Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 106

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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 105
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“I’ll hold you steady. Get the sample.”

He wiped his dirt-caked lips on the sleeve of the raincoat and reached into the hole again. He could see the jelly jar, and he groped for it, then strained to stretch his arm the few extra inches to reach the spring. Water trickled into the jar. When he was satisfied he had enough, he said, “Got it.”

Nessa pulled him to safety. She let go of his legs once he was clear, and he levered himself to his knees, then to his feet, holding the jar carefully. It was full, the water crystal clear despite the oozing mud. Elation flowed through him, making his fingers tremble as he twisted the cap on. A sheet of rain slanted out of nowhere, rinsing some of the grime from his face. Then, as suddenly as it had materialized, the brief reminder of the departing hurricane vanished.

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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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