I’m just gonna headcanon this because I can see it so perfectly in my mind~
I bet either Hope’s kept his and Lightning’s relationship a secret (probably at her request), or they just very recently got together and he wants to keep that knowledge to himself for the time being. It’s a little thought that makes him smile at nothing throughout the day :D
Naturally, since Alyssa’s had her eye on him for quiiiiiiiite some time - who wouldn’t notice the handsome Director; he pretty much had his own fan club - she notices the little smiles and thinks that HEY, maybe he’s smiling at her!!!! Maybe she should make her move!!!!!!
As she works up the guts to do it, Hope smiles again when his phone buzzes, because he knows it’s Lightning texting him to say she’s on her way. He starts organizing his stuff so he can leave for the day, but then Alyssa approaches him. He stays, thinking this is about a work-related concern.
But then she blurts out the words, “Wanna go out tonight with me?” just as Lightning’s rounding the corner to see him.
She stands there and stares - more like glares, really - as Hope sputters that he can’t, he already has plans, pretty much tries to come up with every excuse in the book without revealing his ~secret~, and also trying to let Alyssa down as gently as he could. It’s not as though he’s had much practice at this; after all, the only woman he’s ever had the eyes for has been…
Lightning walks into the room with her eyes blazing with fury and annoyance just as Alyssa says that herself and Hope “would make a pretty good pair.” Lightning immediately gets between Alyssa and Hope, and Alyssa just sputters and takes a few steps back, totally confused and maybe a little bit terrified.
“What the hell do you think you’re doing?!” Lightning hisses out. Never mind that she’s never thought of herself as a particularly possessive person and clearly Hope had the situation under control, but…the thought of someone else trying to take her place in his heart just completely pissed her off.
Alyssa blurts out that she didn’t know that Hope was taken and eventually backs off, but not without a glare or ten at Lightning. Hope just stares all taken aback, amazed that Lightning would make their relationship public just to yell at Alyssa.
“Go ahead,” Lightning says when Hope later mentions as much. “Shout it from the rooftops. I know you’ve been wanting to.”
“Yes, I have,” he replies with a grin. “But the door to the roof of the building is locked, so I have to do this the modern way.”
He then pulls out his phone and goes on every social media website he’s signed up for so he can change his relationship status:
In a Relationship with Lightning Farron.