Fiction, Jack

Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 33

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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 32


“My name? That’s crazy.” Tenspot swung his leg over his bike, and settled on the seat, shaking his head. He wheeled in a circle, then stopped to look at them. “You guys aren’t puttin’ me on, are you? I mean, you’re really going to look for something in the woods, right? You really want me to be a guide?”

Nessa said, “Yes,” at the same moment Jack said, “.”

“Okay, then. I’ll be back in a few minutes. I’m goin’ home to get supplies.”

Jack said, “Will your dad let you?”

The boy shrugged. “He’ll be okay once I tell him I have a job to do.”

As Tenspot rode away, Nessa said, “I don’t think he’s your source, Jack.”

He had to agree. “Not unless he’s Hollywood’s next million dollar kid actor.”

“So we’re right back where we were—which is to say, nowhere.”

“Do you think the tipster meant to stir up questions about that Bradley guy you mentioned?”

“I told you I’m not going to talk about Bradley.” Nessa spun on her heel, surprising him with her sudden anger. “I have to finish the last order, Jack. Why don’t you wait out here, and let me know when Richard shows up?”

She stomped into the greenhouse, her back stiff.

Jack started after her, then stopped. If he followed her, looked into her eyes, touched her, all the words he couldn’t say might tumble out. Telling her how he felt would hurt both of them. After a moment, he began walking toward the greenhouse again. He owed her an apology. He’d just have to be careful about the rest of it.


***** 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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