“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
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!
AU (sort of) where Sonny gets his wisdom teeth out. We've got motherhen!Usnavi like "are you okay??Do you need anything??" And Sonny's super high bc pain killers and he's like "do you think worms can hear everything we say?" *starts to cry* "I hope no one hurts their feelings!" Then he gets emotional and is like "don't tell Navi, but I love him a lot, he's the best cousin ever, I'm really glad he takes care of me" Usnavi is right in front of him and he's crying and promising "not to tell Usnavi"
As someone who has ALSO gotten their wisdom teeth taken out, I am SO behind this! Anything with motherhen!Usnavi, I am here for! I could just see Usnavi pacing around outside the room while Sonny’s being operated on and Benny eventually calms him down, ‘Dude, he’s fine, just sit and relax, you’re wearing a hole in the floor.’ And when Sonny comes back out, he’s doped up on SO MANY painkillers. I re-watched that ‘Murdered my Wisdom Teeth’ and ‘David After Dentist’ videos after I read this and just cracked up picturing Sonny like that! ‘Is this real life?’ ‘Yeah it is, mijo.’ ‘…You have four eyes…’ ‘Oh yeah?’ ‘Yeah…I feel funny…why is this happening?’ ‘It’s okay, mijo, it’s just from the medicine.’ And since Benny drove them to and from the dentist, he’s just in the driver’s seat trying SO HARD not to burst out laughing. And Benny carries Sonny up the stairs and lays him in his bed and watches while Usnavi sits next to Sonny while he still talks crazy. And YES, Sonny telling Usnavi to ‘not tell Usnavi’ about mushy family stuff like he’s drunk and depressed. ‘Don’t tell Navi this, but I love him so much.’ ‘Oh yeah?’ ‘Yeah, he’s the freaking best, I’m soooo glad he’s my cousin, I don’t want anyone else taking care of me, ya know?’ ‘…Really?’ (Usnavi starting to tear up) ‘I never knew my dad, ya know? He just upped an left, didn’t give a shit bout me OR my mom! He was such a dick! But Navi…he stuck around, actually cared bout me. Well he almos’ left me to go to DR but I forgive ‘im. He’s the only dad I’ll ever have and I love ‘im so so so soooooo much, but remember don-don’t tell him kay?’ ‘Okay, mijo, I won’t…c’mere.’ And Usnavi just pulls Sonny into a hug while silently crying from sheer joy. And the aftermath isn’t much better in terms of Sonny’s pain. My dentist just straight up knocked me out so I wasn’t high on laughing gas, just drowsy, but I can tell you that once the stuff wears off, it hurts like a BITCH. So after the gas wears off, of course Sonny really doesn’t remember anything he said while high, but his mouth IS slowly building in pain, and he’s hungry cause you can’t eat before you get the operation. Unfortunately, when you get your wisdom teeth out you can only eat stuff like applesauce and yogurt and while that’s well and good, it still HURTS! And even when the pain stops you still have holes in your mouth where your wisdom teeth used to be and food can get stuck in them and it’s the freaking WORST! But once is passes, life goes on as normal, and Sonny notices that Usnavi’s been very affectionate towards him lately and he doesn’t know why…until he sees Benny, Nina, and Vanessa snickering at something on Benny’s phone. Yep. Benny recorded the WHOLE FREAKING THING. And now the whole barrio knows and Sonny has yet another embarrassing moment that he will NEVER live down.
“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.