Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 66

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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 65

 

He walked to the spring. While he knelt and cleared mud from the hole, Tenspot hovered behind him. Jack glanced over his shoulder to tell him to stay back, but the boy kept his distance, though he got close enough to watch every movement Jack made.

After Jack filled the container and twisted the cap on, Nessa held out the knapsack. He placed the jar inside, and raised his gaze to hers. She smiled again, and his heart skipped. He’d known her only a few short hours. Tia Bella would say he couldn’t be so certain he wanted a lifetime with Nessa that quickly, that love at first sight was as big a myth as most people believed the Fountain of Youth to be. Yet he had no doubt. Whatever happened when he and Tia Bella bathed in the water from the Fountain, he was glad he’d met Nessa.

If reversing the spell didn’t kill him on the spot, he’d tell her so.

He reached for his boot and sock, slipped them on, stood and lifted the knapsack to his shoulders. With one more look at the scudding clouds, he said, “Let’s find Harey.”

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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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