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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 43

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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 42

 

He looked from the soda to her face. “For what?”

“For taking me away from all the worry and giving me a day in the sun. For caring enough to lie to your boss, and risk losing your job.”

He didn’t know what to say. There was no way to tell her what was in his heart, what he wanted and dreamed of—and would never be able to have.

She leaned forward and kissed him. All the dammed-up longing swept through him, stronger than the winds of a hurricane. He dropped his sandwich, drew her closer, kissed her back. He had no right. And yet he wanted to have the right. He wanted everything with her, everything the Fountain had denied him.

He said, “Nessa, do you believe—”

“Hey!”

At the shout, Jack jerked back. Nessa started, too, and they both turned toward the palmettos, where Tenspot was hopping up and down, reminding Jack of Harey.

“You guys quit kissin’, and come here! I found Harey’s tracks!” When they reached him, Tenspot knelt, scraped aside a tuft of wiry grass, and pointed. “Look!”

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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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