As Willow made her way down the hall all that Tara could do was watch. She stood in the doorway of her office and watched the beautiful, smart, brave and professional redhead walk down the long hallway to the elevators. Was she really trying to flirt with her or was it simply innocent and friendly gestures? Yes, Tara found her attractive but she also respected the fact that she wanted to keep things between them professional.
'But I did like the feeling I got when I touched her hand.' Tara thought to herself as Willow got out of sight.
Tara walked into her office and went back to work. She had a lot of work to get done before she left for the day but she couldn't get out of her head what Mike had said to Willow in the conference room. Tara looked at the clock on her desk and saw that it was almost noon. Maybe some lunch would calm her down and then she could get her work done. She grabbed her briefcase and coat then headed out to lunch.
"Hey Bianca, I am going to grab a bite to eat. I should be back in about an hour." Tara said as she walked past the receptionist's desk and walked out the front doors.
Once Tara was back from lunch, she once again tried to get her work done but all that she could still think about was Mike. She picked up the phone and buzzed Mike's office.
"Mike do you have some time to go over the project so that I can let Butterfly Affect know what it is that you want?" Tara said into the intercom.
"Not right now but maybe tomorrow we can go over it." Mike said.
"But tomorrow is Saturday."
"Yeah and your point is?"
"Well, you told Willow that she had to have it done by Monday so I would like to get it all cleared up today so that I can get back to her as soon as possible."
"Well, that isn't my fault now is it? I have meetings all day today so I am not going to be able to sit down and go over it with you yet again. As far as I am concerned, we went over everything that you needed to know so it is your fault that it wasn't done correctly. Go back over your notes and get it right or it's your job." Mike said as he hit the button and hung up on Tara.
Tara sat there just staring at the phone for a few seconds before she was able to grasp what it was that Mike said to her. Finally, she got up from her desk and made her way down the hall to Mike's office. The door was closed but she didn't knock. She just opened the door and walked in.
"Mike." Tara said as she walked in and stood in front of his desk where he was sitting. "I understand that the project may not have been what you wanted but as far as I am concerned it was what we talked about. I took all the things that we talked about and relayed them to the design company. I don't appreciate being treated like that."
"The way that you talked to me as well as Willow is both unprofessional and unnecessary. All that you had to say was that it wasn't what you wanted it to be and that some changes needed to be made to it."
"I am sorry that you feel that way Tara but I wasn't aware that it was my job to fix the mistakes that you make. You were hired her to do a job and if you don't start doing it then you may want to look for a new job. If this project doesn't get fixed by Monday both you and Willow can find other places of employment." Mike said as she went to go pick up the phone but as his hand grabbed the receiver, Tara placed her hand over his and pushed it back down onto the base.
"I will get this project done and have it to you Monday. As far as my job after that is concerned, you can consider this my 2 week notice." Tara said as she let go of his hand and walked out of his office.
Tara went back to her office just as the phone rang. Once again, Tara started to yell at the person on the other end but this time there was no one stopping her from having it out with them. Willow wasn't there to break up the moment. After about 15 minutes of going back and forth on the phone, Tara had had enough. "Avery, I am not going to continue to have this conversation. Tell him to get his ass down to my office now." Tara said as she slammed the phone down, put her elbows on her desk and put her face in her hands.
"Are you alright?" A very sweet voice came from in front of Tara.
Tara looked up and noticed that it was Willow. She was standing in the doorway to her office holding a leather portfolio case and the notepad that Tara had given her with her notes on it. "Huh?" Tara said as she looked straight into the eyes of Willow.
"Are you alright?" Willow asked again with great concern in her voice.
"Not really but I will be." Tara said as she got up from her chair and walked over to the file cabinet.
"I know that I have just meet you but I know enough about you to tell when you are upset. Did something happen?" Willow said as she took a few steps toward Tara.
"Just the same old shit that I deal with everyday. I guess it is just starting to get to me more and more lately." Tara said as she felt a hand on her shoulder. She looked over and saw that it was Willow's hand. "So what can I do for you Willow?" Tara said as she pulled away and walked back over to her desk and sat down.
"I just wanted to come show you what I came up with so far. I looked at your notes and I think that I may have come up with something that Mike will like." Willow said as reached into the portfolio and placed what she had done on Tara's desk.
"This is great." Tara said as she looked at the prints with the first smile on her face that Willow had seen since she walked into her office.
"There is that smile that I saw the first time I saw you." Willow said as she sat down in the chair across from Tara's desk.
"You have made a really shitty day a lot better. Thank you." Tara said as she looked over at Willow who was also smiling.
"Well, I will leave these here with you as well as your notepad. If he likes them, I will start printing them up and have them for him first thing Monday morning. If he doesn't like them, give me a call. I should be in the office till about 7 tonight and I will also be in there tomorrow around 10 so just let me know." Willow said as she placed the notepad on Tara's desk and headed towards the door.
"I will go show these to him right now and let you know as soon as possible." Tara said as she got up from her chair and followed Willow out. "Hey Willow?"
"Yeah" Willow said as she stopped walking and turned around to face Tara.
"I just wanted to apologize again for the things that Mike said to you this morning. Please don't think that all of us here are like that cause we're not."
"Oh heavens no. I know better than to let the actions of one person affect my thoughts of other people." Willow said as she gave Tara a half smile. "Plus, he is a man so it is only natural for him to act like an asshole." Willow laughed out and gave Tara a wink.
Tara just smiled and nodded. Willow continued down the hallway and to the elevators as Tara made her way to Mike's office.