Victor, Yuuri, and Yurio are looking at colleges when Victor sees a sign for a marathon and decides to join it with Yurio. Yuuri is holding a sign labeled 'kiss me i'm a skater' on the sidelines and Victor gets very distracted during the race.
RETIRED 5-TIME WORLD FIGURE SKATING CHAMPION TO ENTER 2018 ST LIDWINA MARATHON Viktor Nikiforov, retired 5-time consecutive World Champion of Men’s Figure Skating, has recently announced that he will be participating in the 2018 St Lidwina Marathon on April 16. Nikiforov reportedly has taken up long-distance running as a hobby alongside coaching his husband, 2017 World Champion and Grand Prix Winner Yuuri Katsuki as well as 2016 Grand Prix Winner Yuri Plisetsky. Plisetsky is also running the marathon alongside Nikiforov, while Katsuki will be cheering at the halfway mark on the St Lidwina University campus. [MORE]
The screaming at the St Lidwina University Thunder Tunnel is, for lack of a better word, thunderous.
Yurio had been looking at the university as a prospective applicant, and they’d lined up the visit so that they could get a campus tour and attend an admissions info session alongside participating in the marathon the next day. They were even staying at a small Airbnb just off-campus, tucked above a cosy little cafe called Charlotte’s Corner. St Lidwina was a sweet little New England college town already beginning to be warmed by spring, and Yurio had loved it.
Well, at least, he was scowling a lot less than usual. Puberty had hit Yurio like a truck, and as a consequence he liked to act extra surly to compensate for his sudden lack of grace on the ice. But when the blond had looked up at the red-brick and marble-pillar majesty that was Founders Hall, the admissions and administrative building of the liberal arts college at the university, none of that surliness had been on his face.
That had been yesterday. Today, a different sort of energy hums in the air. Yuuri is convinced most of the students piled up on the metal barriers by the main road are already well on their way to drunk if not already there. Their screams are deafening, and the bright colours of their signs flash wildly in the mid-morning sun.
Viktor and Yurio would be coming by in one of the middle groups, Yuuri knows, so they’ll be here sooner or later. He elbows his way into the crowds gathered at the barrier until he’s managed to squeeze himself up against the metal, between a girl holding a sign that says “Live Long and Prosper” and a boy with a sign that says “Kiss Me, I’m from Texas”.
Yuuri has his own sign, of course, and he has it up just as another wave of runners begin to appear around the bend.
The screaming gets louder.
Yuuri almost drops his sign in an attempt to cover his ears. Had he ever been this loud while at Wayne State? Maybe he should have had something to drink before coming out here. The girl next to him is jumping up and down now, offering high-fives to the marathon runners as they go by. Someone has come by and planted a solid smooch on the cheek of the boy from Texas.
Yuuri himself offers a couple high-fives to passing runners who recognise him. He shouts some encouragement to them as they go past, but his voice feels oddly drowned out in the overwhelming sound.
And then he sees them both rounding the bend, and his heart picks up a little at the sight.
Yuri is wearing a loose black tank and short leopard-print shorts, his hair tied up and his expression determined. He high-fives a couple people, and offers a quick peck to a girl waving a sign that says “Kiss Me, I’m a Cat Person”. But for the most part he’s focused on the road ahead.
Viktor, on the other hand, is craning his head every which way for a sign of Yuuri. And he’s running shirtless, the white t-shirt he’d started with now uselessly draped over his shoulders. His hair is clipped out of his face and he seems to be covered in sweat, but there’s an intoxicating flush in his cheeks that has a lot of people surrounding Yuuri clamouring for him to come over and kiss them.
And Yuuri’s not about to let that happen.
“Viktor!” he shouts, waving his sign. Viktor looks over, his expression lighting up at the sight as he jogs by.
“Yuuri!” he breathes. He looks like he wants to say more, but is too exhausted to do anything else other than grab Yuuri by the back of his head and bring him in for the hottest, sweatiest, and most disgusting kiss they’ve ever shared in their life. The world falls away all the same, all the noise and screaming around them narrowing into a tunnel of sound surrounding the two of them.
