Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 56

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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 55

 

Jack said, “Maybe the water rejuvenates metal. I don’t know. All I know is this is the colgante my sister gave me, and its presence here proves this spring is the same one I discovered five hundred years ago.”

Tenspot said, “Huh?” and Nessa said, “How long ago?”

“I lost my colgante the year I first discovered the Fountain. That was 1513.” Jack’s lips thinned into a grim line as Nessa stared at him. “Whether you believe me or not, drinking the water means staying young forever.”

“Everybody knows that,” Tenspot said. “That’s why it’s called the Fountain of Youth.”

“True.” Jack held Nessa’s gaze steadily, as if he was trying to will her into believing him. “I drank the water, Nessa. In 1513.”

“I see.” Her heart curled into a small, tight fist as doubt and disbelief struggled against her feelings for him.

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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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2 comments on “Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 56
  1. Gina says:

    I had so much fun reading this story.

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