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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 20

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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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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 20


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Missing!” Jack caught Tenspot’s arm. “What do you mean he is missing?”

The boy wrenched free. “I mean he’s gone. You know, like not there. He’s nowhere in the greenhouse. I searched all over.”

“Maybe the door did not latch properly when we came out,” Jack said.

“He’s a little escape artist,” Nessa said. “He’s probably hiding under the porch again.”

“Nope, he’s not there. I checked. I checked all his favorite hidin’ places.” Tenspot pointed at the overgrowth of brush and trees behind the greenhouse. “I’ll find him for you.”

“Oh no you won’t,” Sheriff Garrison said. “I don’t want you wandering around in those woods by yourself. With all the storm damage, it’d be too easy for you to get hurt.”

Tenspot scowled. “You’re just sayin’ that ‘cuz you think I’m a baby.”

“That’s not true.” Nessa touched his shoulder. “I appreciate your wanting to help. But the sheriff’s right. Even before Tropical Storm Kyle, parts of this place were so wild I hadn’t explored them myself.”

Jack was pretty sure no one had tramped through the farm’s wild places since the de León expedition. Tall pines and rough-barked oaks reached for the sky, casting the earth beneath into deep shadow. Thick pockets of saw palmetto, brambles, deadfalls of decaying branches, and tangles of wild grape and creeper vines crowded together at ground level.

No way Moran Tennies, newspaper tipster, could have made his way through the tangle, much less re-discover the Fountain of Youth.

So what was really behind the call to the Pryer? Could it have something to do with the mysterious Bradley and the story Nessa didn’t want to tell?


***** 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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