Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 39

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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 38


Nessa said, “Maybe I should put Harey inside in case the winds start up later this afternoon, before we get back. He’d be safer there than in the greenhouse, since we haven’t had a chance to cover the windows.”

“Why don’t we take him with us?” Jack stuck the sandwiches and drinks into the knapsack and glanced at her. “Like you said, he might be able to show us the way.”

Nessa and Tenspot both rolled their eyes.

Jack said, “I saw that.”

“You really are crazy,” Tenspot said, but he loped around the side of the house, and came back carrying the rabbit, along with a cat-sized harness and leash. He set Harey on the ground. “Listen up, fella. Jack wants you to find the Fountain of Youth.”

Harey settled on his haunches and nibbled a blade of grass.

Tenspot sent Jack a grin. “Looks like we’ll have to find the Fountain on our own. He’s not much help.”

Jack eyed the rabbit. Nessa shook her head, but didn’t say what he knew she was thinking. I told you so.

Harey chose that moment to swallow the last bite of grass, perform three binkies in quick succession, and zoom from comatose to jet-propelled. He tore past the greenhouse, shot into the undergrowth, and disappeared.


***** 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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