Melanie did not take the bottle of water. She said, “I’ll drive you home first.”
“It’s okay. Drive to your place, and I’ll
omeone to drive me home,” said Stephen after a
“You don’t have to go through all that trouble.” Melanie rejected his suggestion after thinking
Stephen was rarely so stubborn. “It’s already so late. It’s unsafe for a woman to drive alone.
After Melanie drove back to her place, Stephen called someone to drive him home. He handed the clay figurine she left in the car to her. “Throw a coin on it whenever you’re unhappy.”
Melanie did not understand what he meant.
He explained, “My grandfather taught me this. It works. It’s just like a wish fountain.”
Melanie took the figurine and headed upstairs. She placed the two figurines on her study table. She pondered for a while before throwing a coin onto them.
It was Wednesday morning, Melanie applied for a day off from work as her grandfather had to go for a check–up that day.
When she went to pick up her grandfather from the nursing home, the dean happened to be there. Beating about the bush, he reminded Melanie to pay for the next term.
The nursing home was pretty good in all aspects, and the fees were costly. Recalling her schedule, Melanie decided to pay the fees on Friday.
Her grandfather looked at her and shook his head. “I told you not to put me in such an expensive nursing home, yet you refused to listen. Look at how much you’ve spent all these years.”
Melanie helped him get into the car. “It’s nothing. LeapCo pays me well.”
Her grandfather hesitated for a while before asking, “Has your mom asked you for money recently?”
After Melanie’s parents divorced, her mother married another man. However, her grandfather did not agree to it, so her mother cut off ties with her grandfather.
Two years ago, her mother appeared out of nowhere and said that her younger daughter was ill, so she needed a huge amount of money.
Melanie remained silent for a while before replying to her grandfather, “Don’t worry. I know what to do.”
Melanie’s mother was, after all, his daughter. It was inappropriate for him to say anything. He tried to probe into the matter by negotiating, with Melanie, “Why don’t I change to a different nursing home or stay at home?”
Melanie disagreed. Her grandfather was not in good health, and he was alone. She was busy with work and had little time to look after him.
She comforted her grandfather, saying, “You don’t have to worry so much. All you have to do
is keep yourself healthy.”
Only when Melanie arrived at the hospital did she find out that Viola’s father would be discharged today.
Viola’s father seemed to have recuperated well and could walk with crutches.
Melanie bumped into Viola and her father walking out of the elevator when she was walking into the hospital with her grandfather. She did not see Eugene.
When Viola called her, Melanie was about to enter the elevator with her grandfather. She turned around.
Viola plastered a smile on her face and looked at Melanie as she took a deep breath. “Eugene is in the car park, putting the things in the trunk.”
She wanted to show that she did not come alone and Eugene had accompanied her.
Melanie calmly nodded. “Mhm.‘
Viola’s smile almost faded as she watched Melanie enter the elevator.
She knew she looked like a fool saying that. However, it gave her a sense of crisis whenever she saw Melanie being so calm.
After ensuring her grandfather’s medical reports were fine, Melanie returned to work. Yana excitedly shared something with her. “The photos from the team–building event are out. Do you want to take a look, Melanie?”
Melanie glanced at the photos. There was nothing worthy of mention. They were all ordinary group photos.
However, Yana had a pair of sharp eyes. She found a photo from the stack and asked with some hesitation, “Melanie, isn’t this you and Mr. Scott?”