"Sweetheart, you know that our magic is little more than
illusions," Megan began. She squeaked and turned red when Alexi nudged her
hard enough she nearly fell out of the booth in the dark corner of the casino
where they were currently working.
"I don't know any such thing." Bethany pulled out her ace card.
She had held it to herself, a secret treasure, for the past five years. "I
know you can do real magic. I saw you."
"Real magic?" Alexi gave her a convincing frown of confusion.
"Just as real as your pointed ears." Bethany smirked when he
reached up to yank his tangled mane of silky blond hair down around his ears,
only catching himself at the last minute. "I saw you two working real
magic, that first time we worked together. I've caught you doing magic since.
Of course, I've been looking for it." She played all her cards. "So,
are you like witches or wizards? Is there a real Hogwarts?"
"Actually--" Alexi jerked, having received a hard nudge from Megan
now. He grinned at his wife. "Whether there is or isn't, that doesn't
matter. What makes you want an invisibility spell, in particular?"
"Besides the way you two seem to have some kind of force field or
invisibility spell, so nobody ever mobs you?" Bethany sat back in her
booth and crossed her arms. "I've seen the groupies come after you, when
you finish a show. It's like a switch is flipped or something. One minute they
see you and home in on you like vultures. The next, they just don't see you,
and they go wandering off. And when we're out like this?" She gestured
around the room. "When I'm with you, nobody sees me, either. Why do you
think I asked you to come up to my suite, instead of meeting somewhere? If
someone sees me out on the street before I meet you, it's a lost cause."
"She's good," Megan murmured.
"We're magicians. Illusion is what we do," Alexi said with another
"You're more than magicians. So, what are you?" Bethany sat
forward, elbows planted on the table, projecting belligerence and determination
as hard as she could.