do you have any headcanons about kevin and ray's relationship? courtship? marriage? please share.
Honestly this is probably not canon-compliant, and I’m also assuming they’ve been together for ACTUAL AGES, BUT I love the idea that Ray was Out at work (even tho it was fucking difficult), but Kevin’s article about him was re: his success against discrimination as a black cop, not a gay cop, and KEVIN DIDN’T KNOW THAT RAY WAS GAY. (or really any article that does not mention him being not-straight.) Ray, being a cop, did pick up on the fact that Kevin was gay, but Kevin had no idea about that, either.
SO when Ray asked him to have a drink afterwards, Kevin assumed it was purely a Professional thing, and he agreed because lbr Ray was super hot and funny and smart, and Kevin was pretty into him from day one. This leads to more and more “hangouts” and Kevin being like DON’T FALL FOR THE STRAIGHT COP, and Ray getting these REALLY REALLY MIXED SIGNALS FROM KEVIN, like Are They Dating Or Not????
And Ray starts trying to put more moves on Kevin, but Kevin gets flustered because he Still Thinks Ray Is Just Being Friendly and he’s got to get this crush under control, you guys!!! So Ray finally pulls back, because Kevin is also funny and cute and so talented that years later Ray will finally admit that he went to the library and looked thru all the old copies of The New Yorker to see what else Kevin wrote, because lbr Ray was in that vaguely kind of stalky part of a crush. (I’m assuming Kevin wrote for The New Yorker for a bit before becoming a professor? And that the article wasn’t just a one-off?)
Anyway so the way they actually get together is that Kevin gets tickets to a play (the person who usually reviews plays was sick and Kevin agreed to fill-in IF he got an extra ticket, Kevin is nobody’s fool okay), and he stops by the precinct, all cool and casual, because OBVS RAY IS STRAIGHT YOU GUYS BUT KEVIN JUST STILL REAL REAL REAL LIKES SPENDING TIME WITH HIM, and some other cop (an actual shitty cop it turns out, like one of the reasons why Kevin learns to hate cops, but ironically the cop helped get them together) makes an oooooh, you got a date, Holt? and Kevin at first thinks the cop is trying to embarrass Straight Guy Ray, and then he looks at Ray and realizes…he’s….blushing??????????????
Anyway that’s the story about how Kevin to this day can hardly remember anything about the production on the night they saw it, and he had to pay out-of-pocket to watch it again the next night so he can write the review, because Kevin was so fucking focused on NOT A STRAIGHT GUY RAYMOND HOLT????? right NEXT to him.
And then afterwards Kevin asks if Ray wants to go to this wine bar he knows about, and Ray isn’t sure exactly what’s changed but Kevin is basically glowing around him tonight?? and they stay up talking until almost 2am, and when they finally leave they just walk a while, and Kevin’s been mulling over how Ray’s acted around him for the months they’ve known each other, now, and Ray’s trying to decide if it’s worth it to try one more time, or if that’s going to ruin their friendship, and finally Kevin stops abruptly, turns to Ray, and says, very firmly, “I like you’re kiss you?” because he’s trying to be cool but also he’s actually incapable of making words come out correctly right now, and then he just leans in and kisses Ray.
And RAY? He cups the back of Kevin’s neck and pulls him in close.