Okay so Aelin is DETERMINED to be productive but one day her feet are hurting and she just collapses in the bed surrounded by chocolate. And she just complains and mutters and eats chocolate and Rowan is so nervous and he just keeps picturing Lyria and Aelin grabs his face and kisses him softly, getting chocolate on his lips. “We’re going to be fine, buzzard” and Rowan just nods and kisses her gently and spends hours nuzzling and kissing her stomach
Because on so many occasions in anime, the face grab is used in a sensual/sexual context.
But not in this scene.
Hell, we’ve even seen it used in a sensual context in this particular anime
See the difference though? The thing is that in the scene with Yuuri, it’s gentle and careful and romantic.
With Yurio, it’s not.
And most importantly: it’s not meant to be.
Because, believe it or not, Victor is angry.
He doesn’t show it the way Yuuri or Yurio would, but he’s pretty pissed.
We know this through a few things, first of all, the fact that he replies to Yurio’s taunt, something which he, the mature adult, wouldn’t usually do.
You can even see it in his stance. He’s literally and metaphorically stooping to Yurio’s level. He’s lowering his back, leaning close with those half-lidded eyes and that sarcastic smile. In a way, he is mocking, belittling Yurio. And it’s something we’ve never seen him purposefully do with the intention of hurting someone.
And, well, he doesn’t intend to hurt Yurio. It’s his defense mechanism. More than anything, it’s a sign of how upset he is.
The face grab is the culmination of this
I think we all know how rarely Victor touches other people without their permission.
Which means he must be absolutely livid here.
Yurio may be just a kid but he’s tired of his shit.
It’s a way to remind him of his standing.
It’s a way of saying “Know your place, brat.”
“You don’t know the first thing about me. Who gave you the right to speak?”
And I’m not sure whether this is a thing in Russian, but in my language (Polish, which has Slavic origins, just like Russian), we have a phrase 'Nie pyskuj’ which translates as ‘don’t talk back’, but literally means something like ‘don’t muzzle off’. Essentially, ‘don’t run your mouth’.
So, in a way, you could interpret this as Victor literally closing and holding his mouth so that he stops yapping.
And if you think about it, this is the most violent behavior we’ve seen from Victor. He’s literally never acted like that. He’s never been that affected by anything to act like that.
But now, he’s pissed, and he can hardly control himself. And you could interpret the source of his anger as multiple things, but I’ll personally stick with the idea that he hates how Yurio is insulting Yuuri. I doubt that Victor cares how Yurio bad-mouths him personally, he can deal with being insulted himself. But the kid doesn’t get to talk that way about his fiance.
And the next we see of him is this smile
And I’m sure some people would like to consider it ‘flirty’ (especially when taken out of context), but more than anything, it’s a challenging smile. It’s sarcastic. He’s still mocking Yurio, and doing so just with his expression. He’s sneering at him. He’s showing that in every single way he’s above him and his petty insults (even though it’s clear that he’s also falling for them).
It’s interesting to see how Victor handles his anger because we’ve never seen him like that before. He’s never truly been angry.
This is a glimpse into the Victor we don’t know and it’s a curious one.
What’s even more curious is how quickly he gets over it and thinks this:
He quickly finds something positive about the situation. Because not even Yurio and his stupid insults can keep him down for long, not when he’s reminiscing about Hasetsu, feeling the ring on his finger and thinking of Yuuri.
Because ultimately Victor doesn’t hold grudges the way Yurio does. He lets things go easily.
But Yuuri is the one thing he doesn’t want to let go of anytime soon.
It’s on his behalf that he gets angry in the first place, but it’s Victor’s own nature to shrug and forget the conflict in the end.
1: Extremely passionate conversation on a specific topic that is both intellectual and also shows a window into what she’s all about and what she cares about, and what upsets her about the world.
2: Smiling while kissing.
3: Good smells.
4: Lip biting.
5: Eye contact that not only communicates something more than just “I see you”, but really shows emotion and makes you feel like you are the only thing being seen in that moment, special, whatever you want to call it.
and then she said “kiss me” …
I paused for a few moments and took a few deep breathes
I really needed a minute to think about what she had said
and what she really meant
I swear there are so many different ways I have imagined kissing her
so many different moments i have dreamt of kissing her,
but during those few moments so many different thoughts were running through my head:
I want to kiss her softly
I want to kiss her hard
I want to be aggressive
I want to be gentle
I want to kiss her lips
I want to kiss her back
I want to grab her face
I want to grab her neck
I want to touch her hips
I want to touch her hands
I want to kiss her
and by that time I lost my chance
I hesitated the kiss
but I swear the next time I get a chance like that
to kiss a girl like that
I’m going to kiss her
I’m going to Kiss her like she’s mine
and kiss her so she stays
next time I get a chance like that
I won’t even hesitate
I’m going to kiss her