Author's note: So. I just found this while going through my files….I guess I forgot to post it? Meh. I know it's really short, but that's how I decided to set up this series. And I know it took me about one hundred years to update it, but I promise that I haven't forgotten about it. I've just been busy and frustrated and ugh.

Anyway. This is based on the trust fall scene in episode 1x17. Like I said, I'm going to pick a few scenes from each season. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: I do not own The Mentalist or any of Heller's characters.


"Lisbon, I want you to know that you can trust me. No matter what happens, I will be there for you. I will. I need you to know that."

Why had he said that? He wasn't so sure.

Jane just knew that he needed her to trust him. Somewhere along the way, Teresa Lisbon's trust had become important to him.

It had become necessary. Something for him to cling to, something to anchor him.

To keep him sane.

If he could gain Lisbon's trust, it would mean that he was doing something right.

Something good.

When he caught her as she fell, he felt something change between them. He wasn't so foolish to think that she had magically started to trust him completely.

As much as she denied it, he knew she must trust him. At least a bit.

And he would keep pestering her, in his own way, until she understood.

Lisbon was important to him. She was.

And he needed her to know that.