Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 17

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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.


Continued from Installment 16


He said, “I’m not delusional. Someone called in a tip to the Pryer’s news line, saying the Fountain was here, on Nessa’s property. I was assigned to follow up.”

The sheriff considered him. “Is that why Sylvester Liaberco is hanging around, too?”


Nessa said, “You met Mr. Liaberco, Sheriff?”

“I saw him downtown during the last gasps of Tropical Storm Kyle late Saturday night.” Sheriff Garrison frowned. “The same night your greenhouse was vandalized.”

Nessa’s gaze slid to Jack. He could tell she’d followed Sheriff Garrison’s line of thinking as easily as he had. He said, “Mr. Liaberco’s a lot of things, Sheriff, but I don’t think he’s a vandal.”

“No doubt you know him better than I do.” The sheriff stared at Jack for a long moment, then looked at Nessa. “Besides an invasion of alien reporters, have you had any other problems?”


As Nessa spoke, something moved in the thick stand of trees alongside the drive. Jack caught a glimpse of a white flash that looked like a tee shirt. He took off toward the woods at a run.

Behind him, the sheriff said, “What the heck?”

Jack plunged into the trees as the person wearing the tee shirt swung a leg over a bicycle and started pedaling. Jack yelled, “Oh, no, you don’t!” and caught the skinny arm of a young boy with an unruly mass of dark hair.

The boy struggled, shouting, “Lemme go!”


***** 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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