Showcase Theme - Slider - "Loading first image"

Hi,

two questions:

1.) The slider is really beautiful and apart from the fact that the pics used are not linkable, there's another thing that bothers me:

I have configured my images for the slider. However, when the site loads, the slider doesn't show the first image, but instead shows a grey background with a white font saying "Loading first image".

How can I change this to skip this step, it looks so unprofessional. I need the slider to immediately begin with the first image instead.

2.) When I get a response to an inquiry here, is there no "answer" button for me? Where can I see my past inquirys?

Thank you!