JACK AND THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
by HL Carpenter
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9884095-0-7
Copyright (c) 2012 by Top Drawer Ink Corp.
Continued from Installment 33
He worked out the words in his head as a squat delivery truck pulled into the yard. A muscled young blue-eyed man enveloped in a cocoon of fresh body spray and carrying a handheld computer bounded down the truck’s steps, finger-combing his tousled blond hair.
So this was Richard. Jack disliked him on sight.
Richard stopped short and stared at Jack. “Who are you? Where’s Nessa?”
“What’s it to you?”
Richard scowled. “Don’t get smart with me, pal. Answer the question. Who are you and where’s Nessa?”
“That’s two questions. Which one do you want me to answer?”
“A real wise guy, aren’t you?” Richard looked him up and down. “Listen, pal, I’m Nessa’s friend. I watch out for her, and I’ve never seen you before. Since I know almost everyone in Everyoung, that means you don’t live in town—and that means you don’t belong here.”
“You know everyone in Everyoung, huh?” Jack rocked back on his heels. “Do you know Bradley?”
Richard snapped, “What’s it to you?”
“Oh, that’s an original question. Where’d you hear it?”
They glared at each other for a long, tense second, then Richard’s sharp gaze shifted over Jack’s shoulder. He said, “Nessa!” He smiled and hurried past Jack, deliberately bumping him and shoving him aside, and wrapped Nessa in a bear hug.
Jack recovered his balance as Nessa returned the hug. His hands fisted at his sides.
***** 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?