JACK AND THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
by HL Carpenter
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9884095-0-7
Copyright (c) 2012 by Top Drawer Ink Corp.
Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 28
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Below is the text version of the audio.
“There are many springs around Everyoung. None of them has a ‘Fountain of Youth, right here’ sign. We will find a spring, preferably in a public park, and say Tenspot made a mistake about the location.”
Said aloud, the plan was almost as stupid as punching a tree. He flexed his sore hand.
“The eastern boundary of our farm butts up against the state forest, so that might work. But I don’t see how you could pass off any spring for the Fountain. Wouldn’t people know right away, after drinking the water?”
“No. Whatever happened to Harey, the Fountain does not make people younger. You merely stop aging. Years would pass before you were sure you had found the right one. Unless you found my—the medal first.”
“The real spring is marked with a sixteenth century Spanish medal. A silver medal, on a chain.” His pendant. The one he’d dropped when he’d found the Fountain the first time. The one he’d searched for since.
“That is part of the legend.”
“You sure know a lot about the legend. I never heard of a medal.”
“I have a special interest in the Fountain. My Tia Bella and I have spent years collecting legends. We could write a book.”
“You truly believe the Fountain is real, don’t you?”
“It is real.” And if he could find it again—what he would give to have a normal life, one he could spend with her. His heart ached. “I wish I could find it. You have no idea how much.”
“I know what it’s like to want something so much it hurts.” She turned away. “The shipping service will be here in half an hour to pick up the wreaths we packed this morning. We can start searching after that.”
***** 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.