Viktor’s shirt tugs a little. Yurio is dragging him away. Yuuri is dimly aware that he’s now halfway over the barrier. His sign has dropped away somewhere.
“You should go,” he breathes absently against Viktor’s lips.
“Don’t wanna,” mutters Viktor.
“You need to finish the race,” Yuuri says. “We can pick this up later.”
“Promise?” asks Viktor.
Yuuri nods. His fingers linger a moment longer on Viktor’s cheek after he’s pulled back, and then his husband is racing away, sunlight glinting off his ring. Just before he fades from view, Viktor turns back and blows him a kiss, and Yuuri catches it with a grin.
“Wow.” He hears it just to his left, and turns to see the girl staring at him, wide-eyed. He can feel the eyes of everyone nearby on him, now, striking a match to the fire spreading rapidly across his cheeks.
“That was adorable,” someone remarks. “Can’t wait to see it break the internet.”
And then they return to the screaming, and Yuuri hopes (in vain, he knows) that Phichit won’t find any videos of him and Viktor by the end of the hour.
CHECK OUT THIS ADORABLE COUPLE AT THE 2018 ST LIDWINA MARATHON! Rick Martin for BuzzFeed
Viktor Nikiforov and Yuuri Katsuki continue to be #relationshipgoals as Katsuki was spotted giving out some, ahem, encouragement as a spectator of the St Lidwina Marathon this past Monday.
The St Lidwina University Thunder Tunnel is a longstanding tradition of the Marathon, being located at the halfway point on the route. It offers runners a significant milestone as well as encouragement to continue the route. Katsuki was spotted at the Thunder Tunnel at around 11:30AM holding a sign that says ‘Kiss Me, I’m a Figure Skater’ and offering high-fives and encouragement to the runners that passed by.
Well, until his husband, retired five-time consecutive World Champion Viktor Nikiforov showed up with their son (in all but name) Yuri Plisetsky.
Nikiforov clearly read Katsuki’s sign and decided to take him up on the offer.
And of course Katsuki was very enthusiastically reciprocating.
I mean, can we blame them? Nikiforov was running shirtless by that point in the race. #thethirstisrealfolks
Eventually Plisetsky pulled Nikiforov back to the marathon at hand, and the two managed to complete with the rest of the runners.
Nikiforov repeatedly beat his personal best time by six minutes despite having been distracted by his husband along the way.
We’re sure they celebrated this little victory in their own little way afterwards.
what do u think of the current enjoltaire versus enjonine battle
Hahahaha WAIT. There’s is a CURRENT Enjoltaire vs Enjonine fight? What is this, 2013?!
I don’t know of or care for it, I see 0.6 enjonine posts a year, and I frankly love to stay away from drama and discourse because I love enjoying things.
That being said, Enjolras is canonically uninterested in women and shipping him with a woman seems a little (euphemism) forced and heteronormative the way I see it. But then again, the way I understand it is that some people didn’t read the book and didn’t know about Enjolras’ lack of interest in women when they saw the movie, and our society is tragically heteronormative. A lot of people identify with Eponine and kinda want her unrequited love to be “fixed” with someone who loves her… and who else than the handsome revolutionary next door?
And I’m in no way saying it’s good, erasing Enjolras’ lack of interest in women and homosexual subtext (honestly, is it subtext at this point, Hugo?) isn’t good, but in a way I’m not suprised. Like at all. Because heteronomativity is so inscribed in society it leads to erasure. I was expecting it WHILE watching the movie.
Anyway, I had a point, but I forgot. It’s 8am, and that’s all I’ll post about it because as I said, I don’t care for drama. I think it’s more a canon LGBT+ representation vs Enjonine than it has anything to do with Enjoltaire, actually. And, well, Enjolras is canonically not into women, so that’s sort of a lost fight anyway. Though i’m convinced most Enjonine shippers aren’t trying to hurt anyone, erasing the canon sexuality/attraction or lack thereof of a character who happens to be non-straight for ONCE is doing it indirectly.
