When little Yuuri first found out about Viktor he wouldn’t stop talking about him.
Viktor this, Viktor that, everything the boy could talk about was ice skating and Viktor Nikiforov, his latest performances, his records. It’s absolutely adorable, however, it also gets a little tiring, especially if you had an inn to run.
So his mother told him the legend about the origami cranes and taught him how to fold them, it was just an idea to keep his occupied, even if only for a little while.
Yuuri made it his goal to finish folding a thousand paper cranes so he would be granted a wish which he would use to finally meet his idol Viktor Nikiforov.
It takes him years and he doesn’t fold them as regularly anymore as he used to as a kid, but sometimes he would look at the jar with the origami cranes and fold another dozen of them. He would go back to folding them after watching Viktor’s new performances, after a win and especially after a fail.
Viktor enters his life and the paper cranes are soon forgotten, resting in the jar somewhere in his closet. It’s when he packs his things to move to St. Petersburg when he finds it again.
He takes them with him to Russia and finishes folding the last few cranes.
It’s their first anniversary when he gifts Viktor the jar with the paper cranes because he couldn’t wish for anything more with Viktor by his side.
“For the man who fulfilled all my dreams and wishes.”
Niall knows if he turns, Zayn won’t be there. He doesn’t expect Zayn to be there, but he should be. He should be next to Niall, looking out at Dubai and smiling and bright and happy and with so much awe that he can’t hide any of it. He should be here next to Niall. They should be sharing this moment.
Zayn isn’t here. Zayn is gone. He’s not letting Niall into anything anymore.
Niall’s afraid the space next to him will never stop feeling empty.
a canon compliant magical realism au that follows niall and the boys while they try to navigate a post-zayn world. written for round 4 of the @1dbigbang
the stunning art above is by the superbly talented amanda @becomewords. she also made an absolutely incredible mix for this fic that can be found below! make sure to go and let her know how truly beautiful all of her art is!!!