Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 82

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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 81
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Jack stood. A blast of wind and rain train-engined into them, and Nessa stumbled against him. He caught her, held her upright. Over the roar of the squall, a deeper, mechanical rumbling grew louder.

Sly Liaberco’s red Chevy inched into the yard, the windshield wipers thumping across the glass to a hip-hop beat. Mr. Liaberco looked at them through the side window, his face pale in the stormy murk. When the wind and rain subsided, he opened the door and got out, leaving the car running. He darted around a puddle, his yellow slicker flaring out behind him. A gust of wind lifted his rain hat off his head. Mr. Liaberco caught it before it hit the ground, and stopped in front of Jack and Nessa.

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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:

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

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 81

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 80
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Jack wrapped a hand around the doorframe, pulling them both forward. He clutched the knob, trying to drag the door closed, but it took the two of them to wrestle it shut. They clung to each other, stumbling across the yard. The pale gray morning sky spit another wad of rain at them, soaking their clothes instantly. A moment later, the wind slowed.

Jack glanced upward. “Let’s hurry, before another squall comes through.”

“His favorite hiding place is under the porch.”

“I remember.”

They hurried to the house, the wet sand sticking to their shoes. Jack dropped to his knees in front of the break in the latticework and peered into the gloom. Harey huddled in a shivering bundle just out of reach. The rabbit edged away when Jack put out his hand. He drew back. “He’s afraid of me.”

“Let me try.”

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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:

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

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 80

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 79
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“He’s not hiding in here either. I’ll check the yard. Maybe he ran out when the thief came in.” Bracing himself, Jack pulled the door open. A gust of wind blasted into the building, nearly knocking him off his feet. Rain lashed his face. He staggered back, bumping into Nessa. She caught his waist to steady him. With a noise that sounded like a hooting laugh, the wind swept past them, swirling through the greenhouse. Six herb pots crashed to the floor.

“This must be the back side of the storm.” Nessa shouted over the roar. “The wind’s coming from the opposite direction.”

“You stay inside.” The gale whipped the words from his mouth, and he turned his head to make sure she’d heard.

“No.” She was right behind him. “I’m coming with you.”

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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:

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

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 79

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 78
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Nessa said, “I don’t understand. Why would someone break in and steal a jar of water?”

“Not just any jar of water, Nessa. That one came from the Fountain of Youth.”

“But who knew—” She broke off. “Tenspot?”

“Has to be.” Jack frowned. “He’s the only other person who knows about the water besides you, me and Harey.” And Tia Bella, who still hadn’t returned his call.

“Where is Harey?” Panic filled Nessa’s voice. She dashed across the greenhouse, into the office, as Jack looked under the workbenches. She emerged a second later. “He’s not here!”

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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:

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

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 78

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 77
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“Did you move the water sample?”

“No. Why?” Her gaze flicked to the desk and she drew in a sharp breath. She jumped up and rushed across the room. “What happened to it?”

“I don’t know. All I know is it didn’t sprout wings and fly away.” He pointed to a dark spot on the floor. He bent closer, made out the smudged, muddy outline of a footprint, then another and another, leading both into and out of the office. He put his foot beside one of the marks.

“It’s not yours,” Nessa said. “Somebody was in here while we were sleeping.”

They stared at each other, turned as one, and ran into the greenhouse. Jack switched on the overhead lights. To his relief, nothing was damaged. He followed the trail of dirty footprints along the main aisle, right to the front door.

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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.

The Demise of Fyne Literature. Who killed Fyne Literature? The Fictional Book Investigation Agency is on the case—and the lead investigator is closer to the culprit than he realizes.

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

Walled In. When her father is accused of fraud, seventeen year old Vandy Spencer discovers her entire life has been built on a heart-shattering deception.

Taxing Pecksniffery. Flying frizzles! The year is 2176, a rebellion is brewing, and the boss wants a recon report. Ichann Count is all wet as a spy, but she plunges into the fray. Will she emerge with her memory banks intact?

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