Eugene’s footsteps halted as he looked up to give Theodore a casual glance. Theodore was taken aback. “Why are you looking at me like that?”
“Go back to your ward,” Eugene advised blankly. He looked away after saying that and slowly focused on Melanie. Eyes flickering slightly, he asked, “Did you arrive today?”
Melanie tightened the grip on her bag at the question. “I arrived last night.”
Eugene scoffed. “In quite a hurry, aren’t you?”
Melanie lowered her gaze. Steadying her voice, she asked him, “Why are you in Hearth City?”
She looked like she got herself together on the outside, but on the inside, she was a mess. Melanie did
not expect to meet Eugene in Hearth City and certainly had not anticipated him overhearing her conversation with Dylan.
She felt like she had been completely exposed and was very resistant about it.
Melanie had only ever introduced Eugene to her grandfather, and she rarely mentioned her parents.
When Stella disapproved of Melanie back then, the most common excuse she used was that Melanie had a mess of a family background.
Considering she grew up in an environment like that, she would not have turned out that much better.
“Hmm? Eugene, do you know her?” Melanie’s emotions were a mess. Though Theodore had already sensed that something was amiss, he took a couple of steps forward and observed Melanie with a curious gaze.
Eugene nodded. “She’s an employee of mine.”
Still gripping the strap of her shoulder bag, Melanie persisted, “Don’t you have urgent matters back in Jepton? Why are you in Hearth City?”
Her complexion was not great to begin with. She did not wear any makeup today either, and her lips
lacked their usual color.
“Eugene came to see my dad.” Rather than Eugene, it was Theodore who replied to her. He looked at Melanie and smiled sincerely.
“You’re an employee at LeapCo, eh? You must be frightened to see your boss so suddenly, huh?”
Melanie remained silent but felt her heartbeat quicken as the words she wanted to say got lodged in
Suddenly, Dylan rushed over with Peachie in her arms. “Mel! Peachie has a big bump on her head. Could she have a concussion? Let’s go and get her looked over!”
Melanie was already dizzy to begin with, and when she heard Dylan’s loud voice ringing in her ears, everything seemed to blur before her eyes.
Dylan noticed her being unresponsive and called her name several times in a row. Melanie felt her head spinning and swayed to the side.
Biting her lip, she barely stabilized herself before managing to say to Dylan in a hoarse voice, “I just transferred the money to you. Take her to the hospital yourself.”
Dylan hesitated before saying, “That was for Peachie’s injection.”
Melanie looked at her, feeling that suffocating sensation returning.
Her complexion was poor to begin with, and she was now swaying on her feet.
Eugene’s gaze remained on Melanie, his brows slightly furrowed. His gaze was so cold that even Theodore next to him felt uneasy. He assumed that Eugene’s displeasure came from bumping into one of his employees here.
“Go get registered,” said Eugene suddenly. Theodore was about to say to him that this had nothing to do with him when Eugene added, “Do you need me to carry you there as well, Melanie?”
Pale–faced, Melanie was about to refuse him when he spoke up sarcastically again, “Everyone in the company knows you followed me to Prime City on a business trip. Are you trying to tell everyone with the state you’re in that I mistreated you?”
Feeling utterly exhausted, Melanie shook her head. “I’m fine.”
Eugene lowered his gaze onto her, his tone leaving no room for doubt. “Don’t make me say it a second
The hospital lobby was crowded. Melanie followed Eugene to register and then waited in the waiting
“Mel…” Dylan approached Melanie with Peachie, her gaze hesitating and full of unspoken words. Melanie understood what Dylan wanted to say.