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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 25

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Jack Cover with border small canvas

by HL Carpenter
ISBN: 978-0-9884095-1-4
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9884095-0-7
Copyright (c) 2012 by Top Drawer Ink Corp.


Continued from Audio Installment 24
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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 25


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Mr. Newman’s thin voice whined from the phone like an annoying mosquito.

Jack put the handset back to his ear. “I think your source made a mistake, Mr. Newman. I doubt the Fountain is here.”

Annoyance gusted across the airwaves in the form of Mr. Newman’s trademark sigh. Jack could even smell peppermint candy.

“You’re not supposed to think or doubt.” Mr. Newman’s tone grew low and ominous. “Quit sniveling. Get the story and the pictures.”

“There is no story. That is what I am telling you.”

“Our source says there is.”

“Our source is ten years old.”

“I could not care less. Get me the cover story about the Fountain of Youth before the Luminary scoops us or don’t bother coming back to the office at all.”

The connection went dead. Jack punched the end button and dropped the phone to the ground. He smacked his fist against the tree trunk. The pain jarred his entire arm.

He rested his forehead against the bark. Now what? How could he protect Nessa?

Behind him, the greenhouse door banged open. He whirled.

Nessa stared at him, looking for all the world as if she’d seen a ghost.

Jack raced to her, pulled her into his arms, and drew her close. “What is wrong? What happened?”


***** 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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