Melanie remained composed, not responding to Viola’s words. She looked at Eugene and asked, “When are we leaving?”
Viola had tagged along with Eugene for a vacation. Eugene would not involve her in work matters but was willing to accompany her during their leisure time.
Eugene pampered Viola and was willing to spend time with her. As someone who was working for him, Melanie had no grounds to say anything about it. She would just focus on doing her job.
Viola wanted to have lunch near a scenic area, and Eugene agreed with her. Melanie went ahead and started the car.
As soon as Viola got into the car, she snuggled into Eugene’s arms and complained softly about how he had gone out in the morning without her. Eugene comforted her calmly, saying, “It’s rare that you get a day off. You should get some more sleep.”
Though his tone was not exactly gentle, there was a touch of consideration.
Melanie tried concentrating on handling the vehicle, but without a partition in the car, she could still hear Viola’s coquettish words.
They had arrived, but the restaurant was located quite far from the parking area due to it being in a scenic spot. Viola was afraid they might lose their reservation since they were late.
She dragged Eugene along while saying to Melanie, “Melanie, Eugene and I will go ahead to secure our seats. Can you park the car and join us later?”
Melanie was not oblivious. After she parked the car, she decided to have lunch at a different
She received no communication from Viola and Eugene even after she was done with her meal. With some free time on her hands, she took out her phone and started browsing through it.
With her work account still active on WhatsApp, Melanie tapped into the Status section and happened upon a nine–grid photo that Viola had posted about her lunch with Eugene.
Melanie noticed that the table reservation and the dishes were all for two people. It was then she realized that they had completely disregarded her.
Melanie closed the app with a blank expression. Just when she was about to go out for a stroll, she received a call from Eugene asking her to join them. He mentioned a location on a commercial street to her. When Melanie arrived there, she found Viola shopping in a jewelry
Viola had her eye on a small pendant that was priced in the five figures. She furrowed her brows and asked Eugene, “Isn’t it too expensive?”
Eugene replied, “If you like it, then I’ll get it for you.”
Melanie glanced at the pendant Viola was interested in. It was indeed of pretty stellar quality. She then quickly averted her gaze and asked Eugene, “Why did you call me here?”
“Melanie,” Viola spoke up before Eugene could. “Could you please accompany me to buy clothes? Eugene doesn’t know how to appreciate clothes at all.”
This request seemed less about her shopping for clothes and more about her emphasizing her relationship with Eugene in front of Melanie.
Melanie gave a slight pause before replying, “I’m not good at choosing clothes either. You’d better ask Eugene; he’s more skilled at it.”
This was, in fact, the truth. When Melanie first started dating Eugene, he had been the one who picked out her clothes. Even now, her style of dressing was still influenced by Eugene’s preferences.
It was not that Melanie did not have her own preferences, but she had become accustomed to the current style and was too lazy to change it.
However, Viola just ignored Melanie’s refusal and dragged her along. Eugene followed behind them as he was responsible for paying the bills, which included the pendant Viola bought earlier. Melanie even noticed that he had paid for it without batting an eye.
“Melanie?” Viola’s sweet voice rang in her ears. “Do you think this looks nice?”
Following her gaze, Melanie saw her pointing at a set of matching hoodies, their blue and white colors bright and vibrant.
“What do you think? It’s for Eugene and me,” Viola asked with a twinkle in her eyes. Melanie hesitated before replying, “Yo