ray molina has a list. well, he has many: the shopping list pinned to the fridge, the two lists of potential birthday and christmas presents, a list of high schools for carlos (started in advance because it has to be the most suited one there is), a list of his regular clients.
but this list is new; freshly torn off the notepad, lying on the kitchen counter, a pen keeping it in place.
julie and carlos are not the only kids around anymore. there are three teenaged boys that he can’t always see, but has come to accept do exist all the same. three boys with music in their veins, with eager voices, without a pulse. three boys with pasts he doesn’t know. but he has a list.
because when ray dropped the old floral casserole dish on the kitchen floor and swore loudly, the excitedly chatting teen leaning on the counter flinched back and disappeared, unable to meet ray’s eyes for the rest of the week.
because when ray asked the boys to join them for grace, the tallest of them hunched his shoulders, drew into himself until even carlos seemed to loom in comparison, and froze whenever ray sat down at the table.
because when ray told the band they could not practice one weekend, with both carlos and julie needing to spend time on school projects and exams, the third boy looked at ray with wide, betrayed eyes and didn’t come to dinner.
because ray wants to help. so he has a list:
avoid loud noises & raised voices for reggie and luke
alex freezes up around religion, take it easy
luke thinks you’ll punish them for their music
reggie flinches at sudden movement, be careful
don’t touch alex without warning
luke and alex are slow to trust, give them time
reggie likes to chat (ask him if he’s into photography)
talk to luke about his song writing process
it grows over time. when julie sees it, she hugs him and promises to help flesh it out. because these boys need a home, and ray is starting to realise that they desperately need a good parent too. and he will try his hardest to help.
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a few things the jatp fandom seems to have agreed on:
julies mom died of cancer
ray and tia victoria are bffs
reggie and alex are basically julies brothers
julie gave willie the “you hurt him i hurt you” speech and terrified him
no matter who luke is paired with, he always gives them his flannels
julie definitely went back to the pattersons house
carrie deserves a redemption arc
flynn is julie and the phantom’s official manager no matter how big they get
bobby is a sweetheart
carlos is the best little brother ever
luke is the touchiest person ever and loves hugs and stuff
caleb may be a bastard but hes a fabulous bastard
feel free to add more bc im sure there are more
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just realized something during my latest jatp rewatch. at the beginning of edge of great carlos is ghost hunting with his ipad app and the lights off. once tia comes in and turns the lights on we get commentary from our boys and of course the iconic reggie proving ghosts are real scene. but that means alex, luke, and reggie were all just hanging out in the dark, watching carlos try to find them, and that’s just. so funny to me? like surely they’re making jokes and commentary throughout, but mostly they’re just entertained by whatever carlos is up to. and likely they’ve been hanging there ever since they poofed home after the finally free performance/end of previous episode
like it’s not news that the boys hang out with our other lifers during the day esp. from the scenes we see with reggie and ray, and like they gotta do something when not with julie. but it just makes me happy, like the idea of their invisible commentary and the cute hangout moments that nobody but them knows about and it makes me happy to see even little moments with more proof of this
and then the scene when reggie says “I’m gonna miss them” and alex says “yeah, me too” in the last ep it’s because they really ARE even though we’ve only been able to see limited moments of them together, they’ve been living with them like every day and it’s become part of their (after)lives. even though ray and carlos don’t really know about them, they’ve hung out with them countless times and truly are part of the family. and it makes my heart so happy and I can’t wait until ray and carlos knowingly welcome them to the family
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