TITLE: Reign of the Juveniles
GENRE: Middle Grade (Sci/Fi / Adventure)
Reece punched in the combination again. This time he used his birth year. The lock beeped but there was no click like he’d heard whenever his dad had opened the safe. He tried once more using his mom’s favorite number. A warning tone pierced the air for the tenth straight time. He rubbed his forehead, wishing he had paid more attention when his dad had told him the combination. It had been something familiar, but at the time, all he could think about was his dad’s dying words, “Remember what I taught you about defending yourself.” His mom had passed on only moments before. It was a sad time for everyone. Only no one had time to mourn.
For the past two months, he and Bobby had tried every combination of numbers they could think of. They had been careful to keep it from Leah, their best friend. She’d freak out. She knew what was in the safe.
“Try your house number,” suggested Bobby, shifting his position in the small closet.
Reece glanced over his shoulder. “That’s too easy,” he said, turning back to the safe, “but I guess I could try it. I tried everything else.”
Reece carefully tapped each number on the keypad, biting his lip nervously as he hit the last one. The lock beeped. Then it clicked.
The twelve-year-olds exchanged triumphant grins.