Disclaimer: Still don't own Suits. Anxiously awaiting season 2 though.
AN: Happy New Year Everyone! To celebrate: Here is a new chapter. Thank you for your kind comments.
They were still talking about the case an hour later when Donna swept into
the office and cleared her throat. Mike and Harvey looked up and she pointed
behind her where Fiona was following with
"Have fun Bumble bee?"
"It was nice," she told him, before she leaned in. "He's not so bad when you get to know him."
"Told you," Mike replied as he set her down and looked at
"Mr. Specter," Mr. Chason held his hand
"Did you get everything worked out?" Mike asked Mr. Chason, who nodded and gave him a smile.
"We still have a few more firms to look at first but we'll be in touch."
"I think you'll make the right decision," Louis told him.
"Speaking of," Mr. Chason looked at Fiona. "I'm sure we'll both be hearing about it at some point today but I do believe our children get along."
"Girls still have cooties,"
"And I'm still gonna run the world one day," Fiona countered.
"Are not! Girls can't run the world!"
"I'm taking lessons from Donna," Fiona pointed out.
"As I was saying, seeing as how they didn't kill each other."
"Always a plus," Mike added.
"I have been asked to invite both you and Fiona over to our apartment next Saturday so they can have a play date…outside of the office."
"A play date?" Mike asked Fiona who nodded.
"It could be fun. And I like him."
Mike, though worried about the fact that his daughter liked a boy, thought that there wasn't too much harm in agreeing to the proposition. Fiona should have more friends.
"I think that'll be just fine, Mr. Chason," Mike told him.
"Please call me Cliff, Mr. Chason makes me feel old. I hate feeling old when I run a toy company," he responded, Mike chuckled and nodded. "The two of you could come over next Saturday around one?"
"Would you mind two instead?" Mike asked, Louis nearly choked behind Cliff. "Sorry but we have soccer in the mornings and-"
"Say no more, we have karate," Cliff said. "It's bad enough trying to get him ready after that. I can't imagine what it's like after soccer."
"A practiced art," Mike told him, Cliff snorted.
"You play soccer?"
"We play for fun," Fiona responded. "What belt are you?"
"Still a white,"
"This is my card," Cliff pressed a business card into Mike's hand. "Personal cell number is on the back. Give me a call later this week and we'll sort it out."
"You've got it," Mike nodded.
"And now we've got to head out. Your mother's waiting for us," Cliff looked at his son who nodded and then looked at Fiona.
"See you soon."
"You to Clive," Fiona waved as they headed out.
"Let me walk you out," Louis said as he stepped up to the older Chason. Mike waited until they were gone before he looked at Fiona.
"Because I like Clive Owen," Donna smiled. "And you think I run the world?"
"You and Ms. Jessica run the law firm," Fiona smiled, Mike was sure he watched Donna melt before him.
"So she was good?"
"Of course she was," Donna told him. "She and Clive had a few fights but nothing major."
"He kept saying I couldn't be a lawyer," Fiona grumbled. "Girls can so be lawyers right Mr. Harvey?"
"Girls can be just as good as the boys,"
"Come on Bumble Bee I have some research to do so we're going to go visit Ms. Rachel."
"Sweet!" Fiona giggled. "I liked Ms. Rachel and she has an office."
"That supposed to mean something?" Mike asked as he walked back to the table to grab his files and then take her hand.
"No, not yet, you're still a first year," Fiona told him,
Harvey cocked his head and looked at Donna, who nodded and went back to her desk to make a call as Harvey, much to Mike's surprise, crouched down to Fiona's level and looked her in the eye.
"You don't worry about a thing Ms. Ross, as your attorney it's my job
to make sure he goes through with it,"
Fiona stared at
"You're the best Mr. Harvey," she whispered in his ear and Harvey, much to his own surprise, hugged the little girl right back. "Thank you."
"I represent the best," he told her, she hugged him again and then
pulled away and took her father's hand and tugged. Mike jumped out of the shock
"Ms. Rachel?" she asked hopefully, he nodded.
"Come on Bumble bee," he nodded towards the hall.
They walked away as
"I saw every second of that and no I'm never letting you live it down," she told him. "Because it was too cute for words."
"You are completely under her spell, don't even try to deny it," Donna told him as she walked back into his office. "By the way your three o'clock has been rescheduled to Monday at one."