Idea that once Sora and Roxas are separated, they go their separate ways (Sora to DI and Roxas to TT with Lea and Xion), and Roxas has this brief identity crisis because sometimes he feels this awful little tug in his heart, and a lot of times he finds himself wishing Sora was there with him. And it just eats at him because it reinforces every terrible thing DiZ told him about Nobodies at the beginning of KH2, that he has no right to exist and that he really belongs with Sora, that he’s nothing but an extension of his Other and should never have separated from him in the first place.
And he angsts about it for a while and finally confides in Xion and Lea about what’s bothering him.
And they’re all quiet for a minute until Lea goes, “I think you just miss your friend, dumbass.”
cu alter’s tail has very little feeling in it especially in terms of pain receptors so if you only lightly touch it he won’t even notice and you could hack a whole chunk out of it and it’ll hurt like a nasty scratch at most. he also can’t tell what he’s doing with it very well bc its parasitic and having a hard time properly attaching itself to his nervous system through all the divinity and grail mud so especially shortly after being altered when it was still settling in so to speak he had very poor spatial awareness & would constantly knock things over or smash into things with it bc he literally just couldn’t feel it. nowadays he’s better about that but it’s mostly through experience rather than actually having a good sense of where it is. none of this was a problem before coming to chaldea bc smashing things the fuck up was what he was doing anyway so accidentally doing more of it was a bonus
also while the tail itself is pretty much numb the part of his back where it attaches to his body is more sensitive than the rest (not by a lot and mostly in terms of pain) especially closer to the spine bc that’s where it’s eating itself into his nervous system
Reminder that there isn’t actually any moral value attached to liking or disliking certain characters. You are not a bad person if character x gets on your nerves, nor are you a monster if you empathize with that character that everyone else has demonized.
Fiction is inherently subjective and speaks to everyone in different ways. It’s important to critique media when it perpetuates or creates negative aspects of society, but it’s also important to realize that you are allowed to enjoy imperfect media and are certainly allowed to empathize with problematic characters.
Dicta, I saw your great reblog about racism in fandom. I have a question that applies to white fic writers. There's this problem of white fans ignoring POC characters and failing to have good representation. At the same time, there's this issue of white people totally sucking when they try to do it. Saw a post recently like: "Non-Muslim people considering writing a Muslim character--just don't. Don't." Do you have any thoughts about dealing with this? Much love!
So many thoughts, anon. I’ve got a related ask that’s been hanging out a while and I’ve been waiting until I have enough time to sit down and properly answer, so I’ll have more and maybe more settled thoughts when I have a chance, hopefully soon. For now, these are sort of preliminary thoughts. Feedback is welcomed and valued and appreciated!
tl;dr: I think both of those arguments are right and it’s hard.
To be really candid, as a white fic writer, writing non-white characters makes me nervous, specifically because I really, really don’t want to fuck it up. But I don’t think my nervousness is an adequate end to the conversation; the experience of nervousness is nothing on the experience of constant erasure that I’ve experienced as a queer person within mainstream media, and I imagine that it’s nothing to the erasure that poc experience in fandom. So I think white people need to suck that one up, that focusing on our nervousness as its own thing is not reason enough to stick with white guy slash.
The part abut there being real potential to fuck it up in harmful ways is the part we can’t gloss over, and I do think that’s worth being nervous about - but that nervousness needs to generate thoughtfulness and caution rather than inaction. There are two (and a half?) main questions I’ve had in my head about this. And again, I’m really open to pushback on all of this.
