January 13th, 2016

Not the Worst Stepdad in the History of Everything by Pookaseraph (PG-13)

Title: Not the worst step-dad in the history of everything
Fandom: Suits
Pairing: Mike Ross/Harvey Spector
Categories/Genres: Kid Fic, Fluff
Length: 15153
Warnings:

Author/Artist on AO3: Pookaseraph

Summary:When the son he never knew he had is deposited on his doorstep by Child Protective Services, Harvey does the kindest thing he knows how to do: put Mike Ross on the case. Mike responds by doing what he does best: get emotionally attached to the client.

Review:
It always gets to me how Harvey’s way of teaching Mike to be the best lawyer is also tapping away at his ability to get on with people. I know Mike would never let that happen but you can see how in Harvey’s mind to be the best lawyer, a lawyer is all he can be. He doesn’t understand a relationship that isn’t about manipulation. He doesn’t have many relationships at all.

In this fic Mike calls him out on it when Harvey tries to treat finding out he has a son as a case he can foist off onto his best worker. This time Harvey gets to learn a lesson from Mike about how his life outside of being a lawyer is something he needs to put effort into as well.

Not the worst step-dad in the history of everything
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seams by wishtheworst (unrated)

Title: seams
Fandom: Haven
Pairing: Audrey Parker/Duke Crocker/Nathan Wuornos
Categories: post-canon, sad stories, polyamory, canon divergence, choices, angst
Length: Medium, 4723 words
Warnings: series finale spoilers, mention of canon character death.

Author on Livejournal: wishtheworst
Author Website: wishtheworst on AO3

Summary: Nathan, Audrey and Duke make a new life after Croatoan, but Nathan can't quite come to terms with the fate he's chosen.

The first time it came back he was in the shower. The word Croatoan spiked through his brain, meaningless for a second then crushing him under its weight. Suddenly he was freezing under the spray of hot water, hands scrabbling over the slick tiles for some kind of anchor. Minutes later he wiped the fog from the mirror and stood staring at himself for some sign that would give away what he’d done.

My favourite of the post-finale fics so far, though it's not exactly a happy one... 'Unsettling' may be a better word. Nathan has never been ambiguous about his unwillingness to accept anything less than the real thing... but what if Croatoan had put an extra incentive on the table, for that final deal?

Considering the status of the three leads upon leaving the finale, the central concept stands as chilling and all-too-plausible divergence, through the filter of OT3 'ship glasses or even otherwise, and while definitely not fluffy or happy, perhaps a satisfyingly bittersweet fandom rejoinder to what canon left us.

And in the end, I love the bleak in-character determination with which Nathan approaches his new quest, post-choice, in his life as the hero fallen to temptation.

seams