Outcast (Episode One)

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Two estranged classmates find themselves stranded on a seemingly deserted island and have to fight with nature to survive and maybe get their memories back. But, will romance find it’s way into the hearts of these young teens or will love remain a one-way street for young Max Knight?

Submitted: October 31, 2016

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Episode One

 
 

Alice awoke to the unfamiliar sight of palm trees and ocean greeted by a bump on the back of her head. She winced in pain as she sat up and reached back to feel for blood. The sight of the crimson droplets on her fingertips brings this whole picture into focus and startles her. But even more alarming is her inability to remember anything that would make any sense of how she arrived on this beach. As she began to panic, she looked to her left and saw her classmate, Max, passed out lying in the sand with a similar wound on his head. She quickly crawled over to him and shook him frantically. “Max!” she screamed. “Max, wake up! Where are we?”

“What? Who? Alice? What are you doing?”

“Where are we!”

As Max rubbed the sleep from his eyes and sat up she began to realize what Alice was talking about. His eyes grew as he began to understand the gravity of the situation. But how? Oh yeah, that’s how. That stupid science project. Did I really get us stranded alone? All I wanted was to impress her, but now that’s never gonna happen. “Oh shit!” He accidentally exclaimed. How much does she remember? She’ll hate me for sure if she knows I’m the one that got us in this mess. I have to figure that out, for now, I’ll just pretend like I don’t remember what happened.

“What’s wrong?” Alice asked, beginning to lower her voice.

“Oh, n-nothing. Just trying to figure out how the hell we’re gonna get home. Do you know how we got here in the first place?”

“No!” She was yelling again. “I can’t remember anything since school on Friday! I don’t even know what day it is!”

Max looked down at his watch, “well it’s only Sunday, so you didn’t lose that much time.”

“Not that much time?! That’s a whole day Max!”

“It could have been a whole week Alice.” Max was beginning to lose his patients. “You need to calm down.”

“Okay, I can do that.”

Max took a deep breath, clenching his jaw, to calm down himself. “Alright look, the sun is going down and we have no idea what’s gonna come out at night so I'm heading into the forest to get some supplies for s shelter. Stay here and stay cool.”

“Fine” Alice said as she sat on the sand and watched the sunset.

Max walked away to the edge of the forest and turned back to check if Alice was looking at him, she wasn’t. Okay, now to freak out. How did you get yourself into this mess, Max?! And why did you bring her here with you? You can't just go around abducting people whether you meant to or not. And when are you going to tell her that it's all your fault? “Never.” He replied aloud to himself.

He stopped for a moment, looked around to make sure that Alice hadn’t heard him, then returned to the task of gathering palm fronds and large sticks from the outskirts of the forest. As he worked he tried to remember the events that took place just before he woke up.

If I can just remember how I screwed it up, then I can figure out how to fix it. I hope.

 
 
 
 

*Two days earlier*

 
 

The classroom was filled with unexcited expressions and at least five students were sleeping as Mrs. Benson spoke of the winter science fair. “You have two months until your projects are due. This will be your midterm exam grade and worth one-third of your overall. This will be a pairs project only. Take this seriously and don’t wait until the last minute to fake a science project like many of my other students have and try to make interesting please.”

The bell rang, waking up the sleepers in the back. The front row, having already packed their backpacks in anticipation, bolted for the classroom door, interrupting the teacher. Max was unaware of the bell ringing due to his focused, almost creepy attention to the prettiest girl in the senior class, Alice. Well, that was Max’s opinion anyway. When he finally came back to earth, the classroom was empty and upon consultation of his watch, he was two minutes from being late to his next class.

He quickly packed up his bag and started running out the door. He was stopped in the doorway by another student making her way back in. “Oh, I-I’m sorry--” He said as Alice was walking around him. “--Alice.” Max just shook it off and started running again. Why do we always have to pair up for these stupid projects? I don’t really have any friends in that class. No one would indulge my project anyway. I’ve been working on it for years now and I almost have it done. I don’t really wanna enter it in the science fair, but I don’t have time to work on other science projects. I’m trying to finish this before I go to college. Get a full ride and a couple million dollars to go along with it. Set for life at the age of 19? Sounds great to me! But I have to get the damn thing to work.

 

 
 


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