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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 35

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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 34


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“Mrs. Kuhn told me about the break-in at the greenhouse and Cori’s baby coming so much sooner than you expected,” Richard said. “Are you all right staying here by yourself?”

“I was a little nervous before Jack came.” Nessa smiled. “I’m okay now, Richard. Thanks for asking.”

“Hey, you know how I feel about you.” Richard kept one hand on her shoulder. “So who’s this jerk—umm, who’s Jack?”

“Jack Thomas,” Nessa said. “He works for the World Pryer.”

“A reporter? Mrs. Kuhn didn’t mention that. I can’t believe you let him stay.”

“He’s been helping me.”

“I bet.” Richard’s tone dripped ice. “So, Jack Thomas of the World Pryer. Is that why you asked about Bradley? Planning to write up the story?”

“What is it to you?” Jack asked.

Nessa frowned.

Richard’s lips curled into a smirk. “That’s original. Where’d you hear it?”

Jack shoved past him. “I will bring the packages out while you two friends catch up.”

When Jack stalked back to the truck with a stack of boxes a few minutes later, Nessa was laughing with Richard.

Richard scanned the boxes into his handheld computer. While he worked, he asked Nessa about Cori and the baby.

“Do you not have to get to your next pickup?” Jack asked.

“Don’t you worry about my job, Mr. Reporter.” Richard set the last package in the truck. “I always have time for Nessa.”

When the truck pulled out of the yard fifteen minutes later, Jack’s jaw hurt, and so did his hands. He’d clenched his fingers so tightly he’d dug pits into his palms with his fingernails.


***** 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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