Melanie was about to say something when she heard Viola’s voice.
She looked up and saw Viola standing not far away, holding her suitcase. She was staring at them, her face pale as a sheet.
Eugene also seemed surprised to see Viola. He paused, let Melanie go, and walked up to Viola’s side. “Why are you here?” he asked her softly.
“I…” Viola looked at Melanie and then at Eugene. Her eyes were red as she choked, “I happened to be on leave, so I wanted to come over and visit you! But…”
She grabbed Eugene’s shirt tightly, glancing at Melanie from time to time as if she had been deeply hurt.
Simon interjected, “When I said I was dropping by yesterday, Viola immediately said she wanted to come with me.”
He then teased his friend with a grin, “Aren’t you happy, Eugene? It’s such a nice surprise. Your girlfriend came all the way here to visit you.”
Eugene did not reply. He just took the suitcase from Viola’s hand, his tone was low and gentle as he said, “Come on, I’ll take you upstairs. You should get some rest.”
Viola’s eyes were still red as she stared at Eugene.
Eugene paused for a moment before saying slowly, “I’ll explain upstairs.”
The atmosphere was perfectly warm and lovey–dovey. It was as if they had completely forgotten that Melanie was there.
It was only when Viola passed by her and said hi in a muffled voice that she realized what had happened.
Melanie watched as Eugene kindly carried Viola’s suitcase for her. All of a sudden, her wrist hurt.
It was probably because she had instinctively resisted when she fell into Eugene’s arms just now. She had placed her hand on his chest.
Viola was here now, so Melanie assumed that Eugene would take Viola with him for the rest of the day. It was what he usually did.
To Melanie’s surprise, however, Eugene called her down at lunchtime.
“Hi, Melanie.” Viola was still smiling sweetly. Upon closer inspection, though, Melanie noticed that she had a light layer of makeup on her face. She was wearing expensive jewelry too, making her look that much more mature.
From the looks of things, Eugene had probably explained everything to her as well.
Melanie did not see Eugene anywhere, so she asked Viola, “Is Eugene not here?”
“He went outside to answer a call.” Viola studied Melanie, an unmistakable look of probing in her eyes.
Melanie did not have much to say to her. She pretended not to notice Viola’s continued to scroll through her phone.
However, Viola seemed to have something to say to her. She called out softly to Melanie, who looked up.
“Can I help you, Viola?”
“It’s about Eugene.” Viola lowered her head and paused before continuing, “Has he been doing well while he’s been here?”
Melanie looked at her. She knew what Viola was implying.
She wanted to know if Eugene had met any other women while he was away from her.
-More precisely, she wanted to know if anything had happened between Eugene and Melanie.
Melanie was expressionless as she said, “It would be better if you just asked him.”
Viola was a little embarrassed, but she tried to cover for herself. “Oh, I’m sure he would’ve told me if anything happened.”
That was what she said, but her gaze was transfixed on Melanie.
She was obviously very suspicious of Melanie.
Melanie lowered her gaze and was about to say something when she saw Eugene coming into the lobby from outside.
His gaze landed on Melanie for a moment before he frowned. “Haven’t you called for the car yet?”
“Melanie just came down not too long ago. She probably didn’t have the time.” Viola immediately hooked her arm around Eugene’s and spoke up for Melanie in a soft voice.
Eugene said without much emotion, “If we follow her timing, we’ll surely be late.”
Melanie’s hand froze. Actually, she was supposed to be on medical leave today, but Eugene seemed to have forgotten.
She pursed her lips and did not say anything. She merely followed him to the branch office.
Walden was already waiting at the door. When he saw Eugene, he smiled and welcomed them. ” Mr. Scott, Miss Shue is already waiting inside.”
It was only when he said that that Melanie realized she had not seen Evelyn around today. She had just assumed that Evelyn was at the hotel.
Eugene walked inside without saying anything.
Viola followed beside Melanie and asked quietly, “Melanie, who’s Miss Shue?”
Who else could it be?
The words were on the tip of her tongue, but Melanie just said, “It’s our business partner.” Viola let out a small sigh of relief. Before she could properly relax, though, she saw Evelyn waiting in the conference room.
Evelyn glanced at Viola, then shifted her gaze directly to Melanie. “I’m surprised to see you at work for once, Miss Smith.”
Melanie’s hand injury was not fully healed yet. Although she was wary of Evelyn now, she still maintained a calm appearance on the surface. She placed the files in front of Eugene and said, ” I’m Mr. Scott’s secretary, after all. This is my job.”
Evelyn scoffed. “Most people can’t afford a secretary like
Melanie knew what she was insinuating, but Viola did not.
After looking at Melanie and Evelyn suspiciously, Viola walked over to Eugene. Her voice was warm and sweet. “Eugene, I don’t want to disturb you while you’re working. I’ll wait for you outside.”
Eugene raised his eyebrows slightly and handed her a document. “There’s no need for that.” He then looked at Melanie and said expressionlessly, “You. Get out.”