Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 30

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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 30

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“Finer than frog’s hair, to use her expression. The crook never had a chance. When I got there, she had him tied up with one of her aprons and Tim Sterling was holding a broadsword from the museum at his throat.” Sheriff Garrison stifled a laugh. “Anyway, the little crook is in jail now.”

“You are sure he is the vandal?” Jack asked.

“He’s been in the area a few days,” the sheriff said. “My gut instinct is he’ll have some answers about what happened to the greenhouse.”

“I hope so,” Nessa said.

Jack did, too. But he didn’t like the way Sheriff Garrison had answered his question—or rather, had not answered his question.

“Cori said she hoped so too when I stopped at the hospital to let her know,” Sheriff Garrison said. “Like I told her, it’s only a matter of time before I can trace his movements.”

“Maybe you should ask Tenspot to help.” Jack pointed at the driveway.

Tenspot, hunched over the handlebars of his bike like a motocross racer, pedaled furiously toward them.

“He always seems to know where you are,” Jack said.

“He wants to be a deputy when he grows up,” Nessa said.

Sheriff Garrison nodded.

Tenspot reached the patrol car and skidded to a stop. He leapt off his bike and beamed at Nessa. “Didja hear? An armed robber! Wish I coulda been there. I woulda jumped him, wrestled the gun away. Bam, kapow, and he’da been down for the count. Boy, I can’t wait ‘til I’m old enough to be a deputy.”

“So that is why you follow the sheriff around,” Jack said. “But how do you always know where she is headed?”

“I listen to my dad’s police scanner. My aunt bought me a book for my birthday and I’m tryin’ to learn the codes.” Tenspot paused. “It ain’t illegal, is it, Sheriff?”

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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 29

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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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 29

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Nine

She was willing to help.

Jack had so much to say to her, so much he had to hold inside, he was going to explode under the pressure. He had to move, had to put some distance between them.

He bolted from the office, rushed through the greenhouse and into the yard.

Sheriff Garrison’s patrol car nosed around the final bend in the drive. She braked to a halt, so close the heat of the engine blew over Jack in a smelly gust of diesel and hot rubber.

The sheriff stepped out. “In a hurry to get somewhere?”

“Always.” He released a breath. “But no matter how fast I move, I cannot seem to get there.”

The greenhouse door slammed. Nessa dashed across the grassy clearing.

“Everything’s fine with Cori and Holly,” the sheriff said. “I came to tell you I caught the creep who broke into your greenhouse. Got the call right after I left here this morning. He tried to rob Ida’s store.”

“The Emporium?” Nessa sucked in a breath. “Is Mrs. Kuhn all right?”

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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 28

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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 28

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“There are many springs around Everyoung. None of them has a ‘Fountain of Youth, right here’ sign. We will find a spring, preferably in a public park, and say Tenspot made a mistake about the location.”

Said aloud, the plan was almost as stupid as punching a tree. He flexed his sore hand.

“The eastern boundary of our farm butts up against the state forest, so that might work. But I don’t see how you could pass off any spring for the Fountain. Wouldn’t people know right away, after drinking the water?”

“No. Whatever happened to Harey, the Fountain does not make people younger. You merely stop aging. Years would pass before you were sure you had found the right one. Unless you found my—the medal first.”

“The what?”

“The real spring is marked with a sixteenth century Spanish medal. A silver medal, on a chain.” His pendant. The one he’d dropped when he’d found the Fountain the first time. The one he’d searched for since.

“It is?”

“That is part of the legend.”

“You sure know a lot about the legend. I never heard of a medal.”

“I have a special interest in the Fountain. My Tia Bella and I have spent years collecting legends. We could write a book.”

“You truly believe the Fountain is real, don’t you?”

“It is real.” And if he could find it again—what he would give to have a normal life, one he could spend with her. His heart ached. “I wish I could find it. You have no idea how much.”

“I know what it’s like to want something so much it hurts.” She turned away. “The shipping service will be here in half an hour to pick up the wreaths we packed this morning. We can start searching after that.”

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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 27

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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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 27

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“No, silly. It’s a baby monitor. Cori’s husband installed the set before he went overseas on his military tour. Charlie knew once the baby was born we’d want to be able to listen to her while we filled orders. I guess he left them on when he finished running the test. Anyway, it works using radio waves. And it must be tuned to the same frequency as your phone. I overheard your conversation with your editor.”

“You did?”

“Yes, the whole thing. If I hadn’t recognized your voice, I’d have thought I was going crazy.” From the expression on her face, she’d almost been convinced of that anyway.

“I have heard of such strangeness involving baby monitors.”

“Have you?” Her hand clutched his more tightly.

He nodded. No point telling her he’d read the article in the Pryer.

“Did Mr. Newman mean what he said?” she asked. “About you not coming back to the office if you didn’t get the story?”

“Sí.”

“You’ll lose your job over this?”

“My job does not matter. What is important is you. I am worried about you. Mr. Newman wants this story, and if I do not give him what he wants, he will send another reporter. All Mr. Newman cares about is out-scooping the Luminary.”

“Even though the Fountain of Youth doesn’t exist.” She shook her head. “What are you going to do?”

“I am thinking we should give Mr. Newman the story in a way that does not cause trouble for you.”

“How?”

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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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