Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 41

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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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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 41

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They hadn’t seen Harey in the past thirty minutes. Right after the rabbit’s footprints vanished, the thin thread of trail they’d followed had evaporated like morning mist. Jack had forgotten his GPS and his phone, and they were lost.

The only thing worse than learning his explorador skills had gotten rusty since the La Florida expedition was the fact that he was going to have to admit to Nessa he’d gotten them lost.

If she didn’t know already.

She was across the clearing with Tenspot. The two of them poked around a stand of palmetto, trying to locate the trail again.

She was as smart as she was pretty. How would he survive never seeing her again after they found the spring they intended to pass off as the Fountain? Maybe getting lost was a good thing. At least they’d be together a while longer.

Until the storm hit.

To the west, dark clouds had begun crowding out the brilliant blue of the sky. The breeze, still gentle, but growing brisker by the moment, ruffled through the trees.

Jack got up and walked to Nessa and Tenspot. “I think we will have to call off the search and find our way back.”

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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?

Pirate Summer. When her brother disappears, Josey is sure she knows where he’s gone. And the only way to bring him home is to travel two hundred years into the past with a boy she can’t trust.

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 40

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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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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 40

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Jack’s mouth fell open.

“We gotta catch him! I didn’t put on his harness and leash!” Tenspot raced to the edge of the woods, dropped to his knees, and vanished the same way Harey had.

“Tenspot!” Nessa ran after him.

Jack seized the knapsack and joined the chase.

Tenspot re-emerged from the woods, the knees of his jeans filthy. “There’s a game trail on the other side! Come on!”

“Wait!” Jack grabbed the boy’s arm. “I want you to stay in sight. We will look for a path around the thicket.”

“Here.” Nessa pointed toward an open spot along the southern edge of the bushes. “We can go this way.”

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Two and a half hours later, Jack sank to the ground beneath the spreading branches of a sprawling live oak that hadn’t even been an acorn when he’d visited La Florida in 1513. He shoved his feet through the moldy half-rotted leaves, gouging a trench. A purple-black beetle scuttled across his boot. Overhead, a blue jay shrieked. Jack wanted to scream too.

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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?

Pirate Summer. When her brother disappears, Josey is sure she knows where he’s gone. And the only way to bring him home is to travel two hundred years into the past with a boy she can’t trust.

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 39

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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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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 39

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“Maybe I should put Harey inside in case the winds start up later this afternoon, before we get back,” Nessa said. “He’d be safer there than in the greenhouse, since we haven’t had a chance to cover the windows.”

“Why not take him with us?” Jack stuck the sandwiches and drinks into the knapsack. “As you said, he might be able to show us the way.”

Nessa and Tenspot both rolled their eyes.

“I saw that.”

“You really are crazy,” Tenspot said, but he loped around the side of the house and came back carrying the rabbit, along with a cat-sized harness and leash. He set Harey on the ground. “Listen up, fella. Jack wants you to find the Fountain of Youth.”

Harey settled on his haunches and nibbled a blade of grass.

Tenspot grinned. “Looks like we’ll have to find the Fountain on our own. He’s not much help.”

Harey chose that moment to swallow the last bite of grass, perform three binkies in quick succession, and zoom from comatose to jet-propelled. He tore past the greenhouse, shot into the undergrowth, and disappeared.

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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?

Pirate Summer. When her brother disappears, Josey is sure she knows where he’s gone. And the only way to bring him home is to travel two hundred years into the past with a boy she can’t trust.

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Laura wanted to know what place would be ideal to read our books.

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 38

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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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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 38

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“Good. The quicker we get started, the more distance we can cover. I gotta be home before dark.”

“Is that when you told your dad you would be back?”

“Sorta.”

Nessa walked down the porch steps. She was dressed for the expedition in jeans and sneakers. She handed Jack four sandwiches wrapped in plastic and three chilled cans of soda. “Have you heard anything about Lulu, Tenspot?”

“Yeah. Accordin’ to the police radio, she’s gathering strength. The weather service still expects landfall in Everyoung tomorrow morning.”

“Then we do not have much time,” Jack said. “We must hurry.”

As was typical the day before a hurricane, the clear blue sky gave no indication of the looming violent weather, and only a faint hint of dampness tinged the air. The atmospheric pressure change of big storms sucked clouds into the storm’s maw like a great hungry monster, leaving areas beyond the storm’s outer bands tranquil – until the menace got closer.

The same calmness had deceived Jack during the first de León expedition, the day before he’d found the Fountain. When the hurricane hit, sheets of blinding, whipping rain had pelted him and gusting wind had knocked him off his feet. He and the three other scouts who had been caught on shore had only been saved from being swept away by tying themselves to palm trees.

He never wanted to repeat the experience.

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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?

Pirate Summer. When her brother disappears, Josey is sure she knows where he’s gone. And the only way to bring him home is to travel two hundred years into the past with a boy she can’t trust.

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