Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 32

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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 31


She nodded.

He said, “Do you have any other jobs I can do?”

Nessa flicked a look at Jack, and he nodded in response to the unspoken question. She smiled. He was amazed at how easily they understood each other without need for words.

She said, “As a matter of fact, Jack and I are planning an expedition right after Richard picks up today’s wreath orders. You could be our guide.”

“An expedition? What’re you lookin’ for?”

Jack said, “I’ll tell you if you promise to keep it a secret.”

Tenspot raised his chin, his face solemn. “I swear I won’t tell no one.”

“Double swear?”

“Double swear.” Tenspot held up one hand and leaned forward. “What is it?”

Jack whispered, “We’re trying to find the Fountain of Youth.”

“The what?” Tenspot hooted with laughter. “You’re puttin’ me on! I didn’t have to promise to keep quiet about that. Who’d take me seriously? Nobody believes the Fountain exists.”

“Some people do.”

“Like who?” Tenspot’s face scrunched with skepticism, and Jack almost believed the kid knew nothing about the tip to the Pryer.

Nessa said, “Jack works for the World Pryer newspaper. Someone phoned in a tip that the Fountain is on my land.”

“Who’d do a dumb thing like that?”

“The caller gave your name,” Jack said.


***** 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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