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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 31

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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.


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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 31


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“Nope. I’m impressed by your interest.” The sheriff hitched her duty belt. “We’ll have to arrange for you to come with me on patrol.”

“A ride-along?” Tenspot bounded into the air, one fist raised over his head, and whooped. “When? Can I come with you right now?”

Nessa chuckled.

“Whoa there,” Sheriff Garrison said. “I’ll need talk to your dad first.”

“Oh.” The excitement on the boy’s face dimmed. “He’ll prob’ly say no.”

“We’ll see about that.” Sheriff Garrison pulled open the door of her cruiser. She paused, listening, as the radio burped.

“What’s goin’ on?” Tenspot asked.

“Storm update,” the sheriff said. “I nearly forgot to give you the latest on our newest storm. Lulu’s grown into a category two hurricane. She’s expected to make landfall early tomorrow morning, close to Everyoung.”

“Another storm? So soon?” Nessa hugged herself.

“Everyone’s having a hard time believing the weather report,” the sheriff said. “Two big storms this close together is nearly unheard of. The weather center is saying this is a once-in-five-hundred-year event. Emergency resources will be stretched thin. Be sure you secure the greenhouse.”

“Thanks for the warning. I’ll take care of it.”

“Have that tree along the drive taken care of too.” Sheriff Garrison got into the patrol car and drove away.

Tenspot picked up his bike. “I’d better get home. Dad doesn’t know I’m gone. I sure hope he says I can ride with Sheriff Garrison.”

“Why would he not?” Jack asked.

“Sometimes he does things I don’t understand. He yells an awful lot since Mom left. I think it’s ‘cuz we don’t have any money.” Tenspot kicked at the sand. “My aunt pays for everythin’.”

The kid had just confirmed why he’d called in the tip to the Pryer. But didn’t he know he’d only be paid if the story was verifiable?

“Did Harey come back?” Tenspot asked.


***** 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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