Viola grabbed Eugene’s arm, seemingly minding the fact that Eugene had arrived at the airport with Melanie. She seemed to be declaring her relationship with him.
“Eugene, why didn’t you tell me she’d be here with you? If I had known, I would’ve booked her a room in the hotel. It’s the weekend, and most of the rooms are occupied. It’ll be difficult to book a room now.”
Before Eugene could answer, Melanie said, “I’m not staying in the same hotel as you two. I have something else to deal with.”
Eugene looked at her, and Melanie seemed to sense his gaze. She said, “Send me a text if you need me. I’ll do as you say.”
Viola frowned as she interrupted, “Are you guys talking about something confidential? What are you going to do?”
Eugene answered calmly, “We’re just dealing with some trouble.”
Viola nodded and asked Melanie, “Melanie, is your family in trouble again?”
Her tone made Melanie feel uncomfortable. Melanie had no idea if Viola was saying this intentionally.
However, Melanie couldn’t retort. It was indeed a trouble caused by Dylan and George.
Viola looked as if she had just realized what she said and smiled as she explained, “Melanie, please don’t mind. I didn’t mean that. I just feel sorry for you.
“I would’ve broken down mentally if I were you. I heard your grandpa passed away too. Please accept my condolences.”
Melanie did not want to hear more from Viola and said, “I’ll excuse myself first.”
Theodore left with her, saying he would drive her to the hospital.
Viola held onto Eugene and watched the two leave. She sighed on purpose. “I feel sorry for Melanie. Anyone with a family like that is plagued with bad luck.”
She hugged Eugene’s arm and said, “Eugene, don’t worry. My family is ordinary and would never bring you trouble.”
Eugene looked at her expressionlessly as he nodded. Viola was not sure which statement he was agreeing with.
On the way to the hospital, Theodore told her everything.
After Dylan and George were caught, Peachie spent a few days in the police station.
She wanted to go back to Hearth City and refused to stay, so they could only send her back.
Melanie said after a moment of silence, “No one in Jepton has the time to take care of her.”
Dylan and George were arrested. Melanie had also been busy with Albert’s funeral and forgot about Peachie.
If Theodore had not called her, she would not have known that Peachie had gone back to
However, Melanie did not blame herself for it. She and Melanie were not close, and Melanie had done enough by providing the money for her treatment.
George killed her grandfather, and Melanie could not forget that. However, Peachie was just a kid, so she could not be heartless toward her.
Peachie stayed in a six–person ward. She was on her drip when she entered, lying on the bed in a daze.
When she heard footsteps, she turned around. Her eyes turned red and tears welled up when she saw Melanie.
Melanie did not comfort her. Instead, she sat by the bed and looked at her silently.
Melanie did not know what she could say to Peachie. They were stepsisters, and Dylan favored her ill daughter more. She even taught Peachie all kinds of insane stuff. Melanie could not be friendly to Peachie anymore.
Before she could speak, Peachie cried.
As she wept, she apologized, “Melanie, I’m sorry. It’s all because I’ve been a coward.
“I should’ve called the nurse. I’m sorry, Melanie. It’s all because of me.”
Melanie’s expression changed. “What did you say?”
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