Can we, like, talk about this?
Victor is quite obviously concerned about Yuuri’s well-being. He wants what’s best for him and wants Yuuri to succeed.
However, it is likely that Victor has never been in this sort of situation before.
Yuuri is “the figure skater with the world’s biggest glass heart.” He’s sensitive and wears his heart on his sleeve.
Victor does something pretty shitty.
I don’t think Victor quite handled this situation as well as he could have, but he did move it forward. He wants to forcefully motivate Yuuri, even if that meant breaking his heart.
This is when Victor realizes he fucked up.
He’s used to being selfish, so Victor probably hasn’t comforted anyone like this before.
And then we find out that Yuuri is more worried about Victor than he is about himself since his actions do have an impact on Victor’s reputation. (Oh, Yuuri… you selfless cinnamon roll…)
Yuuri obviously does have doubts.
And Victor does reaffirm that he doesn’t want to stop being Yuuri’s coach.
And Yuuri knows this. He logically knows this even if his nerves make him doubt this fact.
Continuing with the fact that Victor probably hasn’t ever had to comfort people in his life…
Victor feels like he has to rely on past experiences. I personally feel like this conclusion of Victor’s makes it seem as if he kind of wants to get through this uncomfortable situation. Kissing seems like the easiest thing to do, right?
But Yuuri refuses! Yuuri wants something more than a useless kiss. He wants Victor’s faith in him, even if Yuuri doesn’t have enough faith in himself. Yuuri wants Victor to have confidence in him.
This is very important. And Yuuri is demanding for Victor to stay by his side, come what may.