We got monsters to find. And you’ll find them. I have to go. But this city’s in danger. You got this. I know you do. And I have more important things to do. But… And Harvey… Yeah? You’re the boss now. Maybe get a haircut?
Harvey just stares at him for the briefest second, not humored by the light-hearted joke in the slightest. He gave a short nod and shrug of his shoulder, right before the elevator doors began to close, said, “Bottom or top?”
In the end, he’d meant it to return the joke. They were friends. It was all so… easy.
But the doors slid open again and Mike’s hand was dropping to his side. When had that happened? Oh, right. He was too busy imagining being the bottom or top to Mike’s top or bottom. “Top,” Mike said confidently, tilting his chin in a show of defiance toward his boss.
Harvey’s smirk spoke volumes. What a silly kid. “Bottom.” Harvey’s voice said softly through the cabin, both rough and smooth - all kind of smooth - as he tilted his chin toward the associate in the same way he had only seconds ago. Quickly, he added, “And maybe if you’re good I’ll let you finish.”
That seemed to do the kid in. His shoulders slouched, and his expression couldn’t be described by any word other than “ugh”. Clearly, he thought this was some dirt-humored joke. Classic, between them. But not when he had been asking a serious question and Harvey had been toying with him.
As the doors began to close again, Harvey called out, “Hey, rookie?”
Mike’s hand came up to stop the doors again, although with much less enthusiasm this time.
MIke’s eyes went wide, and his skin flushed ever so slightly, but he stepped into the steel box anyway and watched the reflective doors close behind him. His pulse had reached a record speed, and he wasn’t exactly sure if he was still breathing. He sneaked a glance over to the man next to him, analyzing his demeanor. Harvey stood proud as ever, biting his cheek to (although not very well) hide his amusement.
They stood in the hallway of Pearson the next day; Mike’s eyes trailing after the sight of Harvey’s tongue grazing deliciously across his lower lip, a mischievous glint in his eye making the younger heat up from the inside. No, things were definitely not going to be awkward between them.
so does Harvey not want to make a move on Donna because she’ll “leave” him again at the office??? just switch secretaries with Louis again!!!!!!!!!!!!! you’ll still see each other, you idiot. she just won’t work for you. THIS IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE, HARVEY REGINALD SPECTER!
but like! i know this's been discussed but i can't get over it - there is no viable explanation for it other than Harvey fell in love with Mike at first sight? (or first 15 minutes lol) because eidetic memory or not harvey knew all the consequences? any lawyer would let alone harvey specter? and he was willing to throw everything he'd built and earned to the wind for this boy? and even after, when mike was thinking about quitting he could've let him but he ran after him? god these 2 kill me
Look I’m gonna be completely honest here. Personally I don’t think Harvey fell in love with Mike at first sight. Don’t get me wrong, I get why people have this headcanon, and it’s a completely understandable one. But for me that’s not how it happens.
Personally I’m more into the idea of Harvey not necessarily falling in love with Mike at first sight but just recognising that there was something about Mike that he wanted to keep in his life. He felt an immediate connection, the likes of which he hasn’t felt since he met Donna. And he knew he had to do something to keep Mike near, because how else were they going to be in each others lives?
So Harvey hires Mike. And he chases him down when Mike tries to quit. And he’s hard on Mike so Mike can realise his full potential. And he rescues Trevor not for Trevor’s sake but for Mike’s. And he does all these things, big and small, because slowly but surely he’s falling in love with Mike. He doesn’t know when exactly it happens, when it goes from Mike being his protege to his friend to someone he’s utterly in love with. But I think he becomes aware of his feelings when Mike leaves the firm to work with Sidwell. But then there’s so much fighting and angst and as much as he feels that for Mike it’s almost like he can’t focus on it because so much else is going on.
And then Mike comes back to the firm. And Harvey has no choice but to deal with his feelings, acknowledge that he has them. And then. Then Mike is charged with fraud and every waking moment becomes trying to save him from prison. And when that doesn’t work every waking moment is devoted to trying to get him out. He can admit he’s in love with Mike, but he also knows that it doesn’t matter. His feelings don’t matter. All that matters is getting him out and back to Rachel as soon as humanly possible.
So he does. He saves Mike, just like Mike saved him when he walked into Harvey’s interview room that day. And just as he’s ready to say goodbye again, to take him back to Rachel, Mike tells Harvey to take him back to Harvey’s apartment. Harvey panics, wondering what’s wrong, and Mike reaches over and just says, “I want to go home. Take me back to your place.”
So Harvey does. And Mike stays in the guestroom. And every day Harvey wakes expecting to find Mike gone, returned back to the apartment he shared with Rachel. But he never does. He’s there every day, and as the days pass Mike confesses in fits and starts, that Rachel couldn’t deal with the separation, that Mike saw Harvey ten times more often than Rachel, that when told Mike had a visitor or call he’d start to hope it was Harvey and not Rachel.
Mike finally admits that he fell in love with Harvey at first sight. He just knew nothing would ever come of it, so he tried to get over Harvey by being with Rachel. And he thought he had. But being separated from the world threw some things into pretty sharp relief, and he realised the truth. He was always in love with Harvey.
And finally Harvey can tell Mike the truth, that he’s so in love with Mike he doesn’t know how he could ever go back. So he does. But only after kissing Mike senseless.