Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 37

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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 36



I brought an empty jar. When we find the Fountain of Youth, we can get a sample of the water.”

At the sound of Tenspot’s voice, Jack turned from his inspection of the woods behind the greenhouse. Tenspot jumped off his bike and held out a quart-sized glass container with a tin lid and a FRESH PEACHES label. The kid was smart. Jack hadn’t even considered collecting a sample. But then, he didn’t believe they would find the Fountain—or rather, he wouldn’t let himself believe. He’d spent the fifteen minutes since Richard left cleaning the sand from his phone’s keyboard and deciding what to do. He’d finally settled on his original plan: Find a spring, any spring, write the story, and go back to the Pryer to tell Mr. Newman he’d succeeded. Then get out of Nessa’s life.

If he claimed he had the story, Sly Liaberco would leave, too. Nessa would be glad to see them both go, glad to have an end to her worry about questions concerning Bradley, whoever he was. Glad to get back to spending time with Richard-the-friend.

Tenspot said, “Do you want the jar or not?”

, thanks, it’s a good idea.” Jack took the FRESH PEACHES jar, along with a peanut butter sandwich the boy handed over, and knelt to tuck them into the canvas knapsack Nessa had given him. “Nessa’s making sandwiches for us, too, in case we’re not back by dinner time. We’ll leave as soon as she’s finished.”


***** 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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