Tara just sat in her car outside of Willow's office not sure if she wanted to go in. All that she could think about was 'what am I going to do now' the entire ride over. Now, for some reason, she couldn't even get herself out of the car to go let Willow know what happened. After about 20 minutes, Tara finally got the strength to get out of the car and walked across the street to Willow's office building. As soon as she got to the door, she could see Willow standing at Ashlen's desk talking to her. She took a deep breathe and walked through the door.
"Tara!" Willow said as she looked up from Ashlen and noticed Tara walk in.
"Hey Willow." Tara said with a very sad look on her face.
"Are you ok?" Willow walked over to Tara and placed her hand on her shoulder.
"Yeah I guess."
"Mike blew up on me as soon as he walked in the door." Tara said as she tried to hold back tears.
"Let's go in my office." Willow said as she grabbed Tara's hand and led her into her office.
Once they got in Willow's office, all that Tara could do was look down at the floor. Willow could tell that something was really bothering Tara but didn't want to press the issue and make it worse. She just sat down next to Tara and started to rub her back. After a few minutes, Tara finally started to cry.
"Oh my god Tara." Willow said as she grabbed her in a hug. "Shhh. Everything is going to be alright I promise. What happened? Did Mike hurt you?" Willow said trying to calm herself down before she ran out of the room and went over to that office and kick his ass.
"No he didn't hurt me." Tara said in between sniffles.
"Thank god." Willow said as she rapped her arms around Tara tighter. "Then what happened?"
"I-I q-quit." Tara studdered out.
'She is studdering again. Something awful must have happened.' Willow thought to herself as she placed her hand under Tara's chin and lifted her face up. "What?"
"I quit my job but not before Mike tried to come after me."
"He did what? I am gonna kill him." Willow said as she tried to let go of Tara and get up from the chair but Tara grabbed her and held her down.
"NO!" Tara yelled. "I already took care of him Willow."
"What do you mean?" Willow said as she looked into the blue eyes of Tara and for the first time since she walked in today, she saw a brightness in them.
"He came walking towards me and was threatening me. He said that he was the boss and that meant that he could do whatever he wanted. Then he was standing right in front of me as he reached his hand up to my cheek but I grabbed it. I told him that he might be the boss but that doesn't give him the right to ever treat me like this. That was when I told him that I quit." Tara said as Willow grabbed her hand and was rubbing the top of it with her thumb. "Then I kneed him in the crotch." Tara said as a little smile came to her face.
"You did what?" Willow said as she also started to smile.
"Yeah. Then he fell to the ground grabbing his crotch as I stepped over him to leave."
"Oh Tara. I am so proud of you." Willow said as she pulled Tara into a hug. Then realizing what she did, pulled away and walked over to her desk.
"Willow? What's the matter?" Tara asked as she walked over to Willow.
"Nothing. Just have a lot on my mind that's all." Willow said to try and make Tara feel better.
"Anything that I can help you with?"
"As a matter of fact there is."
"Ok. Anything." Tara said with a smile on her face.
"Are you going to take me up on my offer to come work with me here?"
"I don't know. I haven't had time to think about what has happened really."
"I could really use your help but it is up to you." Willow said.
"If you need my help then I am more than happy do it."
"Great. When do you want to start?" Willow said as she started to laugh.
"Since I don't have a job as of this afternoon, I guess I can start right now."
"Well, you don't have to start now. How does tomorrow morning sound?"
"Sounds perfect!" Tara said as she reached out her hand to shake Willow's hand.
"Then I will see you bright and early tomorrow."
"That you will!" Tara said with a wink to Willow.