Eugene’s expression remained cold as he looked at Melanie, not saying a word. Viola whispered beside him, “Eugene, it’s late, and it’s raining. There’s no reason for Melanie to take a taxi, right?”
She smiled mischievously before adding, “It’s okay, we can just send her home. I won’t be jealous.”
“Why can’t she take a taxi?”
As soon as Viola said that, Simon, who had been looking at his phone, lifted his head and said to Melanie, “You’re not a child. You can find your way home by taking a taxi.”
He continued, “I’ve had a bit too much to drink, and I want to lie down in the back seat for a while. You should be able to find your way home, right?”
The last sentence was directed at Melanie. She raised her phone and said calmly, “No need to trouble yourself. I’ve booked a ride.”
Simon said, “At least you know your own limits.”
Melanie could not be bothered to respond to him. She took the umbrella from Joshua and walked straight out. However, when she passed by Eugene, she heard a cold and mocking chuckle from him.
She had no idea what that was about and tightened her grip on the umbrella handle as she made her way outside. The Hewitt family’s residence was also in the villa area, and to get out, it would take at least 20 minutes on foot.
Fortunately, the street lamps were bright enough, so there were no issues.
The taxi she ordered arrived quickly. The driver waited at the entrance for a while before eventually calling Melanie. Just as Melanie hung up the phone, she heard honking behind her. Standing right under a streetlamp, she could clearly see that it was Eugene’s car.
There were puddles on the road, so Melanie moved to the side to avoid getting splashed by water. However, due to the rain and the speed of the car, Melanie could not entirely escape being splashed.
Her clothes got wet with muddy water, making her feel uncomfortable. Melanie furrowed her brows.
However, the car suddenly came to a halt beside her. The front window rolled down, and Eugene’s slightly cold voice said, “Get in.”
Melanie gripped the umbrella. “I’ve already called a ride. The car is here.”
Eugene’s voice took on a bit of impatience. “I don’t want to see headlines about a LeapCo employee getting into trouble in the middle of the night.”
Lowering her gaze, she was about to retort when she heard Eugene’s increasingly cold tone say again, “Do I need to get out and open the door for you?”
Melanie did not refuse this time. She closed the umbrella, opened the back door, and saw Simon sitting inside lazily.
He looked at Melanie and said in an unfriendly manner, “Do I need to kneel to you before you’ll get in
Melanie brought the umbrella into the car with her. Then, Viola, who was in the front passenger seat, turned her head to look disapprovingly at Melanie.
“Melanie, you really are something. It’s so late. Why insist on taking a taxi by yourself? Did you even consider your safety? If something were to happen, who would take responsibility?”
Melanie looked up to glance at Viola. Her expression was innocent, as if she really thought Melanie did not understand things and was being willful.
Simon sneered. “Maybe she knew Eugene wouldn’t let her go, so she decided to act like that.”
He raised a brow at Melanie right after saying that and added, “Putting on a weak front, I see you’re quite versed with such tactics.”
Melanie pursed her lips and merely remained silent. What else could she say? All the words had already come out of their mouths.