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 21
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An old pickup bounced around the corner and bumped to a stop behind the police cruiser. A small thin man with a shock of uncombed black hair lurched out of the cab and snarled, “Get over here, boy!”
Tenspot darted to him.
Jack stepped forward, but Sheriff Garrison put a hand on his shoulder and shook her head.
Tenspot climbed in the passenger’s seat and sat staring straight ahead. The older man snatched the bike Jack had left lying in the clearing and tossed it into the back of the truck. He paused with his hand on the door and glared at Jack, Nessa, and Sheriff Garrison before sliding behind the wheel. He wrestled the truck through a three-point turn and sped away, dirt spurting from under the tires.
“Was that his father?” Jack asked.
“Yes, and in his usual foul mood,” Nessa said.
“Poor kid.” Jack clenched his fists. “I would like to set his old man straight.”
“Tenner’s so unfriendly these days it’s hard to believe he used to be a successful businessman,” Sheriff Garrison said. “He was well-liked around Everyoung. I’ve never seen any indication he’s mean to Tenspot, but he doesn’t like strangers, and he keeps to himself. You wouldn’t want to cross him.”
“Sure I would,” Jack muttered. “I hate bullies, and especially bullies who pick on kids.”
“Tenspot deserves better,” Nessa said. “He’s a good kid.”
“Smart too,” the sheriff said. “Sometimes almost too smart.”
“I noticed that,” Jack said. “For instance, how do you suppose he knew my name?”
Nessa shrugged. “He lives right down the road. You had to pass their house to get here. He probably saw you ride in on your bike and asked Mrs. Kuhn about you.”
“Not much gets past him.” Sheriff Garrison pointed over the hood of her car as Harey bounded into the yard. “Look who’s back.”
The rabbit darted to Nessa.
She swept him into her arms, laughing. “Harey! What have you been up to?”
***** 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.