Another series of X Factor is ending without unearthing a new commercial star, which can’t be great news for Simon Cowell’s label, Syco. Nor can the fact that Sonny Takhar, the label's
president, has just left too.
The Syco company line is that Sonny’s departure was entirely amicable, but gossip at his very lavish leaving do was all about how he’d been given the elbow for failing to sign up any of the One Direction boys on solo deals after the split.
Sonny also appears to have sent a nicely subtle fuck-you to his ex-boss too. It seems his next career move is setting up a rights company to handle music
acts. And who has Sonny been citing as his big inspiration for this development?
age swap au where sonny is the older cousin and guardian of teen usnavi?
Now THIS is an interesting AU and the fact that Robin De Jesus is going to play Usnavi this fall makes it even better! X3
Maybe we could also swap Pete and Vanessa’s roles and I could TOTALLY see teen!Usnavi being all shy and awkward around Vanessa and Sonny always trying to give him a shove like ‘Just go talk to her, it’s not rocket science!’ But of course that never works so one day Usnavi’s stuttering over himself as usual until Sonny just calls from behind the counter ‘He wants to ask you out, are you free this weekend?’ And Usnavi turns bright red ‘SONNY!’ And Pete always wanders into the store and both he and Sonny low key flirt with each other much to Usnavi’s dismay cause I could see him being a protective younger sibling like 'You do anything to my big cousin and I’m coming after you.’
Because we have only been told that the majority of the characters are Latinos, we have so much liberty to cast the roles as people of ANY descent!
Have you always imagined Dani as a Hijabi? A)There are many Latinxs of Arabic backgrounds. B) Islam is the 2nd religion in the world, if you don’t think there are Muslims in Puerto Rico, think again! C) Just Imagine how fashionable her outfits would be! Picture Sonny with a billion freckles? I’ve seen Freckle on people with so many skin tones! Even darker ones! Maybe when you thought of Camila, you’d imagined her with light features and colored eyes. This is highly possible too! Many Latinxs are of European ancestry. Don’t rule out someone as Latinx just because of colorful eyes or hair. Maybe you’ve always pictured Carla looking like she is of East Asian descent? That is not as unlikely as one may think. There are many Asian Latinxs. No matter what, She’ll always say she’s from Queens! When they mentioned Nina had Curly hair, did you imagined her as Black? Hey! There are Afro latinxs! That is entirely possible! Maybe you imagined Vanessa of South Asian Descent? Even though it is not common represent doesn’t mean they don’t exist! Hell yeah! Ever Imagined Abuela with Vitiligo? I’ve met many Latinxs with Vitiligo. That’s so cool! Usnavi sure knows tons of Yiddish, What if he is Jewish? There are lots of people not only of Jewish descent in the Latinxs countries, but also those who practice Judaism. Always pictured The Piragüero as Mestizo with dark skin and dark features? He’s supposed to represent the spirit of the islands, I don’t think it’d be a far stretch to imagine him looking like the indigenous people of the islands. The connection with out indigenous roots, makes Latin culture different from the rest of the world.
Like even with Benny! I know Benny is usually black in the Broadway Production, but really all Benny’s requirements is: to not be Latinx. So just imagine school productions and Benny is Korean. Benny being Pakistani. Benny being Maori.
Look I’m not shitting on the original performers we are used to seeing in fan art or anything. They are freaking fantastic! I’m just saying let’s appreciate how inclusive Lin made these characters!
“Hey Staten Island,” you say. Carisi smiles from ear to ear just by hearing your voice. He’s been surrounded by violence all day and hearing your voice dissipated everything.
“Whatta’ you up to?”
“Gonna drop off some sweets for Noah in a few. Want some?” Sonny moves to sit on his desk and didn’t pause in his answer.
“Can’t say no to your baking” Seeing you is mostly why he agreed, but your baking is the cherry on top. “How ‘bout lunch?”
You look up at Mike who’s eating his food with gusto. You bite your lip awkwardly.
“I’m sorry Fordham but I’m actually having lunch with Mike right now. Raincheck?” The mere mention of his name dragged Sonny’s smile down into a frown. Sonny never forgets that you’re dating Mike, but oh how he wish you’re with him instead.
“'is all good. Can’t wait to see you. Drop it off later?” You smile and agree.
“Yeah!I have to go now. See you later, Staten.” You hang up and give Mike your attention again. He smiles at you and offers you a breadstick
“Thanks again, Y/N. I wouldn’t know what to do if you hadn’t agreed.” Sonny thanked once again.
‘Called a cab?” you joked still focusing on the road.
It was your partner Sonny’s day off today and he’d called you in panic about midday saying that his car wasn’t starting and that he needed to get down to Staten Island. You offered to take him as you had taken the afternoon off as well. Sonny was meeting his sister so he could take photos of her and his niece.
“Not with the prices nowadays.” he commented bitterly.
“Well then your lucky that I was available. Is it this turn?” you asked stirring the wheel as soon as he nodded.
When he had told you what he was doing. You were surprised and bit confused. Sonny grew up on Staten Island and had very close relationships with sisters. He was very much family orientated. You on the other hand grew up on the Upper West Side, very privileged but not very happy. You didn’t have familial bonds so most common practices within families seemed like alien procedures to you. Though you were curious as to how the dynamic worked.
“Alright and park up here.” Sonny directed.
After doing as he instructed. You both got out of the car. He went straight to the trunk to take out his camera while you were taking in the scenery. It was one of those classic parks that you see in movies. Simply breath taking especially now during mid-summer.
“It’s nice isn’t it?” Sonny asked stepping besides you with his camera in his hand.
“Extremely. You were lucky to grow up playing here.” you stated.
“Well it’s no Upper West Side.” he said.
