"It would matter," Zacharias insisted. "If the only reason you're spending any time with me at all is because of some inevitability you think is going to happen... well, I don't want that." His lips pressed into a thin line.
"I want to get to know you, Merlin, but you don't make it easy. And if it's always going to be like this... like you're constantly worried that I'm going to do something, well... then why would I keep it up?" Getting to know Merlin was like pulling teeth and while Zacharias was stubborn and liked a challenge... eventually he would give up.