1) How useful is it to distinguish between writing about vs writing as? I’ve seen this distinction made elsewhere/seen it go around as a farely common piece of advice, between writing about marginalized characters but not pretending to write as a marginalized person - so, for instance, don’t write as a Muslim character, but do include well-researched and thoroughly considered Muslim characters in your story. That way you’re including marginalized characters without claiming that you know what it’s like to be marginalized. That’s something that makes me, like, hum consideringly in a not-bad way. But the research part feels really key. It’s not enough, imo, to write a character and then add a line about the color of their skin and call it a day. If your white POV character is dating or close friends with or in a close working relationship with a person of a different race, and especially if it’s their first time dealing with institutional racism in such an immediate and emotionally invested way, they’re going to need to deal with that. Even if it’s not the first time, that stuff is going to need to be in there if you want to avoid erasure. So if you’re going to write that you need to go read (and then give credit, in your author’s notes, to!) accounts of people who have lived with those experiences and who can point out dynamics you might not be aware of. For instance, someone sent me this article recently, about two friends trying to plan a vacation and the black woman having all her attempts to make an airbnb reservation declined, and then the white man getting his reservation accepted on the first try, and how that changed their dynamic and their trip. (See also: the classic on this.) So, say you’re writing a buddy cop au with a mixed race couple in a forced proximity/maybe bedsharing situation, how is your characters’ race (and location, and time period, and gender, etc.) going to change the process of getting that room? More generally, we need to not just say “this is Joe and by the way he’s [insert characteristic here]” - we need to consider how that would change their lives and where that would show up in our stories.
2) Does the way white fic writers approach writing characters of other races make a difference? I sometimes see people talking about writing diverse stories like it’s one of those tasks you do because you know you should, but you don’t really want to, and it sort of feels like a drag, and I can’t imagine that doesn’t come through? I mean, maybe not? But it definitely informs the sentiment around them and contributes to, I think, this sense that stories about people of color are somehow created with less joy and enthusiasm? And to be embarrassingly honest, there are times when it’s come really easily and felt really natural and obvious to me to have Kingsley or Lee in a certain role, and times (none of which have seen the light of ao3) when it’s felt forced, and then stilted as a result, when I’m doing it because I feel like I should. Otoh, I really really want to write fic for Moonlight. I had that instant fannish reaction when I saw it, like five story prompts in my head before we were out of the theatre, was on AO3 looking for fic in the car home, feel a deep soul-level need for 20k about the evolution of Kevin’s relationship with his hands, and another at least 10k about the last things Juan thought, and several dozen different stories that retell everything from Teresa’s point of view, and maybe a 70k slow burn bookmarked by Chiron’s reflections on the different ways Kevin touches him and the space in between the thing in the schoolyard and the thing in the apartment (I’m trying to be vague bc spoilers but thinking about it gives me serious feels). I don’t think that enthusiasm is enough on its own; does it make a different at all? I think it might - I think when they’re characters we love fannishly and want to understand, more people might be willing to do the research and put in the work to really understand what their lives are like, and that that could be a moment when fandom is pretty powerful.
2.5) So one thing we as white writers have to do, as this post from earlier said, is to “put in the effort to fall in love with POC characters.” That doesn’t mean forcing it, that doesn’t mean doing it with a sense of dread, but it does mean actively seeking out media that includes POC characters and it does mean thinking about and embracing them. This is partly an issue with canon creators, who often don’t give us much to work with, but that’s less and less true. There is stuff out there if we go look for it, and there are characters who will grab us by the heart if we give them the chance. If we have to go looking for that, that’s work we should be willing to do.
The common denominator here seems to be doing your research? That no matter what, that’s really really important. I think that’s a good takeaway. And the rest I float as thoughts more than suggestions because I think as a white person my perspective here is necessarily limited. Also this is a hard question! So again, thoughts and responses are welcome!
