Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 55

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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 54

 

Tenspot backed up. In view of Jack’s lightning change of attitude, Nessa wouldn’t have blamed him for being afraid, but he simply looked as flabbergasted as she was. “We gotta get a sample,” he said, as if Jack were the child. “How else can we prove this is the Fountain of Youth?”

“This proves it, just as the legend says.” Jack waved the necklace again. The shiny silver piece swayed at the end of the thin, broken chain like a hypnotist’s focal point.

Nessa walked to his side, and touched the chain. The attached pendant was a rough-edged medal, with images of crowns and a lion and Spanish words engraved around the uneven rim. She raised her gaze to Jack’s, a niggle of suspicion rising inside her. “You’re sure this is from the sixteenth century?”

“Positive.”

She glanced at the medal again. “Silver almost always oxidizes over time.”

“What’s that mean?” Tenspot asked.

Nessa said, “Unless it was dropped here recently, the metal should be black, not shiny.”

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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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