Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 45

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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 44


“We don’t have to.” Tenspot pointed at the palmettos. “He found us.”

Harey emerged from beneath the spiky bushes and paused, nose quivering. Jack thought he looked even younger than he had when they set out. Could he—no. No, of course not.

Nessa held out her hand. Instead of hopping toward her, Harey backed away. “Let’s circle around him,” she whispered. “We’ll corral him and I’ll pick him up.”

As they started forward, the rabbit shot sideways and vanished into the undergrowth. Leaves rustled, and a sharp gust of wind set the palmettos shaking. Jack stared at the bushes, the ache of wanting to find the Fountain so deep his fingers curled into his palms. He had to know. But the thought of being wrong again froze him in place.

“What are you waitin’ for?” Tenspot poked Jack’s arm. “We’re gonna lose him.”

“No, we aren’t.” He uncurled his fingers and looked at Nessa. “You two take the trail around the edge of the thicket. I’ll stick with Harey. I swear I won’t lose him this time.”

Despite his intent to stay calm, he plunged into the palmettos in a surge of excitement every bit as sharp as the spiky green fronds that closed around him.


***** 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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2 comments on “Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 45
  1. Gina says:

    Happy Saturday to the two of you. I enjoyed the excerpt and I’m sharing it so others I know can, too.