these tend to be around or over 10k, are all complete, and mostly victuuri, because tbqh i haven’t read much else yet. maybe i’ll do another post when i’ve read other stuff. this list is ordered by word length.
Victor Nikiforov was the best jumper in the world, well-used to leaping blind and landing clean in ways no one could match. Falling was for other people. Stumbling was not acceptable. It had been a long time since the wind had been knocked out of him so thoroughly.
The first part is above all a great post-ep 12 coda feat. the guys talking about their feelings. I don’t want to spoil the next parts in the series, but there’s really great stuff with their respective skating programs and Yuuri wanting to surprise Victor on his birthday with a romantic gesture. The whole series doesn’t ignore real world political context and homophobia, without going full on into angst, and I really appreciated it.
Maelstrom by @feels-like-fire - 44k, E, canon divergence, victor/yuuri Victor Nikiforov is poised to win gold in his fifth consecutive Grand Prix Final. He has the world at his feet, is unparalleled in the sport–right up until a snowstorm blows into Sochi, and he finds himself repeating the same day over and over and over. He stumbles over Yuuri Katsuki, and everything changes.
The time loop trope has been used plenty of times in fandom, but it’s one of my favorites tropes, and this is a very enjoyable example.
‘I think,’ Yuri says, still watching Chris like Chris is a puzzle he’s trying to solve, ‘that you had a good thing with Théo. If you know he doesn’t need you, and his partner doesn’t either, and they still want you around? They still want to care for you? That’s… that’s love, Chris.’
This fic is emotionally intense - it deals with recovery, unhealthy coping, complex relationships and having hurt a loved one and how to deal with it, and imo it does it really well. I didn’t find it too heavy tho - it’s also really uplifting and it’s also a great poly and kink fic. It feels real. And the progression of the relationship between Chris, Victor and Yuuri was really enjoyable.
Stargazer by @fahye- 23k, T, AU, victor/yuuri “No, see, we’ve all been trained a certain way. The training system is traditional; it’s centuries old. Nobody taught you. You ballist like it’s got nothing to do with war at all.” A sleepy, extraordinary smile crawls over Victor’s face. “Nobody else does it like that. That’s why we’re going to win.”
This AU has the same premise as the anime - Victor becomes Yuuri’s coach - but IN SPACE (which is a sure-fire way to get my attention). And the sport isn’t ice skating : the author made up a whole new sport ! I found it super cool. A solid, enjoyable AU with neat world-building, and the fic even has gorgeous illustrations.
AU in which Yuuri still doesn’t remember the banquet, somehow doesn’t blow Japanese Nationals, runs into Victor at the World Championships, and has absolutely no idea why his idol is suddenly friendly and incredibly handsy.
Does Yuuri care about his reasons? No. It’s Victor Effing Nikiforov.
Poor Yuuri is so confused and I was very amused. There are a couple of interesting headcanons for Victor’s backstory and the whole romance is just as sweet as canon.
Yuuri wants that old feeling back, that sense of peace with his body. He misses that fondness, the way that being chubby felt comfortable, reliable, in a way that being thin never has. Thin is precarious, and it always gives way to softness in the end.
Chubby!Yuuri ! This was sweet and full of body positivity, but it also deals with the complex relationship between weight and self image.
i like the in-betweens/i like the time it takes to get somewhere
aka the story of yuri figuring out gender, saying i love you, being an adult, and next season’s short program, featuring two cities, one town, lots of airports, three dads, and one grandpa
I’ve seen a few fics where Yuri is nb/trans but this one is my favorite. Yuri’s internal voice (and dialogue) is hilarious and IC, his exploration of gender was lovely and all the relationships were great.
Soulmates AU where whatever you write on your own skin
appears on your soulmate, but when there is a language barrier, meeting becomes
just a little more difficult than it should be.
Baby!Victor is so sweetly endearing and enthusiastic, and Baby!Yuuri is shy and
hesitant. Watching them dance around each other is so super sweet, you’ll be a
puddle of happy goo by the end. Fluff like woah, and utterly adorable.
Luckily, though, he ends up rooming with his antithesis: a
shy, black-haired boy who just so happens to be a physics major.
University AU with minimal ice skating. Okay, guys, I have five words for why
you need to read this fic: Victor Nikiforov on a skateboard. No, seriously,
it’s goofy and endearing and utterly delightful. It (almost) makes me want to
go back to college.
Victor Nikiforov is poised to win gold in his fifth
consecutive Grand Prix Final. He has the world at his feet, is unparalleled in
the sport–right up until a snowstorm blows into Sochi, and he finds himself
repeating the same day over and over and over. He stumbles over Yuuri Katsuki,
and everything changes.
(Or, the time loop au. Loosely based on Groundhog Day.)
My comment: So
many levels of fabulous I can’t even begin. Victor’s reaction to being in the
time loop is utterly predictable and hysterical and adorable. It’s just enough
unlike the movie to keep you on your toes, and just when you think “Aha! This
time he’s broken the curse” – that damn alarm wakes up him again. Of all the
AUs I’ve read, this one’s probably my favorite, because the payoff is perfect.
