(photo links to source - or it does if I did that right; second in the ‘London Calling’ ficlet series. Part one is here.)
It sticks in his head, Harvey can’t deny that. Ava talking about Nick, especially her last comment. “That doesn’t mean I’m not going to miss him.”
He doesn’t miss Mike.
Except for the fact that he does.
He’s not sure when the kid’s idiosyncrasies stopped being annoying and became endearing, but they did. And he’s gotten used to having an associate who comes through on what he’s supposed to - even if he fucked up spectacularly along the way, Mike’s brain still put him light-years ahead of the associates Harvey’s shoved grunt work on since the merger. Or at least, it seems that way.
But Mike betrayed him, after everything Harvey did for him. And, really, it’s not just that - Harvey’s not an idiot, he knows Mike was telling the truth about Jessica blackmailing him. He’d suspected as much even before Mike said so. It’s that Mike was supposed to know, when something like that happened, his next move should be to go to Harvey and tell him. Harvey can’t believe Mike didn’t know that, isn’t sure if he’s more angry or - well, he won’t admit to being hurt by it, but he is.
Donna doesn’t help, when she asks if they should think about forgiving Mike, if it really is Jessica’s doing. Harvey says nothing at the time, but he thinks about it. Jessica doesn’t regret what she did. Nick had the chance to make up for what he did to Ava and refused it. Mike practically begged Harvey for a similar chance more than once. He’s already given Mike too many chances, part of Harvey’s mind says, but the other part says that those times were different. And they were - being an idiot isn’t the same as betrayal, even betrayal under duress.
But, damn it. He misses the kid. And Mike wasn’t ready to take on Jessica alone. He doesn’t know why Mike thought he was supposed to, why he didn’t come to Harvey. He could have found off when he tore Mike’s head off for it in the lobby, but he’d been too angry then to care. He wonders now, though.
"Maybe it’s time we considered forgiving Mike."
Maybe Donna’s right. Only, the next day at work, Mike’s nowhere to be seen. Actually, Harvey hasn’t seen him since he told Mike he gave him to Louis because they were done, but he hasn’t been looking and assumed Mike was just laying low. But now, it seems like he’s actually missing. “Donna, get ahold of Louis, ask him where he stashed Mike, will you?” he says, and she raises her eyebrows.
"Taking him back?"
"If I can find him."
Not long after that, he looks up to find Louis at his door. “I asked for Mike, not you,” he says, unimpressed.
"Yeah, I know, but I don’t have him. Ty Lane does."
Who the hell is Ty Lane? “Who’s Ty Lane?”
Louis smirks at him, triumphant in knowing something Harvey doesn’t know. “Associate supervisor at the London office. Nesbitt has a transfer program going between the different branches, Mike left for London almost a week ago. Didn’t you know?”
"Get the hell out of my office." Louis leaves without another word, and Harvey finds himself seeking out Donna through the glass. She looks as astonished as he feels, which makes him feel slightly better. Donna usually knows everything, but this pulled the rug out from under her too.
Harvey turns in his chair, looking out at the city. This isn’t - he didn’t think - It’s not that he always knew, on some level, that he’d forgive Mike eventually. He didn’t. It’s just that, he thought the ball was entirely in his court. He’d choose whether he wanted to shun Mike forever or accept him back, and Mike would just… be there, waiting for his decision.
He didn’t expect Mike to take him at his word, and then take steps to actually leave. He didn’t expect it, and he’s not exactly sure how to react to it. Hell, he’s not even sure he has a right to, now; apparently, Mike isn’t his anymore, not because he cut him off, but because Mike chose to walk away.
Yeah. He doesn’t have a fucking clue what to think about this.