Hello ! I hope you had a good day! Can I ask you to tell us more about Riko Russian boyfriend and his cats <3
I love your blog and you’re starting to make me feel for Riko, even tough he is a complete ass.
Answer: I was before but its even better now. I’m so invested in this au that it makes me really really happy. Ah! Yay! That is also one of my favorite things. I love encouraging feelings for characters that may not deserve them lol.There is a short answer and a long answer.
Short answer is that in this au Ichirou recognizes that Riko is a child acting under Tetsuji’s influence and kills Tetsuji instead. He also recognizes that Exy is like a cancer in Riko and that if he is allowed to stay in exy he will keep creating trouble so he shoots Riko in his dominant arm effectively killing his career and sends Riko away to the countryside that night. A place where Riko cannot cause trouble. Riko receives a well-staffed house with psychiatrists and medical assistants and maids in a place that could not care less about Exy.
The long answer is that Riko is exiled because he is a hazard to the Moriyama empire and Ichirou is not sure even if Riko will live for very long because for Riko exy is his purpose and without he is useless. Riko is on suicide watch for months. Most of his day is spent in therapy or staring outside. He does feel broken.
Who is he supposed to be now? Why wouldn’t Ichirou kill him when that’s what Riko had been counting on? In comes Alexii, Russian by name and ancestry but he speaks with a slow southern accent that is calm as it is attractive. Like sun to flowers. He’s unaffected like a child’s blow-up toy always bouncing back despite Riko’s venomous tongue.
Alexii is like Jeremy know if Jeremy had a whole lot less self-preservation and a love for dangerous things. Alexii is the medical assistant that waits for him outside of therapy sessions in case Riko needs to go talk a walk to calm down, He checks Riko’s bandaids and sits with him during meals and while he goes to bed. Alexii’s family went to the same course of private schools the stateside Moriyama’s always have. His family is well off but Alexii was simplicity, he wants helping people and doing it with his own two hands. Well, Ichirou thinks he’s perfect. Close enough to Riko in age to be a friend. A nice enough disposition to temper Riko but also strong enough not to let Riko get away with being an asshole.
So Alexii inserts himself neatly into Riko’s life no matter how much Riko yells or ignores him. He gets Riko into gardening because it’s easy and calming and then he brings home a cat for Riko. Pets are good failsafe.
Even if Riko gets the time to think about hurting himself he will have to think about the cat and how it will be alone if he’s not there. Riko pretends he doesn’t care but when he smashes a glass into the wall and the cat escapes out the back door into the night Riko hardly talks to anyone for three days.
See Riko has a lot of abandonment issues. He craves company and he’s scared of people leaving and he fucking hates how everyone in that damn house thinks he’s going to magically be reformed into a good person. They know what he did to Jean. They know that he is as ugly and as mangled as Frankenstein’s monster and they still have the guts to talk to him about the future. He wants Alexii to be upset and hurt him because Riko really deserves it. If anyone should be hurt it’s him but Alexii cleans up the glass from the floor, bandages his hand and takes Riko to bed. “We don’t often get what we want Riko, I will never hurt you.” He never does, that’s true.
The cat comes back after a week and he names it because, well, that’s what people do with pets. That’s what Alexii told him because Riko has never had a pet before so he wouldn’t know. That cat loves him to death. Following him outside all the time, gardening, trailing after him and Alexii when they go on walks, Sleeping on his bed. They find out she is a she and that the cat is pregnant and wouldn’t you know all the cats love him too. He names them all after flowers not because he cares or is very creative like that. He just opens a book on plants point to random names. The only reason he keeps their names straight is because Alexii does and he gets collars made for them. Alexii calls them their kids jokingly because they are standoffish to most people until they warm up to them like Riko and just like Alexii they are very calm.
It’s gross and cute and Alexii takes Riko into to town when it approved by the head psychiatrist. He drags Riko early in the morning to farmers markets to sample maple glazed almonds, honeysuckle lotion, and rhubarb jam. After doctors appointments, he bundles Riko into diners with sweet tea and dessert that Alexii always pretends is too much for him to eat alone. Thursdays at the drive-ins they play older children’s movies and Alexii packs a blanket and the cats into the SVU and they watch Dr.Doolittle because Riko has never seen it before. Alexii is a too soft that Riko at first thought he would always puncture and then discovers it’s more like elastic that always retains its shape.
Alexii asks better of Riko, He challenges the shit morals that the Ravens beat into him. Alexii isn’t a saint. He’s better because he’s a real person and he tells Riko he wants a real relationship with feelings and going slow. That some of the shit Riko does hurts his feelings but mostly he tells Riko he wants to see who Riko can be as a person when he figures that and he’s willing to stick around for as long as that takes so see it and he does so holding Riko’s hand with the cats curled around them late at night so disgustingly domestic and sincere that Riko can’t say anything but keep on holding his hand.