Tara and Willow just stood there staring at each other, not knowing really how to respond to what Mr. McMillan had just said. The room was silent. Just emerald meeting blue. That was until Mr. McMillan broke the silence.
"So what'da say?" Mr McMillan asked looking back and forth from Willow and Tara.
"Yes!" Both of them said in unison.
"Great." He said as he got up from the table. "How bout we all go get some lunch now. We can finish talking about this there."
"Sounds good to me." Willow said as she looked over at Tara who just nodded.
"Then let's go." Mr. McMillan said as he led everyone out of the conference room and to the elevators. "My limo is waiting for us downstairs.
Everyone pilled into the limo and headed off to the restaurant. About an hour later, the limo pulled up to Tara's office building.
"We have to get going now but I look forward to doing lots more business with the two of you. Until then, take care both of you." Mr. McMillan said as Tara and Willow each shock his hand and made their way out of the limo. Tara and Willow walked into the building and back up to Tara's office.
"Did he really just offer us all the advertising business of the largest athletic company in California?" Tara asked.
"Yeah I think that he did."
"Holy Shit. Mike is going to freak out when he hears this." Tara said as she went to go to her desk and pick up the phone but she felt a hand on hers.
"Wait." Willow said as Tara stopped and turned to face Willow.
"I just want to thank you so much. You have no idea what this means to me and to my business." Willow said as she leaned into Tara and gave her a big hug. "I will never be able to thank you enough."
"You have nothing to thank me for. I just told him the truth. The rest was all your doing. You deserve this so you don't have to thank me at all."
"But thanks anyway."
"It was my pleasure." Tara said as she gave Willow a crooked smile.
Willow smiled back as she watched Tara walked over to her desk and pick up the phone. Willow just stood there and tried to figure out what she was going to do next. Was she leading her on? Did she want to have more with Tara than just a friendship? Did Tara want to have more with her than just a friendship? These were all the questions that were running through Willow's mind as she waited for Tara to finish on the phone. About 5 minutes later, Tara hung up the phone and got a frown on her face.
"Tara? Are you alright?" Willow asked as she walked over to Tara.
"No." Tara said as she looked down at the floor.
"Mike just yelled at me. He said that I had no right to get you involved in the presentation. It was something that was to stay within this company. I never should have let Mr. McMillan know that you were the one that did the prints."
"What did he think that Mr. McMillan wouldn't find out that you guys don't have to capabilities to do prints like that?"
"I don't know. All that I do know is that I can't deal with this anymore."
"What do you mean?" Willow asked as she took Tara's hands in hers.
"I can't deal with Mike being such an asshole anymore. All he does is belittle me and treat me like I am a child. He treats me as if I don't know what I am doing simply because I am a woman."
"So what are you gonna do?"
"I don't know. Haven't thought that far I guess. All that I know is that I can't stay working here anymore."
"But what about Mr. McMillan?"
"I am gonna call him to let him know what's going on and see what he has to say."
"I am so sorry Tara. You don't deserve to be treated like that by anyone. Especially that dick head." Willow said as she tried to get a little bit of a laugh out of Tara.
It worked. Tara started to chuckle as she looked up from the ground and looked at Willow.
"Well I imagine that you have work to do so I should let you get to it." Tara said she turned and sat down in her desk chair.
"So are we still on for dinner later?"
"Yes. definitely." Tara said as she smiled at Willow.
"Good. Then I will see you there at 7." Willow said as she walked out of Tara's office and made her way back to her car.
"Yes you sure will." Tara said as she just watched Willow walk down the hallway.