Okay, I have three more entries. I decided to post all three and then come back and critique them in the comments. Feel free to jump in even if I haven't yet. :)
Title: Pop Travel
Genre: Techno Thriller
Hasan reentered the pantry and set his stuff on a shelf. Before he left, he nodded and eyeballed towards upstairs. Was he hinting for Cooper and Geri to follow him? They looked at him like he was nuts.
“Nirek! Let’s go!” came a loud yell.
“Move it!” the guard, Nirek, said to Hasan.
“Sorry! I’m coming!” Hasan scooted out after another quick head motion and eyebrow raise, his expression pleading.
When Hasan and his guard left the kitchen, Cooper and Geri moved from the pantry to the dining room door to eavesdrop. They heard the men go upstairs.
“He wants us to help him?” Geri asked in Cooper’s ear.
“I guess so. And we can’t go back, there’s two more guards coming this way in the tunnel,” Cooper whispered, thumbing behind him.
“Then let’s press on.”
He couldn’t understand her enthusiasm to rush into danger. “Slowly. There’s something wrong with this picture and we don’t want to get caught,” he told her. He liked to err on the side of caution. He peered into the dining room. Empty and quiet and to his relief, no surveillance cameras. He waved for Geri to follow him. They tip-toed to the base of the stairs and could hear the guys arguing at the top.
“Hold on! I need my tablet!” he said and opened a door.
“Why can’t you just use Gamelink?”
“No way! I told you before. I will never use it again with Big Brother watching.”
“You have five seconds.”
“Got it!” he said and shut the door.
“Good. Now up you go.”
But Hasan didn't go. “Hey, what about my mom?”
“Jackson has her. They’re on their way.”
“What’s their ETA?”
At that, Cooper and Geri silently slipped halfway up the stairs to the landing. People were coming in the house from every port.
“And where will she be secured?”
“Make sure she eats something.”
“Sure. Now get going!”
“Let me see, now. Did we change the code this morning?” Hasan asked.
“I told you we changed it. Don’t tell me you forgot.”
“Oh, yes. How silly of me.” Hasan chuckled then he said the code nice and loud as he punched the buttons, “4 – 7 – 0 – H – X – 9 – A.” The door unlocked and they went in.
“I suppose you’re going to lock me in?” Hasan asked as they went up the stairs to the lab.
Cooper and Geri heard the door close behind them. They crept the rest of the way up to the second floor and continued down the hall to the back bedroom, leaving the door slivered open so they could hear.
“Did you get the code?” Geri asked.
“Yeah. He really does seem to want our help,” Cooper said. Why would he need help from complete strangers who just broke into his house? They waited and listened for the guards to come back down.