Simon frowned at Melanie. “Melanie, why are you giving me that attitude first thing in the morning?”
“I was just answering your question,” Melanie said evenly.
Even so, Simon did not like Melanie’s tone. He kept bugging her until even she began to lose her patience.
She said despite herself, “If you’re looking for him, you can just call him! Why are you asking me? I’m not his nanny. It’s not like I know what he’s doing at any given time.”
Simon did not expect Melanie to blow up at him like that. Anger crept onto his face.
Just as he was about to blow up, he saw someone standing behind Melanie. Simon raised his
- hand and called out, “Eugene.”
Melanie stiffened. She then heard Eugene’s deep voice coming from behind her.
“Why are you here?”
“Jepton was boring, so I came to Prime City.”
Melanie stood frozen until Eugene’s voice rang in her ears. “Are you that eager to quit?”
The scent of cedar on him was cold and distant. Melanie pursed her lips and said nothing.
She did want to leave LeapCo, but she still had to settle Dylan’s matters and pay for Peachie’s medical fees.
No matter what, Peachie was still her sister. There was no way Melanie could just let her die.
She had to worry about her grandfather’s health, too.
Melanie’s mind was a mess because of what Eugene had said, but she was the one who said she wanted to resign. There was no way she could go back on her word.
Melanie closed her eyes and felt her heart racing.
Eugene took her silence as tacit agreement.
He scoffed and lowered his head slightly, his voice low and hoarse in Melanie’s ear. “Have you found your next sucker already?”
Melanie straightened her back and enunciated each word firmly. “No. You’re overthinking things.”
Eugene snorted. “And here I thought Stephen had already taken care of everything for you.” Melanie took a breath, turned, and looked directly at Eugene.
It was only then that she realized how close they were. Eugene’s body was almost brushing against hers.
As soon as Melanie turned around, she was surrounded by Eugene’s presence.
She could even hear Eugene’s steady, powerful heartbeat.
He was tall and imposing, so much so that Melanie had to raise her head to meet his eyes.
Melanie clenched her right hand. “Eugene, don’t go too far.”
“I’m going too far?” Eugene narrowed his eyes and looked down at Melanie. “Do you hate it when I mention Stephen? Or are you actually with the man from that day?”
“Eugene, shut up!” Melanie was trembling. She slowly closed her eyes and could barely speak. “Eugene, can you stop saying things like that?”
Her heart was not made of steel. His words stung her deeply too.
Just then, she heard a child’s laughter coming from behind her. The next second, Melanie felt someone bump into her waist and her body fell forward uncontrollably.
Eugene was right in front of her.
Someone caught her firmly by the waist, and Melanie pressed herself against Eugene’s chest.
He grunted as her forehead collided with his chin, his grip tightening around her waist.
The child’s parents were apologizing profusely behind her. Melanie had fallen right onto Eugene’s chest.
She could feel the way his chest rose and fell with every breath, and his mocking voice resonated deep in his body. “Oh? Are you trying to seduce me again because you can’t find your next stop?”