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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 38

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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 38


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“Good. The quicker we get started, the more distance we can cover. I gotta be home before dark.”

“Is that when you told your dad you would be back?”


Nessa walked down the porch steps. She was dressed for the expedition in jeans and sneakers. She handed Jack four sandwiches wrapped in plastic and three chilled cans of soda. “Have you heard anything about Lulu, Tenspot?”

“Yeah. Accordin’ to the police radio, she’s gathering strength. The weather service still expects landfall in Everyoung tomorrow morning.”

“Then we do not have much time,” Jack said. “We must hurry.”

As was typical the day before a hurricane, the clear blue sky gave no indication of the looming violent weather, and only a faint hint of dampness tinged the air. The atmospheric pressure change of big storms sucked clouds into the storm’s maw like a great hungry monster, leaving areas beyond the storm’s outer bands tranquil – until the menace got closer.

The same calmness had deceived Jack during the first de León expedition, the day before he’d found the Fountain. When the hurricane hit, sheets of blinding, whipping rain had pelted him and gusting wind had knocked him off his feet. He and the three other scouts who had been caught on shore had only been saved from being swept away by tying themselves to palm trees.

He never wanted to repeat the experience.


***** 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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