Fiction, Jack

Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 70

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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 70


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“If I ask him, he will.” Nessa put down the towel and wrapped her arms around his waist. “I don’t want you to die.”

He gathered her close. She was soft and warm. Her head fit under his chin and her damp curly hair tickled his lips. She smelled of rain and flowery shampoo and he wanted to hold her forever. Odd how the thought of forever didn’t bother him when Nessa was part of the picture.

Her phone chimed. “Tenspot’s home.”

“I think I am too,” he said.

She pulled back and looked up at him, her eyes round and dark. Outside, the wind caught at the greenhouse with querulous questing fingers. In the distance, from the direction of the house, wood slammed against wood, as if a window shutter had come loose.

Nessa’s phone burst into a fast-paced tune. She gasped, drew back, and jabbed the keypad. “Cori? Are you all right?”



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 three practice runs with the microphone off.

Technical. Once again, mastering the audio was a breeze. We applied the effects the fine folks at Audacity provided when we asked last week, and the recording came out to spec levels with no difficulty.

Comments. With our confidence higher now that we can master the result to ACX specs, we think we’re getting a better handle on the acting portion of the narration.

Story changes. Several changes to the written version this week. We’re replacing “it” with more specific wording, and attempting to eliminate various repetitions that we used to fall into automatically. Writing is a never-ending process of learning new techniques as well as continuing to evolve in our artistic ability.


***** 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:

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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