Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 17

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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 17

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Jack shook his head. “I am not delusional. Someone called in a tip to the Pryer’s news line, saying the Fountain was here, on Nessa’s property. I was assigned to follow up.”

“Is that why Sylvester Liaberco is hanging around, too?” the sheriff asked.

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“You met Mr. Liaberco?” Nessa asked.

“I saw him downtown during the last gasps of Tropical Storm Kyle late Saturday night.” Sheriff Garrison frowned. “The same night your greenhouse was vandalized.”

“Mr. Liaberco is a lot of things,” Jack said. “But I do not think he is a vandal.”

“No doubt you know him better than I do.” The sheriff scowled at Jack. “Besides an invasion of alien reporters, have you had any other problems, Nessa?”

“No.”

A spot of white flashed in the thick stand of trees alongside the drive. Jack took off toward the woods at a run.

“What the heck?” The sheriff started after him.

Jack plunged into the trees. The white flash turned out to be a tee shirt worn by a young boy with an unruly mass of dark hair. The boy swung one leg over a bicycle and started pedaling.

“Hey!” Jack caught the boy’s skinny arm.

The boy struggled, nearly upending the bicycle. “Lemme go!”

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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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Summer’s here — both the season here in North America, and our new young adult e-novel, Pirate Summer.

Pirate Summer is the story of Josey Ryan, who has one option to save her brother: travel two hundred years into the past with a boy she can’t trust.

Pirate Summer is currently available on Amazon as an ebook, and we’re hard at work on getting the print version out. We’ll also update our site so you can order directly from us in the future.

We hope you enjoy reading Josey’s story as much as we enjoyed writing it.

 

EXCERPT

“The Morgan pirate treasure.” Gran switched off the radio and launched into the story.

I stared out the windshield, pretending not to listen.

The basic tale hadn’t changed since the first time I’d heard it, though Gran had added a few embellishments. I wondered who she’d been practicing on, then remembered she was on call as a substitute teacher for the Sea Cove school system. Thanks to her, generations of Sea Cove residents knew the legend of Alastair Morgan, a pirate who’d haunted the Florida coast during the early 1800s.

Andy jiggled on the seat. He had a vivid imagination, a by-product of his oversize I.Q., and he was caught up in the midst of the hurricane Gran was describing. The huge storm had blown the Morgan pirate ship off course and into Sea Cove.

“Alastair Morgan was familiar with Sea Cove,” Gran said. “He sought refuge in the harbor. When the skies lightened, the rain slowed. He rowed to shore with his son, some of his crew and seven trunks of gold and jewels. They had buried the treasure and were rowing back to their ship when the storm started again.”

“Didn’t he realize the calm was only the eye of the hurricane?” Andy asked.

“Good question, and no, he didn’t. He was surprised when the winds and rain picked up, only from the opposite direction.”

“Silly of him. He should have known. Being a sailor and all.”

Gran met my gaze over Andy’s head. Her lips twitched.

I grinned, forgetting for a moment how annoyed I was. By the time I remembered, Gran had looked away, out the front windshield.

She gasped. “Brake, Josey!”

I jerked my head around. I’d only been distracted for a second—exactly enough time for the truck to drift to the right side of the road. A skinny teenage boy walked there, his back to us.

“We’re going to hit him!” Andy shouted.

I leaned on the horn, smashed the brake, and yanked the wheel to the left. The tires screeched. The seatbelt dug into my hips. Andy shouted again as an invisible force shoved him back, then forward. Gran shot out her arm to hold him in place.

In front of us, the boy whirled. He yelled and raised his palms toward us as if he could ward off the truck with his bare hands. At the last moment, he flung himself onto the dirty sand beyond the edge of the black pavement.

I lost sight of him as the pickup jolted to a shuddering, shaking stop, sideways across the highway.

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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?

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 16

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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 16

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Six

N Quoteo, no. Cori’s fine. So’s the baby.” The tall blond sheriff wore a tan uniform with two colorful rows of ribbons and medals pinned above the shirt pocket. Her gaze shifted to Jack as he stepped out of the greenhouse behind Nessa.

Nessa released a long breath.

Jack rubbed his fingertips along the length of her spine. A flare of warmth, the same spark that flamed whenever they touched, heated his entire arm. Nessa flinched away from him.

She felt it too.

Not a good idea to be happy about that. He couldn’t afford to like her too much. For both their sakes. He lowered his hand.

“I didn’t mean to worry you,” the sheriff said. “I stopped in to make sure everything was okay. Mrs. Kuhn told me a reporter was at the store, asking after you.”

“That would be me. Jack Thomas.” He stepped around Nessa, taking care not to touch her again. “I am a reporter for the World Pryer.”

“The World Pryer?” Sheriff Garrison hitched a thumb in her gun belt, making it creak. “Is something unusual happening I should know about?”

“Jack’s searching for the Fountain of Youth,” Nessa said.

“He’s searching for what?” Sheriff Garrison tapped her handcuffs. “Do you suffer from any other delusions?”

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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 15

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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 15

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“Not a clue. And I don’t want to think about it.” She hurried into the office.

Jack stepped through the doorway too. A desk stood against one wall, the chair in front of it pushed back. On the top of the desk, color-coded wire baskets held stacks of papers. Next to the baskets, a calculator butted up against an answering machine.

Harey nosed a square white plastic box with an antenna and volume control. The box looked like an intercom, so someone working in the office could talk to someone in the work area, or in the house.

A second desk with a computer, printer, and fax machine nestled against the other wall. A crib for Corinda’s new baby, neatly outfitted with a pink knitted throw, stood beside a blanket-covered cot. In the back, another door led into a half-bath.

“Got you, fuzz bomb.” Nessa scooped the rabbit off the desk and handed him to Jack. “Now let’s get that tooth trimmed.”

This time Jack kept a firm grip on the squirmy fuzz bomb while Nessa snipped the overgrown tooth. When she finished, Jack put Harey on the floor. The bunny dashed in a circle around him, then raced back into the main work area.

“Maybe I should follow him.”

“You’re welcome to, if you can keep up with him.” Nessa set the nippers on the desk. “I can’t believe someone thinks the Fountain of Youth is on our property. Why would they call the Pryer and say so? And why would someone break into the greenhouse? It’s not like we keep money or anything valuable here. None of this makes any sense.”

“It has to make sense. We just don’t know the explanation yet.”

A car horn honked.

Jack stepped out of the office as a green and white police cruiser pulled into the clearing.

Nessa gasped and dashed past him. “Sheriff Garrison! Has something happened to Cori?”

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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?

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