Melanie was aware that her situation was not good at the moment, and she did not dare to act tough. She nodded to Stephen. “Thank you.”
Stephen lifted Melanie into his arms steadily. Although Melanie was tall, she was slender, and with Stephen being over 1.8 meters tall, she looked small and helpless in his arms.
While cradled in Stephen’s arms, Melanie raised her eyes and happened to meet Eugene’s deep and cold gaze. She hesitated for a moment but then lowered her gaze again, averting from his line of sight.
“Eugene?” Viola tugged at Eugene’s sleeve and reminded him softly, “Didn’t we agree to have dinner with Simon and the others?”
Eugene looked away from Melanie and glanced at her. He hummed in response to her, and they made their way toward his car.
Viola looked over at Stephen and Melanie with pursed–lips, but she quickly relaxed. She hooked her arm with Eugene’s, as if declaring her claim over him.
Melanie followed Stephen to the hospital. Her previously sprained ankle was injured again, and the doctor sternly advised her not to wear high heels.
Melanie felt apologetic. “Sorry, we were supposed to have dinner together.”
“It’s fine. As long as you’re okay.” Stephen pulled her up. “Can you still walk?”
Melanie had changed into a pair of flat shoes, and she was barely able to walk.
Since dinner was no longer viable, Stephen could only take her home.
However, because of her injury, Melanie was unable to drive, which left Stephen helpless. “I’ll drive you to work tomorrow,” he insisted.
Melanie hesitated as she did not want to trouble him. “No need. I can take a taxi.”
“You’ll have to walk a few hundred meters before you can flag down a taxi. Are you sure you can manage?” Stephen disagreed with her. “It’s settled, then. I’ll pick you up tomorrow morning.”
Melanie’s attempts at refusing him ended up in vain. The next morning, Stephen arrived on time and drove her to the company. “I’ll pick you up in the afternoon,” he said.
Feeling uneasy, Melanie was about to decline him when she noticed Eugene’s Maybach stopping not far away.
Eugene would pick up Viola every morning and they would go to the company together. Rumors had spread at first, but later, everyone got used to it.
Melanie lowered her eyes and entered the company. Just after taking a few steps, she heard rhythmic footsteps behind her, followed by a familiar fragrance.
“Aren’t you clever?” Eugene said with an indifferent tone as he stopped beside her.
Melanie’s heart tightened, but she maintained her composure. “I twisted my foot and can’t drive.”
Bigene sneered “What does that have to do with me?”
Melanie’s fists tightened before she loosened them again. “Wasn’t that what you were referring to?”
Fugene did not respond any further. He walked ahead of her, and when Melanie turned around, she saw Viola heading downstairs to the coffee shop. Her gaze, however, remained fixated on Melanie. She looked guarded. Viola was probably wondering what Eugene had just sold to her.
Due to her foot injury, Melanie spent the entire day sitting at her desk. During the lunch break, she overheard some colleagues discussing leaving early due to a potential power outage from circuit maintenance scheduled in the afternoon.
However, a large stack of documents suddenly plopped down on her desk in the afternoon. Melanie became so engrossed in her work that she forgot about the scheduled power outage.
It was not until the office lights went out that she realized what had happened. Just then, her phone rang. Upon answering the call, she heard Stephen ask, “Mel, are you not coming down? I heard they’re doing circuit maintenance.”
Melanie had night blindness, but it was not completely dark, so she could still see somewhat clearly. She slowly packed her things and replied, “I’m coming down now.‘
Stephen was one of the few people who were aware of her night blindness. He said, “It’s okay. Wait for me. I’ll come up.”
The weather today was not great, and it was gloomy all around. After a while, the lights in the office completely dimmed.