Just as Simon finished his words, everyone looked at Melanie.
His words had indeed put Melanie in an awkward situation. It sounded as if Melanie wanted to kiss Eugene badly.
Simon did not care and continued asking, “Stephen is around. Why aren’t you kissing him?”
Melanie squeezed the glass. Just as she was about to speak, Stephen spoke up for her, “Simon, stop making things difficult for Mel. She just got off work, and she can’t drink. I’ll drink on her behalf.”
“That’s right. It’s just a game. Drinking is fun too.” Even Joshua, who had always been meek, spoke up for Melanie.
He poured himself a glass of wine and toasted Stephen. “Stephen, I’ll drink with you.”
Stephen and Joshua had already spoken up for Melanie, so Simon stopped forcing her to play. After Stephen drank, they started a new round of games.
Melanie looked at Stephen’s flushed neck and felt terrible. “I’m sorry.”
These people were bold, and the wine they ordered was strong. After Stephen drank three glasses of wine, others seemed to take the chance to toast him.
He closed his eyes and leaned on the backrest of the sofa. Then, he turned around and said to Melanie, “I might have to trouble you to send me home.”
The party ended late. However, because Stephen was drunk, Melanie left with him before the party ended.
Melanie supported him, afraid he might fall. When they walked past Eugene and Viola,
Melanie saw Viola leaning against Eugene’s chest and speaking in a voice only the two could
After she helped Stephen get into the car, she realized she left her phone in the private room.
Stephen rubbed his temples. He was still a gentleman even when he was drunk. He said, “I’ll rest for a while in the car. You can go and get your phone.”
When Melanie returned to the private room, it was livelier than before.
She opened the door and walked into the room. No one noticed her as someone was singing
and the room was dark.
Melanie’s vision was slightly poor in the dark. She held onto the wall and walked to her seat. Suddenly, she heard Simon asking Eugene, “Were you reluctant to kiss Melanie, or did you reject it because you cared about Viola’s feelings?”
Viola must have left the private room, which was why Simon dared to ask such a thing.
Melanie was looking for her phone in the dark when she heard Eugene’s answer. “I don’t care. I just didn’t want to kiss her. I’ve had enough of her.”
Melanie froze. The next moment, she took her phone and walked out the same way she entered.
However, she bumped into someone, and that person staggered a few steps back after exclaiming. Melanie could recognize that voice. It was Joshua.
Joshua gasped as he asked, “Melanie, why are you here? Didn’t you leave already?”
“I left my phone here. Can you please make way for me? I can’t see clearly,” said Melanie.
Hearing her, he probed, “Do you have poor night vision?”
“I have mild nyctalopia.”
“I’ll help you out. It’s dark in here,” said Joshua as he helped Melanie walk out.
After Melanie left the private room, she stood at the bar entrance for a while before going to the car.
Stephen was startled to see her face and asked, “Are you feeling unwell? You look pale.”
Melanie shook her head. “Maybe I’m having a little migraine from all the noise.”
She sounded frustrated, but Stephen looked at her side profile and said nothing. He handed her a bottle of water out of concern. “Rest for a while.”
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