"That's fine. And wait a minute I don't fall under people's spells,
they fall under mine,"
"You fall under people's spells when that person is the precious five year-old daughter of your associate who also happens to be your friend."
"Mike is not my-"
"He's so your friend," Donna told him. "You can deny it to everyone else all you want but not to me. Now," she pointed to the papers in his hand. He glanced down, read them over, and then looked at her, she shrugged. "Fiona and Clive entertained themselves marvelously. I used google. The one at the top is not only the safest of the models but also the most gender neutral for a jungle gym," she responded. "Mike isn't going to move her?"
"He says he can't afford it, it's not close enough to either him or Jenny, and it'd be removing her from a familiar and safe environment. The puppy bit back."
"Can't say that I'm surprised," Donna replied,
"He invited me to her soccer game tomorrow," he told her, Donna's eyebrows rose. "He owes me pie and I owe her ice cream."
"And are you going to go?"
He really didn't know what was happening to him.
"Only because she is obviously a future closer and deserves more of a cheering section. I'm sure Mike and Jenny are fantastic but….you could come too. She loves you."
"I can't go this Saturday because my sister will be in town, but I promised I'd come to the one she had next week," Donna told him. "I'll have Ray pick you up at nine-thirty tomorrow morning, her game starts at ten."
"Made up my mind for me?"
"No," she looked at him oddly. "I see where it's headed
"I don't know how Mike does it,"
"I asked Norma to hold him there," Donna replied. "What are you going to do?"
"I have a client to represent."
"I'm sure I'll have Mr. Chason signed after our next meeting," Louis said. "He was very impressed with the firm and the work we do."
"And just who do you have to thank for that Louis?"
Louis looked more than a little angry when he noticed
"What's he talking about Louis?"
"Nothing," Louis began. "He's just-"
"Trying to make sure that Fiona Ross gets credit where credit is
"Wait a minute I-"
"Louis," Jessica interrupted this time. "Be quiet. I'm interested in this story."
"Louis," Jessica groaned. "Fiona is not a member of this firm. She's our guest, my guest today and she's not a bargaining chip."
"Mike and I both informed him of this,"
"And for that I'm very….grateful," Louis bit out.
"But you weren't going to tell Jessica that all of the hard work was
done by a five year-old,"
"There's something else,' Jessica motioned to the printouts in his
"Yes, Fiona being the smart and generous girl that she is agreed to play with the son if Louis would agree to do something for her. Instead of asking for something for herself, she wanted a new jungle gym for her daycare center because the current one is condemned."
"Did she now?" Jessica's lips quirked into a grin that she made disappear as she looked at Louis who was at a loss for words. "You were planning on keeping this agreement weren't you?"
"I…you…of course I was!" Louis told her. "I made a deal and I
may be an ass but I'm not about to break a promise to her. See," he
reached for the other side of his desk and pulled out a stack of papers and put
them next to
"She upheld her end of the bargain and I had Norma do some research. I thought Fiona might like to be involved in the final selection process," Louis told the both of them. "But I can't find Mike at the moment."
"They went to visit Rachel for some help,"
"Why don't I go and get them?" Jessica offered. "You two stay and play nice."
She walked out of the office then and Harvey and Louis engaged in a staring contest.
"Was that really necessary? I was going to go through with it,"
Louis told him.
"Just making sure my client gets what was promised," he replied as Louis raised an eyebrow.
"Client? Fiona Ross is your client right now?"
"I wasn't about to send her to you alone,"
"She's told me," Louis' lips quirked, but then fell back into the thin line they were normally in. "She'll be a damn good one with the right training."
"Well Louis the apocalypse is coming because we agree on
"God save us all," Louis muttered. "But seriously…she's a good kid. Surprised me."
"I just….did you know that Ross had a daughter?"
"No," he replied. "Mike isn't ashamed of her but he wanted to keep her out of our cutthroat world."
"She wants to be part of it," Louis pointed out.
"She's also five,"
"Have you seen her fan club in the bull pen?" Louis asked. "Even Kyle likes her and he hates Mike. And if anyone tried anything Donna and Jessica would eviscerate them before anyone got the chance to."
"What I want to know is how Ross even…managed to have a baby and graduate from Harvard."
"What do you mean?"
"Oh come on
"Not that it's any of your business but no,"
There was silence between them and
"Let's never speak of this again?" Louis offered.
"To our graves,"
More silence and then thank god the sounds of tiny feet and heels and shoes. Fiona entered the room holding Jessica's hand as Mike trailed behind, eyed Harvey who just gestured to Louis.
