Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 22

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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 21

 

Harey hiccuped, which Jack figured was as close to an answer as they were going to get.

The sheriff chuckled and opened the car door. “Let me know if he ever tells you. That’s one story I’d like to hear.”

Jack said, “Speaking of stories, Sheriff, I wonder if you could help me with mine.”

She raised an eyebrow. “Are we talking about the Fountain of Youth again?”

,” He smiled at her. “I’m trying to find Moran Tennies.”

“You were just talking to him, Jack. Tenspot is his nickname.” Sheriff Garrison slipped into her car, waved and drove away.

Jack stared after her. Tenspot was the Pryer’s source? A ten-year-old kid? He looked at Nessa. “Tenspot is Moran Tennies? Why didn’t you tell me?”

“Because he has enough problems without you adding more.” Nessa cocked her head. “What do you want with him anyway?”

“Tenspot’s the reason I’m here. He called the Pryer about the Fountain of Youth,” Jack said, and realized he’d broken the first rule of journalism by revealing the source of his story.

Nessa stared at him. “You’re telling me you didn’t know you were trying to prove the existence of a myth based on the word of a kid?”

As she set Harey on the ground, Jack could think of nothing to say that sounded intelligent. The rabbit bounced around Nessa’s feet, making short, exuberant hops on stiff legs, looking younger than ever. The hair on the back of Jack’s neck rose straight up. Could it be? No, it was not possible. The spring didn’t work that way—at least, not with people. Did animals react differently?

He said, “Are you sure it’s a myth?”

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

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