Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 23

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Jack Cover with border small canvas

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 22


“How many times do you want me to say it? The Fountain does not exist.”

“Not true. It’s just that no one’s re-discovered it since Ponce de León.” He gestured at Harey. “Look at him.”

“I am looking, and I’m sorry I ever mentioned Cori’s joke to you. Rabbits hop like that when they’re happy, Jack. It’s called a binky.” She shook her head. “Even if he is acting a lot younger than his age, there’s a much more realistic reason for his behavior than thinking he took a drink from the Fountain of Youth.”

“Like what?”

“Jimsonweed. Scientific name Datura stramonium.” She pronounced the funny sounding Latin word easily. “A member of the nightshade family, and a hallucinogenic. The plant grows wild in this area. Indians used it to bring visions. Old time Southerners smoked it as a cure for asthma.”

She sounded so sure. And she did know a lot about herbs. He said, “Smart as Harey is, I’m sure he can’t roll himself a smoke.”

Nessa chuckled. “He wouldn’t have to. He could just eat a few seeds.”

Jack watched Harey scamper around the yard. He counted three happy bunny binkies before he re-convinced himself the Fountain of Youth no longer existed. The call to the Pryer was nothing more than the work of an unhappy young boy from a troubled family, exercising an overactive imagination.

Or was it?


***** 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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