THINGS I LOVED A WHOLE HECK OF A LOT IN SUPERGIRL 218 – A LIST BY ME IN WHICH I TRY TO RESTRAIN MYSELF
LENA LUTHOR, L-CORP CEO.
every second of her existence caused me delighted pain and suffering in this episode.
so much backstory, every part of it more upsettingly endearing than the last!
she had a cancer research start-up at 18 with her handsome friend who probably adored her from the start.
for the math challenged:
jack and lena had their company for five years and were together for 2.
they were together when she left both him and the company approximately 6 months ago.
lena’s 24, as per episode 212. 24 minus 5.5 = 18.5.
their start up was in a garage! with explosions!
she wasn’t even there when lex was dragged away to jail and her mother was pretending nothing was happening at all.
she had a darling boyfriend whom she loved very much and left him behind in metropolis to go clean up her brother’s mess.
she’s learned to punch the everloving shit out of someone attacking her in the space of a couple of months since her mother tried to have her killed injured.
that high heel to the stomach!
WHEN WILL ANYTHING GOOD HAPPEN TO THIS POOR WOMAN???
LIKE HONESTLY, HANDSOME JACK WAS SO HANDSOME AND IN LOVE WITH LENA.
but alas also basically a dead puppet for evil.
i do love that the evil motive this week was just corporate greed.
i’m choosing to believe that the mainframe held his consciousness and he wasn’t just a mindless automaton BECAUSE I WANT TO DAMMIT and also the entirely inconsistent moment of breakthrough to tell lena to do it at the end lets me get away with it. he was a robot recreation of the real jack okay AND HE WAS IN LOVE WITH HER SO DAMN MUCH.
I SWOONED, TUMBLR. I SWOONED MULTIPLE TIMES OVER.
HE WAS SO HANDSOME AND DREAMY.
that first scene in lena’s office was so dreamy. it’s a hard sell to get people on board with an off-screen previous romance, but holy crap i swooned.
their banter was so nerdy.
he was so charming.
“do you have fun here?” “i feel good about the work we do.” “you had fun with me.”
“it’s not like i wanted to go.” NOT ENTIRELY JACK RELATED BUT, OH MY HEART.
“just dinner?” “it’s entirely your prerogative.”
and they were both so sad, and it made me very sad.
that dinner was. i can’t actually, it was horrifying. much horrifying. but…
“is that the only reason you came?” “no.”
he called her a queen, and she nerded out in her heartspace.
HIS PASSWORD WAS STARLING.
kara wanted to vomit, this was hilarious.
“it’s pretty decent.” “it’s pretty dece.” “oh no, you did not just say that.” DAMMIT, I LOVE HIM.
HE WAS A ROBOT BUT HE WANTED HER BACK AND HE WANTED TO CHANGE THINGS SO IT COULD WORK.
I’M JUST REALLY VERY UPSET BECAUSE LENA LUTHOR DESERVES NICE THINGS IN HER LIFE AND JACK WAS A NICE THING. AND HER NICE THING GOT TURNED INTO A ROBOT.
‘hey kara can you please go i need to have a small breakdown in private have work to do.’ someone please hug her.
“you were just doing your job, it’s all any of us can do.”
she’s going to blame herself for this, for abandoning their work.
AND THEN SHE HAD TO KILL HER ROBOT BOYFRIEND AND I CRIED.
lena has a new assistant named hector. i hope he’s less minion-y.
the way she smiled when she thought VP of Murder whose name i don’t know was going to kill her was the saddest thing ever. someone please hug herrrrrrr.
KARA DANVERS, ONCE AND AGAIN CATCO MAGAZINE.
so happy to be out flying around!
“i am here to kick some ass, take some names, and do it all with an endearing smile on my face.” how Very Meta.
what a plot twist, this week i was endlessly proud of kara as a professional and totally facepalming otherwise.
SHE GOT HER JOB BACK BY PROVING SHE HAD LEARNT HER LESSON.
perhaps a first?
i love awkward as fuck stutterface kara. i just do. and i love that they very specifically only bring it out as a device when she’s trying to be grown up professional kara danvers. it feels real, in a way that sits interestingly with the performative nature of the kara danvers construct.
and it was a good resolution. what she did at the time wasn’t wrong, but it wasn’t actually the best solution in terms of getting her information out there. no one cares about kara danvers dot com. a great many people care about the apparently now a hard hitting investigative news source, catco magazine. but way, way more importantly, what she did wrong as far as her job was concerned was break the rules. and she has apparently learned that though from what i do not know, even in the dialogue that was totally tacked on. oh well.
i’m gonna be sad i’ve been denied news blogger kara in her pjs on the couch, though. or food truck entrepreneur kara!
i actually have a lot of issues with the points they say they’re wanting to make about the press and what they’re actually doing, but that’s not for this list.
also kara’s knowledge of FDA regulations and FOIA requests was hot.
