Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 26

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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 Installment 25


She said, “I—I was sure I was hallucinating. I heard your voice so clearly.”

“You did?” What was she talking about? Having her pressed so tightly against him jumbled his thoughts.

“Then I thought elves had invaded the greenhouse.” She giggled, and raised her fingers to her lips as if she might not be able to stop. “You know, the good-hearted kind who sneak around finishing up the day’s uncompleted work. But what are the odds an elf would be named Jack?”

He loosened his hold on her, raked a hand through his hair, and tried to make sense of the nonsensical. He had a feeling he was in over his head. She had hallucinated workaholic fairies? He said, “Nessa, what are you talking about?”

She took his hand. The familiar tiny snap gave way to a comfortable, humming warmth that he wanted to last forever. She tightened her fingers on his and led him into the potting area of the greenhouse. After shifting aside the piles of dried marjoram, bay leaves, and red chilies jumbled on top of the bench, she tapped the cover of a square white box.

He gave her a puzzled look. “The intercom?”

“It’s not an intercom. It’s a receiver, the mate to the transmitter in the office.” Nessa tugged him into the greenhouse office and gestured to the second white box.

“So?” Jack glanced at her. “What are they? A magic radio set designed to broadcast job opportunities for good fairies?”


***** 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.

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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