life, and she didn’t seem to care. The only thing that was a mystery about her life was how she had managed to stay in school long enough to become a senior.
After her second class, it was finally time for lunch. The first half of her day was rather annoying, but in the second half, she had classes with many of her friends, not to mention the fact that they all had lunch at the same time. She grabbed the same meal she got about 90% of the time: cheese pizza, an apple, and potato fries. The cafeteria was rather crowded, but Sam managed to arrive early enough that she was able to get to her seat with her group of friends. There were five of them in the group in all: herself, Brianna Foster, Joshua Young, and the fraternal twins Maria and David Vasquez. Bri had been Sam’s best friend since she arrived in Austin and was the most artistic of the group. Joshua was unique because he came from a rather wealthy family, yet was surprisingly down to Earth. Like Sam, he was into gaming and technology, but unlike her also liked watching and playing sports. Maria and David were, like many twins, polar opposites. David was a laid-back and honestly lazy individual, but was very friendly, while Maria was highly active, intelligent, and likely a victim of both ADHD and OCD. She was in direct competition with Sam for the title of Valedictorian, and, oddly enough, she shared Joshua’s love of sports. Sam was normally pretty sociable with her friends, but she was tired at the moment, so she simply ate in silence while the others spoke.
“So, I’m pretty upset.” Joshua said once David sat down. “I tried playing GTA all day yesterday, and I never got past that stupid tutorial race thing. I swear, I wish I never would have bought that game. It’s stupid that the servers are still down.”
David chucked as he looked over to Joshua. “Right, because they definitely could have predicted the thing would have sold a billion dollars worth of copies in three days. Just give them time, they’ll have it up in a few days. I managed to get on yesterday; I got kicked out of every other game, but I got on.”
Joshuah sighed and threw up his arms in resignation. “Oh come on, you actually managed to get on, while I was stuck staring at a blurry outline of a city for two hours? What about you Sam, did get on?” He asked.
Sam set down her pizza to respond. “Nope, tried all day, nothing happened, and now I have an annoying pop song stuck in my head.”
Joshua turned back to David. “See, most people ca-” He began, but was interrupted when a white light suddenly appeared, seemingly permeating the entire room equally. It was painfully bright, to the point where no one could see at all for a few seconds. It had no definite source, and no obvious cause. After it dissipated, the entire cafeteria erupted into a roar of surprised voices expressing their confusion. Maria, David, and Joshua all stood up in surprise and began to talk with each other over the incident, but Sam remained seated with her hands clasped to the side of her head, staring with her eyes wide open straight ahead. All of the sudden, she had a massive headache that made her feel like her head was about to split open, coupled with intense soreness across her entire body. It was all she could do to keep herself from collapsing onto the floor.