Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 28

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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 27

“There are plenty of springs around Everyoung, and it’s not like there’d be a sign posted, saying ‘Fountain of Youth, right here’. We’ll find a spring, preferably in a public park, and say Tenspot made a mistake about the location.” The plan had come to him right after he’d punched the tree. He flexed his sore hand, and waited while Nessa considered it.

She said, “The eastern boundary of our farm butts up against the state forest, so that might work. But I don’t see how you could pass off any spring for the Fountain. Wouldn’t people know right away, after drinking the water?”

“No. Whatever happened to Harey, the Fountain doesn’t make people younger. You just stop aging. It would take years to be sure you’d found the right one—well, if you didn’t find my—the medal.”

“The what?”

“The real spring is marked with a sixteenth century Spanish medal. A silver medal, on a chain.” His pendant. The one he’d dropped when he’d found the Fountain the first time, the one he’d searched for ever since. When Nessa stared at him, he added, “That’s part of the legend, anyway.”

“You sure know a lot about it. I never heard about a medal.”

“I have a special interest in the Fountain. My Tia Bella and I have spent years collecting legends. We could write a book.”

She studied him. “You truly believe the Fountain is real, don’t you?”

“It is real.” He looked at her, imagining what it would be like to have a normal life, one he could spend with her. He longed for that with all his heart. “I wish I could find it. You have no idea how much.”

“I know what it’s like to want something so much it hurts.” She turned away from him. “The parcel service will be here in half an hour to pick up the wreaths we packed this morning. We can start searching after that.”

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***** 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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