Fiction, Jack

Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 64

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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 64


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Jack gave Nessa the FRESH PEACHES jar, hurried across the clearing, and shimmied up the trunk. He wrapped the broken chain around a branch and dropped back to the ground, wincing when he landed on his hurt ankle.

He brushed off his hands as the sunlight reaching through the trees into the clearing winked out. A line of dark clouds marched across the sky like an invading army. Wind rattled the oak leaves, clicking them together with the sharp sound of a Spanish dancer’s castañetas. Though no rain fell yet, the air was heavy with the scent of an approaching deluge.

“We’d better find Harey and get back to the house,” Nessa said. “That looks like the front edge of Hurricane Lulu.”

, the clouds are—”

Ay, caramba! One legend of the Fountain held that the spring appeared during tropical storms and hurricanes. No one knew what made it vanish again. But if the legend was right, Tropical Storm Kyle might have brought it to the surface.

What if Hurricane Lulu had the opposite effect? Two big back-to-back storms had passed through the area when he’d found the Fountain the first time.

And hadn’t Sheriff Garrison said two big storms so close together was a five-hundred-year event?



We’re new to the Audacity, the sound program we use for our audio recordings, and to sound effects in general. These are our thoughts on the current episode.

Recording. We recorded this segment in one take, after two practice runs with the microphone off.

Technical. Despite the recording setup being the same as in prior weeks, this week we noticed more background noise and had issues correcting that to the levels accepted by the audio book website.

Comments. Mouth noises! What’s going on?

Story changes. Forced to leave two “it”s this week. Removed one “there” and replaced with more useful wording.


***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

HL Carpenter is the pen name of a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes family-friendly fiction 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. Visit Carpenter Country at

Also by HL Carpenter:

Jack and The Fountain of Youth. Some people say the Fountain of Youth is a myth. Jack Ponsi Dileonardo Thomas knows better.

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?

Walled In. When her father is accused of fraud, seventeen year old Vandy Spencer discovers her entire life has been built on a heart-shattering deception.

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.

A Cause for Murder. Someone at Happy Haven is a killer. Septuagenarian sleuth Emma Twiggs navigates madcap mayhem, multiple mysteries, and murderous motives to discover who has a cause for murder.


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