Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 62

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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 61

 

“Drinking from the Fountain is a curse worse than death.”

Nessa said, “Why? Lots of people would pay a ton of money for the chance to remain forever young.”

“They’re fools. Believe me, it is a curse. The joy of life is its uncertainty. I’ve been eighteen for centuries, and I know. When you’re positive you’ll live for eternity, living loses meaning. I want to be able to grow up. To have a real life.” With you.

Tenspot said, “I want to grow up, too. I’ve been ten forever.”

“That’s why Jack didn’t want you to take a drink from the Fountain.” Nessa looked at Jack. “If you have to jump in to reverse the spell, we need to widen the hole.”

“I’m not going to jump in.”

“Why not? I thought that was the only way you can have what you want.”

“It is. But I don’t know what will happen when the spell is reversed.”

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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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