- Me, making wild hand gestures and speaking faster and louder with every sentence: In 96,000 (In The Heights- 2008), Sonny de la Vega is one of the only characters who doesn't want to spend the lottery money for self-serving purposes. He's outspoken in the fact that he wants better education and living conditions in the barrio, and find a way to prevent gentrification. In "Blackout", he puts himself in the way of potentially armed criminals in order to protect the bodega, not for himself, but because he knows it's all Usnavi has left. Then, in "Carnaval Del Barrio" he is, once again, one of the only people to question the development in the neighborhood, and what it means for all of them. In between songs, we see him going out of his way to help his friends: trying to comfort Nina, offering advice to Benny, asking Vanessa out for Usnavi, giving free drinks to Pete. And, almost every time, he's written off as a joke by the people he wants to listen the most. He's always the first person forgotten, and the last person remembered. And then there's the fact of him being left alone; as far as we know, Usnavi is the teenage Sonny's only family. The dialogue in the show gives no reason to doubt that. Usnavi basically says outright in at least three songs that he plans to keep Sonny running the bodega after he leaves. Hell, even Abuela doesn't say shit about him. So what is Sonny supposed to do when his only family leaves? Nobody brings it up but Sonny himself. He literally calls his cousin out for leaving him with nothing but a "separation fee", and Usnavi STILL DOESN'T TAKE HIM SERIOUSLY. Nobody talks about taking him in, so we're left to assume that he'll either end up in foster care, maybe crash with Pete, or, worst case scenario, end up on the streets. He only has one friend who's willing to stick with him, but everyone sees Pete as a vandal and a hoodlum, so nobody takes them seriously. Sonny de la Vega was a well-rounded, emotionally realistic teenage character and he deserved so much better.
- Walmart employee: M'am,
Slightly sad headcanon: Laurent is the first one to die. Not immediately, of course; there are years and years of peace and prosperity and raising children and grandchildren. Decades of endless happiness. But eventually age catches up to him; it's nothing violent, and there's no painful lingering, it's just his time. Laurent is okay with this though, he prefers it actually. This time he's not the one left behind.