"Kara I'm home." A call came from the front door as a man walked in caring a briefcase and news paper. As he waited for his wife to answer his call he sat down his briefcase and newspaper.
END FLASH BACK
The air was thick and smelled heavily of lavender oil. Willow recognized the smell from all the times she would burn it. It is used for easing depression and speeding the healing process. She felt like shit, not only did her head throb but her entire body throbbed. She tried to move but her head swam with a wave of nausea. She groaned as she relaxed in to the bed. The bed was soft and warm she couldn't ever remember being so comfortable. She knew she wasn't home but some how she wasn't scared she was relaxed and felt safe in a way she only felt with Xander.
Willow opened her eyes and saw that she was in a one room cabin, or that's what it looked like. She tried to sit up again and groaned as the nausea came back. She pushed even harder wanting to sit up but her muscles were screaming and she couldn't quite make it. She started to relax when a hand started to push on her lower neck and between her shoulders. With the help Willow was able to sit up and look to see who had helped her.
"You shouldn't be trying to sit up" a girl stood beside her with her hand still on Willows back. "You're weak and hurt and look like shit."
Willow looked at the girl in surprise "Who are you? And where am I?" Her voice was scrachey and talking made her throat hurt.
"I'm Tara and this is my house" she raised her hands to the room. "Now I have some questions." Tara pulled a small table over to the bed. "Who are you?"
"Me... um... I'm no-one." With a pain filled groan Willow moved so that she was leaning on the wall.
"Ok so do you have a name or do I just call you no one?" Tara was putting assorted dishes on the small table.
"Oh my name is Willow" she looked down at her legs and arms and fro the first time realized how cut up she was.
"The worst is on your head Willow" Tara noticed that she was checking out her cuts and marks. "From your last fall I think it's just under your hair line. Then another one under your eye it was hard to fix up. You shouldn't be able to feel the pain I have a lot of numbing meds on it." She handed some pills to willow and some water. "Take this it should help with the rest of the pain."
"Um. what is it" Willow looked at the pills.
"Simple aspirin" she turned back to the table "are you hungry?"
Willow took the pills and looked up quickly "yes very hungry, very, very hungry, stressing the very in very, very hungry. I haven't eaten since breakfast it was time for lunch when I left. So what do we have, what kind of food. Well I really don't care what kind of food. As long as it's eatable it's good enough for me. I'm sorry I tend to babble and that can be bad and when I ramble I start to notice it but then I ramble about my rambling and I'm just gona be quiet now." Willow looked down and put her hand on her head feeling for the cuts.
Tara doubled over laughing "oh goddess" she continued laughing "sorry" more laughing "its just that was so cute" she finished laughing and wiped a tears from her eyes. "Was that all in one breath?"
"Yes and it was not funny." Willow felt the cut on her forehead "and why or how do I have stitches in my head?"
"There are some under your eye too." Tara handed Willow a mirror "I had to put them in the cut was too deep and split to grow bock together it shouldn't scar too much though."
"So food" Tara handed Willow a plate and utensils "I will be back soon."
"Where are you going? When will you get back? What do I do while you're gone?" Willow panicked as Tara walked away.
Tara turned to face Willow while she answered her questions "I'm going out to get water and some herbs and other natural gifts. I shouldn't be more than an hour. You will eat then probably fall asleep, side affect of the medicine." The worry on Willows face prompted her to continue "Relax sweetie your safe here I don't know what you were running from but it wont get you here"
Willow nodded and watched Tara leave as she ate her food. She saw that it wasn't only one room but it was connected to a hall with one or more rooms off that. The room was big and had cupboards and shelves all over. There were book cases filled and over flowing with books and many different candles and oils and incense sticks placed about the room. She looked up at the ceiling and found a multi colored star and circle, note to self ask about the ceiling. With that she finished her food, feeling slightly less pain, lay down and curled up under the blankets. Feeling warm and safe she pushed all thoughts of Xander and Faith from her mind and fell in to a dark sleep.