Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 14

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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.


Continued from Installment 13


The smile on her face told Jack she was joking. Anyway, much as he wished Harey could take him to the Fountain, the rabbit could not have found the fuente. The spring had vanished. The hundred and fifty years he and Tia Bella had spent searching after Maria’s death had convinced him of that. No matter what century it was, things didn’t come true just because you wished them to.

Still, Nessa’s words made him wonder why the Pryer’s source believed the Fountain was on her property. He needed to find Moran Tennies and talk to him. Despite Nessa’s denial, he was pretty sure she knew the man. But she didn’t want to tell Jack where to find him. Mrs. Kuhn and Mr. Sterling hadn’t either. He wondered why.

As he followed Nessa toward the office, he said, “Do you think the person who called the Pryer’s hotline overheard you and Cori talking about Harey finding the Fountain?”

She shook her head. “Cori and I were working here in the greenhouse, alone. No one was around.”

“Are you sure? What if the break-in later wasn’t a coincidence?”

“I thought of that, too.” When she brushed her hair from her face, her fingers trembled. “After, I started to wonder if someone was watching us.”

“Do you know who would?” He moved closer, almost overwhelmed by the desire to hold her in his arms and comfort her. He told himself he only wanted to protect her, the same way he would have protected Maria. Knowing it was a lie stopped him in his tracks. “Or why someone would?”


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

HL Carpenter is the pen name of a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes from their home 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.

The Demise of Fyne Literature. Who killed Fyne Literature? The Fictional Book Investigation Agency is on the case—and the lead investigator is closer to the culprit than he realizes.

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.

Taxing Pecksniffery. Flying frizzles! The year is 2176, a rebellion is brewing, and the boss wants a recon report. Ichann Count is all wet as a spy, but she plunges into the fray. Will she emerge with her memory banks intact?


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