One Month Later
A month had passed since the night that Robert had staked that
vampire, and he and the Scoobies had shared their stories. There hadn't
been any huge evil to fight, which made everyone happy. The gang all
really liked Robert, and were pleased that he made Willow so happy. He
had even joined them on patrol a few times. He was quickly becoming a
trusted member of the group. Everyone could see that Willow was falling
in love with the man.
Willow had never meet anyone like Robert Lyle before. The man was
perfect. It was like he knew exactly what to do to make her happy. And
she certainly was happy. She had pretty much been walking on clouds
since the day she had met him. She didn't know for sure, after all it
had been less than two months, but she thought that Robert might be the
one. She really could see herself spending the rest of her life with
Mr. Lyle was also happy, but for far different reasons. Everything
was going as planned. He gained more and more of Willow's trust each
day. He knew that with just a little more work, she would do ready to
do almost anything she asked her to. Especially since she believed that
The Centre was working for the same things that she and her friends
were. The sex was great, and when the whole thing was over, he'd
probably be getting a raise. Even if Jarod tried to interfere, it
wouldn't work. The way Lyle had described him, Willow and her friends
practically thought of him as the antichrist.
Jarod sat in his rental car. He starred at the "Welcome to
Sunnydale" sign that stood a few yards in front of him. He had faced a
lot in his life, but he wasn't sure if he was ready for this. He hadn't
known what to think when Sydney had told him that demons existed.
He had researched it for days, and had finally come to the
conclusion that Sydney had been truthful. Jarod didn't know nearly as
much as he would like to about the whole thing. That's what he wasn't
comfortable with. He wasn't used to having so little information about
something. He thought he knew enough to keep him out of danger, but he
wasn't positive. He just hoped he could get to Miss Rosenberg right
away. He hoped that Lyle didn't have his claws to deeply into her. He
didn't want to see The Centre hurt this girl.
He turned the engine back on, and headed into town. He wanted to
find Willow as soon as he could. He figured that with the witch thing,
the local magic shop might be a good place to start looking.
A few minutes later, Jarod pulled his car into a parking place
outside of the Magic Box. He entered and starred for a moment, wonder
what he was getting himself into.
"Can I help you with anything?"
Jarod turned to see a middle-aged man standing at the counter. From
his accent, Jarod could tell he was British. He walked over to him
pulling a picture he had found of Willow out of his jacket pocket.
"Excuse me, I was wondering if you could give me a hand. My name's
Jarod. Jarod Matthews. Could you tell me if you've seen this girl
before?" He asked, handing the man the picture. "Her name's Willow
Rosenberg. I have to find her, it's pretty important."
Rupert Giles leapt over the counter, Ripper flashing in his eyes.
He grabbed the lapels of Jarod's jacket and pulled him in, inches away
from his face. "What the hell do you want with Willow?"