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 6
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Jack watched until the beautiful mystery girl rounded a bend in the road and disappeared from sight. He wished they could have talked more, but he didn’t blame her for getting mad when she learned where he worked. The Pryer had a terrible reputation. A lot of people disliked the paper and the journalists who worked there.
He and Tia Bella would change that, if they decided to buy the paper. They both despised the way the Pryer based sensational stories on the thinnest of facts and the craziest of tips. The same kind of facts and tips that had made Mr. Newman send him on this quest to find the Fountain of Youth.
But none of his previous assignments had left him yearning for things other people took for granted. Like spending time with a girl who made his skin tingle and the air spark with heat.
This one shouldn’t either. Because of the curse of the Fountain of Youth, he and Tia Bella could never lead normal lives. They had no other family besides each other. They both understood the truth, and had for centuries.
They were alone in the world and would be until the end of time.
He turned back to the buildings. The two elderly people had stopped smiling. They studied him like scientists examining a new species of insect.
Maybe they thought he’d insulted the girl on the bike. He’d be mad too, if he thought someone had insulted her. If he were free to court her and protect her — well, he wasn’t. After five hundred years, he’d learned there was no point wanting what could never be.
He straightened his shoulders, clutched his notebook, and headed toward IDA’S EMPORIUM.
***** 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?