Ever since Yuuri Katsuki moved to Detroit, he has wanted to leave a positive, lasting impact on the city. It only makes sense that he’d take a government job – the parks have litter, the citizens don’t use them – something needs to be changed.
Phichit Chulanont’s boyfriend, Seung-gil Lee, falls into a pit on a lot that was meant to be turned into a figure skating rink.
Phichit is outraged that nobody has done anything, so he goes to a city forum, where his eyes land upon a Japanese employee who wants to make a change. Yuuri promises, fervently, to get rid of the pit and build the figure skating rink. This is the start of a lasting friendship.
Yuri Plisetsky is an intern in the government who hates the government. Hates it. With a passion. They don’t get things done, there’s too much red tape – but the job pays well. He’ll admit that. When he sees Yuuri with his big smiles and bigger ideas, an immediate rivalry (but also a subtle admiration) is born.
JJ is another employee in the Parks Department, but it’s a running joke that nobody remembers his name. DJ? LJ? MJ? Something-J?
Their boss is Yakov Feltsman, who has a heart like a coconut (hard on the outside, soft on the inside). He keeps a careful eye on all of them, and though Yuuri’s excitement exhausts him, he secretly admires the young employee.
Yuuri and Phichit get to work on the figure skating project on Lot 48, but everything changes when the government shuts down and it’s announced that budget cuts will have to be made.
Enter Victor Nikiforov and Christophe Giacometti – they are renowned for their abilities to slash budgets and slash hearts. Christophe does the sweet talking; he’ll meet the employees, wink at them, send their thoughts aflutter. Then Victor comes in. He’ll fire who needs to be fired, then return to petting his beloved poodle and smiling sweetly. Nobody can figure out if he’s innocent or malicious; he is a walking enigma.
When they’re just looking at a list of names on a sheet, Victor and Christophe think that they’ll need to fire Yuuri Katsuki. It doesn’t seem that his job is vital, even though it also says that he’s doing a good job. So Christophe goes to his office, does the sweet-talking, and then Victor enters.
(Victor doesn’t fire Yuuri.)
(He says they’ll make cuts elsewhere.)
Christophe is confused, briefly, but it doesn’t take him long to understand. They end up getting an extension and staying in Detroit to continue helping the parks department there. They find budget cuts elsewhere and don’t fire anyone.
Together, the team eliminates the dangerous pit on Lot 48 and they build a figure skating rink: Katsuki Kastle. Yuuri insists that the Kastle with a ‘k’ is cheesy, but everybody else loves it, so he goes along with it.
Yuuri is Leslie, Phichit is Ann, Seung-gil is Andy (but they stay together and he’s not as excitable), Christophe is both Chris and Tom Haverford, Yurio is April, JJ is L/J/Gary, Yakov is Ron.