amy santiago is the youngest captain in nypd history, and a freakout of corresponding magnitude ensues (feat: mentions of peraltiago babies, husband of the year detective jake peralta, and a ref to kokomo). title from celebration. as always, i owe my life and all my worldly possessions to @jakelovesamy and @elsaclack. also on ao3.
The door shuts behind Captain Amy Santiago (she’s been in official possession of that title for a full three hours, and she has every intention to use it on even her takeout orders, just to hear the sound). The click of the doorknob is louder than expected, and she pauses for a moment, hand hovering, to see if anyone outside noticed, but the chorus of “Celebration” is blasting so loudly that the blinds are rattling against the windows. She shuts them, suppressing a reflexive sigh at the thought of the confetti littering the bullpen - her bullpen - and focusing on the overwhelming joy of this moment.
She moves behind her desk, savoring the feel of the new, heavy medals against her shoulder and the hat resting atop her perfectly smooth bun (she’d spent at least an hour ensuring every hair was in place. It could’ve been half that time, but Rae and Ana, nothing short of tornadoes, had spun through their bathroom halfway through the preparations, already in their pajamas for the babysitter, to grab Amy by the bun and plant large toddler kisses on her forehead, leaving bumps in Amy’s ponytail that refused to settle). Her desk is nearly bare, with only two framed photos perched below her desktop. There hasn’t been time for case files to accumulate, for her detectives and beat cops to need signatures or approvals or second opinions. The thought of the work excites her and terrifies her simultaneously, and it’s only as she’s sitting at this desk, so similar to that of her mentor’s, two precincts over, that the gravity of her situation hits her.
She, Captain Amy Santiago, is the youngest captain in NYPD history.
henlo my tablet’s not working meaning no digital art for a while til i get a new one so i’ll leave some twitter doodles from last week ft. @self-chromtempt‘s MU and yui as good friends 😊 (click images for captions 😉)
Benverly for the ship thing? (~ it's tozierspaghetti btw)
EEEE! Thank you so much for asking + for asking for these underappreciated babies!
Who said “I love you” first: I was bouncing between concepts for the both of them, but ultimately I feel like Ben was the first one to say it. Not when they were kids, but as adults, after the dust finally settles and they’re free to truly live their lives. It happens two months into their relationship, they’re out for dinner and a comfortable silence falls between them as they eat, and he just…says it. Loudly. A few people from neighboring tables overhear and he immediately starts to apologise for saying it so abruptly and cornering her like that, but she reaches for his hand across the table and tells him she loves him too.
Who would have the other’s picture as their phone background: They both do, in my opinion! For him, it’s a picture of just her because she’s his everything. For her, it’s a picture of the both of them together, because she loves him and she loves being with him just as much.
Who leaves notes written in fog on the bathroom mirror: Ben, occasionally, but for the most part he writes random things on post-it notes and leaves them around their house for her to find when they move in together.
Who buys the other cheesy gifts: He is always doing little things for her, like buying her flowers on the way home from work or picking up a box of chocolates from that store she likes and ordering takeout. He does everything in his power to remind her she’s truly loved and appreciated.
Who initiated the first kiss: If we don’t count the kiss in the sewers, bc that wasn’t technically a first kiss, I’d say Beverly. It happens after they defeat Pennywise for good. He scoops her up in a hug and she just does it, she kisses him full on the mouth in their combination of joy and relief.
Who kisses the other awake in the morning: Ben, totally Ben. He’s an early riser and Beverly tends to sleep in a little later than she should, but she doesn’t mind being woken up by him in that way.
Who starts tickle fights: Because of the abuse she endured growing up and with her ex-husband, Ben is very careful about coming at her unexpectedly in any way, even for something as harmless as tickling. Bev notices how gentle he is with her and she appreciates it, and is thus 10/10 the one to instigate any sort of play fighting.
Who asks who if they can join the other in the shower: Bev just hops in with him no questions asked, but Ben always asks permission before getting in with her (even though she insists he doesn’t have to, because, ‘Ben, we’re married!’).
Who surprises the other in the middle of the day at work with lunch: THEY! BOTH! DO! Ben is incredibly thoughtful and kind, but so is she! If he’s working on a big job, she shows up with food knowing he’ll be so into whatever architectural stuff he’s got going on he forgets to eat. And when she’s busy being an iconic fashion designer, he does the same.
Who was nervous and shy on the first date: 100% my dude Ben. Even as a grown ass man he was a sputtering, awkward mess who just didn’t want to screw anything up. It was a little messy to start, but it worked out in the end and she kissed him when he dropped her off at her apartment later that same night.
Who kills/takes out the spiders: Without a doubt in my mind, Bev does. He tries to be good about doing it but he’s Too Soft to kill them even though he hates them, so she takes care of it instead.
Who loudly proclaims their love when they’re drunk: I have this hc that Beverly doesn’t drink because of her childhood and her father drinking copiously, but Ben? Ben drinks. He rarely ever does it to get drunk, but that’s usually how it turns out, and it’s always a great experience. He’s even more bumbly than usual, a lot louder, and where he would usually be a bit more reserved, he’s out of his shell. He normally has no issue telling her how much he loves her, but the alcohol gives it extreme, hilarious emphasis.