Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 100

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JACK AND THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
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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Continued from Installment 99
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Sixteen

Jack clung to a quivering pine tree and grabbed Nessa’s arm as a gust of wind tried to knock him right out of his boots. The woods was a swirling, thrashing maelstrom of greenery. The purple slicker Nessa had loaned him flapped and caught on the tree’s bark. The jelly jar he’d stuck in the pocket clanked against his phone with the impact.

Nessa said, “Did the jar break?”

“I can’t tell.” When the wind eased off a bit, he let Nessa go and yanked the vinyl coat free. He shoved his fingers into his pocket, pulled the glass jar out and inpected it. “It’s okay.”

“Thank goodness.” Nessa held the hood of her rain jacket tight around her chin and broke into a jog, then a flat-out run. She called over her shoulder, “Hurry! The ground’s turning to mush.”

 

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***** 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?

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