Both girls screamed. Maria and Adriana turned around, holding their brushes as if to use it as a weapon as they glared at Conn. He raised an eyebrow, a small smile making its way to his lips as he raised his hands on either side of him.

"It's just me," he said softly. Adriana released her breath, shooting her friend a look that it was okay. Maria dropped her hand to her side slowly, her eyes widening as she appreciated the man in front of her. But she covered her starstruck expression, knowing it best to not coo over a Director when he was unattainable.

But Conn had noticed and he flashed her a flirty grin before walking toward Zehra. His hand nuzzled the spot behind his horse's ear as she whinnied softly, turning to face her Master.

"You okay darling?"

"Fine, thanks," Maria answered. Conn turned to face her, stifling a laugh as he bit down on his lip.

"He was talking to his horse, Maria," Adriana informed, looking equally embarassed. Conn didn't say anything further as he mounted his horse, as she eagerly waited for today's journey.

"Are you ready Adriana?" He asked, watching her but she looked tentatively back at him. Adriana had never ridden a horse before and frankly didn't know how to mount it.

"Not quite," she said hesitantly. She held the reins of her companion-to-be for the day, but didn't know what to do as she stood there stupidly. Conn smiled, dismounting himself as he walked over to Adriana. Before she could push him away, he took a light but steady hold of her waist and lifted her up onto the horse.

Adriana was too much in shock at the sudden action of the Director to say anything. Unacceptables and Directors were never to act that close. But this was definitely a first.

"Think you could take it from here?" Conn asked, clapping his hands together before mounting Zehra once more. Adriana nodded wordlessly.

It was going to be a long day.

The End

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