The team–building event was set on the weekend. Everyone gathered at the company before boarding the bus together.
Just as Melanie headed out, she bumped into Eugene.
Eugene glanced at her, but he did not offer to give her a lift.
Melanie arrived minutes later than Eugene. The man had good driving skills, so he could drive fast and steadily.
Meanwhile, Melanie was stuck in the traffic for a while.
The company had booked five buses, and Melanie was on the same bus as Yana.
Yana didn’t like taking the bus. She looked at Viola outside the bus enviously as she
commented, “When can I take a ride in a Maybach?”
Viola had casually said she did not want to take the bus because she would suffer from motion sickness. Just like that, Eugene came in his luxurious and expensive Maybach.
Melanie retracted her gaze and looked at her phone instead. The video of the Ragdoll cat Stephen had sent her was on the screen. It was a cat he was raising.
She missed Eugene’s gaze as soon as she looked at her phone.
All Eugene could see was her side profile. His gaze on her was calm, and no one could guess what he was thinking.
“Eugene? Are you listening?” Viola tugged his arm as she spoke in an aggrieved tone.
Eugene stopped looking at Melanie as he slowly fixed his gaze on Viola. With a puzzled look, he asked, “What did you say?”
“I asked you about my attire. Do I look good in it?” Viola tugged the skirt she wore as she looked at Eugene anxiously.
“You look pretty,” answered Eugene without hesitation.
Only then was Viola satisfied. She hugged Eugene’s arm as they walked past the bus.
Melanie stopped looking at the video and lifted her head, only to see Eugene and Viola walking away.
She could see Eugene holding Viola’s hand with care.
The spa resort was halfway up the mountain. It was already noon when they arrived.
Melanie and Yana returned to their room to take a nap after lunch.
Just as they fell asleep, someone knocked on their door, asking them if they were interested in going for a hike up the mountain. Melanie had a sprained ankle, so she rejected their invitation.
Everyone in the hotel had already left when she woke up from her nap.
Only after she asked the hotel staff did she know that they had gone hiking.
Grabbing a book, she headed to the gazebo outside to get some fresh air.
However, she stumbled into Eugene while making a turn in the corridor.
He had just hung up a call when he happened to see Melanie. Frowning, he asked, “Why didn’t you go hiking with them?”
“I didn’t feel like going,” said Melanie. Eugene might have forgotten that her ankle had just recovered.
Eugene wanted to say something when his phone rang again. He went aside to answer it.
Hearing his serious tone, Melanie guessed that the call had to do with work.
Maybe because her mind had strayed from thinking about Eugene, she missed a step on the stairs when walking down.
Losing her balance, she almost fell.
Suddenly, she caught a whiff of a minty fragrance from behind, and it assailed her nostrils. A strong arm grabbed her waist, stopping her from falling off the stairs. Eugene held his phone with one and supported her with another.
His forehead creased as he reprimanded her, “Why are you so troublesome?”
The minty scent surrounded her, yet it faded away as soon as she stood still.
Eugene looked at her from above. His gaze on her was cold and distant. “Don’t you know how to walk? Or did you do this on purpose?”
Melanie remained silent for a while before asking, “What do you mean by on purpose?“.
Eugene had a faint smirk on his face. “Are you asking this on purpose too, Melanie?”
“No…” Before Melanie could explain herself, Viola leaped toward them. Even the other colleagues who had gone hiking had all returned.
Melanie was about to distance herself from Eugene when she heard him say in a deep voice, ” It’s disgusting looking at you putting on such an act.”
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