TITLE: School Zone
GENRE: YA Dystopian SF
Eric Volker (MC) is in a secret group of free-thinking students. Having discovered that another friend, Alison, knows about the group, he invites her to come, even though he knows his friend Neil will be angry. Alison doesn't show up to the meeting, and afterward Eric tells Neil he'd invited her, and that he believes she should be a part of the group. Neil disagrees.
Neil kicked one of the metal chairs. It clattered to the floor and slid into the wall with a crash. “Who do you think you are, Volker?” His voice was still low, but he was breathing hard.
“Look, I know you two had some sort of falling out—”
“Falling out?” Neil’s face was twisted with incredulous rage. “Falling out?” He was shouting now.
“It wasn’t a disagreement, you idiot! It was the worst kind of betrayal you can think of. Alison Dahl doesn’t deserve to be in this group, and she doesn’t deserve the kind of attention you’ve been giving her.”
“If you would’ve told me—”
“Told you what, Volker? All the details that are none of your business? I already told you not to trust her and you should’ve listened to me. And you’re damn lucky she didn’t show up tonight.”
“Maybe you’re letting whatever happened between you keep you from seeing things straight.”
“Maybe you’d better shut up.” Neil shoved Eric; it was a warning, like a growl from a trapped animal.
“Maybe you’d better take some more medicine.”
Neil lunged. The impact of his fist in Eric’s face sent Eric sprawling backward, into the bathroom door that Trace had just opened. Eric staggered to his feet as Trace stepped through the doorway and supported him. The second hit burst Eric’s lip and sent Trace and him both backward against the wall, hard.