Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 78

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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 77
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“Did you move the water sample?”

“No. Why?” Her gaze flicked to the desk and she drew in a sharp breath. She jumped up and rushed across the room. “What happened to it?”

“I don’t know. All I know is it didn’t sprout wings and fly away.” He pointed to a dark spot on the floor. He bent closer, made out the smudged, muddy outline of a footprint, then another and another, leading both into and out of the office. He put his foot beside one of the marks.

“It’s not yours,” Nessa said. “Somebody was in here while we were sleeping.”

They stared at each other, turned as one, and ran into the greenhouse. Jack switched on the overhead lights. To his relief, nothing was damaged. He followed the trail of dirty footprints along the main aisle, right to the front door.

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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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