Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 104

Jack Cover with border small canvas

JACK AND THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
by HL Carpenter
ISBN: 978-0-9884095-1-4
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9884095-0-7
Copyright (c) 2012 by Top Drawer Ink Corp.

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Continued from Installment 103
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Nessa said, “Jack?”

Her voice brought him from his trance. Beating back the fear, he said, “Wait here.”

He hurried across the clearing. His heart only started pulsing again when he stepped over the log and saw the gash in the ground that had trapped his leg yesterday. He knelt, put the jelly jar back in his raincoat pocket and clawed at the dirt. When the opening was wide enough, he inched closer to look in.

Nessa called, “Is it still there?”

, but it’s sinking.”

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***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

HL Carpenter is the pen name of a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity.

Also by HL Carpenter:

The SkyHorse. Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck–until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 103

Jack Cover with border small canvas

JACK AND THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
by HL Carpenter
ISBN: 978-0-9884095-1-4
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9884095-0-7
Copyright (c) 2012 by Top Drawer Ink Corp.

*****

Continued from Installment 102
(New here? Choose an installment or start at the beginning)

 

He could only stand and stare at the swaying colgante. Slow-motion seconds dripped by. Each raindrop that slipped off the silver chain hung for a moment before falling ever so slowly into the spring hidden beneath the ground.

Jack took a deep breath, trying to force the rain, the wind, the mud, from his mind. All the while, over the frenzied pounding of his heart, beyond the measured ticking of time, a voice in his head repeated a horrifying refrain.

Too late. Too late. Too late.

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***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

HL Carpenter is the pen name of a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity.

Also by HL Carpenter:

The SkyHorse. Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck–until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

*****

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Top Drawer Tips — Resources for Writers

Image source: Screen capture by HL Carpenter

Image source: Screen capture by HL Carpenter

Looking for a few good–and free!–resources to sparkle up your writing?

Check out this month’s post on Cherie Burbach’s Working Writer’s blog. We share six links you won’t want to miss! Click here to find out what they are and how they can help you make your writing the best it can be.

P.S. Our friend Sloane Taylor was kind enough to share an excerpt from The SkyHorse on her blog this week. Thanks Sloane!

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 102

Jack Cover with border small canvas

JACK AND THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
by HL Carpenter
ISBN: 978-0-9884095-1-4
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9884095-0-7
Copyright (c) 2012 by Top Drawer Ink Corp.

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Continued from Installment 101
(New here? Choose an installment or start at the beginning)

 

They rounded the final bend in the path, and Nessa slowed. Jack moved ahead of her. He pushed back the wind-whipped shrubs, and stepped from the narrow trail into the overgrown forest. He thrust aside the last of the clinging bushes separating them from the spring, stopped short, and closed his eyes, afraid of what he might see—or worse, what he might not see.

Nessa said, “Your medal’s still there.”

He forced himself to look. The colgante hung where he’d left it, dangling crookedly from the tree, whipping back and forth in the pulsing wind. He tightened his grip on the jelly jar. He had to get to the spring. But his feet were heavy, as if encased in thick cement that made walking impossible. His lips and mouth went dry. Blood pounded in his ears. He wanted to dash across the small clearing, leap over the fallen log that blocked his view of the fuente.

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***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

HL Carpenter is the pen name of a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity.

Also by HL Carpenter:

The SkyHorse. Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck–until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

*****

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 101

Jack Cover with border small canvas

JACK AND THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
by HL Carpenter
ISBN: 978-0-9884095-1-4
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9884095-0-7
Copyright (c) 2012 by Top Drawer Ink Corp.

*****

Continued from Installment 100
(New here? Choose an installment or start at the beginning)

 

He gripped the jar in one hand, and charged after her, knowing what was on her mind. If the bank at the edge of the fuente loosened, crumbled in on itself, the Fountain would be lost again. As they raced along the thin path, he looked up at the swaying tops of the shallow-rooted pines. Their strength was only an illusion. Hurricane winds could easily topple them.

And if they fell, they’d crush anyone standing underneath them.

He re-focused on the trail, refusing to allow himself to imagine one of the thick-trunked goliaths crashing to the ground, squashing them under its weight. At least this time getting lost wasn’t a concern. Thanks to the markers they’d left yesterday, they knew exactly where they were going.

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***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

HL Carpenter is the pen name of a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity.

Also by HL Carpenter:

The SkyHorse. Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck–until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

*****

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