Fiction, Jack

Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 42

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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 42


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“We can’t give up yet.” Nessa squinted at the sky. “The storm’s not expected until early morning and we have a couple more hours until dark.”

“That’s plenty of time to find Harey,” Tenspot said. “Could be he’s already back at the house. As soon as we finish this last circle, we can check.”

Circle? They’d been traveling in circles?

“We have been walking in circles?” Jack asked.

“Sure. Wasn’t that the plan? We made a direct line east, then looped around, endin’ up a little further east of Nessa’s house each time.” Tenspot tapped his pocket. “I brought the GPS my aunt gave me. I’ve been keepin’ an eye on the readings. We’re almost back where we started.”

Jack laughed. And laughed. And laughed some more.

“Are you okay?” Nessa asked.

“Finer than frog’s hair,” he gasped around chuckles.

“Did I miss a joke?” Tenspot asked.

“No.” Jack cleared his throat. “I want to tell you how happy I am that we hired you as our guide. Juan Ponce de León himself would be proud of you. You are a first- class explorer.”

“Yeah, and I’m hungry, too. Can we eat now?”

“Good idea.” Jack shrugged off the knapsack. “Are you hungry, Nessa?”

“Starving.” She took the knapsack from him, opened the flap, and handed out sandwiches.

Tenspot clutched his sandwich, and wandered off across the clearing.

Nessa gave Jack a can of soda. “Thank you for doing this,” she said.


***** 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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