Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 16

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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 15

 

Six

N Quoteo, no. Cori’s fine. So’s the baby.” The tall, blond sheriff wore a tan uniform with two colorful rows of ribbons and medals pinned above the shirt pocket. Her gaze shifted to Jack as he stepped out of the greenhouse behind Nessa.

Nessa released a long breath, and Jack rubbed his fingertips along the length of her spine. A flare of warmth, the same spark that flamed whenever they touched, heated his entire arm. Nessa sent him a quick glance, and he knew she felt it, too. He’d never met anyone like her. No matter how much he wanted to keep himself from liking her too much, he was afraid it was already too late. He dropped his hand as the sheriff’s gaze turned speculative.

The sheriff said, “I didn’t mean to worry you, Nessa. I stopped in to make sure everything was okay. Mrs. Kuhn told me a reporter was at the store, asking after you.”

“That would be me. Jack Thomas.” He stepped around Nessa, taking care not to touch her again. “I’m a reporter for the World Pryer.”

“The World Pryer?” Sheriff Garrison hitched a thumb in her gun belt, making it creak. “Is something unusual happening I should know about?”

Nessa said, “Jack’s searching for the Fountain of Youth.”

Jack bit off a groan, knowing what the sheriff would make of that.

“He’s searching for what?” Sheriff Garrison looked at Jack. This time she fingered her handcuffs. “Do you suffer from any other delusions?”

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***** 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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