You’ve known this person for a long time, most likely in far more than just a friendly way. In fact, you’ve crossed paths for job-related reasons many times. What you may not have known is that they’ve been secretly on your side for some time now, treading lightly around your enemies and quietly building you up to anyone who’d listen. Especially the authority figures — the ones who count. So when that pat on the back arrives, toss them a wink. At the very least.