Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 127

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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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“Maybe you are.” Mr. Tennies shrugged. “Could be you used up all your profits paying the lawyers. But I figure as soon as Bradley gets out of jail, the three of you will be revving up another scheme. I was sure of it when I heard you and Cori talking about that dumb rabbit acting young. That’s why I called in my tip. Maybe Jack has no interest in following up, but the Luminary does. And once Sly writes an exposé, you and your crooked relatives won’t be able to play your game on a new bunch of unsuspecting marks.”

“We were kidding, Mr. Tennies. We were joking with each other.”

“Sure you were.”

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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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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 126

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 125
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“No, he didn’t have a Swiss bank account.” Unless she could make Mr. Tennies see the truth, his bitterness was going to ruin his life—and Tenspot’s. “Bradley didn’t con anyone.”

“Uh, huh.”

She jammed her free hand into her raincoat pocket, touched Jack’s medal. She had a new understanding of how he must have felt when she wouldn’t believe him about the Fountain.

“Bradley was positive he’d made a breakthrough,” she said. “He put his heart, soul, and all our savings into his research. When he ran out of funds, he found a partner. But Dennis only wanted money. Bradley was innocent. He put his trust in the wrong man. Don’t you realize we’re as broke as you are?”

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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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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 125

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 124
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“Our lives were ruined, too.” Nessa sagged against Jack, remembering the trial and all that had happened before and after it. “Bradley was innocent. His partner, Dennis, stole the money from their company.”

“Yeah, right. His silent partner, the one the cops could never find any trace of.” Mr. Tennies snorted. “Bradley was guilty, all right. The facts were plain enough for a jury. Your brother traded on his reputation as a chemist to lure investors into believing he’d come up with a new drug that could cure cancer. But once he had the money stashed in his Swiss bank account, the research ground to a halt and his claims were exposed for the con scheme they were.”

Mr. Sterling whistled through his dentures. “He had a Swiss bank account? I don’t recall that. Golly, it’s like a movie.”

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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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Image source: By Craig Sunter from Manchester, UK (Mystery man (colour version)) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Image source: By Craig Sunter from Manchester, UK (Mystery man (colour version)) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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That’s the question we pondered this week in our guest blog post over at Working Writers and Bloggers. Take a look at the answer we came up with (here’s the link) and then hop on down to the comments and let us know what your process is.

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 124

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 123
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She said, “The baby monitor?”

“You told me the part on the workbench that let you overhear my phone conversation is the receiver, and the other half, the one in the office by the crib, is a transmitter. Mr. Tennies must be able to pick up what happens in the greenhouse with the police scanner Tenspot told us about.”

“I’m not sure I understand this high-tech stuff,” Mr. Sterling said.

“It means Mr. Tennies overheard Cori and me talking about the Fountain of Youth.” Nessa looked at Mr. Tennies. “But why did you ransack our greenhouse?”

“Why do you think?” He hawked another loogie onto the ground. “For payback. Your brother destroyed my life.”

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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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