Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 29

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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 28

 

Nine

She was willing to help him.

The realization struck Jack with the same force as his fist hitting the tree in her yard. He had so much to say to her, and he had to hold it all inside. He thought he might explode under the pressure. He had to move, had to put some distance between them. He said, “I’ll be right back,” and bolted from the office.

He rushed through the greenhouse and into the yard as Sheriff Garrison’s patrol car nosed around the final bend in the drive and braked to a halt in front of him, so close the heat of the engine blew over him in a smelly gust of diesel and hot rubber.

The sheriff stepped out. “In a hurry to get somewhere, Jack?”

“Always.” He released a breath. “But no matter how fast I move, I can’t seem to get there.”

Behind him, the greenhouse door slammed. He sent a quick glance over his shoulder, and saw the worry on Nessa’s face as she crossed the grassy clearing.

“Everything’s fine with Cori and Holly,” the sheriff said, switching her attention to Nessa. “I came to tell you I caught the creep who broke into your greenhouse. Got the call right after I left here this morning. He tried to rob Ida’s store.”

“The Emporium?” Nessa sucked in a sharp breath. “Is Mrs. Kuhn all right?”

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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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