*Authors note: May i take this ooportunity to wish you all a very happy and prosperous new yr & may long live The Mentalist!

This has been graciously Beta'd by my dear friend Kathryn..

Chapter 7. A chance meeting...

Previously

He often listened to this talk show in the wee hours when the world just seemed to stand still so he was quite shocked to learn the voice he loved to listen to was none other than Lisbon's old school friend that made listening now even more intriguing that's for sure!

Cho walked into the bullpen that Monday morning with an actual smile upon his handsome face. This as everybody at the C.B.I knew was highly unusual. Cho was Mr PokerFace.

Jane of course was the one who was most intrigued as Rigsby had already had gotten his head into a packet of chips! Jane smirked at Cho from Lisbon's office door and much to his surprise Cho smirked back at him and winked! That took the grin off Jane's face for a few seconds then all you could hear around the Bullpen was Lisbonnnn!

Cho began to sort out his desk after saying a round of good morning's to his colleague's. Grace watched him from her own desk and smiled,Cho must have gotten lucky last night too.

Rigsby looked over at her and smiled knowingly Ahh yeah! He wasn't the only one who had enjoyed female company the evening before he mused...

Last night Cho had gotten to phone in and chat to Kathryn Hughes...Just the sound of her sexy velvety voice floating over the airways made his groin tighten... no women had ever had that effect on him before, but there was something about he, he was beyond enthralled...and then his thoughts had turned to Jane and his boss...there was no doubt they had it bad for each other. He could see the love and the lust in their eyes even at work, were they were now struggling to remain professional...

When Jane re-entered Lisbon's office she was on the phone to someone. She was smiling girlishly so it could be only be one of a few people to raise such a smile...but he reckoned it was her best friend, Kathryn?

'' Hey Kath... yeah sure, that would be fine, say oh around 12-45? yeah sure. I'll bring Patrick too... yeah top floor i'll get Greg to buzz u up ok?'' with that she hung up.

''well..."? Jane questioned his curiosity getting the better of him ''Was it who I think it was?''

''Dunno... depends who you thought it was''? Lisbon replied cheekily and he strode around to the back of her desk and trapped her between the filing cabinets.

''Ok ok"! Lisbon laughed " It was Kath, she's coming here later to take us out for so you can get better acquainted with her'' Jane smiled, he was dying to meet her...All the team had on were old reports to finish and tie loose ends up but all in all it was a slow day...

Footsteps could be heard as one of the guards from downstairs escorted the tall brunette into the Bullpen...Cho was the first one to lift his head from his desk.

He eyes widened slightly...whoa! who was the striking broad striding into the office? He cleared his throat loudly much to VanPelt's amusement before addressing the woman who looked a little lost...

''Ma'am can I help you?''

''Oh hi, I hope so I'm here to see Teresa Lisbon''?

''S ok Cho I got it from here...Kathrynnnnnnn...''! Lisbon practically skipped out of her office and wrapped her arms around her best friend of over 20 yrs. Cho watched the exchange and waited with baited breath for his boss to introduce the team to her friend ''Kathryn I'd like you to meet my team, the ones I told you about...This is Agent Wayne Rigsby, Grace VanPelt and Agent Kimball Cho..."a voice came from behind her and she smirked over her shoulder and said '' Oh yeah... and this is Patrick Jane''...

Kathryn's eyes widened in surprise, so this is the consultant her childhood friend had fallen hard for, well she wasn't surprised. He was handsome she'd give him that, had a air about him and his smile, oh my god what a smile...

Pleasantries were exchanged and as Cho came to shake her hand she felt herself react to his presence...she was drawn to the short buffed Asian guy...

''Welcome to the serious Crimes unit'' Cho added efficiently...

''Hey Cho? is it? I'm Kathryn, Kathryn Hughes, but I get the feeling...you already knew that"? Cho's eyes literally bulged out of his sockets, no it couldn't be... surely not?

''Erm so what do you do for a living''? Cho put in hurriedly...just to be certain,

''Oh I'm a journalist actually but I now host a late night phone in for couple, we cover taboo subjects mainly, probably nothing that would interest you guys but, we do quite well"

''I wouldn't bet on it '' mumbled Jane who was stood directly behind Cho and grinned at his colleagues obvious discomfort...''So are we gonna do lunch or what''? he added switching subjects...

''Yes Jane, I swear you are worse than a five year old at times you know that?'' drawled Lisbon as she walked off with her man hot on her heels, whilst Cho, Rigsby, VanPelt and Kathryn all laughed at the antics of the senior agent and consultant, but Kathryn turned to Cho and said '' Hey if you're not busy, why don't you come and join us... might be fun''? Cho swallowed hard and managed a reply,

'' Yeah sure, be a nice change of scenery"...