Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 38

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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 37


Tenspot nodded. “The quicker we get started, the more distance we can cover. I gotta be home before dark.”

“Is that when you told your dad you’d be back?”

Tenspot shrugged. “Sorta.”

Nessa walked down the porch steps. She’d changed back into jeans, and she was wearing sneakers instead of sandals. She looked like she was ready for an expedition.

She handed Jack four sandwiches wrapped in plastic, and three chilled cans of soda. “Have you heard anything about Lulu, Tenspot?”

“Yeah. Accordin’ to the police radio, she’s gathering strength. The weather service still expects landfall in Everyoung tomorrow morning.”

Jack glanced at the sky. Clear and blue, it gave no indication of the looming violent weather. That was typical the day before a hurricane. The atmospheric pressure change of big storms drew clouds like a magnet, sucking them into the storm’s maw like a great hungry monster.

He sniffed the air, thought he caught the faintest hint of dampness, and shuddered. Sheets of rain had pelted him during the hurricane that had hit during the first de León expedition, the day before he’d found the Fountain. At the same time, gusting wind had knocked him off his feet. Blinded, terrified, he and the three other scouts who had been caught on shore tied themselves to palm trees to keep from being swept away.

He hoped to never to repeat the experience.


***** 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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