Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 20

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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 19

 

Seven

Missing!” Jack stared at Tenspot. “What do you mean he’s missing?”

“I mean he’s gone. You know, like not there.” Tenspot rolled his eyes at Jack and looked at Nessa. “He’s nowhere in the greenhouse. I searched all over.”

Jack said, “Maybe the door didn’t latch properly when we came out.”

“He’s a little escape artist,” Nessa said. “He’s probably hiding under the porch again.”

“Nope, he’s not there. I checked. I checked all his favorite hidin’ spots.” Tenspot studied the overgrowth of brush and trees behind the greenhouse. “I’ll find him for you, Nessa.”

Sheriff Garrison said, “Oh, no, you won’t. I don’t want you wandering around in those woods by yourself. With all the storm damage, it’d be too easy for you to get hurt.”

Tenspot scowled at her. “You’re just sayin’ that ‘cuz you think I’m a baby.”

“That’s not true.” Nessa touched his shoulder. “I appreciate your wanting to help. But the sheriff’s right. Even before Tropical Storm Kyle, parts of this place were so wild I hadn’t explored them myself.”

Jack looked at the woods. Had anyone tramped through them since the de León expedition? Tall pines and rough-barked oaks reached for the sky, casting the earth beneath into deep shadow. Thick pockets of saw palmetto, brambles, deadfalls of decaying branches and tangles of wild grape and creeper vines crowded together at ground level.

He seriously doubted Moran Tennies, newspaper tipster, could have made his way through the tangle, much less re-discover the Fountain of Youth. So what was really behind the call to the Pryer? Could it have something to do with the mysterious Bradley and the story Nessa didn’t want to tell?

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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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