Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 27

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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 26


“No, silly. It’s a baby monitor. Cori’s husband installed the set before he had to go overseas for military duty. Charlie knew once the baby was born, we’d want to be able to listen to her while we filled orders. I guess he left them on when he finished running the test. Anyway, it works using radio waves. And it must be tuned to the same frequency as your phone. I overheard your conversation with your editor.”

He stared at the monitor, then at her. “You did?”

“Yes, the whole thing. If I hadn’t recognized your voice, I’d have thought I was going crazy.”

From the expression on her face, she’d almost been convinced of that anyway. He said, “I’ve heard of strange things happening with baby monitors before.”

“Have you?”

Her hand clutched his more tightly, and he nodded. No point telling her he’d read the tip in the Pryer.

She said, “Did Mr. Newman mean what he said? About you not coming back to the office if you didn’t get the story?”


“You’ll lose your job over this?”

“That doesn’t matter. What’s important is you.” Jack met her gaze. “I’m worried about you, Nessa. Mr. Newman wants this story, and if I don’t get it, he’ll send another reporter. All Mr. Newman cares about is out-scooping the Luminary.”

“Even though the Fountain of Youth doesn’t exist.” She shook her head, frowning. “What are you going to do?”

“I’m thinking we should give him what he wants, while making sure it doesn’t cause trouble for you.”



***** 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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