Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 35

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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 34

 

Richard said, “Mrs. Kuhn told me about the break-in at the greenhouse, and Cori’s baby coming so much sooner than you expected. Are you all right staying here by yourself, Nessa?”

“I was a little nervous before Jack came.” Nessa peeked at Jack around Richard’s embrace, then looked up and smiled. “I’m okay now, Richard. Thanks for asking.”

“Hey, you know how I feel about you.” Richard released Nessa. Keeping one hand on her shoulder, he glanced at Jack. “So who’s Jack?”

Nessa said, “Jack Thomas. He works for the World Pryer.”

“A reporter? Mrs. Kuhn didn’t mention that. I can’t believe you let him stay.” Richard’s gaze raked over Jack again. “Is that why you asked about Bradley? Planning to write up that story, Jack Thomas of the World Pryer?”

Jack said, “What’s it to you, Richard?”

Nessa frowned, and Richard’s lips lifted into a smirk. “That’s original,” he said. “Where’d you hear it?”

Jack clenched his jaw and walked past them. “I’ll bring the packages out while you two friends catch up.”

When Jack stalked back to the truck with a stack of boxes a few minutes later, Nessa was laughing with Richard. Jack thrust the boxes at Richard, who scanned them into the computer, ignoring him. While he worked, he asked Nessa questions about Cori and the baby.

Jack said, “Don’t you have to get to your next pickup?”

“Don’t you worry about my job, Mr. Reporter.” Richard set the last package in the truck. “I always have time for Nessa.”

When the truck pulled out of the yard fifteen minutes later, Jack stared after it, steaming.

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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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