Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 76

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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 75
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Fourteen

Jack woke with a start, and jolted upright. The lamp on the desk in the greenhouse office gave off a thin flicker of yellow light, proving the electricity was still on, though the storm raging outside had grown intense. Wind and rain pounded against the metal accordion style roll-down shutters he and Nessa had lowered to protect the fragile panels. The scent of herbs hung thickly in the humid air.

His butt was numb. Wondering how long he’d slept, he pushed himself straight against the wall where he’d nodded off and rubbed his eyes. He glanced at his phone to check the time. The display was blank, the battery dead. He got up to plug it into the charger on the desk. The springs on the narrow cot on the far wall creaked, and he looked at Nessa, lying on the thin mattress, still asleep.

 

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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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