Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 64

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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 63

 

Jack looked at a majestic oak standing to the left of the fallen pine. He gave Nessa the FRESH PEACHES jar, hurried across the clearing and shimmied up the trunk. He wrapped the broken chain around a branch and dropped back to the ground, wincing when he landed on his hurt ankle.

The sunlight reaching through the trees into the clearing winked out. As he brushed off his hands, he looked up. A line of dark clouds marched across the sky like an invading army. Wind rattled the oak leaves, clicking them together with the sharp sound of a Spanish dancer’s castañetas. Though no rain fell yet, he sensed—and smelled—the approaching deluge.

Nessa said, “We’d better find Harey and get back to the house. That looks like the front edge of Hurricane Lulu.”

“Yes, it—” Jack stopped talking as another thought struck him. One legend of the Fountain held that the spring appeared during tropical storms and hurricanes. He’d never heard what made it vanish again, but if the legend was right, Tropical Storm Kyle might have brought it to the surface. What if Hurricane Lulu had the opposite effect? There had been two big back-to-back storms when he’d found the Fountain the first time. And hadn’t Sheriff Garrison said two big storms so close together was a five-hundred-year event?

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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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