JACK AND THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
by HL Carpenter
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9884095-0-7
Copyright (c) 2012 by Top Drawer Ink Corp.
Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 40
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Below is the text version of the audio.
Jack’s mouth fell open.
“We gotta catch him! I didn’t put on his harness and leash!” Tenspot raced to the edge of the woods, dropped to his knees, and vanished the same way Harey had.
“Tenspot!” Nessa ran after him.
Jack seized the knapsack and joined the chase.
Tenspot re-emerged from the woods, the knees of his jeans filthy. “There’s a game trail on the other side! Come on!”
“Wait!” Jack grabbed the boy’s arm. “I want you to stay in sight. We will look for a path around the thicket.”
“Here.” Nessa pointed toward an open spot along the southern edge of the bushes. “We can go this way.”
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Two and a half hours later, Jack sank to the ground beneath the spreading branches of a sprawling live oak that hadn’t even been an acorn when he’d visited La Florida in 1513. He shoved his feet through the moldy half-rotted leaves, gouging a trench. A purple-black beetle scuttled across his boot. Overhead, a blue jay shrieked. Jack wanted to scream too.
***** 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.