Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 85

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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 84
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“Of course not. I’m not a thief. Our tipster gave me the water. But I see you do know what I’m talking about, after all.”

Jack ignored the taunt. The possibility of anyone drinking the water from the Fountain of Youth made him break out in a sweat colder than the rain dripping down his face. He said, “What did you do with the sample?”

“What?”

“The sample.” Jack ground the words out. “What did you do with it?”

“What difference does it make?”

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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 84

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 83
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Jack felt Nessa clutch his arm and knew she had instantly thought of Bradley. He said, “I don’t know what you’re talking about, Mr. Liaberco.”

“I’ll spell it out for you.” Mr. Liaberco reached inside his raincoat and pulled three sheets of paper from an inner pocket. He waved them at Jack, tightening his grip when a rush of wind tugged at the edges. “This is an analysis of a water sample supposedly taken from the Fountain of Youth.”

Jack’s fists clenched. He took a step forward. “You’re the one who broke into the greenhouse last night and took the jar?”

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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 83

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 82
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“Thought you had me fooled, didn’t you, Jack? Selling me a wild goose chase about the Fountain of Youth.” Mr. Liaberco clamped the hat on his head. “Did you really imagine you could get the best of an old news hound?”

Nessa said, “Don’t you know it’s dangerous to drive in a hurricane, Mr. Liaberco?”

He laughed, a cool, mirthless sound that held no humor. “A little storm won’t keep me from getting this story.”

“What story?” Jack asked. “You just said the Fountain of Youth is a wild goose chase.”

“It is. But the story you’re really here for isn’t.”

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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 82

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 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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