“Trust me. I would have taken this over it any day.” you sighed.
“Anyway, lets go we aren’t going to take pictures in the parking lot.” Sonny joked grabbing by the hand and dragging you towards the entrance.
Sonny was getting excited to show you. He moved from the walking in step to walking backwards in front of you. He was babbling on and on. Talking about how he used to ride his bike along the embankment. How’d he played their for hours as a kid. Playing basketball and soccer. He even told you that one time he was dared to jump into the water and he was about to but his Dad caught him and consequently grounded him for a month.
“Alright, so where we going is were all members of the Carisi family take their pictures.” Sonny informed.
“Why?” you asked confused.
"You’ll see.” he answered ominously.
“So secretive. You sure you can bring me here? I’m not a Carisi, you know.” you commented.
“Don’t worry I got permission… Nah, I’m kidding. It would be rude to bring you all the way here and ask you to stay in the car”
"Yes, it would but even if you did I brought a book to entertain myself anyway.”
"I’ll try and not take to long.” he reassured.
"Don’t worry about it. I’m quite excited to see this place. Your always talking about it. And anyway I didn’t have any plans.” you admitted.
You continued to walk for a few minutes when he stopped abruptly.
“You ready?” he asked a large smile on his face.
“As I’ll ever be.” you smiled back.
He moved back to reveal a secret part of the embankment. Hidden by trees. It was curved mimicking a balcony. The sun was setting now so and it was illuminating the background like in fairytales.
“Wow.” you breathed.
“You see.” he nudged.
“Definitely,” you answered.
“You know I had my first kiss here. Carina Giliberti, 8th grade.” he informed walked forward.
“So, I’m not the first girl you brought here? Dominick Carisi Jr, how could you?” you said in mock offence.
“Sorry doll. This is just the most romantic place I know of. But I’ll tell you one thing when I propose. I’m doing it here.” he said whimsically.
“So you’ll be bringing someone else here then. Man do I feel special.” you sighed.
“Maybe.” he whispered as if he didn’t want you to hear.
You walked over to the edge of the wall. Looking down into the murky water below. You made faces. No matter how nice the park you couldn’t fix New Yorks water. Sonny was on the phone talking to his sister.
“My sisters running late. I dragged you out all the way here and now you have to wait.” Sonny apologised getting off the phone.
“It’s fine. Stop apologising. You’re getting on my nerves.” you reassured.
Sitting on the edge of the wall you started reading while Carisi was setting up his camera a few feet away. A few minutes of peaceful silence passed before you heard the obvious sounds of a camera flashing.
“Are you taking pictures of me?” you questioned.
“Maybe…” he said suspiciously before snapping another picture of your annoyed face.
“Stop that.” you said launching yourself off the wall and swatting him playfully.
He kept on snapping away. You began chasing him playfully still swatting and he was still taking pictures of you. It was a few minutes of trying to tackle each other. He grabbed you by the waist and ran around while you screamed your head off before he set you down again.
“Alright. Alright. I’ll stop.” he said, “Look at how cute you are.”
He showed you the pictures on your camera.
Multiple picture of blurred limbs but your annoyed face came out crystal clear. You giggled at how weird you looked.
“I look awful.” you chuckled shaking your head.
“Nah, you look cute. Like I said.” he insisted.
You shot him annoyed look.
“How about I take some better pictures of you?” he suggested sympathetically.
“Only if you’re in them too.” you informed.
He moved wrapping his arm around your neck with the camera in his hand. Spinning you round so the sun was behind you. Illuminating the background. You started doing funny faces into the camera at first before moving onto actual smiling faces. He was moving closer until your faces were pressing together. You angled your face and gave him a kiss on the cheek. He seemed surprised and you laughed at his shocked expression.
“Excuse me lovebirds.” Sonny sister called from behind you.
You both spun around before dropping each others embrace. You greeted chatted for awhile before going back to your book off the side. Watching with one eye. How a real family interacted. You couldn’t help but smile at them. Silently wishing that you could have a family like that someday.
It’s funny. You never saw those pictures until many years later on a very special day. It wasn’t until then you realised that unlike you he wasn’t staring into the camera, no, he was too busy staring at you.
Person A: so, how’s the most handsome person in the world doing? Person B: *barely spares A a glance* Person B: *casually* i don’t know. how are you? Person A: Person A: *voice cracks* i’m fine This seems like such a Raf and Sonny thing
This is definitely such a Sonny and Rafael thing, anon!
All I can picture is Sonny sidling up behind Rafael after he gets home from work, because Rafael’s at the stove making dinner for the kids (or not for the kids if you prefer this without them), and he just looks so good with his shirt sleeves rolled-up and his shoulders and back straining against the fabric of his button-up.
So Sonny gets right behind him, wraps his skinny arms around Rafael’s waist, presses his nose to his temple and whispers, “So how’s the most handsome man in the world doing?” before nuzzling him just the slightest.
Rafael doesn’t even look up when he hears Sonny’s words, doesn’t even look up when he feels Sonny nuzzling his hair, seemingly so focused on his cooking that Sonny almost doesn’t even catch it when he replies, “I don’t know. How are you?”
Sonny just laughs, his voice low and warm in Rafael’s ear as he nips at it, saying playfully, “I’m trying to give you a compliment here, you bastard, just take it.”
The real question.....Does Pete pick out one favorite part of each of Sonny's shows, and then paints a portait of his cute bf because he's just so proud of him an he wants to remember that moment forever??? Uhg someone stop me omg
I AM LITERALLY SCREAMING OMG YES HE DOES
he has like 202836 pictures of Sonny in his sketchbook too and he always says it’s because it’s good practice but let’s be serious he just wants to look at his bf being amazing 24/7