Ten minutes passed, and there was no reply from Eugene.
Melanie got up to inform the front desk that she would be leaving.
Before she walked away, she saw Walden running toward her in a hurry. He was taken aback to see Melanie. “What are you still doing here, Miss Smith?”
Walden had come back to the office because he had forgotten something. It did not seem like Melanie could leave now. She asked, “Where is Mr. Scott and the others?”
“They’re at Sundale.” He thought Melanie had stayed back at the branch office for work. He asked, “I’m heading over right now. Are you coming with me, Miss Smith?”
It was even more difficult for her to sit out of this now that Walden had invited her along. Melanie nodded and left with Walden to Sundale.
Sundale was not far from where they were. It took only 20 minutes to get there. Walden cautiously chatted about matters at the branch office with her along the way. It looked like he was trying to sound her out on what Eugene was planning.
Melanie remained impassive. “Mr. Scott will take care of the branch office personally now that he’s at Prime City. You don’t need to worry about anything, Walden.”
She had always been a cold person, and her stoic expression made her seem even more distant. Walden wanted to chat further but decided not to in the end.
When they arrived, the person in charge of welcoming them said respectfully to Walden, “Ms. Turner just arrived. Mr. Scott is with her now.”
Ms. Turner was Peyton Turner. Melanie had no idea she would show up today and frowned.
Walden cleared his throat. He wanted to show off his capability to Melanie, so he said, “Ms. Turner and I are considered old friends.“/
He had just said this when the lounge doors opened. Evelyn walked out while holding onto Peyton’s arm. Eugene followed behind them with an impassive look on his face.
Walden rubbed his hands and went over to them. Peyton glanced at him and greeted him politely.
Melanie was standing behind Walden when Peyton’s gaze fell on her.
Peyton looked slightly taken aback. She turned and looked at Evelyn to remind her with slight exasperation, “I’ll be at Brocade City for a few days. Don’t trouble Eugene too much.”
After that, Peyton turned to Eugene and smiled. “This is an emergency, and I’m sorry to be troubling you for a while. I’ll give you an immediate reply on the contract once I return.”
Eugene nodded. He replied in a low voice, “I’ll be at Prime City for a while.”
“I’ll talk to Stella about this when I get back. You should stay by Eugene’s side for the next few days, Evie. Don’t play around when you’re working.”
Evelyn agreed, and after seeing Peyton off, she turned to Eugene. “My mom wants me to learn from you. How should I do that?”
Her tone was clearly flirtatious, and Melanie looked down as she took a step farther from them.
It was only then that Evelyn seemed to notice Melanie. She looked Melanie up and down, and her face slowly crinkled. Evelyn’s tone was brusque as she questioned Melanie, “Where’s my coffee?”
The café was quite a distance from the branch office. It had turned cold by the time Melanie returned with it. Now that another half an hour had passed, it had completely cooled down.
Melanie passed the paper bag containing the coffee over to Evelyn. She could guess what Evelyn was about to say to her.
Just as she expected, Evelyn’s face fell the moment she took the coffee from Melanie. “I wanted a hot Americano. Why did you get me an iced Americano?”
Melanie clenched her fingers. “This café is quite a distance away, and I had no idea you had come here.”
“You’re full of excuses, Miss Smith.” Evelyn sneered. She looked at Melanie with disdain. ” Also, I know I asked you to get me coffee, but did you really only get one cup?”
Melanie saw that Evelyn was looking at Eugene when she said this. Melanie replied slowly, ” Mr. Scott doesn’t take coffee.”
She found herself saying this weakly.
It was not that Eugene did not take coffee. It was just that his workload was really heavy in his earlier days and he did not sleep well then, which was why Melanie had curbed his caffeine intake.