Eugene’s hand froze in midair. His gaze swept past Joshua before he took the glass of wine the waiter was serving. Then, he said in his clear voice, “I don’t know.”
“Oh…” Joshua looked disappointed.
Simon stood by and watched. He elbowed Joshua as he quipped, “I didn’t think you could be so
“My family is urging me to date someone soon.
Melanie was too far from them to hear the conversation. She was with Stephen, meeting his
Stephen’s aunt, Amber Lambert, was in her 40s, but she had been taking care of her
appearance because she was a dancer.
Casually, she observed Melanie from head to toe. Then, she smiled and asked Stephen, “Aren’t you going to introduce her to me?”
Stephen cleared his throat. “Her name is Melanie Smith.”
Expressionless, she said, “I know Miss Smith. Isn’t she in a relationship with Mr. Scott, the president of LeapCo?”
Then, she looked at Melanie again. It was a casual question, but her intention of probing was obvious. “Miss Smith, did you come with Mr. Scott?”
“No,” answered Melanie.
She handed her gift to Amber. “I came as Stephen’s friend. This is a birthday gift from me to you.”
Amber was born with a silver spoon, and her arrogance ran down to her bone. The few photos of Frank and Melanie had been spreading widely in their circle. Naturally, Amber had seen them as well.
Those wealthy ladies had all been gossiping about how Melanie was lucky enough to date Eugene. Amber despised Melanie’s status to begin with, and her impression of Melanie became even worse.
She did not even glance at the gift Melanie handed her. Lifting her chin, she answered lazily, Just put it there.”
Stephen noticed Amber’s change in attitude. He frowned. “Aunt Amber, Melanie came to give you her best wishes on your birthday.”
Amber looked at him, her warning gaze obvious. “Stephen, your parents will be here soon.
It seemed that she did not want Stephen to have anything to do with Melanie.
Melanie pursed her lips and placed aside the gift she brought. Looking at Stephen, she said, I’ll excuse myself first, then.”
“Mel!” Stephen subconsciously grabbed her wrist. He looked at her apologetically. “I’ll give you a lift later.”
Eugene and Simon walked over to toast Amber. Although they were from different industries, Amber was still an elder to them.
They saw Stephen holding Melanie’s wrist, telling her he would drive her back. Simon smiled meaningfully. “Looks like Melanie has changed her target to Stephen after you dumped her.‘
Eugene continued walking. When he walked past Melanie, he glanced at Stephen’s grip on Melanie’s wrist.
It was Amber’s birthday, and everyone close to the Lambert family was in attendance. Eugene and Simon had to toast the elders as they were the juniors.
Melanie sat on the sofa in the corner as she looked at Eugene, who was socializing with ease. Before this, she had been by his side, drinking wine on his behalf.
However, he rarely told her he was attending any banquet recently. Maybe it was because he had Viola to accompany him now.
Melanie wondered why he did not bring Viola to this banquet.
She sat at the corner, and almost no one spoke to her. Only Stephen and Joshua approached her.
She had a good impression of Joshua, so she gave her number out of courtesy when he asked for it.
When she walked to the hotel entrance, she saw Eugene sitting on the sofa in the lounge with a frown. He looked displeased.
Melanie understood he had to drink since no one was there to drink for him.
Stephen called her name in a gentle voice, “Mel, wait for me here. I’ll go and get the car.” “Alright.” Melanie drooped her eyes as she draped the coat around her body.
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