Tara walked into the restaurant and was just in awe. Willow was sitting at a table in the middle just staring down at her hands. She looked so nervous but what on earth could she be nervous about? Tara was the one that wanted to talk to her. After a few minutes, the hostess came up to Tara.
"Ma'am? Can I help you with something?" She asked as she walked up to Tara.
"No not really. The rest of my party is already here." Tara said looking over at Willow.
"Ok." She said as she walked back to the hostess stand.
Tara went back to watching Willow as she looked up from her hands and to her watch. "Wow." Tara said to herself as Willow removed a piece of hair that had gone into her mouth. "She is so beautiful." Tara whispered as she started to make her way over to where Willow was sitting.
"Hi!" Tara said as she got to the table.
"Hey! I was starting to think that you had changed your mind." Willow said as she looked up at Tara.
"Nope, never." Tara said giving Willow a crocked smile.
"Good!" Willow said smiling back as Tara said down across from Willow.
The waitress came over to the table and they ordered. They chit chatted through dinner and then Willow couldn't take it anymore. She needed to know what this whole dinner was about. She needed to know what it was that Tara wanted to talk to her about.
"So what is it that you wanted to talk with me about?" Willow asked.
"Well I wanted to get some things off my chest that I have been thinking about all week."
'And what a beautiful chest it is.' Willow thought.
"I know that you said that you wanted to keep the relationship between us just business but I am finding it so hard to keep it that way."
"What do you mean?" Willow asked full well knowing what she was talking about.
"I am attracted to you Willow." Tara said as Willow got a scared look on her face. "I also understand that you don't want to get in a relationship with one of your clients. I think that you are a great person, smart, kind and like I said very attractive. With all that said, I guess what I am trying to say is that I brought you here tonight cause I wanted to know what you were thinking about this."
"Wow!" Willow said as her expression changed to very scared.
"I am sorry I didn't mean to put you on the spot like this but this is just something that I haven't been able to stop thinking about since the first time I met you."
"It's ok. You have nothing to be sorry about. I totally understand what you mean. I have been having the same thoughts myself." Willow said as she looked into Tara's eyes.
"Shit, there is always a but."
"No it's not bad. It's just that right now, all that I can give to you is a friendship." Willow said. "I hope that you aren't mad at me."
"I am not mad at you at all. That was actually what I wanted to know. I meant what I said about understanding that you have had problems with getting in relationships with people you work with. So what kind of person would I be if I got mad at you? I would be horrible. I would be honored to be your friend Willow Rosenberg."
"Thank god. I was getting worried there for a minute." Willow said as she started to laugh. "Oh by the way...what did Mr. McMillan say when you told him what happened with Mike?" Willow asked trying to change the subject.
"Oh yeah thanks for reminding me. He said that it would be fine. He was going to call and talk to Mike tomorrow and let him know that it was his idea that you come to the meeting."
"And if Mike doesn't care that it was his idea? What are you going to do then?"
"Honestly, I have no idea." Tara said as she got a worried look on her face.
"Hey, don't worry. You can always come work for me." Willow said as she placed her hand on Tara's and smiled at her.
"The way that Mike acted earlier, I may have to take you up on that offer."
"I am serious. If something happens and you just can't stay there then let me know." Willow said as they both got up from the table and headed outside to their cars.
"Well thanks for dinner." Tara said.
"No problem. I hope everything goes ok tomorrow. Give me a call and let me know what happens."
"I sure will. Have a good night Willow and I will talk to you tomorrow." Tara said as she thought about giving Willow a hug goodbye.
"Thanks you too." Willow said as she had the same thoughts of Tara.
Finally, at the same time, both of them leaned in to give each other a hug. This was a hug that was a bit longer than a normal hug between friends. Tara let go of it first and just stood there and waited to see what Willow's reaction would be.
"Well I will talk to you tomorrow Tara." Willow said as she walked to her car and drove back to her house.
'This is going to be harder than I thought.' Tara thought to herself as she walked to her car.