Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 90

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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 89
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“That’s what you think.” Mr. Liaberco opened his hand, and released the papers into the wind. They fluttered to the ground, tumbled across the sand, and came to rest in a puddle. He turned on his heel, and slogged back to the Chevy. As he opened the door, he stared at Jack across the car’s roof. “Last chance, Jack. Deal with me, or I’ll take both stories from you.”

Jack hesitated. Had he made the wrong choice? Should he have agreed to the deal and then figured out how to keep Mr. Liaberco from causing problems for Nessa?

Nessa said, “You can’t hurt Bradley. My brother is innocent.”

Mr. Liaberco snorted. “That’s not what I hear.”

Jack said, “Get lost!”

“Fine. I’ll scoop you with or without your help.” Mr. Liaberco climbed in his car and fishtailed from the yard, spewing a fine layer of wet sand over them.

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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 89

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 88
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“It’s a corporation that owns a whole bunch of media properties, online and off. The business started in San Francisco in 1865 with one weekly paper.” Mr. Liaberco frowned. “Oddly enough, the company has always been managed by a maiden aunt and her nephew.”

Jack barely heard Mr. Liaberco’s words. Nessa leaned against him, staring at the older man. Jack wrapped his arm around her waist. Without looking at him, she said, “If Jack is the Pryer’s new owner, and even his editor doesn’t know, how did you find out?”

“Because I’m the best at what I do. Ask Jack. Sly Liaberco always comes out ahead.”

“Not this time,” Jack said.

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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 88

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 87
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“No.” Jack met her gaze. “I’m not.”

“Oh, yes, you are. Didn’t you know, Ms. Owens?” Mr. Liaberco paused, shrugged. “Then again, why should you? Even Colby Newman doesn’t know. That idiot thinks Jack is working for him, instead of the other way around.”

“You’ve got your facts wrong,” Jack said.

“Nice try, Jack. But I’ve done my research on you. I happen to know you and your aunt are the major shareholders of Conquistador Charter.”

“What’s that?” Nessa asked.

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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 87

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 86
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Nessa’s fingers tightened on Jack’s arm. The effect the words had on her made Jack angry all over again. He snapped, “What do you want?”

“A fair trade. We can help each other, if you know what I mean.” Mr. Liaberco rattled the papers. “I’ll keep quiet about these results, and you can write up the story on the Fountain for the Pryer. In return, I want the scoop about this latest con scheme your little girlfriend here is cooking up.”

Nessa froze at his side.

Jack said, “I have no idea what you’re talking about, and no intention of helping you, Mr. Liaberco.”

“Really?” Mr. Liaberco regarded Jack. “Think you’re going to get both stories, huh? I guess being the new owner of the Pryer is making you greedy.”

“New owner?” Nessa’s echo of the words was little more than a whisper.

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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 86

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 85
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Jack grabbed Mr. Liaberco’s raincoat collar. “WHAT. DID. YOU. DO. WITH. IT.”

Mr. Liaberco pulled back. “If you must know, the lab technician discarded it. After he gave me these results, I told him to toss it right down the drain. Who cares? It was plain old water.”

Jack sagged in relief.

“You know that’s not the reason either of us are really here, Jack.” Mr. Liaberco looked at Nessa and licked his lips as if he’d eaten something tasty. “Jack’s source told me about you and your sister, and why your brother went to jail, Ms. Owens.”

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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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