Twenty minutes from now, who you know is more important than what you know. And if you know the people Gene knows, you can get away with all kinds of things.

Meet Gene and G.R., best buddies since kindergarden. Gene has perfect scores in everything from academics to socialization and is connected to Ronald Reagan High School‘s best and brightest. G.R. tells everyone his initials stand for “Goat Rapist.” They have an afterschool business selling the latest in personal fulfillment technology (what everyone else would call sex toys) to everyone in Gene’s social network, all with G.R. providing plausible deniability. It’s a perfect operation, until Ammerly Prescott, local lacrosse hooligan and Gene’s nemesis, decides to run for president of the associated student body on a single platform plank: decertifying Reagan High’s social network and undoing everything the boys have worked for.

From the greasy afterschool hangouts to the terrifying depths of the Principal’s Office, Gene and G.R. will have to tangle with Ammerly, her Bad Kid cronies, and each other as they try to keep in the running and stay connected with the right people.

An Afterschool Special gone completely awry, “The Right People” was my first semi-pro sale. You can still read it for free on Futurismic, or you can buy it through Amazon, Nook, or Smashwords.