Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 67

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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 66

 

Thirteen

An hour later, Jack set the water from the Fountain on the desk in the greenhouse office. Intermittent rain showers had begun while they were hurrying along the trail, and now he heard drops pattering on the roof and windows. The noise filled him with dread. Hurricane Lulu was getting closer.

“You don’t have to wait with me, Jack.” Nessa emerged from the half-bath holding Harey, who was wrapped in a towel. The smell of wet rabbit fur filled the office as the rain clouds darkened the building. “If you stay much longer, you’ll get caught in the storm.”

“I’ll stay until Tenspot texts you.” Jack clicked the desk lamp on. “I hate to think of him riding his bike home. I should have chased after him.”

“Fast as he was pedaling, you wouldn’t have caught him.” Nessa rubbed the towel across Harey’s fur. The rabbit wiggled his ears. “He’ll be all right. He doesn’t have far to go.”

Jack still didn’t like it. He said, “Why’d he run off like that?”

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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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