Monday morning, Willow went into the office early to make sure that everything was done for her meeting at 9. Once everything was together, she headed outside to hail a cab to go meet with Tara.
"So where to lady?" The cab driver asked as Willow got in the cab.
"Oh shit. Hold on I need to find the card that she gave me." Willow said as she frantically rummage through her briefcase to find Tara's business card. "Here it is. 114 Main street." Willow said to the driver.
"Sure thing." He said as she took off toward their destination.
About 10 minutes later, they arrived at Tara's office. "Thanks!" Willow said as she stepped out of th cab and handed the money to the driver.
Willow looked up at the 10 story building, all she could do was look in shock. 'All this time I have lived here and I have never been in this building.' Willow thought to herself as she started to make her way to the front doors of the building.
"Good morning ma'am." The lady behind the receptionist desk said as Willow approached her.
"Good morning. I have an appointment Tara Maclay."
"Ok let me call her and see if she is available. If you just want to take a seat." She said as she motioned toward a group of chairs to the left of her desk. "Ms. Maclay, your first appointment is here." She said as she picked up the phone. "Ok." She said as she hung it up.
She looked over at Willow who was now sitting in one of the chairs, going through her briefcase.
"She is ready for you. Just go to the elevators and go up to the 10th floor. Make a left once you get off the elevator and Ms. Maclay's office is going to be the last door on your left." She said as she got up from her chair and pointed toward the elevators.
"Thank you very much." Willow said as she grabbed her things and made her way to the elevators.
As Willow walked out of the elevator and made her way to Tara's office, she started to get a little nervous. But why? What was it about this woman that made her so nervous? 'Oh yeah...she is sexy.' Willow thought to herself as she made her way down the long hallway. She finally made it to the last door. It was opened and there was Tara. She was sitting behind her desk talking on the phone and typing on the computer keyboard. She looked so beautiful but Willow needed to stop thinking about her like that. Willow stepped back out of the doorway of her office and leaned up against the wall.
'Breathe Rosenberg. You can do this. You can keep the fact that she is a very sexy, smart and amazing woman out of the picture and keep it business.' Willow thought to herself as she just leaned against the wall and tried to regain control. After a few minutes, Willow walked back into the doorway and knocked on the door.
Tara looked up from the computer screen and looked right into the green eyes of Willow. Not even stopping her conversation on the phone, she waved Willow into her office. Willow walked in and sat down in the chair across from Tara's desk.
"Ok just tell him that if he doesn't have it done by the end of the day then he can clean out his desk when he leaves." Tara said into the phone as she hung it up. She looked up at Willow who was now just fidgeting in her seat.
"Sorry about that Willow. My attention is all yours now." Tara said push the keyboard in under the desk and placed her arms on the desk.
"It's ok. I understand that you have a job to do so you have nothing to be sorry about." Willow said as she smiled. Realizing that Tara was smiling back at her she got a serious look on her face and reached for her briefcase. "So her everything is." Willow said as she pulled the project out of her briefcase and placed it on Tara's desk.
"Ok. If you just want to bring everything into the conference room that would be great." Tara said as the expression on her face showed the fact that she was a little disappointed that Willow was staying so serious.
The two made their way into the conference room and as Willow set everything up, Tara went over to the phone.
"Hey Bailey, tell Mike that everything is ready if he wants to come into conference room 2 now he can see what they have come up with." Tara said and then hung up the phone.
Tara walked back over to where Willow was standing. She got next to her and leaned into her ear. "Are you always this serious?"
"Pardon me?" Willow said as she stopped what she was doing and looked over at Tara.
"Are you always this serious about things?"
"I am serious when it comes to business yes." Willow said as she took a step away from Tara. "I have to."
"No you don't." Tara said as the door to the conference room opened and a man walked in. "Mike, this is Willow Rosenberg and she is the owner of Butterfly Affect."
"Well hello Mrs. Rosenberg. I hear that you have something to show us?" Mike said.
"Yes I do. I have completed the project as you requested if you want to take a look at it." Willow said.
"I don't mind if I do." He said as walked over to where Willow had laid out the project on the table. He took a look at it and then looked over at Willow. "Who said that this was what we wanted?"
"Steve, we went over this about a month ago. When you and I started talking about what we wanted for the advertisement campaign, you said that this was what you wanted." Tara said as took a step toward Willow as in an attempt to shield her from the rage of Mike.
"I never told you that I wanted this. The whole things needs to be redone and I need it by the end of the week." Mike said as he flung all the papers onto the floor.
"You have got to be joking." Tara said as she looked at Mike.
"Do I look like I'm joking? This shit will not work at all. Let me know when they have it done so that I can take a look at it." Mike said as he headed toward the door.
"But Mike..." Tara tried to say but Mike just walked out of the office.
Tara looked over at Willow and tried to speak but just didn't know what to say that would make the situation any better.
"I should get back to the office and start redoing this." Willow said as she bent down and started to pick up all the papers from the floor.
"I am so sorry about him Willow. He was out of line." Tara said as she bent down to help Willow.
"You have nothing to be sorry about. If he didn't like then he didn't like it. I just need to make it right so that he does like it."
"But he had no right to get like that." Tara said as she placed her hand on Willow's.
"I can't do this." Willow said as she stood up.
"Can't do what exactly?" Tara asked as she stood up and looked into Willow's eyes.
"Take this anywhere but business."
"I am not sure that I know what you mean."
"Tara, I think that you are a great person and very attractive but we can't be anything but business contacts. I am sorry." Willow said as she looked down at the floor.
"No Willow, you have nothing to be sorry about. I understand that you have to keep things between us just professional. I totally respect that." Tara said as she handed Willow the papers that she picked up from the floor. "Let me give you all the notes that I have from the meeting that I had with Mike and maybe you can get a better idea of what it is that he wants." Tara said as she walked out of the room and headed back to her office.
A few minutes later, she came back with a notepad and handed it to Willow. "Here is what I have. Let me know if there is anything else that I can help you with so that you can finish it." Tara said.
"Ok I will." Willow said as Tara started to walk back out of the room. Willow grabbed her hand and stopped her. "Tara, I am so sorry. I didn't mean to upset you."
"You didn't upset me at all."
"I have just been burned before by getting involved with someone that I was doing work for and I really respect who you are so I don't want that to happen." Willow said all in one breath.
"Did you say all that in one breath?" Tara said as she started to laugh.
"Yeah sorry. I have a tendency to babble when I get nervous." Willow said as she turned around and went to go grab her briefcase.
"You have no reason to be nervous. I understand where you are coming from. I do mean what I said. If there is anything that I can do to help you, please let me know." Tara said.
"Thank you so much."
"It's my pleasure." Tara said as she just smiled at Willow.