Title: take your time cause you’re up against space (1/?)
Rating: G (this chapter)
Fandom/Pairing: Suits, Harvey/Mike
Mike Ross has never been bothered by hospitals.
Even when they smell like hospital, and look like hospital, Mike has never had that uncomfortable feeling that most people associate with hospitals. To Mike, hospitals are comfortable. But then again, all the time he spends in hospitals is usually away from admissions and the emergency department.
Mike has been working at St.Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center for two months now. He’s a janitor.
It’s certainly not the most glamorous of jobs, but between this and his other two jobs, the bills for his apartment and his grandmother’s retirement home get paid. At night, Mike is a busy boy at a restaurant near his tiny apartment, and his weekends are spent working in retail. The hospital is actually his favorite job.
It’s usually calm, and everyone is friendly. Mike is on a first name basis with all the security guards, and he’s even friendlier with the nurses. Administration prefers his simple and efficient work ethic to that of the other janitors and even the doctors recognize his presence.
Mike had only been working at the hospital for a week when he decided that the ninth floor was his favorite. It was the quietest of all floors and possibly the most depressing, but something about the “Long Term Care Unit” seemed to calm Mike.
He didn’t mind the tedious tasks of mopping floors and cleaning bathrooms on the ninth floor when it gave him so much room to think.
Now when he finally makes his way up to the ninth floor, he takes the time to visit each patient and nurse on the floor.
“Hi Lucy. Where’s Maria today?” Mike smiles at the nurse, looking around for the one who usually with her on Tuesdays.
“She had to take the day off. The twins are sick.”
“I hope it’s nothing serious,” and Mike really does mean it. He knows Lucy well and has met her twins several times before.
“Oh don’t worry Mike, it’s only a nasty cold!” Lucy smiles at him reassuringly, but looks a little preoccupied with a file so Mike lets her back to work.
Mike mops, cleans and restacks the supply closet, humming all the while. When he finishes, he stops in to see each patient, leaving room2453 for last.
After playing blocks with Ellie and Kate, discussing politics with the elderly Mr. Cady, and charming grumpy Mrs. Santos, Mike finally gets to 2453.
Harvey Specter has been in room 2453 for the last three and a half months. He’s young, probably in his mid-thirties if Mike had to guess, wealthy, and drop-dead gorgeous. He listens when Mike talks, doesn’t mind when he hums while he works, and isn’t at all upset that Mike leaves him for last.
He’s also in a coma.
Harvey is Mike’s favorite. He tries to play it off like he isn’t, but all the nurses know why he leaves Harvey for last. It’s because the one time he tried to visit Harvey before his work was done for the day, he clocked out 2 hours late.
Mike tells Harvey almost everything. He knows it’s ridiculous, he’s a grown man, he should know better than to talk to someone who can’t hear him. But it’s nice to be able to talk without censoring himself even if he doesn’t get any responses.
He tells Harvey about his jobs and how he wishes he had the money and time to actually go to law school. Mike tells Harvey about how he isn’t sure he should keep depending on Trevor. And when Mike’s grandmother falls in her retirement home—thankfully she doesn’t break anything—Harvey is the only one to hear about how absolutely concerned Mike is about her health.
Sometimes he just sits with Harvey and reads aloud. Sometimes he doesn’t even speak, he just stands at the window and looks out at the city skyline.
When his finally makes his way to Harvey’s room today though, Mike opens the door and is immediately surprised.
There’s four people already in the room. Three are standing around the bed and one is in it. This alone is enough to surprise Mike. Harvey has never had visitors before.
All four people turn to look at Mike and he feels himself redden.
“Oh, I’m so sorry. I was just—“ And then something registers in Mike’s brain. All four people looked at him, “Oh my god, you’re awake!”
Harvey looks even more attractive awake than he did in a coma. He looks a little healthier and certainly more life-like. As of right now though, he looks confused.
“Do I know you?” Harvey’s forehead bunches up in lines when he’s confused and Mike feels like an idiot.
“No, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to interrupt…” Mike turns to leave so as not to prolong his own embarrassment.
“Wait a minute,” Harvey calls after him before Mike has the chance to escape and Mike turns back around, “are you sure we don’t know each other? I think I know your voice…”
Mike shakes his head and tries not to sound upset, “I’m just the janitor. We’ve never met.”
And then Mike’s sitting on the floor of the men’s room, trying to remember how to function.
In the two months he’s been working here, Mike has visited Harvey at the end of every shift. He’s told the man everything of importance in his life. Despite every conversation being one-sided, Mike has formed an attachment to Harvey. He feels connected to him.
As Mike squeezes his eyes shut and breathes through his nose on the cold tile floor, he tries to reconcile the man who could know everything about him with the man sitting in a bed nearby who has never met him.
A/N: St.Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center is in fact a real hospital in Manhattan. Whether or not it actually houses long-term patients, I don’t know. Any descriptions I make of it are simply creations in my mind. I own nothing related to it or this lovely show. Also, any information about comas included here comes from Wikipedia and what little knowledge I have as an EMT.