Fiction, Jack

Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 37

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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 37


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“I brought an empty jar. When we find the Fountain of Youth, we can get a sample of the water,” Tenspot said.

Jack turned from his inspection of the woods behind the greenhouse.

Tenspot jumped off his bike and held out a quart-sized glass container with a tin lid and a FRESH PEACHES label. The kid was smart. Jack hadn’t considered collecting a sample. But then, he didn’t believe they would find the Fountain—or rather, he wouldn’t let himself believe. He’d spent the fifteen minutes since Richard left cleaning the sand from his phone’s keyboard and deciding what to do. He’d finally settled on his original plan: Find a spring, any spring, write the story, and go back to the Pryer to tell Mr. Newman he’d succeeded. Then get out of Nessa’s life.

If he claimed he had the story, Sly Liaberco would leave too. Nessa would be glad to see them both go, glad to have an end to her worry about questions concerning Bradley, whoever he was. Glad to get back to spending time with Richard-the-friend.

“Do you want the jar or not?” Tenspot said.

. Gracias. Collecting the water is a good idea.” Jack took the FRESH PEACHES jar, along with a peanut butter sandwich the boy handed over. He tucked them into the canvas knapsack Nessa had given him. “Nessa is making sandwiches for us too, in case we are not back by dinner time. We will leave as soon as she is finished.”


***** 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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