Melanie still looked annoyed when Tina and the other staff returned. She had her hand on her forehead and was frowning.
Tina did not see Eugene anywhere. She asked, “Where’s Mr. Scott? Did he leave already?”
Eugene’s words were still ringing in Melanie’s ears, making her ponder.
She did not know where she could find someone who could replace her.
Melanie was a little absent–minded when interviewing the other candidates. She looked at the resumes and did not find anyone who matched her requirements.
After the interview ended, Tina and the staff said the interns only knew how to beautify their resumes and had no actual ability.
Melanie sat for a while before taking her stuff to her office.
She had something in mind and looked troubled. When she bumped into Cecilia at the office, Cecilia was afraid of offending her.
She took a few steps back and looked at Melanie’s expression. She then called out in hesitation, “Melanie.”
Melanie stopped and asked, “Yes?”
She was in a bad mood, so she was direct with her words. “Speak.”
Cecilia stuttered, “I–I have nothing to say. I just hope you won’t overthink, Melanie.”
Melanie looked at her.
“It’s about the rumors in the company. The people in the secretary’s office know things are not like in the rumor. So… So…”
Cecilia regretted being such a big mouth. She should not have told Melanie about this.
However, she had already mentioned it, and Melanie was watching. She couldn’t take back her. words.
She could only brace herself and continue, “The employees are spreading rumors about you resigning because Viola snatched your position. They’re saying you’re forced to leave.”
Cecilia’s voice softened as she spoke, yet Melanie seemed calm.
When Melanie returned to her office, Yana was reading through the documents. When she heard the footsteps, she looked at Melanie with a complicated expression.
Melanie lowered her head and asked calmly, “What are they saying about me?”
“Are they saying I’m being forced to leave because Viola is replacing me or I’m getting kicked out of the company by Eugene?” Melanie repeated Cecilia’s words indifferently.
Yana’s forehead creased. “Melanie, they’re just spreading rumors.”
“I know they’re just spreading rumors.” Melanie looked as if she did not care. She arranged her things and took her handbag. “It’s time to get off work. Go back home early.”
Then, without waiting for Yana to answer, she walked away.
Yana had not snapped out of what Melanie had just said as she looked at Melanie walking away in a daze.
Melanie’s body figure was tall and fit. However, Yana felt Melanie had gotten skinnier than before. Her back looked fragile and vulnerable. She thought she could even see the bones on her shoulder if she looked closer.
Melanie walked out of the company building and bumped into many familiar faces. However, she was not in the mood to greet them.
She stood at the company’s entrance and did not know where to head.
She did not want to go back home or visit her grandfather.
Tiredness had enveloped her.
The haggard feeling rose deep down within her, gripping her like a thorn vine.
She was so fearless and frank before Yana just now, yet only she knew how much courage she had used to suppress the anger burning wildly in her.
Melanie’s tensed shoulders loosened. She had been clenching her fists when she got to the lobby. The fingernails had dug into her palms, leaving visible marks on them. It hurt slightly. Huffing, she took out her phone to dial Stephen’s number.
It was answered quickly, and Melanie asked, “Are you free tonight? Do you want to have dinner together?”
Stephen was startled by the invitation and looked at Xander as he nodded. “Sure. I happen to be with Xander.”
After arranging the time for dinner, Stephen hung up the call. Xander looked at him. “Ist Melanie coming over?”