It was 5:30 am in the emergency room. There were not many people, and Melanie was called into the consultation room after getting a number.
Her low fever in the day had become a high fever at 40 degrees, and she had developed a respiratory tract infection, which was why she was coughing violently.
The doctor immediately put her on an IV drip and passed the prescription to Eugene‘ to pay and collect the medication.
Melanie wanted to do it herself. She reached out for it, but Eugene had already taken the prescription. He glanced at her and said brusquely, “Wait for me.”
The nurse led Melanie to where she would be put on an IV drip. As it was the emergency room, she had to wait and rest on the bench.
Eugene returned soon with two bags of medication drip. He was not fond of the smell of the hospital, and he left after passing the bags over to the nurse.
The nurse helped Melanie with the drip while asking, “Is that your boyfriend?”
Melanie paused for a moment before shaking her head. She replied softly, “That’s my boss.”
“I see,” the nurse replied. “We’re administering quite a lot of drip for you. If you need to use the bathroom, get him to push the pump along with you.”
Melanie said nothing. She watched as the nurse pushed the needle into the veins at the back of her hand. She felt a sharp pain and frowned.
“Don’t move your hand unless it’s necessary. Press the button behind you if you need to go to the bathroom. There are nurse’s aids around to help you,” the nurse informed her before leaving.
Melanie looked up at the drip above her calmly.
It was quiet in the emergency room. There were only a few people around. Melanie felt a little tired after being given the drip and closed her eyes to rest.
She was not in a comfortable position and did not manage to rest well. In her drowsy state, she sensed someone standing in front of her for a while before leaving.
Melanie forced her eyes open and saw a nurse injecting a patient at the side.
She had another bag of drip. When Melanie looked at the time, it was almost seven.
“You’re awake?” The nurse helping the patient with the injection reminded Melanie, “Be careful when you’re sleeping. Don’t press against the tubes.”
The drip took effect very quickly. Melanie was about to be done with the second bag of drip when Eugene appeared.
Melanie was surprised. She thought Eugene had left after passing her the drip.
She felt much better now, and when she looked at Eugene, she said softly, “Thank you.”
Eugene looked at her drip with a cool expression. “You’re still not done?”
“You can leave first if you have something important to do.”
Eugene slowly frowned. He stared at Melanie. “You’re kicking me out after I helped you?”
Melanie wanted to say something but had no idea how to.
Should she say she owed Eugene?
How should she thank him for this?
Buy him a meal or a gift?
Neither of those seemed appropriate.
Eugene sneered but said nothing when he saw her keeping silent.
More and more people were appearing at the emergency room, and it began to get noisy.
After Melanie was done, she removed the needle from her hand and was left with a bruised wound, and the back of her hand was slightly swollen.
She pressed on her wound with some cotton wool and walked out with Eugene.
The look on her face changed slightly as they walked past the bathroom. Melanie forced herself to calm down as she said to Eugene, “I need to use the bathroom.” She disappeared into it.
What Melanie did not expect was to see Viola at the sink after coming out of the bathroom cubicle.
Viola was surprised to see Melanie. She hesitated before asking, “What are you doing here, Melanie?”
Melanie had already thrown the cotton wool away, but there was a small red dot where she was poked
with the needle.
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