“A friend to all is a friend to none.”
“Who wants lunch?” Voltaire announced, butting into everyone else’s conversations. He was sure that Fable and Croft has probably left and he was disturbed to hear Jack flirting with Quinn.
In truth, Voltaire was hurt that Quinn was allowing another man to speak to her like that. Of his new family, Mattie and Drusilla seemed to be the only ones getting along and even then it was not in the way Voltaire had wanted. He had envisioned Drusilla acting like a mothering figure towards Mattie, but this new bond was not maternal. Voltaire heard shades of manipulation in Drusilla’s voice and he was beginning to regret inviting her to the hotel.
“Yes,” Jack announced cutting Voltaire off. “You know I have been thinking about expanding our family since we are losing people. I can make a business out of producing invisible people, but I decided to wait until I could talk to you about it over lunch, Voltaire.”
“Why wait to talk to me?” Voltaire asked quietly.
“Well,” Jack said. “If everyone is invisible, you will not be so special anymore. Why do you even deserve to be in this group if I can just make another like you?”
“You made Voltaire invisible?” Drusilla said laughing. “Dear, that’s a charming joke.”
“That is enough, Drusilla.” Voltaire said quickly.
“What do you mean?” Jack asked as he smiled.
“Voltaire darling, I decide what ‘enough’ is…” Drusilla said “now Jack, he was invisible before he met you, dear. You see, he became invisible because of-”
“I knew it!” Jack said as he walked over to the sack he had dropped on the ground. He picked it up and dumped out the contents. Voltaire’s burned suit fell to the ground. “I found your wig in my garbage when I realized it must have been a trick. Come to the circus, by the city sign. You can all be part of the freak show! And you, Voltaire… this is not over. I hold grudges, but I am glad to let everyone here know you are a liar.”
“And a blackmailer,” Mattie said. “Come on, Drusilla.”
“I’ll do as you say, darling…” Drusilla smiled at Voltaire before she left with Jack and Mattie.
Disclaimer: This is an original story that is not based on any real people or events. It is a work of fiction that is purely for your entertainment.