Pairing: Harvey Specter/Mike Ross
Genre: Romance, angst, first time
Warnings: Loving, consensual BDSM
Summary: Louis wants to steal Mike from Harvey to work exclusively for him, but Harvey points out that possession is nine-tenths of the law and therefore Mike is his. However, can Harvey prove that he owns Mike? If not, he risks losing him forever…
“I’m sure you’ve both heard the term ‘possession is nine-tenths of the law’,” Harvey said smoothly.
“Of course,” Louis replied. “But you don’t possess Mike.”
Harvey gave a slow smile, and Mike felt an exhilarating tingle of fear creep down his spine. When Harvey was in full danger mode there was nothing to do but hold onto the sides of the ride and scream for all you were worth on the way down.
“Mike, explain what the old adage, ‘possession is nine-tenths of the law’ means,” Harvey instructed.
“Uh well…” Mike thought back to the relevant page in his memory. “It’s not a legal precept as such. It’s more just a general expression meaning that ownership is easier to maintain if one has possession of something, and much more difficult to enforce if one does not. “
“That’s right.” Harvey nodded. “Or, to put it another way: in a property dispute, in the absence of clear and compelling testimony or documentation to the contrary, the person in actual possession of the property is presumed to be the rightful owner. So that tie you’re wearing…” Harvey glanced at Mike’s tie with a wince. “Is presumed to be yours, unless someone can prove that it is not, although why anyone would lay claim to such an ugly tie is beyond me. It’s surely bad enough that you are claiming ownership yourself, via the express means of wearing it.”
“It actually belongs to Trevor.” Mike grinned at him.
“Really?” Harvey’s eyebrow shot up his forehead. “Well, I can see why he hasn’t sued to get it back.”