“They want me to write smut and I don’t know how,” Yuuri
whines and Viktor blinks. “Phichit said I should include sex scenes in my
latest Hiro!!! On Ice fanfic but I’ve never written sex before so he said I
should just write down what we do,” Yuuri admits and Viktor bites down hard on
his lip so that he doesn’t laugh.
My comment: No
plot, but funny and sexy. Yuuri needs to learn to take more mental notes, but
until then, the rest of us get a treat.
AU in which Yuuri still doesn’t remember the banquet,
somehow doesn’t blow Japanese Nationals, runs into Victor at the World
Championships, and has absolutely no idea why his idol is suddenly friendly and
Does Yuuri care about his reasons? No. It’s Victor Effing
Basically this is an excuse for total fluff. And porn. And
shit-talking with bonus smut. (Edited for accuracy.) Happy birthday, Victor.
My comment: Sort
of plotty porn. Look, there’s a lot of fics out there that will give you sexy
sex. This fic gives you funny sex, and not just funny sex, but hysterically
funny sex that is also sexy and will have you aching for more. Utterly
delightful. Happy birthday, Victor, indeed.
Chris visits Victor and Yuuri at their home in Saint Petersburg.
It’s been a long time coming.
My comment: OT3
first-time mild D/s undertones porn-with-pining for Victor/Chris/Yuuri. This is
technically the second in a series, though you don’t need the first to enjoy
this. (But read it anyway, because it’s also good.) The characterizations are
fantastic, there’s more pining than plotting, and it’s so well written that I
wish there was more. Reeeeeeaaaaaaaaaad.
“Well,” Viktor says helplessly, because it’s all ruined now,
“I was going to try and seduce you.”
My comment: First
time, tiny bit of plot. Mostly this is just funny and sexy and sweet, with such
an over-the-top extra!Victor that I giggled until I wasn’t meant to be giggling
anymore. (For very good reasons.)
THIS ONE IS SO BITTERSWEET HONESTLY, I WENT IN THINKING YAY THREESOME and came out crying ljdsalkdjasl. it’s porn w feelings, with past Chris/Viktor, but they still love each other and ugh it hurts, it hurts anon, but it hurts so good. happy ending of course, bcos chris and yuuri have feelings for each other too ;)
fave lines: “i missed you” and “I took the book off the shelf last night, and I found out I still loved it as completely as I did the first time. I’m so sorry. Last night was a mistake. I thought I could handle it, but I can’t.“
Starts of as negotiated Chris/Yuuri w Viktor watching them, then it becomes OT3 and it’s perf. basically, Viktor has a thing for people being into Yuuri UGH yes. this is, a bit into the BDSM territory but not quite. but yeah, there’s the green yellow red system and such, but it’s great really.
Here’s a funny, catchy French tune about a barman plagued by difficult customers. At the 1:30 mark, we see a Stromae lookalike dancing drunkenly on a table. Here’s the verse that goes along:
Et là d’un coup un homme monte sur la table Avec son accent bizarre il nous traite de macaques Il nous dit qu’à l’époque il était formidable Puis il tombe dans mes bras en pleurant qu’il est fort minable
And all of a sudden a man gets on the table With his bizarre accent he claims we’re macaques He tells us in the old days he was formidable Then he falls into my arms crying that he’s so pathetic
Thanks to Amy Harris Van Vranken for the lyrics and translation!
aries: i’m trying not to let it show, that i don’t want to let this go.
is there somewhere you can meet me?
‘cause I clutched your arms like stairway railings (is there somewhere, halsey)
taurus: yes, i’ll admit that i’m a fool for you
because you’re mine, i walk the line
as sure as night is dark and day is light
i keep you on my mind both day and night
and happiness i’ve known proves that it’s right (i walk the line, johnny cash)
gemini: she said she’d won the world at a carnival
but she could never win me
cause she couldn’t ever catch me (she had the world, p!atd)
cancer: you know i’d rather drown
than to go on without you (oceans, seafret)
leo: she blows outta nowhere, roman candle of the wild
laughing away through my feeble disguise
no other version of me I would rather be tonight
and lord, she found me just in time (jackie and wilson, hozier)
virgo: i’m gonna stay right here by your side,
do my best to keep you satisfied (baby i’m yours, arctic monkeys)
libra: ‘cause god knows i fall in love just a little,
oh, a little bit every day with someone new (someone new, hozier)
scorpio: tu étais formidable, j’étais fort minable
nous étions formidables
(translation: you were wonderful, i was pathetic,
we were wonderful together) (formidable, stromae)
sagittarius: feeling of your arms,
i don’t wanna be your friend
i wanna kiss your neck (fallingforyou, the 1975)
capricorn: i don’t want your body
but i hate to think about you with somebody else
our love has gone cold
you’re intertwining your soul with somebody else (somebody else, the 1975)
aquarius: and if you have nightmares, we’ll dance on the bed
i know that you love me, love me
even when i lose my head (guillotine, jon bellion)
pisces: you were the song stuck in my head
every song that I’ve ever loved
played again and again and again (favourite record, fall out boy)