He sounded calm, but Melanie had worked for him for years, and she could sense from his tone that he was unhappy.
Melanie had no idea why Eugene would be in a bad mood. She pressed her lips and did not reply.
Her reaction only made Eugene respond more sarcastically to her. His eyes narrowed, and his tone was cold. “Miss Smith, you’re at work right now. It’s not appropriate for you to be flirting with men during working hours.
Melanie looked up at him and saw Eugene’s eyes. She saw the annoyed look on his face very clearly.
She cleared her throat and explained with difficulty. “It’s a friend.”
Eugene ridiculed her. “I see you have quite a lot of friends. Which one is this?”
The ‘friend‘ he was talking about was different from the kind of friend Melanie meant.
Melanie looked upset. She could tolerate Eugene’s insults, but she could not allow Xander to be implicated without reason.
She calmed herself down and berated Eugene with slight anger, “Please stop thinking such inappropriate thoughts. Aren’t I allowed to have my own friends?”
Eugene’s face fell as he stared at Melanie.
He had always been an intimidating figure despite his age. Now that he looked upset, he was even more frightening.
Melanie could not help trembling when he stared at her. She was about to say something when Evelyn came over to them with documents in her hand.
Blinking, she asked Eugene, “Aren’t we going back to the branch office for a meeting, Mr. Scott? Why are you still waiting here?”
Melanie was taken aback as she looked up at Eugene.
He had already turned away from her and was walking away.
Evelyn followed behind me while hugging the documents. She had hardly walked a few steps before she stopped and turned around. She looked Melanie up and down. “If you don’t want to come along with Eugene, you can stop coming along in the future.”
Melanie felt that Evelyn meant something else, but she left after saying this to Melanie.
It was only after both of them were finally gone that Melanie finally let the exhaustion wash over her.
She suddenly realized that Eugene must have been waiting for Evelyn to get to the meeting. Melanie frowned. She looked in the direction Eugene had left.
“Was that your boss?” Xander spoke again. Melanie was reminded of how Eugene had insulted Xander for no reason.
She pinched between her eyes. “I’m sorry that you got implicated just now.” Eugene’s words were horrible, and it was only normal for Xander to get angry about it.
However, Xander gave her a thoughtful look and said, “I must have caused you trouble by suddenly coming to see you.”
“It has nothing to do with you.” Melanie shook her head. She knew very well that Eugene would still find fault with her even if Xander was not around.
She was not in the mood to discuss Eugene with Xander, so she asked, “Is there anything you need from me?”
Xander pointed at a warehouse behind her. “I’m testing out some work samples there. I need an extra eye to look at them.”
“Don’t you have your employees?” Melanie was a little curious. “Stephen said you had a team working for you.”
Xander replied, “They’re at the exhibition you went to yesterday.”
After chatting for a little longer, Melanie followed Xander to the warehouse. The lighting was very dim at the door.
There were dozens of wooden boxes of different sizes placed in sequence on the mottled wall. They looked like they were placed there randomly, but at a closer look, there was a system to it. It was a messy but calculated setting.
Melanie looked at them and asked Xander, “Is this one of your exhibition projects?”
Xander nodded. “The client is looking for a unique idea to create a deep impression.”
Melanie has seen her fair share of exhibitions in the past, but most played it quite safe. She had never seen anything like what Xander had done.
Xander looked at the doubtful look on her face as he jotted some notes inside his notebook. He said, “Displays aren’t just about putting out the stuff. You need to consider the location, lighting, electronic equipment, and the work involved.”