Eugene’s tone was a drawl, his gaze fixed on Melanie.
Melanie’s hand paused. “What do you want?”
Eugene’s eyelids drooped. He casually picked up the teacup in front of him and played with it. “Since you have the time to join your friend for a meal, does it mean your work here is almost done?”
Melanie frowned slightly. Just as she was about to say something, Xander spoke up from next to her.
“You’re pretty strict on your employees, Mr. Scott. You won’t even let them eat a meal in peace. As expected of LeapCo.”
His tone was indifferent. It sounded like a casual conversation, but he was implicitly calling Eugene a busybody.
Melanie was a little surprised. She had always thought that Xander had a good temper, and this was her first time hearing him give a veiled insult like that.
Eugene’s gaze turned to Xander. “You’re not that much better.”
His tone was dripping with sarcasm, implying that Xander was being nosy.
The atmosphere at the table became a little stiff for a moment. Fortunately, the waiter could read the
room and said softly, “Excuse me, we have a few specialties here at our hotel. You might want to try
Melanie had no intention of ordering now. She simply returned the menu and left it to the waiter to
make the arrangements.
After the waiter left with the menu, Viola suddenly called out to Melanie.
Melanie looked up to see Viola with her hands on her cheeks, looking at her with an expression of overwhelming curiosity. “Melanie, did you and your friend meet in Hearth City?”
She phrased it like a question, but her eyes shone with certainty.
Melanie retorted expressionlessly, “Is there a problem with that?”
“Of course not!” Viola was even more certain now, and that lightened her mood, “That only proves
you’re really good at socializing, unlike me. I’m a wallflower who won’t go out unless I’m with Eugene.
Thar second part sounded self–deprecating, but she was actually implicitly calling Melanie a harlot.
How else could she have met a new male friend after just a few days in Hearth City?
Melanie picked up the glass of lemonade on the table and calmly took a sip. “How are your social skills still so poor after all the time you spent with the secretary’s office? I’m glad you’re at least aware of your shortcomings.”
Viola had not expected Melanie to turn the tables on her like that. She was instantly annoyed.
She frowned at Melanie, glancing at Xander beside her. After a while, she clenched her hands into fists and said softly, “You’re right. I’ll try harder.”
Viola had completely ruined Melanie’s good mood today, so her tone was understandably harsh.
“Words are cheap. You have to put in the effort,” she said. “The secretary’s office has plenty of beautiful and capable interns, after all.”
Melanie made sure to emphasize the “beautiful and capable” part. Viola’s face instantly turned purple.
Melanie paused for a moment before continuing, “If I remember correctly, you’re still not a full–time employee, right?”
“That is none of your concern,” Eugene said suddenly, his tone mocking. His eyes were flat when he looked at Melanie. “Mind your own business.”
Melanie pursed her lips and fell silent.
Viola stopped asking for trouble as well after Melanie rebuked her just now.
Only Xander looked calm. He even poured some more water for Melanie and reminded her, “Your
fever just subsided. You should drink more water