Walking in Slow Motion

Axi is just a normal girl in a gifted family. She isn't amazingly pretty, or intelligent, or popular. She's just a girl who gets bullied in school because her sister's dating the most dreamed-about guy there: and he's two years old than her.
Then she meets Seymour, a friend she never knew was always right beside her. When their teacher walks out of class, Axi begs him to teach her film editing-- a talent nobody in her family has.
But Seymour's teaching brings a new responsibility. In the middle of her first editing session, Axi discovers that she has skills. Special skills. Supernatural skills...
Who is Axi? WHAT is she? And will she ever be the same again...?
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2. Introductions

Here comes the part which I always hate: the introductions.

I don't know why; it's always been my pet peeve. I should actually ADORE introductions: they let me reveal what I only want to reveal. They could let me become a new person. I wouldn't have to be Axi anymore. I could be Max.

Max is kind of like my alter ego. She's the person I want to be, but whenever I try to introduce myself as confident Max, instead of shy Axi, my courage fails. 

Have you ever tried to present yourself to someone else as a whole new person? For me, it means leaving the person you are--the person you have been your whole life-- behind. I can never do it, as much as I want to be Max.

So. Introductions.

My name is Maxine. I'm thirteen, going on fourteen. As you know, I have a twin sister, Lex; a big sister: Jodie, who's sixteen; and a lovely little sister, Lily, who is seven, almost eight.

Our family calls Jodie "Math Whiz" or simply "Whiz". She's got Dad's brown hair and Mom's blue eyes. On her, they look quite pretty.

Lovely Lily is definitely going to be beautiful someday. She's got Mom's blonde hair and shining blue eyes. For now, she looks amazingly cute, with her hair in pigtails and a permanent little-kid grin stuck on her face.

And Lex. Oh.

This is where we get to the weird part.

Although Lex and I have the same features--the way all identical twins do-- the color of some of those features is completely different.

By some miracle of nature, Lex has brown hair and green eyes, while I have black hair and black eyes.

Lex's features got her the most popular guy in school. Those features--and that boy-- could have been mine.

Nobody in my family has black eyes. Or black hair. Which just proves how unfair this is.

We're a family with bright features. Brown, blonde, green, blue. Except for me. I'm just dark.

I'm the freak. The nobody. Not noticeably smart, pretty or charming.

Just me.

And "just me" isn't getting me anywhere.

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