Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 19

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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 18

 

Nessa said, “Jack thinks someone overheard Cori and me joking about the Fountain of Youth, and that’s why the Pryer got the tip.”

The sheriff shook her head. “Aside from the obvious fact that any sane person who overheard you would know you were kidding, I think whoever contacted the paper had a different story in mind.”

“What story?” Jack frowned at the quick look that passed between Nessa and the sheriff. When neither of them spoke, he said, “Okay, so you don’t want me to know. But maybe you’ll answer another question for me. If the kid’s innocent, why did he try to run when I spotted him?”

Nessa said, “You scared him. There’s nothing suspicious about Tenspot being here, Jack. He likes to earn money doing odd jobs. Besides, he has reason to stay away from his house as much as he can. Since the divorce, his father has been…I guess the best word is difficult.”

“Tenner’s a whole different person these days,” Sheriff Garrison said. “He ought to pay more attention to that boy. He needs to get a job, too, instead of sitting around drinking and feeling sorry for himself. If it wasn’t for Tenner’s sister, I think they’d both go hungry.” Sheriff Garrison walked to the patrol car. “By the way, Nessa, as I drove in I noticed one of the oaks next to your drive is ready to fall. All the rain from Tropical Storm Kyle must have loosened the dirt around the roots.”

Nessa said, “I’ll call a tree service to check on it.”

“Do it soon,” the sheriff said. “The latest weather report shows another storm headed this way. If that tree comes down, your driveway will be blocked.”

Before Nessa could reply, Tenspot raced around the side of the house, shouting, “Harey’s missin’!”

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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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