Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 70

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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 69

 

“If I ask him, he will.” Nessa put down the towel, and wrapped her arms around his waist. “I don’t want you to die, Jack.”

He gathered her close. She was soft and warm. Her head fit under his chin and her damp, curly hair tickled his lips. She smelled of rain and flowery shampoo and he wanted to hold her forever. Odd how the thought of forever didn’t bother him when it involved Nessa.

Her phone chimed. She said, “Tenspot’s home.”

He said, “I think I am, too.”

She pulled back and looked up at him, her eyes soft and dark. Outside, the wind caught at the greenhouse with querulous, questing fingers. In the distance, from the direction of the house, wood slammed against wood, as if a window shutter had come loose.

Nessa’s phone burst into a tune Jack didn’t recognize. She gasped, drew back and jabbed the keypad. “Cori? Are you all right?”

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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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