Startled, both of them had no clue what Matthew meant by that as he took out bottles from his pockets and started to mix them around. In the end, he concocted a bowl of thick goo, which he spread out evenly on the faces of the two men.
A few minutes later, the goo dried up and Matthew peeled it from their faces. It had turned into two delicate pieces of human-skin masks. Then, he passed one of it to Felix, and put the other mask on himself. After putting on the masks, both of them immediately looked like the two Orleanian men. Plus, their physiques were very similar, so nobody could tell the difference if they didn‘t look carefully.
This was the Disguise Technique recorded in the jade pendant. Matthew had never used it before and this was his first try, of course, the mask made from this method was actually rather rugged. Upon scrutiny, or if someone knew them well, they would be able to tell the difference. However, it was night time now and the sky outside was dark. In addition, Franklin would be in a fluster when he arrived later and wouldn‘t even care to look carefully. So, this plan was flawless.
With the mask on, Felix asked curiously, “Mr. Larson, what are we doing with these masks?”
Chuckling softly, Matthew answered, “We’re waiting for Franklin to arrive and tell us what he did!”
Back at the Lewis Residence. Franklin was gradually sobering up from the charm curse Charmine put on him after he exhausted himself. Looking at his side, he saw that Charmine was no longer there. Although puzzled, he was not bothered by it. After all, an Orleanian couldn‘t stay here forever.
Thinking back about the sensations from earlier, Franklin was incredibly proud of himself. Nevertheless, he didn‘t know that everything from the beginning until the end was merely an illusion and he hadn’t touched Charmine one bit at all!
Suddenly, a commotion broke out outside, and it sounded as though something major had happened. Stunned, Franklin threw on his clothes and ran out, only to see that a group of people were crying and squealing in the yard.
“What are you guys doing? Why are you making a ruckus instead of sleeping at night? The master is already resting for the day. Are you trying to wake him up?” Franklin shouted angrily.
Then, a man ran up to him and explained, “Franklin, this is bad. I don’t know what’s going on, but the people in our household are suddenly having blisters on their bodies. A few of them even look like they’re poisoned, foaming in their mouths with toxic sores on their bodies which are spreading very quickly. The most terrifying thing is, there are some white bugs in these sores, and they look like maggots…”
Alarmed, Franklin thought, ‘I’ve been in contact with the Orleanins for a long time. Isn’t this the sign of being cursed? Could it be that the people in this household were poisoned?’
“How did this happen? How many people are having these symptoms?” he asked anxiously.
“In the beginning, there were only a few, but now, there are dozens of them. It seems like this is contagious,” the man answered and yelped. “M-My body is beginning to hurt as well…”
Blood drained from Franklin’s face. ‘What’s happening here? Why is my family being cursed? Did the Orleanians curse my family? But that’s not right because I’m working for them!’
After thinking for a moment, he dashed back into the house and grabbed his car keys before storming out again. His family must have been cursed, and he had to find Crow and his men as quickly as possible to find out what was happening. Even if it wasn’t a curse laid by Crow and his men, they would have a way to salvage the situation.
Speeding the whole way, Franklin finally reached Crow’s hideout and he went in immediately without hesitation. Even before he entered the house, he was already shouting anxiously, “Master Crow, something happened to my family!”
Meanwhile, Felix and Matthew were waiting in the living room. Upon hearing Franklin’s voice, an icy glint appeared in Felix’s eyes as he thought, ‘The fact that Franklin is able to find his way here is enough to explain everything!’