"Ms. Jessica said you wanted to ask me something Mr. Litt," Fiona said. Louis nodded.
"We had a deal," Louis reminded her.
"I know that, Mr. Harvey said he'd talk to you," Fiona responded.
"I'm representing you right now," he told her. "Louis."
"Right," Louis shook his head. "I did some research on jungle gyms and came up with these three," he spread out three papers on his desk and pointed to them. "I thought you should have the final say on which one I get for your daycare."
"I can pick? Daddy?" she looked at Mike who nodded.
"This is your call bumble bee," he told her. "You made the deal."
"So I pick from those?" Fiona pointed to the papers, Louis nodded.
Fiona took that as an opportunity to approach his desk and peer at them.
"These are the safest ones on the market," Louis assured her. "All of them come highly recommended."
Fiona bit her lip as she looked at them before she picked a paper up, looked
at it and then looked at
"I like this one," she pointed to the picture. The jungle gym in question was wooden but it had green and yellow theme with the fabric on top, the bars on the ladders, and the green slide. And it had swings. "Everyone will like it. It looks like fun."
"I'll have it ordered by the end of the day," Louis assured her.
"Give the company Donna's number, she'll make
sure it gets to the daycare center,"
"I'm very impressed by your negotiation skills," Jessica told her, Fiona beamed at her.
"Something good had to come out of it," she told her. "And now everyone can have fun when daycare is fixed."
"I think they'll love it bumble bee," Mike glanced down at his
phone. "And Rachel has what I was looking for down in….hey
"Rachel is down in the records room it's always cold and dusty down there,"
Mike gave him his own set of puppy dog eyes and
"Can I come Mr. Harvey? I promise I'll be really good."
"You really want to spend time with me?"
"I think I should spend time with the best closer in the city," she told him and once more Harvey ignored Louis' snort and Jessica's little smile in favor of giving Fiona a smile of his own.
"So you should, I'll watch her,"
Mike nodded before he approached and bent to give Fiona a kiss on the top of the head.
"Be good for Mr. Harvey, I'll come and get you from Mr. Harvey's office after Ms. Rachel and I go sort through the records department. Half an hour tops alright?"
"Have fun daddy."
Mike gave her a grin before he walked out of the door and suddenly
"Are we going back to your office Mr. Harvey?" Fiona asked him and
"Yes, I have some files to look over. Do you have…something to do?"
"I have my backpack," she motioned to the sack on her shoulders.
"Then we're good to go."
Fiona made to follow him when he started for the door but stopped, which
"Thank you very much for the jungle gym Mr. Litt," she told him seriously. "Everyone's gonna love it."
"I….you are very welcome," Louis told her. "You did good work
"He was just a boy," Fiona told him with a roll of her eyes. Jessica smirked.
"Did your daddy teach you that?" Jessica asked her, Fiona shook her head.
"Daddy wants me to stay away from boys until I'm married," Fiona told her. "My grammy told me women ruled the world."
"Wise woman," Jessica smiled.
"I think so," Fiona returned her smile before she walked over to
"Thank you for helping," Fiona told him. "With the jungle gym."
"Grammy says good manners go a long way," Fiona replied. "Daddy agrees."
"And do you?"
"Being mean makes people sad. I like being nice," Fiona told him. "Do you like manners?"
"Our?" Fiona asked him as they rounded the corner to his office.
"You're going to be a lawyer right?"
"I wanna be."
"Then it's our profession," he told her, and no he did not smile when she lit up. He also did not acknowledge Donna's little look when they stopped at her desk. "Donna, I'll be in my office with Fiona until Mike comes back from records. So if you could-"
"Keep the interruptions to a minimum, done," Donna told him, Fiona giggled.
"And can you-"
She held out another stack of papers.
"The email you still need to get back to, the changes in your calendar for early next week," she said, and once more Fiona giggled.
"And can you…."
"Your coffee and I took the liberty of getting Fiona some hot chocolate
and yes Mike said it was alright," she told him before he could protest.
Fiona giggled again and this time
"What's so funny?"
"She really does know everything," Fiona giggled again, Donna gave her a satisfied smile as she handed her a hot chocolate. "Thank you."
"You're welcome. This way, you're just like your daddy and Mr. Harvey when they're working," Donna told her. "Except with hot chocolate."
"You'll have enough time to get addicted to caffeine in college,"
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