Melanie placed the oatmeal at the side. “I’ve bought you some oatmeal.”
Eugene was silent. He was staring at the screen, fully focused on his work.
Melanie had no idea if Eugene would have any other instructions for her. She stayed behind and sat down on the mini sofa at the side.
She sat there for more than 40 minutes before Eugene was finally done with work.
He turned to see her still around and could not help frowning. “What are you still doing here?”
Melanie replied, “I thought you might have something else for me to do.”
“What would I need you to do?” Eugene shut his laptop. There was a flat expression on his face, but she could tell that he was tired.
He looked at the mushroom soup Melanie had gotten for him and paused. Melanie was about to leave, but he called out to her. He said coldly, “Remember to take your mushroom soup with you.”
Melanie was silent for a while before slowly finding her voice. “Didn’t you ask for it?”
“It’s cold,” Eugene said curtly. “Throw it away.”
The mushroom soup was cold from being left out for too long. Melanie was already feeling exhausted and had even stood in the cold wind downstairs. All she wanted to do right now was
to rest in her room.
She picked up the mushroom soup she had just bought without another word. It was cold.
There was a rubbish bin right next to the elevator. Melanie held the mushroom soup and stood next to the bin for a while before throwing the bowl into it.
Melanie was no longer sleepy by the time she returned to her room. She stayed in bed with her eyes wide open until the next morning.
They had to visit the branch office as usual that morning. Melanie had just gotten dressed for work and was on her way downstairs when she saw Eugene and Evelyn already waiting there.
They spotted her coming down the stairs, and Evelyn smiled to greet her. “Good morning, Miss Smith.”
Melanie paused in her steps. “I’m sorry I came down late.”
Evelyn’s arms were crossed in front of her chest. She sized up Melanie openly. “LeapCo’s secretary is really something, isn’t she? What an efficient worker.”
This did not sound like praise. Her words were laden with sarcasm.
Melanie had no idea what she had done to offend Evelyn. Eugene’s expression did not change. He did not look like he wanted to defend Melanie. The only thing Melanie could do was tolerate this.
Evelyn was picking on Melanie on purpose. She did not stop being sarcastic to Melanie on their way to the branch office. Melanie finally could not take it and retaliated, “Miss Shue, have I offended you in some way?”
A smile appeared on Evelyn’s face while she was looking out the window. She said nonchalantly, “How could you ever offend me when you’re such a capable worker, Miss Smith?”
Melanie wanted to say something, but she caught sight of Eugene’s warning look through the rearview mirror. She pressed her lips as she continued driving in silence.
The situation at the Prime City branch was quite serious. This branch had an internal problem, and it was also facing fierce competition.
Peyton Turner’s company was the biggest client for this branch. If Peyton decided not to continue with them, this branch could go bankrupt.
Evelyn could not afford to offend them.
Eugene was the first to get out of the car when they arrived at the Prime City branch. He went over to Evelyn’s side and opened the door for her in a gentlemanly manner.
Evelyn was in a lacey dress today. She looked very pretty in it with her high heels on.
She looked happy when she saw how considerate Eugene was treating her. She glanced at Melanie with a taunting look in her eye. She then reached her hand out to Eugene. “Can you help me up? It’s not so convenient for me with high heels on.”
Eugene did not mind. He reached out to help her, and Evelyn took the opportunity to circle her arm around his. She pressed her body close to him.
Melanie was wearing flats and was driving today, and Evelyn had pushed a huge stack of documents into her hands. She followed behind them as they entered the office.
She was silent along the way. It was only after entering the meeting room that Melanie turned to Evelyn to say, “I’m sorry, Miss Shue. This is an internal meeting. It’s not appropriate for you to be here.“.