Her voice wasn’t loud, but Eugene and Viola were not far away from them and heard it. Eugene immediately stopped walking.
This went unnoticed by Melanie, who got into Stephen’s car. In her hand was the figurine Stephen gave her.
“I thought you wouldn’t be interested as many think it’s boring,” said Stephen with a chuckle. He had a gentle and charming appearance, and his voice always sounded polite. It soon snapped Melanie out of her thoughts.
She looked at the figurine in her hands. “Well, I might not know much about clay art.”
“I can tell you everything I know,” said Stephen.
The exhibition was in a museum in the north of the city. When they arrived, it was nearing the end of the opening hours, so only a few people were inside.
Melanie knew little about clay art. She followed Stephen as she listened to his introduction to the stories behind the clay art pieces.
When they stopped before an elegant vase, Stephen looked at it with a nostalgic look. “This is my grandfather’s favorite masterpiece!”
Melanie was stunned. She remembered Stephen had mentioned his grandfather was dead.
She didn’t know what to say, so she silently admired the vase with Stephen for a while before saying, “It’s pretty.”
Stephen smiled, but it was different from the faint smile before. This time, it looked more
“I can show you more of his masterpieces if you like this.”
After leaving the exhibition, it was almost dinner time. Stephen had just offered to treat Melanie to a meal, but he happened to receive a call from a friend.
His friend said something on the other end of the call, and Stephen looked at Melanie with some embarrassment. “It’s my friend’s birthday today. They’re in the bar nearby. Do you want to go there with me?”
Melanie did not know Stephen’s friend and wanted to reject it. “I can go back in a taxi.”
“It’s okay. We can pop in for a while and leave. If I go alone, they might make me drink.” Stephen shrugged helplessly.
Stephen and Eugene had different personalities, so their friends were mostly from different circles. That was why Melanie had not expected to meet Eugene at the bar again.
When they arrived, Melanie stopped outside the private room and told Stephen she was going
to the restroom.
Just as she walked out of the restroom, she bumped into Eugene.
Startled, Melanie did not know how to greet him. However, Eugene broke the silence and asked, “Did you come with Stephen?”
“It’s his friend’s birthday,” said Melanie as she looked at him. She asked, “What about you? Did you come with Viola?”
She was good at disguising herself, and her expression was as calm as if she was just casually talking with Eugene.
Eugene stared at her for a while before retracting his gaze. He snorted in response and walked
Melanie walked into the private room after Eugene entered. She was not surprised at all. After sitting beside Stephen, she whispered to him, “I can drive you back if you want to have a drink.”
The private room was noisy, and her whisper could not be heard. All everyone could see was Melanie leaning close to Stephen.
Melanie had just finished whispering when she felt someone staring at her.
Lifting her head, she happened to see Eugene sitting opposite her.
He looked calm with a wine glass in hand, which seemed strange in a noisy and loud environment like this.
It looked as if he were bored and disliked this place.
Eugene happened to look at her when she was looking at him.
When their eyes met, Melanie looked away immediately. When she looked at him again, he had already looked away.
It was as if his gaze earlier was just an illusion.
Eugene seemed to be a close friend of the birthday guy, so he had to toast his friend. He
couldn’t avoid drinking as it might be disrespectful.