Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 19

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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 Audio Installment 18
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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 19

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Below is the text version of the audio.

 

“Jack thinks someone overheard Cori and me joking about the Fountain of Youth, and that’s why the Pryer got the tip.”

The sheriff shook her head. “Aside from the obvious fact that any sane person who overheard you would know you were kidding, I think whoever contacted the paper had a different story in mind.”

“What story?” Jack asked.

Nessa and the sheriff exchanged a look.

“Okay, so you do not want me to know,” Jack said. “But maybe you will answer another question. If the kid is innocent, why did he try to run when I spotted him?”

“You scared him,” Nessa said. “There’s nothing suspicious about Tenspot being here. He likes to earn money doing odd jobs. Besides, he has reason to stay away from his house as much as he can. Since the divorce, his father has been…I guess the best word is difficult.”

“Tenner’s a whole different person these days,” Sheriff Garrison said. “He ought to pay more attention to that boy. He needs to get a job too, instead of sitting around drinking and feeling sorry for himself. If it wasn’t for Tenner’s sister, I think they’d both go hungry.”

Jack frowned.

Sheriff Garrison walked to the patrol car. “By the way, as I drove in I noticed one of the oaks next to your drive is ready to fall. All the rain from Tropical Storm Kyle must have loosened the dirt around the roots.”

“I’ll call a tree service to check on it,” Nessa said.

“Do it soon. The latest weather report shows another storm headed this way. If that tree comes down, your driveway will be blocked.”

“I—”

“Nessa!” Tenspot raced around the side of the house. “Harey’s missin’!”

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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.

Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

Pirate Summer. When her brother disappears, Josey is sure she knows where he’s gone. And the only way to bring him home is to travel two hundred years into the past with a boy she can’t trust.

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