Perhaps due to the effects of the alcohol, Melanie’s night was restless. She struggled to wake up due to nightmares. When she finally managed to pry her heavy lids open and come to her senses, it was already daytime.
She sat up, clutching the blanket for a bit before checking her phone. It was already past ten in the morning. There seemed to be no urgent matters in Prime City that awaited her.
Melanie got up and freshened herself. She had collapsed onto the bed the night before, and the smell of alcohol still lingered on her.
After getting herself together, her phone, which she had left on the bedside table, suddenly rang just as she exited the bathroom. It was a call from Walden, the manager of the branch office.
“Miss Smith, when will you be coming over?”
Melanie was puzzled. “Is there something else?”
“Yes, there’s another document that needs to be organized. Mr. Scott left to tend to some urgent matters, so I was told to contact you, Miss Smith.”
Melanie was stunned when she heard that. Eugene had gone back?
The call ended, and she hesitated for a moment before calling Eugene. He did not answer.
She then got herself ready and went to the branch office to handle the matter Walden had mentioned to her. After everything was sorted, she asked Walden, “When did Mr. Scott leave?”
The man rubbed his chin as he replied, “This morning. When I called him, he was already at the airport.”
Walden then asked back, “He didn’t mention anything to you?”
Melanie lowered her gaze and remained silent. Eugene did not mention anything about him leaving today even though they were together last night.
After leaving the branch office, Melanie checked her phone again but still found that she had not gotten a response from Eugene. After a moment of contemplation, she opened an app and booked a plane ticket for herself.
By the time she finished packing and arrived at the airport, it was already the afternoon. Just after going through security, Xander called. Melanie then remembered that she had not informed him about her departure.
She answered the call a little awkwardly and heard Xander say, “There’s an exhibition today. If you have time, you can come and check it out. It’s quite interesting.”
Suitcase in hand, Melanie apologized, “I’m sorry, Xander. I have urgent matters to attend to and am currently at the airport.”
There was a pause on Xander’s end before he slowly said, “I must have disturbed you.”
Feeling guilty, Melanie replied, “Allow me to treat you to dinner when you come back to Jepton.”
Stephen did mention that Xander was also from Jepton and that he often traveled with his studio.
Hearth City was an inland city, with two cities in between it and Jepton. When Melanie arrived, it was already dinner time. She flagged down a taxi and went looking for a hotel. The last time she came to Hearth City was for a conference.
Dylan had never taken Melanie to her home ever since she got married even though Melanie was just over ten years old at that time. After she grew up, Dylan would always take the high- speed train to Jepton to look for her instead.
Thus, Melanie had no idea where Dylan’s home was. She called Dylan after dinner, who answered very quickly but sounded awkward, “Mel? Why are you calling again?”
Melanie tightened her grip on the phone and took a deep breath before asking, “Where are you?”