THE ADVENTURES OF LENA AND KARA.
THIS WEEK THEY HAD ACTUAL REAL ADVENTURES.
“you’ve gotta get out of here.” “no, i’ve got a better idea.”
ALL MY DREAMS FROM START TO FINISH.
the most important thing this episode did for me shift them professional to personal. yes they were having gay hipster dates last ep, but this was friendly.
and then they got to kick butt together, AND LENA GOT TO SAVE THE DAY! (AGAIN! ONLY THIS TIME SADDER AND WITH A BIT MORE DEATH. I HOPE KARA SAID THANK YOU.)
first of all, what kind of nerd-ass date is taking a girl to a science tech press conference? a very good one, if you ask me.
“i always have your back.” “you’re my favourite.”
EXCEPT KARA IS A TERRIBLE GIRL GANG MEMBER.
lena basically asked kara to protect her from her feelings of thirstiness, and kara totally abandoned her! twice! yes, lena told her to go away, BUT THAT’S BECAUSE OF THE THIRST.
in conclusion, don’t ever ask kara to protect you from getting laid, because she will not.
at least she complimented lena on how good she looked on their thirst adventures, which: she looked damn good.
AND OH GOD THAT DINNER SCENE.
i had to slither over the back of my couch from second-hand embarrassment.
it’s okay though because lena thinks she’s one of the best reporters in national city, and kara has absolutely no idea how to respond to that besides laughing like a lunatic, bless her.
let’s just pretend that dinner scene didn’t happen.
kara showing up to tell lena about jack, and describing said dinner that didn’t happen as “weird” is. okay.
does lena know? DOES LENA NOT KNOW?
but man that last scene is funny if she does.
“i will always protect you.” girl, lena saved you this week, and you abandoned her to her thirst.
BUT OH MY THAT LAST SCENE.
(i actually feel a little weird including this in the shipping section because lena was basically on Planet Sad and definitely not fully present.)
gosh, kara has a lot of feelings.
a lot of feelings for her good friend lena luthor.
(AND I AM SHITTING BRICKS ABOUT WHAT ON EARTH THEY ARE GOING TO DO TO MAKE HER BREAK THAT PROMISE.)
(DID KARA GO WITH LENA TO JACK’S FUNERAL? DID SHE????????)
the actual plot this week was cool and scary as fuck. nanobot swarms are going to give me nightmares now, thanks show.
i hope alex learned some cool knife tricks.
i hope kara didn’t leave any DNA in that active crime scene she flew away from.
I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS SHOW BURNT HER CLOTHES THAT WAS FOR LITERALLY NO REASONS. STOP BEING SO EXTRA.
mon-el was actually delightful as heck in all of his existence, including interacting with kara.
he was reading harry potter!
he took a message on what i can only assume was kara’s landline!
KARA 1. HAS A LAND LINE. 2. GAVE THAT NUMBER TO LENA.
“this just feels like stalking.” “no, it’s journalism.” “very creepy journalism.”
“i feel a connection to you. like a mannection.”
“i stole jack’s security badge. for journalism.”
THEY WOULD HAVE MADE SUCH GOOD BUDDY CRIME FIGHTERS, WHY COULDN’T WE HAVE HAD THAT????
“that romantic bastard.” the more the merrier on daxam ;)
RHEA IS HERE. TIME TO MERGE ALL THE PLOTS AND LET WACKINESS ENSUE. 😃
the previouslies included IT’S BLOBBED. every previouslies should include IT’S BLOBBED.