I’ve seen a lot of posts about what a big step it is for Yuuri to skate without Viktor there and how big it is of him to put Viktors needs first, but even putting aside those things, can we acknowledge that Yuuri is willing to send Viktor away at all?? The whole series has focused on Yuuri trying desperately to keep Viktor next to him and his fear of him leaving, and now he’s willing to send him so far away?
People have talked about how they’ve become more comfortable with each other just from time spent together, but I think it’s that Yuuri isn’t scared of losing him anymore. Viktor stood by his side when he asked him to, and that kiss was him saying he wasn’t leaving. He’s proved he isn’t just some flighty idealized figure that’s going to vanish as quickly as he came.
The growth in the security of their relationship is really remarkable