Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 72

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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 71

 

He wondered what Bradley had done. Nessa would tell him if he asked, but he’d rather she brought it up herself. He didn’t want her to think he intended to write the story for the Pryer. And there was still the question of whether Bradley’s upcoming release was tied to the tip the Pryer had received. Who was the source anyway?

Deciding it didn’t really matter now, he set the jar on the desk, took out his phone and called Tia Bella. She didn’t answer, but her voice mail picked up. Once he started talking, he couldn’t stop. He left a long, rambling message, telling her everything, including his fears about dying as soon as they reversed the spell. He had to call three times, because the service kept cutting him off.

After he disconnected the last time, he stood for a moment, staring at the low battery light on his phone. He hoped his aunt would call him back quickly. Putting the phone in his pocket, he went to the office doorway.

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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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