Fiction, Jack

Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 120

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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 Audio Installment 119
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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 120




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The sheriff sighed, a long drawn out sound of carefully maintained patience. She waved a hand at Jack and Nessa.

“These two eyewitnesses tell me you were acting suspiciously, Tenner. Though I’m not sure how much they could see through the mud they’re wearing.” She shook her head. “The point is, unless you have a good explanation for your presence on this property, you’re looking at a charge of criminal trespass.”

Tenner curled his lip and glared at Nessa.

“Guess your friendship with the sheriff here will come in handy when your brother gets out of prison and starts his next con.”

The silence following his words was almost as thick as the moisture in the air. Nessa couldn’t speak. What was Mr. Tennies talking about?

When Jack moved closer, she leaned into him. He put his arm around her shoulder. The contact steadied her.

“New con? What new con?” Mr. Sterling’s tone was bewildered.

“They’re planning to pass off the Fountain of Youth as real.” Mr. Tennies spat into the dirt. “Some scam, huh? Nearly as big as the last one.”

“You called the Pryer,” Jack said.



We’re new to the Audacity, the sound program we use for our audio recordings, and to sound effects in general. These are our thoughts on the current episode.

Recording. We recorded this segment in one take, after two practice runs with the microphone off.

Technical. A fully warmed-up voice makes recording different character speech patterns easier but doesn’t help with the mouth smacks. Only water seems to help with that.

Comments. We combined two of the installments into one this week. We’re approaching the end of this series and the new break point seemed more suitable.

Story changes. Minor changes to the written version this week. This section is written in Nessa’s point of view and that didn’t seem clear in the original.




HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write family-friendly fiction 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. Visit Carpenter Country at



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