Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 25

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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 Installment 24

 

Mr. Newman’s thin voice whined from the phone like an annoying mosquito. Jack put the handset back to his ear and said, “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. With a little imagination, Jack could even smell peppermint candy.

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

“There isn’t a story, Mr. Newman. That’s what I’m 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, but he didn’t care. He rested his forehead against the bark. Now what? How could he protect Nessa?

Behind him, the greenhouse door banged open. He whirled to find Nessa staring at him, looking for all the world like she’d seen a ghost. Jack raced to her, pulled her into his arms and drew her close. “What’s wrong? What happened?”

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***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

HL Carpenter is the pen name of a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes from their home 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.

The Demise of Fyne Literature. Who killed Fyne Literature? The Fictional Book Investigation Agency is on the case—and the lead investigator is closer to the culprit than he realizes.

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

Walled In. When her father is accused of fraud, seventeen year old Vandy Spencer discovers her entire life has been built on a heart-shattering deception.

Taxing Pecksniffery. Flying frizzles! The year is 2176, a rebellion is brewing, and the boss wants a recon report. Ichann Count is all wet as a spy, but she plunges into the fray. Will she emerge with her memory banks intact?

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