LeapCo was very generous with employee benefits, offering substantial commissions for signing a deal. Melanie thought that by letting her plan the project, Eugene was indicating that she was in charge of it.
She went looking for Eugene the moment she was done with the planning.
“Can we arrange to meet with Oceanus Industries next Tuesday?” she asked.
Eugene was looking through the proposal as he replied coldly, “I have plans on Tuesday,”
Melanie frowned. “What plans?”
“Viola is going back to school,” Eugene answered succinctly.
Clearly, he hoped that Viola would be there every step of the way for the collaboration with Oceanus Industries. Melanie paused for a moment but then pretended to be indifferent. “Her name is already in the proposal. It makes no difference if she’s there or not.”
Eugene’s fingers stilled in the midst of flipping through the papers. Brows furrowed slightly, he looked at Melanie slowly. There was no emotion in his deep, dark eyes. “Your participation in this matter with Oceanus Industries ends here. You don’t need to be involved any further.”
It took a while for Melanie to understand what he was saying, and when she did, her heart sank. She looked at Eugene with disbelief and asked, “What do you mean?”
“It doesn’t matter if you go or not,” Eugene replied. He lowered his gaze and placed the documents back on the table.
Melanie stared at him, her fingertips trembling. “Who else will go if not me?”
Eugene paused before replying slowly, “I’ll make arrangements.”
Hands clenched tightly into fists, Melanie retorted with a tremble in her voice, “Your arrangement is to just push me aside?”
“It’s the company’s arrangement,” Eugene responded indifferently.
Melanie laughed bitterly. In the end, she was disposable in Eugene’s eyes.
Monday arrived, and Eugene took Viola to Oceanus Industries. Viola could hardly conceal the joy on her face when they returned.
Melanie observed them coldly. Seemingly sensing her eyes on him, Eugene casually glanced over, and their eyes locked. Melanie immediately averted her gaze. She handed the files in her hands to Yana while maintaining an indifferent appearance.
Yana looked at Melanie and could not help but complain, “Melanie, just wait and see. Viola might be clinging to Mr. Scott now, but once he gets tired of her, she’ll be in trouble.”
Melanie remained silent. Clinginess was a skill of Viola’s, and Eugene was willing to pamper
It was the end of the work day, and before Melanie left, Stephen called her up to have dinner together. She accepted his invitation.
“I happen to be near LeapCo. I’ll come pick you up,” Stephen said.
Stephen arrived not long after. Melanie gathered her things and headed downstairs. There were more than ten steps in front of the LeapCo building. As she was lost in thought, Melanie paid no attention to where she was going and twisted her ankle.
A sharp pain shot up from her ankle, and Melanie’s face instantly turned pale. Stephen frowned and stepped forward to support her by the elbow when he saw this. “Are you okay?” he asked.
The moment he said that, a peal of light and lively laughter sounded behind them. Melanie’s back stiffened slightly. Without even looking back, she could already guess who it was.
Viola was walking over with Eugene arm–in–arm. The next moment, Eugene’s gaze landed on Stephen, who was supporting Melanie by her arm.
Melanie moved her foot, and the pain it elicited forced her to take a sharp breath. Her face paled even more. Still, she insisted to Stephen that she was fine.
Stephen’s brows furrowed. “Let me carry you,” he offered.
Hearing this, Eugene paused as his deep gaze landed on Melanie’s face.