Zacharias snorted softly. "I'm not going to let you down in the middle of the woods," he replied tartly. Alright, Merlin could Apparate away, but just incase he decided to do something foolish like walk through the woods, Zacharias wasn't going to allow it.
He took Ransom's reins back and tugged to the right, turning the horse around. "I'll take you back, and then you can go," he said, heels digging into the horse's sides so he could pick up into a trot. No need wasting time, since Merlin found his presence so intolerable.
"I kept asking because I wanted to know you. But I won't anymore," he told the other after a bout of silence.