Oooh, okay, let's do this. How about... A ghost AU? Everyone just sort of hangs around to haunt each other, or even the next suckers to end up with their homes. (Ooh, if you don't mind crossovers, what if Alex (at least) wound up haunting Washington heights?) This is all pretty vague, but hopefully it's enough to work with!
Ohhh hello, I am a bit of a sucker for ghost AUs, especially in a show that focuses so much on death and life and stuff. The Everybody Lives AU is going out of the window guys, fasten your seat belts!
- Rachel Hamilton watches over her son his entire childhood, her heart breaking when she sees how hard life is for him without her, when she sees what he has to go through. She sits at the foot of his bed at night, watching as he writhes with yet another nightmare, wishing with all her heart that she could hold him and comfort him. But Alex hears her words in his dreams and sometimes that’s enough to calm him. Seventeen year old Alex isn’t sure what compels him to run into the store basement when he hears the hurricane raging outside but its what saves his life. Rachel pulled him down there and stayed with him through the whole storm. She is so, so sad to see him leave the island on that ship, knowing she can’t follow no matter how hard she tries, but she knows its for the best. As she haunts the town she hears people whispering of Alexander Hamilton and all the amazing things he’s doing in America, how he’s making the island proud. Rachel smiles but she is still so lonely, she misses her son so much. But then, one day, her Alex comes home. He’s carrying a young girl with bright eyes, just like Rachel’s, has another little boy hanging off his legs and his arm around a beautiful lady with such a kind and gentle face, her hand on her growing stomach. Rachel is so, so happy. This time, after a week of being able to hear her son’s voice again, of learning everything she can about her grandchildren and her daughter in law, when Alex leaves, Rachel knows she can move on. She knows her son is safe and happy.
- (all credit to the lovely and wonderful @chiscribbles4smiles and her ghost laurens au) The idea of Laurens finding himself little Philip’s official otherworldly guardian is just too good to not mention. In a modern au where Laurens dies in battle still (or maybe he dies in a protest that turns violent or something?) and suddenly he’s catapulted right to the Hamilton’s house confronted with this tiny baby that kinda looks like Alex that now he’s supposed to follow around or whatever?? He soon finds that its actually a pretty sweet gig. Philip is funny and kind and he sure needs a lot of help. Laurens talks Philip out of a lot of dangerous stuff (and talks him into a lot of stuff too to be fair) and helps him with Theo Burr (more than once those poor hormonal teenagers were sat close together and Philip suddenly felt something push him and whoops, he’s leaning on her or his hand is on her knee. Philip glares at Laurens who just shrugs because hey, it worked!). Laurens tries so hard to keep Philip from going to confront this Eacker kid, he really, really tries but the boy’s got that Hamilton look on his face and theres no coming back from that. Laurens hangs back, telling himself that it’ll be okay, they’ll just talk, maybe swing some fists, it’ll be okay. But then suddenly theres a metallic sound, a bang, the smell of ash and burning and Philip yells in pain and Laurens just…vanishes.
- Speaking of which. Philip watches over Theo after he goes and gets himself shot. He always promised her that he’d look after her, that he’d keep her safe and he won’t let death stop him from keeping his promise. But it hurts him so much to see how his death hurts her, how lost and sad she is now he’s gone. Those first few weeks from when he finds his eyes snapping open and he’s stood in a hospital corridor, watching Theo run from the ICU, sobbing brokenly into her dad’s arms, they’re hard. He just sits with his back against her bedroom door, curled in a ball, listening to her sob over him. It gets better eventually, Theo pulls herself back together a little, with Philip’s help, his presence seems to comfort her a little, even if his hands can’t touch her and she can’t hear his words, the fact that he’s there seems to help. However, whenever Theo goes to the Hamilton’s, Philip waits on the front lawn, feeling the pull to follow Theo but he just can’t. He can’t face his family. (But then when Theo dies they get to be together again. Please. Give me something happy.)
- Ohhh boy, Alex and Eliza. So of course Alex can’t tear himself away from Eliza after he dies. How could he ever go anywhere without her? He watches sadly as she cries herself to sleep without him, her arms wrapped around herself while she wishes they were his, as his poor Eliza has to piece herself back together after yet another loss. He talks to her nearly constantly ever though he knows she can’t hear her but he’s Alexander Hamilton, what else can he do but talk? He tells her how much he loves her, how she’s so strong and brave, how she needs to keep going, for him. It seems to help. And Alex couldn’t bear to leave his children, little Pip and Liza are still so young. More than a few times, baby Pip was toddling along, about to stumble down the stairs or pull the tablecloth down along with all the crockery on his little head but his dad was there to rescue him, even if he didn’t know he was there. Its awful for Alex, to see them grow up not really knowing their dad, not really grasping how much he loves them. He sits and listens to Eliza and the older kids tell them stories about him, smiling sadly, reaching forward and wishing he could hold them all one last time. Although, one day he’s kneeling by Eliza’s chair, murmuring how much he loves her and he sees her eyes focus on him, like she can actually see him, and suddenly its his Eliza, young and beautiful, and she’s looking at him and smiling and crying and they get to be together again. It makes it worth it.
- Oh yeah! I like the idea of the ghosts being able to flicker between places that were significant to them when they were alive so maybe yeah, Alex can hang out around Washington Heights occasionally, if he focuses hard. And he can see his old friend Usnavi, shaking his head in mock despair as he continues to stress and worry his way around the bodega, messing with him by knocking stuff off the shelves sometimes. But it makes him happy to know his friend is okay, Alex sees the happy life he was with Vanessa and the rest of his friends and it comforts him.
Wow, okay I may have gone overboard here but I got way into these. If anyone wants any of these fully written up, let me know because I am very much up for it!