i usually hate these posts, because i get it, my birthday is special to literally no one on the internet but myself, so it's a dumb excuse to ask for shit, but, fuck it. it's my birthday and i'm depressed as fuck and college sucks so may i please ask you, my fandom dad, to just tell me about yuuri katsuki, anxious international student who is this close to deciding no, he can't actually do this college overseas thing, and victor nikiforov, who shows him how loved he didn't realize he is?
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET BEAN. i hope that you feel better throughout the day and that college gets better!! college was totally a void for me; i spent one year getting devastatingly trashed, and another three years Not Sleeping and trying to kill myself with work. the good times i had in college are definitely punctuated and defined by how hard so much of it was to endure. i’m rooting for you xx
and as far as anxious internationa studentl yuuri katsuki goes, he lives off of black coffee and spaghetti and basement pizza. anxious international student yuuri katsuki is not doing great in classes, and maybe he doesn’t belong here, and he’s not the best at making friends, even though his one good friend and roommate, beautiful sunflower international student phichit claims all of the anonymous HEY YOU! shoutouts in the school newspaper talking about Cute Boy Asleep Under Table In Student Union Building or the Hotchkin Hall Hotass are referring to him. beautiful sunflower international student phichit tries to get him to loosen up and takes him out to a party and gives him two blue pills with little dolphins on them that yuuri chases with a plastic cup of shitty sweet american lager, except instead of getting yuuri to loosen up, he ends up having a panic attack and laying down on the wet, cold concrete of the sidewalk outside just to feel something cool, which is how beautiful TA victor nikiforov finds him.
it’s really embarrassing to talk to someone like beautiful TA victor nikiforov for the first time while soaked to the bone and rolling your nuts off. yuuri has one class three days a week where victor helps, and yuuri always sits in the very back behind someone he’s sure stands at a height that makes participation on the school basketball team mandatory. yuuri katsuki does not dare fly too close to the sun. (maybe someday, he thinks, when they’re older they’ll both be at a conference together, and victor will recognize him across a crowded hotel lobby. “you wrote those papers,” victor will say, “years and years ago. i always drew smiley faces on the top in red marker,” because he does, and yuuri likes to pretend that he doesn’t do that with anyone else’s papers.)
despite what being in close proximity to beautiful TA victor nikiforov does to his heart rate, beautiful TA victor nikiforov manages to talk to him in a calm, engaging and funny way, and lets yuuri word vomit in return, and beautiful TA victor nikiforov eventually escorts yuuri back to the international house off campus.
it is the next morning that yuuri realizes, with great shame, he must either change his major or leave the school entirely, because he cannot spend any more time in the presence of beautiful TA victor nikiforov.
he ends up dropping the class and losing the credit. he just can’t– he can’t go back to that class. if he stays at this school past the end of the year, he’ll make the credit up somehow. but right now he just, he can’t.
it’s two and a half months later when he’s still there for winter break, not wanting to waste money on a flight home. he’s walking through the slush to get dinner on christmas eve alone. this is when he runs into beautiful TA victor nikiforov again.
beautiful TA victor nikiforov is very sad that anxious international student yuuri katsuki dropped his class! after yuuri left there was nothing to look forward to between one and three on mondays, wednesdays and thursdays! why would you abandon me, yuuri? beautiful TA victor nikiforov (call me victor!) says, practically running him over when he sees yuuri across the street. anxious international student yuuri katsuki doesn’t know what to say, except, “i’m going to get dinner, would you–?”
which is how they end up at a KFC at nine at night on christmas eve.
“in japan, christmas is a romantic holiday,” yuuri says, realizing out loud. “a lot of couples come to places like KFC, it just felt–”
“oh, is this a date, yuuri?” victor asks. his voice sounds teasing, but when yuuri tries to jump up from the table and hide in a trash can, victor grabs his hand and looks him in the eye and it feels very serious. “it’s okay if it’s a date, yuuri.”
“o-oh?” yuuri says.
(and then, idk???? idk where i’m going with this. yuuri does body shots of KFC gravy off of victor in the mens room? like, why not, right? anyway, i hope you feel better!!)