Title: take your time cause you’re up against space (5/7?)
Fandom/Pairing: Suits, Harvey/Mike
Summary: The first few times it happens, no one notices.
When Mike brings that briefcase to work, Harvey thinks he may have made a mistake.
It doesn’t happen often, and he won’t admit it to anyone, but he is human. Just because he’d seemed to know Mike in the hospital, doesn’t mean that he should be Harvey’s associate. Brains aren’t enough to make a good attorney. It takes skill and a kind of persistence that he isn’t sure Mike has. It’s not enough to just know things and Mike doesn’t seem to get that.
Mike is used to being the cleverest person around, that much is clear. He’s used to all his friends and family fawning over his intelligence. He isn’t used to competing with people just as smart as him. People who have the experience to know what he’s going to do and can find a way to prevent it before Mike has even had a chance.
Because Mike’s never been presented with a true challenge, he doesn’t know how to handle one. Maybe Harvey should’ve thought more about hiring him. He needs an associate who isn’t going to just give up when things get difficult.
But when Mike shows up the day after they talk in the lobby of the building, Harvey can’t help but smile once he’s alone in his office.
As it turns out, maybe Harvey Specter doesn’t make mistakes after all.
The next few months are full of cases and late nights and trying to keep Mike out of trouble.
Mike is learning, even if he’s way behind the other associates when it comes to practical knowledge. Harvey is learning how to have an associate and Donna is constantly laughing at him.
Life is a little messy and stressful but Harvey can’t help but be thankful he found Mike.
He tries not even to admit this to himself.
The first few times it happens, no one notices. Not Harvey, not Mike, not even Donna.
It starts with little things. Like the way Harvey takes Mike by his elbow before leading him into the hallway to yell at him. As if the kid deserves a little affection before he gets himself ripped a new one. The way Harvey knows how Mike takes his coffee, too much milk not enough sugar, without asking. How Harvey automatically hands Mike the only blue pen on his desk when Mike is searching through his pockets for one because he knows Mike prefers blue ink.
Then it starts getting a little more serious. Harvey tries his best not to notice, but even he can’t help but feel confused when he finds himself knowing things about Mike that he shouldn’t.
Like when he asks Donna to buy lunch for Mike as well, because if not reminded he knows Mike will forget to eat. Or when Harvey hesitates to call Mike into the office on a Sunday afternoon because he knows that Mike spends his Sundays with his grandmother.
He knows things about Mike, silly impractical things that are somehow surprisingly personal. What kind of pizza Mike likes, how long it takes him to get ready in the morning, and what he likes to read in his spare time.
Harvey also finds that he knows even more serious things about Mike. Things that only someone with an intimate relationship with Mike should know. Like what happened to his parents, and how much he worries about his grandmother.
He’s fairly sure that all these things he knows about Mike must have a connection to the feeling he had in the hospital. When he woke up and just knew Mike.
How could he feel like he knows someone, actually know so much about them, and yet there’s not history between them? No one who knew that Harvey knew Mike. No history of when they met or how long they’ve known each other.
How can he just know things about Mike like this? It certainly isn’t normal and it’s starting to make life a little awkward.
Not for the first time in the last few months does Harvey wonder what the hell happened to him while he was in a coma.
When Harvey has a dinner scheduled with one of his long term clients, he brings Mike. It’s clearly one of those dinners where the client brings his wife and Harvey brings a date of his own, but instead he brings Mike.
He tries not to think about this impulse as he’s knotting his favorite tie. He has Ray pick Mike up at his apartment and Harvey practically has to bite his tongue when he sees the building.
People really live in places like this?
But then they’re off headed to dinner when Mike turns to him, “Why are we going to dinner?”
“Didn’t I tell you already? We have dinner with a client.” Harvey straightens his jacket and he is nothing if not composed.
To his credit, Mike knows when to stay silent so he just sits there with his hands in his lap until they arrive.
At dinner, Harvey realizes how serious things have become. Harvey introduces Mike as his associate and Mr. Hamlin and his wife seem kind.
When Harvey orders Mike’s favorites for him though, everyone seems surprised. Even Harvey.
He recovers quickly and engages the Mrs. Hamlin in conversation, but notices Mike’s raised eyebrows and the look from Mr. Hamlin.
The rest of dinner goes well and Harvey manages not share anymore things about Mike that aren’t common knowledge. Things go a little haywire after dinner though.
Harvey had let Ray have the evening off after he dropped them at dinner because let no one ever say that Harvey Specter doesn’t appreciate his employees.
Mike and Harvey share a cab and Harvey is giving the driver Mike’s address before he has a chance to think. This causes Harvey to startle even more then Mike. And then he can’t help but upset the driver by immediately changing his mind and sending him to Harvey’s apartment.
Mike looks at him, confused and if Harvey wasn’t so frustrated, he might actually consider it cute.
“We’re going to go to my place, and then you’re going to tell me just what the hell is going on.”
A/N: So I’m not really happy with this chapter and I won’t be insulted if no one else is either. I may end up rewriting this chapter at some point because I’m just not feeling it. It’s too forced. I’m thinking they’ll be maybe another two parts after this one and then we’re done! I’m heading back to university tomorrow so I’m hoping I can finish this before classes start Monday and life gets hectic again.