JACK AND THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
by HL Carpenter
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9884095-0-7
Copyright (c) 2012 by Top Drawer Ink Corp.
Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 10
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essa sneezed twice as she waved away the milky-blue haze left behind by Sylvester Liaberco’s car. Her eyes watered. Two reporters showing up in the same day, both asking questions about the Fountain of Youth? What were the odds?
Not that she’d fallen for that tall tale. Of course they both wanted to write about Bradley. After the way the press had hounded him during the trial there was no question about that. But of more importance now was the question of who could have tipped them off about her brother’s upcoming release from prison? And why?
She stuck her phone back in the holster. “You were leaving too, weren’t you, Jack?”
“I would rather stay, mi hermanita.”
“And I’d rather you didn’t.”
“Mr. Liaberco will not give up, you know. He needs this story to keep his editor happy. He will be back tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after that.”
Her shoulders slumped. That was exactly what had happened during Bradley’s trial. The constant questions and speculation had driven both her and her sister into hiding. They’d retreated to the farm and made it through the worst of times by relying on each other.
What she wouldn’t give to lean on Corinda now. But she had to be strong for both of them. Her sister was busy taking care of her tiny new baby. Holly Marie Owens Tagg had arrived Saturday, six weeks early, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Kyle. Since Holly’s birth, Cori hadn’t left Everyoung Memorial Hospital.
Cori had enough problems to deal with. She didn’t need to know about this one.
Nessa squared her shoulders. She was strong. She could deal with sparking skin and with reporters. “There’s no story here. Not for you, and not for Mr. Liaberco.”
“That will not stop him.” Jack tipped his head. “If you let me stay, I can help you.”
“Help me? How?”
“However I can. Maybe just by being here. Mrs. Kuhn told me your sister’s baby was born prematurely and your sister’s staying at the hospital with her. You have been left to run the herbal business the two of you started after your parents…I’m sorry.”
Mrs. Kuhn talked too much.
“It’s all right,” Nessa said. “The car accident happened seven years ago.” It felt like yesterday. “We’ll always miss them, but Cori and I have learned to take things one day at a time.”
Jack stepped closer. Though he didn’t touch her, the warmth of his body flowed around hers. She wanted to lean into that warmth.
“I should have thought before I spoke,” he said. “I know what it is like when someone you love dies. You think the pain will never end.”
The pain never did end. Mostly it struck at odd moments, like now, when sympathy was offered.
“Your parents?” she asked.
“My twin sister.”
“What happened to her?”
***** 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.
Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?