‘’I loved being with you. I loved being able to touch you. I would do anything to be at your side… no matter what kind of man it made me.’’
I want to wish this little dog lord, mate, bestfriend and lover a very, very happy birthday! He’s been one of my favorites ever since I started playing SLBP and I gotta say that, until now, his route is the only one in all the game that has made me cry and brought a lot of feelings with it.
Because I know that I could always count with him. He’s a great friend, an amazing samurai, and has a wonderful and caring soul. That’s why, Inuchiyo, happy birthday! @askthespearofsengoku I told you I would write a lovey-dovey speech and here it is and I regret nothing lol
(This totally ended up being 8x longer than I had planned so oops?)
When it comes to Otayuri, the one thing that’s pretty consistent across the board is that it’s Beka that develops feelings first. Sooner or later Yura comes to terms with everything he’s been feeling and things move from there.
Except?? I’m pretty sure Yuri would totally have an ‘oh my god you’re so cool’ crush on Otabek because he totally looks up to him???? Meanwhile Otabek is just none the wiser because Yuri is this young spitfire kid who he has so much in common with outside of being each others literal best friend in the universe.
Otabek (canonically speaking) has only ever viewed Yuri as a friend and as someone who motivates him competitively. He admires Yuri’s grace, but is also considerably more mature and very clearly confident and accepting of who he is.
Yuri, on the other hand, is still unsure of who he is beneath his perturbed house cat exterior. Otabek represents the aloof stoicism he’d kill to convey if it weren’t for his infamously short fuse. Otabek is effortlessly cool, masculine, and commands the respect Yuri desires without having to be aggressive about it.
They stay in touch with texts and skype, and even though it’s originally like pulling teeth, Otabek now responds promptly and even with the occasional emoji. Despite the fact that their busy schedules don’t allow for much time seeing each other outside of competitions and banquets, their friendship flourishes. Instagram is still a struggle, with Otabek’s feed being more abstracts and landscapes than selfies, but he’s getting there.
However, with being outside of each other’s immediate orbit for so long, Otabek isn’t around to see how Yuri changes. He doesn’t see how his patience grows, how he switches from insulting nicknames to real ones, how small talk isn’t an immediate inconvenience. He doesn’t see Yuri flush from ear to ear when Mila mentions how he smiles when he opens one of his snapchats.
Everything has been the same to Otabek because Yuri is simply…Yuri. With such little time to spend together in passing, the younger skater prefers to reserve their outings for just the two of them. Otabek didn’t mind anyway, Yuri was one of the few people who didn’t expect him to keep face to please him.
They go from seeing each other every now and again after the 2016 Grand Prix finals to strictly sporadic contact after the Four Continents in February. Both Yuri and Otabek are chosen to skate at the Olympics in PyeongChang which is an outstanding honor that they’ve both slaved over achieving, but that means going from intense Grand Prix practices directly into Olympic prep and then back for more Grand Prix prep and before they know it, the two skaters are standing side by side on the 2018 Grand Prix podium.
Even still, they don’t see much of the other skater. Yuri is whisked away on a press tour after the combined weight of his Olympic silver and Grand Prix gold proves too enticing for his sponsors. Otabek doesn’t mind, he takes his Grand Prix silver and sets his sights on the Four Continents once again, aiming to bring yet another gold to Kazakhstan.
When Spring rolls around and both of their schedules have finally quieted, Yuri insists that Otabek join him in Hasetsu. Victor and Yuuri (Otabek notes, not ‘the old man’ and ‘little piggy’ like he was accustomed to hearing) had a home now not far from Yuu-topia and The Ice Castle, and Yuri wanted to show him around.
This trip is when Otabek finally starts to see how Yuri has changed in the last few years. He sees how Yuri walks slowly beside an aging Makkachin in the mornings, how he steps out of the way and holds doors, how he smiles and laughs with Axel, Lutz, and Loop as they try to make the moves they’re named after their signature.
For all the time they spent together, Otabek had hardly gotten to see Yuri around others when he wasn’t in competition mode.
Physical changes are easy to notice, even if it weren’t for Yuri’s near constant jabs the literal second he blew past Otabek in height. Changes in heart took time to see, and Otabek knew the exact moment his did.