The car fell silent, and Melanie waited for Eugene’s response. If Eugene agreed to drive, it meant that she would have to go back to the hotel on her own. Seeing Eugene hesitating, Evelyn smiled and conceded, “If you don’t want to drive, I can do it too.”
At this point, it was impossible for Eugene to refuse her any longer. He looked at Melanie, who was an image of composure. “I can go back on my own,” Melanie said.
“Okay,” Eugene replied quietly. Melanie grabbed her bag and got out of the car.
The sun was intense in Prime City, and a sunny day like this was not very comfortable to experience. Hailing a taxi would require her to walk a considerable distance to reach the outside of the industrial park.
. Melanie thought of booking a ride with her phone at first, but no one accepted her booking even after a long time had passed. In the end, she had no choice but to brave the sun and walk
Halfway through, Stephen called her. He was still hung up about introducing his friend to Melanie.
“I’m still in Prime City, so it might not be very convenient,” Melanie said.
“It’s okay. Xander happens to be in Prime City too. He just returned to the country.” Stephen then gave her a bunch of details about him before finally saying, “If you have time, meet him. Xander is a professional in this field, and he has his own team.”
Stephen cared about her, and Melanie could not refuse his goodwill. She asked for Xander’s contact information and said she would arrange to meet him when she had the time.
Stephen chuckled contentedly and then reminded Melanie, “Xander is my childhood friend, but he has a rather peculiar temper.”
Melanie added Xander on WhatsApp after returning to the hotel. He did not respond for a long time, so she did not pay any more attention to it. Stephen’s call reminded her that Prime City was a city with rich ethnic characteristics. They hosted numerous exhibitions and art events.
After spending some time in the hotel, Melanie decided to go out again and explore the nearby ancient street. She came across several interesting handmade crafts and took photos of them to send to Stephen. Impressed, Stephen praised them, and Melanie ended up buying some.
By the time she returned to the hotel after she was done with her exploration, Eugene and Evelyn still had not returned yet. After she had dinner, she noticed that Xander had accepted her friend request.
Melanie initiated a conversation with Xander, but he disappeared without a trace. Melanie put down her phone. She decided to go take a shower when she heard a knock on the door.
Surprised, she opened the door and saw Evelyn standing there. Evelyn had not expected Melanie to open the door, so quickly and hesitated before saying, “Eugene seems to be having some tummy troubles. Could you go buy some medicine?”
Indeed, Eugene was having stomach issues. It was a result of his frequent drinking during his earlier socializing days.
Melanie went downstairs to buy the stomach medicine Eugene was used to. Her room was on the eighth floor, while Eugene’s was on the tenth floor. When she went upstairs, she noticed that Eugene’s door was slightly ajar. Assuming Evelyn was inside, she did not enter but knocked on the door.
She heard footsteps inside. Without seeing who it was, Melanie handed the bag containing the medicine over. “Here, some medicine.”
No one took it. Instead, she heard a mocking voice say, “You really went out of your way.”
Melanie raised her eyes and saw Eugene dressed casually in a bathrobe, looking down at her. He had probably just taken a shower as his hair was still wet and casually swept back, revealing his clean forehead.
After saying that, Eugene turned around and walked back into the room without even taking the medicine. Melanie hesitated for a moment before following him inside.
Eugene had booked a spacious business suite for himself. Melanie placed the medicine on the table and reminded him again, “The medicine is here. Just take one tablet.”
He remained silent, head lowered as he towel–dried his hair. His bathrobe hung loosely on him. From where Melanie was, she could just catch a glimpse of his elusive waist and abdominal lines.
She looked away and got ready to leave.