Eugene had Viola now, and it seemed everything had changed.
Melanie froze upon hearing Eugene’s name but quickly hid her flustered emotions.
She wasn’t sure she was telling Stephen or comforting herself, but she said, “I don’t own him. We’re adults who just benefited from each other.”
“Mel.” Stephen frowned.
“Instead of worrying about me, why don’t you find me a new boyfriend?” said Melanie monotonously.
It was a difficult request as Melanie had been with Eugene for so long. Those people from decent families would not want a girlfriend like her.
It was no different from dating a divorced woman.
Sighing, Stephen decided to end this topic. He asked Melanie, “Has your leg recovered?”
“Can you attend a banquet with me this weekend?”
Stephen seemed to be in a dilemma. “It’s my aunt’s birthday, and she wants me to bring along a female partner.
Melanie knew Stephen’s aunt, who was a famous dancer in Jepton.
That night, she got dressed and waited for Stephen to pick her up.
However, at 6:00 pm, Stephen called her and told her he would not be able to pick her up. She might have to take a taxi to the venue herself.
Melanie did not mind and went downstairs to hail a taxi.
However, it was a weekend night, and the traffic was heavy. When Melanie arrived, the
banquet had already started.
Melanie tried calling Stephen, but she could not reach him. She texted him, telling him that she would be waiting for him outside.
“Eugene, I heard your company organized a team–building event at a spa resort.” Melanie was scrolling through her phone when she heard Simon’s voice from afar.
Melanie froze for a moment before lifting her head. As expected, she saw Simon and Eugene.
When Simon saw her at the door, he lifted his eyebrow. “Hey, are you working as a bellboy
Melanie ignored his ridicule and continued to wait for Stephen.
“Do you need me to take you in? Hmm?” asked Eugene in his cold and distant voice.
Melanie looked at her phone. Stephen had not replied to her message. She could only put away her phone and look at Eugene. “Thank you.”
Eugene did not respond. He merely handed over the invitation and walked into the banquet
Just as they stepped in, they saw Stephen rushing toward the entrance.
Melanie greeted him. He walked over helplessly while pointing at the few kids in the corner. They were asking me to play with them. I’m sorry for keeping you waiting, Mel.”
Simon raised his eyebrow meaningfully. “Stephen, so you were the one who invited Miss Smith.”
Eugene’s gaze had been on Melanie for quite a while. She had dressed up tonight and was wearing a beige dress with her hair tied up. This style enhanced her temperament, making her look elegant.
Melanie did not notice Eugene’s gaze. She went to greet Eugene’s aunt with him.
Simon whistled. “Melanie sure is something. Even Stephen has fallen for her.”
Just as he commented, Joshua approached them with a glass of wine.
The Hewitt family was not renowned enough in Jepton, so Joshua had always been considered an outcast among Simon’s friends.
After he greeted Simon and Eugene, he stood there with his wine glass, looking as if he had something he wanted to say.
Simon was annoyed to see him like this and asked casually, “Do you have something you want to say?”
“Y–Yes.” Joshua seemed nervous. He glanced at Melanie and then back at Eugene.
After a while, he stuttered as he asked, “E–Eugene, are you already done with Melanie?”
Eugene looked at him coldly. “Mm.”
Joshua looked excited upon hearing that. “Do you think I stand a chance, then?”