It was Simon,
Melanie’s forehead creased slightly, and she wanted to excuse herself to go to the parking lot first. However, Simon had lifted his head lazily,
When he saw Melanie with Stephen, he squinted and snickered before laughing.
“Stephen, you’ve been rejecting my invitation because of this woman?” Simon’s way of putting things made them feel uncomfortable,
Stephen rebuked, “Simon, stop it.”
Simon shrugged, looked at Melanie, and lifted his eyebrow. “Melanie, when are you going to give Stephen an answer? It isn’t nice to keep him waiting like this.”
Melanie asked calmly, “When have I ever kept him waiting?”
Simon’s despise was obvious, yet he said nothing sarcastic in front of Stephen.
Then, he said coldly, “Alright. Whatever you say.”
After they were a distance away from Simon, Stephen apologized to Melanie, “Mel, I’m sorry.
It wasn’t the first time Simon had been sarcastic to her.
Even Melanie did not know when she had provoked him.
However, it was understandable. If even Eugene did not take her seriously, why would his friends
When Melanie thought about this, she smiled self–deprecatingly. It was her fault for trying to blend into their circle previously.
Stephen drove Melanie to the hospital before heading home to deal with some matters.
Albert had just woken up from his nap in the ward. Melanie was wiping his face gently. Then, she reminded the caretaker of a few things before leaving again.
Halfway back home, she received a call from Eugene.
He only said a few words, “Pick me up now.”
Frowning, Melanie pulled over at the roadside and called Eugene back.
It rang for a long time before Eugene answered.
He sounded impatient. “Why are you calling me?”
Melanie paused for a while before asking, “Where are you?”
“Forest Hills.” Eugene seemed to be in a lousy mood. He hung up after he said that.
Melanie understood what had happened.
The Scott family’s mansion was at Forest Hills, and Cedric had brought Eugene back home.
Bugene might be looking for her because he needed her to help him deal with his parents.
Eugene only thought of her when he was in trouble.
Melanie sat in the car for a while before stepping on the accelerator, She made a detour to the Forest Hills.
When she stepped into the living room, she saw Eugene sitting on the sofa with a cold expression.
Stella and Cedric did not look pleased either as they sat opposite him.
Upon hearing the noise, Eugene lifted his head, and his gaze fell on her.
Then, he stood up and said, “I’m leaving.”
Stella glanced at Melanie. However, she disliked Melanie, so she looked away in displeasure.
Meanie walked out of the house with Eugene. He reeked of alcohol. Upon reaching the car, she sat in the driver’s seat.
Eugene said nothing and rested as soon as he got into the car. The scent of his cologne and the smell of alcohol filled the air, assailing Melanie’s nostrils.
They had a safe drive.
Only when they were in the basement parking did Eugene open his eyes.
Melanie said, “We’ve arrived.”
Eugene did not move. Maybe his voice was a little hoarse because he had drunk some wine. “Are you in a rush to meet Stephen?”
His tone was calm, and Melanie could not hear any emotions in it.
She was slightly taken aback. “Did Simon tell you this?”
Other than Simon, no one else would care about what she was doing.
“It seems that you have feelings for Stephen.” The basement was dark, and so was the car.
Melanie’s poor night vision blurred her view of Eugene’s figure. She only knew where he was but could not see his expression.
She could hear Eugene clicking his tongue in disgust. “Melanie, Stephen is from a well–to–do family with an educational background. Families like his despise cheap women the most.”
It took Melanie some time to process what Eugene meant. ‘
She closed her eyes, feeling her chest hurting. Trying to speak out, she asked, “Am I cheap?”
Eugene’s voice still sounded indifferent. “Who knows? I was just reminding you.”
He got out of the car after saying that.
Melanie watched as he turned at the corner of the corridor. Her grip on the steering wheel tightened,
Eugene’s words were imprinted in her heart.
To him, she was cheap.
It made her wonder if he had always thought of her that way.
Was that why he had been playing with her feelings?
It took Melanie some time to snap out of her emotions. Her cold hands were warm again.
Eugene sure knew how to break her heart.
He knew her soft spot.
When Melanie returned home, she still felt weak.
Unable to change into her pajamas, she entered the bathroom after kicking off her high heels.
The warm water poured from her head, and Melanie let the water flow down her face as if to wash away her humiliation.
She had flawless skin, which turned pinkish because of the warm water.
Melanie could only hear Eugene’s words of humiliation ringing in her ear upon seeing her pinkish
With an expressionless face, she lathered the bath gel on her skin silently.
Her pinkish skin turned red, yet she did not stop.
Droplets of water fell on her red skin, but Melanie had no idea if it was the water or her teardrops.
She rubbed her arms until she was tired.
In the end, she squatted by the wall and hugged her legs as she buried her head between her knees. She let her hair drape over her legs messily.
She might have used too much strength when she rubbed her skin, so her arms were still red the following day.
She glanced at her arms and decided to wear a long–sleeved shirt.
When she was at the office, Yana greeted her tiredly.
She had been amending the table all night and was exhausted.
When she saw Melanie’s attire, she asked in a strange voice, “Melanie, aren’t you feeling warm wearing long sleeves?”
Melanie lowered her eyelids and replied, “I’m allergic to UV rays.”