TITLE: Hearts Are Meant To Break

SUMMARY: A shadowy short missing scene from S4ep19 (New Moon Rising)

PAIRING: Tara/Willow


DISCLAIMERS: All BtVS characters are the property of Joss Whedon and Mutant Enemy Productions. I'm just giving Tara more screen time!

Her tea was getting cold.

Somewhere out there, Willow was with the person she loved. Rescuing him from something Tara didn't understand, something that was her fault.

Tara knew she was on borrowed time. She knew it from the moment Willow first opened up to her. The pain and longing that was there from Oz's absenceā€¦ Tara knew she shouldn't get attached. And she didn't mean to. She tried so hard. They were friends. They weren't meant to be anything else. Anyway, wasn't that enough?

Tears ran down her cheeks then, and she let them. Wiping them away would take more energy than she had right now. And if she ignored them, then she could pretend this wasn't happening. That she wasn't selfish. That she wasn't a bad person for hurting over losing something she never really had.