PATRICK JANE'S DAUGHTER

CHAPTER 3

Lisbon still felt irritated, as she got out of the car at the crime scene. She could see Jane watching Greer's every move. She had only coughed! For all they knew, she could have a radio transmitter implanted in her throat and it had slipped. It could be possible? The cough hadn't sounded normal.

They approached the body and the rest of the team, stepping under the yellow tape.

"Greer, you're not actually allowed here, so stay out of the way… and don't touch anything!"

Greer nodded, falling into step with Jane, as Lisbon went on ahead.

"She doesn't like me very much." It wasn't a question.

"Why would you say that?" Jane asked her, looking after Lisbon.

"You're the one who said you can read her. You tell me."

They stopped walking.

"Look." Jane said, getting slightly defensive. He looked Greer directly in the eye. "She just cares about me. We're friends. It's what they do."

Greer sighed.

"I know. I get that. But it doesn't give her any reason to personally dislike me. I can feel the resentment coming off of her in waves."

"Just give her a break. She's stressed. Let it go." Jane said, his tone darkening.

"Oh… I… sorry."Greer bit her lip and looked at her feet.

"Hey, it's ok." Jane said looking into her face. "She's just done a lot for me. She's just trying to be a good boss and a good friend."

Greer nodded.

"Come on." Jane said motioning her towards the direction of the body. "Let's go solve a murder." He smiled dazzlingly at her.

She returned the smile―hers a little more guarded than his―and ventured towards him. Sure, she was meant to get to know Jane. She had been told to. And the fact that she didn't have a lot of time to do so, was slightly frightening. She would be paying with her life once the time ran out. But that was inevitable. There was nothing she could do to stop it. With that epiphany, Greer tucked her thoughts to the back of her mind for later. She had more important things to do.

The victim, a woman of mid thirties, was lying outside the coffee shop, in a pool of her own blood. She was lying on her side and had a knife sticking out of her belly. There was a red bloody footprint beside her. Greer gasped when she saw the body. She had seen movies where people were murdered viciously, but it was so much harder seeing it firsthand. Once she got over the initial shock, her other senses kicked in.

"Name's Suzie Philips." Lisbon said. "Coroner says she has been dead since around one this morning."

Jane nodded and Lisbon walked away to talk to the local PD.

"Hmmm…" Greer murmured.

"What?" Patrick asked.

"I bet you ten bucks I can guess her occupation."

"Ha! You're on!"

Rigsby smiled, overhearing the bet. He had learned the hard way, Never. EVER. bet with Patrick Jane.

Lisbon sighed and rolled her eyes a little, watching them. This was surely going to be interesting.

Greer walked around, circling the body. She mmmed and ahhed a little before turning back to Patrick with a triumphant look on her face.

"Well?" he asked, having made his own analysis.

"She's a hairdresser."

"Oh yeah. And how do you come to that conclusion?" he asked, his eyes shining.

"Her hair is freshly cut, and yet her ends are split from overdying and heat damage. Her hair is dark, but she is covered with little snippets of blonde hair, and she has little cuts on her fingers, from where she has overcut and nipped the skin." She looked up from the body after finishing her report. Jane was positively beaming. Lisbon hadn't seen him so happy since he had lost his memory.

"Also," Greer continued. "she is recently divorced or is having an affair." She said pointing at the small white ring of skin on the victim's tanned finger. "And… the killer watched her die. You don't bleed when you're dead, so she would have had to be lying there long enough for the blood to pool around her, and the killer to step in it. Hence the footprint."

"Ah huh!" Jane's shouted and started clapping.

"Well, if she is his daughter," Rigsby said leaning towards Cho, "She has definitely gained his 'superpowers'"

Cho nodded. He had never seen anyone outsmart Patrick Jane. Even he was surprised, but no one would have noticed through his cool demeanour.

"Ten dollars thank you." Greer said, holding her hand out.

"Ahh. A deals a deal." Patrick said shrugging. He reached into his pants pocket and pulled out his wallet.

"Hold up on that Jane" Lisbon said walking towards them. She pulled out her cuffs and walked over to Greer.

"Greer Thompson, you are under arrest under suspicion of the murder of Suzie Philip." She said securing Greer's hands behind her back.

"Lisbon? What are you doing?" Patrick was staring wide eyed at her. "Lisbon?"

"You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say or do can and will be held against you in a court of law." Greer was frightened out of her mind. Her eyes were huge and swimming with tears. "You have the right to speak to an attorney." Lisbon continued. "If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you. Do you understand these rights as they have been read to you?"

"Lisbon!" Jane said again.

"Do you understand these rights as they have been read to you?" Lisbon repeated.

"Y-yes…" Greer stuttered back. She was staring helplessly at Jane.

"Lisbon! What are you doing! Answer me Lisbon or so help me…"

"She's too close to the case Jane. How else would she have known so much about the victim?"

"The same way I do! Through the art of human perception. Lisbon! Come on! She's done nothing wrong."

Lisbon looked at him as if he had gone mad. This girl had to be lying to him. How is it he couldn't see it?

"It's too late Jane. I've called it and I've already read her her rights. I'm taking her in."

Greer let out a sob. She coughed into her shoulder a couple of times, seeing as her hands were out of reach to stifle it.

"There goes that bloody transmitter again." Lisbon thought to herself.

"Cho. Run the knife for prints."

Cho nodded. His expression not betraying his true feelings.

"Lisb… TERESA!" Jane called. "Please. She's done nothing wrong!"

"Time to go." Lisbon said, completely ignoring Jane.


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