#6 for writers prompt :3
6) things you said under the stars and in the grass
Characters: Mari and Yuuri
Relationship[s]: Family and sibling bonding
Tags: support and sibling love + sibling-advice
Title: Sunshine After Rain
When Yuuri came home from the Grand Prix Finals, he mostly stayed in his room. Either he laid in bed with headphones snugged over his head, or he hunched over a few sheets of paper with a pen in hand, writing down his previous season’s routine and marking the jumps, the techniques, the emotion he could’ve done instead. Time flowed backwards for no one, and Yuuri accepted that long before he came home. However, it was a reoccurring thought, and Yuuri’s mind liked to replay the fumbles and mistakes. Like stop-motion film, suddenly slowing down before a dramatic fall or when Yuuri had to brace himself before a landing.
One night, instead of tucking himself away for the evening, Yuuri went out and laid in the grass near Yuutopia Hot Springs. The evening dew nestling into his clothes and hair as Yuuri gazed up at the splatter of stars in the night sky. The cool breeze tickling his nose, and Yuuri rubbed it before he sneezed. Out here, without a paper and pen, his mind found its peace. There were no distractions, nothing to remind him of the burning sixth place that he took after the GPF. Because out here in the grass, Yuuri was just another Hasetsu born-and-bred citizen. A dreamer amongst others, slowly chipping their names into something recognizable for the future.
Yuuri shifted his head when Mari came out from the inn and laid next to him in the grass. Well, she sat up and crossed her legs casually, arm behind her back to keep her up while she slouched. A toothpick between her teeth and she moved it around, itching for a good smoke but she held herself back so that she could be with Yuuri. The two sat in silence. For how long? Yuuri didn’t keep track, but he occasionally glanced at Mari and wondered why she was here.
“Nice weather we’re having.” Yuuri spoke first.
Mari shrugged. “Been the same weather for weeks. You’ll get used to it.”
Straightforward as always. Yuuri smiled a bit and diverted his attention back to the stars. Mari watched him carefully from the corner of her eye as she gnawed the end of her toothpick.
“Some days, the weather is cooler,” Mari added. “Some days, the weather is warmer. Sometimes it rains, sometimes it’s sunny, and sometimes it’s both on the same day. In the end, it’s still a nice day.”
“Isn’t rain bad for business?”
“Yeah, but people still come anyway. We can’t do anything about the weather, but Ma and Pa do the best they can with everyone’s support.” Mari pulled out her toothpick. “I think with you around, there’ll be more sunny days.”