Here’s what I was thinking though:
All the “Suits” fic that mentions Harvey’s family sort of imagines that they’re all a lot like Harvey, but what if Harvey’s mom is Debbie Novotny?
so is harvey michael’s half-brother who ran away from philly to nyc in high school? or some other similar scenario.
Yes! Wait. Maybe? Idk. I clearly haven’t thought about the details. Mostly I think it’s funny imagining Debbie meeting Mike Ross, and then her asking Harvey why he never mentioned that his associate was named Michael too.
She says, “I think it’s sweet.”
“That’s not why I hired him,” Harvey says.
“Still. You miss us,” Debbie says.
And then actually my brain went off of on this tangent where Debbie’s like, “He kind of reminds me of Sunshine,” because idk, they’re all still in touch with Justin or something. Maybe he’s working on a commission for some building that wants new art. Maybe Harvey even helped make that connection for Justin, and Debbie’s in town to see them both, the NY contingent of boy she calls family, so Mike also inevitably meets Justin, and then probably has lunch with Debbie and Justin at some point, which mostly ends in Justin being confused that Mike isn’t actually fucking Harvey despite the way he’s devoted to him.
Which of course leads to Justin saying to Harvey, “I worked a sort of associate position — graphic design, of course — with Brian for a while,” so he knows about late hours at the office, except Harvey is adamant about how he’s not sleeping with Mike.
And then, idk, somehow there’s a conversation with Michael where he’s basically like, “He’s the same age as my son,” which is the worst thing anyone could say, so that’s why Michael says it. Also, wtf, Mike is actually a few years older than Hunter. He’s closer to Justin’s age, which Michael doesn’t think makes it any better, considering.
Also, when Debbie’s like, “Any time you come to Pittsburgh, you call me. You’ve got a place to stay.”
Harvey tells Mike, “You’re never going to Pittsburgh.”
Except then, obvs, Mike eventually does, because they do eventually get a clue and start dating, so it’s with Harvey, and then Harvey has to suffer listening to Debbie talk about Michael and Harvey watching Star Trek together and debating comic books, and then about the week Harvey and Michael didn’t speak to each other because Harvey kissed Brian.
“Yeah, when do I get to meet Brian?” Mike asks.
“Never,” Harvey says, but Harvey never gets his way back in Pittsburgh, which is why he went away to school in NY, so Mike eventually meets Brian.
And idk. Stuff.