It took Melanie some time to regain her voice. “Eugene, are you targeting me?” she asked in a hoarse voice.
“You think too much. You’re more suitable for this job.” Eugene casually placed the items in his hands down, his dark eyes assessing Melanie. Creases formed on his forehead as he sneered and countered, “What? Am I interfering with your relationship with Stephen?”
Melanie looked at Eugene, her chest feeling tight and stifling. She had always thought Eugene treated her differently, but apparently, it was all the same.
It felt like her throat was tied, and after a moment of silence, Melanie slowly said, “Okay, I’ll go to Prime City.”
The mockery in Eugene’s eyes intensified. Raising a brow, he looked at Melanie’s painted lips and said with a hint of a sneer, “You can leave tomorrow morning.”
Melanie, however, tried to interrupt him by calling out his name. She looked into his stern eyes and sensed an inexplicable feeling of fatigue. She had been by Eugene’s side for so long, but perhaps it had been too long, so he had become weary of her.
“I won’t renew my contract when it expires.” She heard herself say this as if she were having an out–of–body experience.
Eugene’s gaze flickered. He looked at Melanie with slightly narrowed eyes. “Are you threatening me by negotiating conditions?” He growled, his expression darkening completely.
Melanie did not understand how he came to this conclusion. Was this not what he wanted?
She lowered her gaze and went silent while Eugene’s chilling voice continued, “Fine, as long as you don’t regret it.”
The news about Melanie being sent to the Prime City branch spread swiftly. Her colleagues would peek at her subtly. Yana was the only one who dared approach her to strike up a conversation. “Melanie, do you know how long Mr. Scott is sending you there?”
“I don’t,” Melanie replied truthfully, keeping her intention to resign a secret still.
That afternoon, Melanie packed her things and went to the nursing home. She decided she would visit her grandfather before leaving for Prime City.
He never brought up Eugene again after learning about Melanie’s breakup, but when he heard that Melanie was going to Prime City, he could not help but ask, “Did Eugene ask you to go?”
Melanie replied, “Yes, he told me to go solve some problems. I should be back soon.
Her grandfather sighed but said nothing else apart from instructing her to take care of herself.
Upon leaving the nursing home, Melanie bumped into Stephen in the parking lot of Paramount Hospital. He was just leaving after visiting Madam York.
Surprised to see Melanie, Stephen smiled and asked, “What are you doing here?”
“Visiting my grandfather.” Since Melanie considered Stephen as a friend, she did not hide the fact that she was going to Prime City from him.
Stephen frowned upon hearing this and immediately suspected it to be Eugene’s doing.
Melanie, however, did not think much of it. “In any case, it’s just work. Prime City might be a bit more relaxing for me.”
At least she would not have to see Eugene flaunting himself with Viola in front of her all day.
However, Melanie was mistaken this time.
Just as she arrived at the city the next morning and was in discussions with Walden, the manager of the Prime City branch, she received a call saying that representatives from LeapCo’s headquarters would be arriving. They were to pick them up in the afternoon.
“Miss Smith, do you know who headquarters sent?” asked Walden.
Melanie had no idea. It was not until she went to the airport with Walden that evening to pick them up that she saw Eugene and Viola walking out. Her expression darkened then.
Eugene had personally come over. Feeling like this was a big shot, Walden went up to flatter him.
Melanie did not say much during the entire journey. She just sat in the front passenger seat with her head turned away. She and Walden were in the front, while Viola and Eugene were in the back.