Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 74

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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 73

 

“She’s in California. I left a message.”

“Do you have somewhere safe to stay?”

“I rent an apartment near the Pryer’s office. I guess it’s safe enough.”

“You’d better go there before the wind picks up much more. Why don’t you take Bradley’s truck? You can put your bike in the back.”

Jack glanced outside. To the west, over the Gulf of Mexico, black and gray cloud-mountains hovered. The leading edge spat a quick stream of fat raindrops against the greenhouse windows.

He didn’t want to leave her alone with a hurricane approaching. Besides his certainty that she was more worried about the storm than she’d admit, Sheriff Garrison hadn’t convinced him she’d caught the vandal who’d broken into the greenhouse during Tropical Storm Kyle. What if the creep came back?

He said, “I’d like to stay.”

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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.

The Demise of Fyne Literature. Who killed Fyne Literature? The Fictional Book Investigation Agency is on the case—and the lead investigator is closer to the culprit than he realizes.

Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

Walled In. When her father is accused of fraud, seventeen year old Vandy Spencer discovers her entire life has been built on a heart-shattering deception.

Taxing Pecksniffery. Flying frizzles! The year is 2176, a rebellion is brewing, and the boss wants a recon report. Ichann Count is all wet as a spy, but she plunges into the fray. Will she emerge with her memory banks intact?

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 73

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.

*****

Continued from Installment 72
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Nessa ended her conversation with Cori, and said, “She wanted me to know Hurricane Lulu is gathering speed, and is expected to make landfall in a few hours. Everyoung’s in for a rough time. I need to secure the greenhouse, like Sheriff Garrison said. But it’s too late to have the tree in the driveway taken care of.”

“Is Cori coming home?”

“No. I told her to stay at the hospital with Holly. They’ll be safe there.”

He frowned. “You’re going to be here alone?”

“I’ll be fine.”

Red splotches crept across her cheeks. She’d had the same reaction when he’d first asked her about the identity of Moran Tennies. He said, “Are you sure?”

“Once I roll down the metal sheeting that covers the glass panels, I’ll get some supplies from the house and stay in here with Harey.” She looked at him, and he considered the fact that she hadn’t directly answered his question. She said, “Your aunt is probably worried about you. Does she live around here?”

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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.

The Demise of Fyne Literature. Who killed Fyne Literature? The Fictional Book Investigation Agency is on the case—and the lead investigator is closer to the culprit than he realizes.

Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

Walled In. When her father is accused of fraud, seventeen year old Vandy Spencer discovers her entire life has been built on a heart-shattering deception.

Taxing Pecksniffery. Flying frizzles! The year is 2176, a rebellion is brewing, and the boss wants a recon report. Ichann Count is all wet as a spy, but she plunges into the fray. Will she emerge with her memory banks intact?

*****

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 72

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.

*****

Continued from Installment 71

 

He wondered what Bradley had done. Nessa would tell him if he asked, but he’d rather she brought it up herself. He didn’t want her to think he intended to write the story for the Pryer. And there was still the question of whether Bradley’s upcoming release was tied to the tip the Pryer had received. Who was the source anyway?

Deciding it didn’t really matter now, he set the jar on the desk, took out his phone and called Tia Bella. She didn’t answer, but her voice mail picked up. Once he started talking, he couldn’t stop. He left a long, rambling message, telling her everything, including his fears about dying as soon as they reversed the spell. He had to call three times, because the service kept cutting him off.

After he disconnected the last time, he stood for a moment, staring at the low battery light on his phone. He hoped his aunt would call him back quickly. Putting the phone in his pocket, he went to the office doorway.

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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.

The Demise of Fyne Literature. Who killed Fyne Literature? The Fictional Book Investigation Agency is on the case—and the lead investigator is closer to the culprit than he realizes.

Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

Walled In. When her father is accused of fraud, seventeen year old Vandy Spencer discovers her entire life has been built on a heart-shattering deception.

Taxing Pecksniffery. Flying frizzles! The year is 2176, a rebellion is brewing, and the boss wants a recon report. Ichann Count is all wet as a spy, but she plunges into the fray. Will she emerge with her memory banks intact?

*****

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 71

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.

*****

Continued from Installment 70

 

Because he still had a hand on her waist, he could feel her relax as she listened to the answer. She looked at him. So her sister wouldn’t hear, he mouthed, “Is everything okay?”

She nodded, and moved away, walking into the greenhouse. He let her go, not wanting to intrude on her conversation with Cori. He picked up the FRESH PEACHES jar and shook it, making the water inside swirl. If Nessa’s brother unlocked the Fountain’s secret, he might also figure out what would happen once the spell was reversed.

Did he dare hope that he and Tia Bella could have a normal future, as shiny as the colgante Tenspot had pulled from the Fountain of Youth? If Bradley could help, he wouldn’t be the only one released from prison. Jack and Tia Bella would be free, too, though they’d never committed a crime.

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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.

The Demise of Fyne Literature. Who killed Fyne Literature? The Fictional Book Investigation Agency is on the case—and the lead investigator is closer to the culprit than he realizes.

Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

Walled In. When her father is accused of fraud, seventeen year old Vandy Spencer discovers her entire life has been built on a heart-shattering deception.

Taxing Pecksniffery. Flying frizzles! The year is 2176, a rebellion is brewing, and the boss wants a recon report. Ichann Count is all wet as a spy, but she plunges into the fray. Will she emerge with her memory banks intact?

*****

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 70

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.

*****

Continued from Installment 69

 

“If I ask him, he will.” Nessa put down the towel, and wrapped her arms around his waist. “I don’t want you to die, Jack.”

He gathered her close. She was soft and warm. Her head fit under his chin and her damp, curly hair tickled his lips. She smelled of rain and flowery shampoo and he wanted to hold her forever. Odd how the thought of forever didn’t bother him when it involved Nessa.

Her phone chimed. She said, “Tenspot’s home.”

He said, “I think I am, too.”

She pulled back and looked up at him, her eyes soft and dark. Outside, the wind caught at the greenhouse with querulous, questing fingers. In the distance, from the direction of the house, wood slammed against wood, as if a window shutter had come loose.

Nessa’s phone burst into a tune Jack didn’t recognize. She gasped, drew back and jabbed the keypad. “Cori? Are you 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.

The Demise of Fyne Literature. Who killed Fyne Literature? The Fictional Book Investigation Agency is on the case—and the lead investigator is closer to the culprit than he realizes.

Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

Walled In. When her father is accused of fraud, seventeen year old Vandy Spencer discovers her entire life has been built on a heart-shattering deception.

Taxing Pecksniffery. Flying frizzles! The year is 2176, a rebellion is brewing, and the boss wants a recon report. Ichann Count is all wet as a spy, but she plunges into the fray. Will she emerge with her memory banks intact?

*****

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