Return to The Game of Love Chapter Thirty-Three

The Game of Love

Author: Shai
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: Unfortunately neither Tara nor Willow are mine. Neither's anyone else in this fic for that matter!

"Your eyes look lovely...." Willow said aloud, just as she was cut off by Zak.

"Tara...wha...I mean...WOW!!!" he said, his eyes very obviously running down the length of Tara's body. Unconsciously Willow's hand balled into a fist, and she glared at the good looking jock. Tara, who wasn't too good with compliments, merely smiled slowly, and looked back at Willow, who was staring at Zak with a look that Tara wouldn't exactly categorize as 'friendly'.

"Why's she looking at him like that???" she wondered, a frown creasing her brow. Then she noticed Willow's eyes widen, and looking back at Zak she realized that he was now running his eyes over Willow's body, staring appreciatlively at her bare legs. Tara felt a tingle run through her, and somewhere deep inside she acknowledged that it was jealousy. The look that Zak was giving the red head made the blonde concentrate more on giving him a 'die die die!' look, rather than think about what she was feeling.

"I'm the luckiest man alive tonight...surrounded by all u lovely looking ladies..." Zak grinned, and Willow and Tara felt a lot better when they noticed him say the last part of that sentence as he started into Buffy's eyes, before leaning down to place a gentle kiss on her lips.

"Ok, well I guess that settles my questions about where they stand..." Willow thought, when she heard her friend Xander speak "Hey, make that one of the TWO luckiest men alive tonight!"

Everyone laughed, and Willow and Tara stepped slightly away as Buffy said to everyone "Guys, this is Xander", and proceeded to introduce the dark haired guy to everyone around.

Willow watched him smile his goofy grin at everyone, and after they were through with introductions everyone settled down. Tara realized that Cordelia had settled herself between herself and Willow, and was a little unhappy at that. Samantha noticed her little frown, and asked Tara "Hey, Tara, you ok?"

"Huh? Yeah...yeah I'm fine..." Tara said, being broken out of her day dream of herself picking Cordelia up and in a split second swapping places with her.

"How's your foot?" Cameron asked, and Tara was suddenly aware that everyone was staring at her. Never comfortable being the centre of attraction, Tara quickly focused on an empty glass on the table, and replied "Oh it's better, thanks. All I needed to do was rest it".

"So there's no pain at all?". This came from Willow.

Tara heard her voice, and looked straight up at her, meeting her gaze as she stated "Not really...just a little when I completely rest the heel..."

"Tara's hurt that ankle so many times that perssonally I think it's developed an amazing resistance. I mean it heals faster than any other normal persons!" Cordelia said.

"Yeah, and that too..." Tara said, still looking at Willow as her face broke out into a grin.

As Willow had already figured out, Tara's smile was like a contagious disease, and she realised that she too, was grinning from ear to ear.

Suddenly Tara felt Cordelia quickly nudge her with her elbow, and reluctantly looked away from the green eyes that she was staring into. Turning her attention to Cordelia she said "What?"

Cordelia didn't say anything, but simply grinned in a way that made the words 'she'devil' spring to Tara's mind, and waggled her eyebrows in Anya's direction. Following her gaze, Tara also looked at her friend, and seconds later she was smiling as well...

Anya and Xander seemed to have hit it off already, and were currently sitting together on the two seater sofa...Anya's hand casually resting on Xander's arm.

Willow had watched the exchange between Tara and Cordelia, and followed their looks. She'd seen her friend smiling his most goofy grin at Anya, who seemed to be smiling right back with an equally goofy grin gracing her features.

Looking back at Tara, the red head saw her smiling at her, and Willow smiled back, mouthing "Looks like love is in the air!..."

Tara's expression didn't change as she replied out loud "Sure is!"

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