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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 34

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Jack Cover with border small canvas

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 34


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A squat delivery truck pulled into the yard. A muscled young blue-eyed man enveloped in a cocoon of fresh body spray bounded down the truck’s steps, finger-combing his tousled blond hair.

So this was Richard. Jack disliked him on sight.

Richard stopped short, clutching a handheld computer. “Who are you? Where’s Nessa?”

“What is it to you?”

Richard scowled. “Don’t get smart with me, pal. Answer the question. Who are you and where’s Nessa?”

“That is two questions. Which one would you like me to answer?”

“A real wise guy, aren’t you?” Richard snorted. “I’m Nessa’s friend. I watch out for her, and I’ve never seen you before. Since I know almost everyone in Everyoung, that means you don’t live in town—and that means you don’t belong here.”

“Oh, you know everyone in Everyoung, do you?” Jack rocked back on his heels. “Do you know Bradley?”

“What’s it to you?”

“That is an original question. Where did you hear it?”

They glared at each other for a long tense second, then Richard’s gaze shifted over Jack’s shoulder.

“Nessa!” Richard smiled and hurried past Jack, deliberately bumping him and shoving him aside. He wrapped Nessa in a bear hug.

Jack recovered his balance as Nessa returned the hug, his hands fisted at his sides.


***** 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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