Yuri is having a miserable night?
Shower thought: So I was thinking about how in the leaked bonus manga Yuri says he is having a miserable night. At first you would think: “What, why? My boy, you just won gold!” Then it dawned on me that Yuri did not look happy at all standing on that podium with a gold medal around his neck.
The first panel directly mentions something about “the tears that fall after the free skate, are they from weakness or strength?”. And you have the knowledge that Yuri completely wants to change his exhibition program.
My thought is that Yuri is having such a bad night because he is disappointed in himself. Not only did he fall during his Free Skate, he actually broke down and cried in public once it was over. Given his personality, I think he feels humiliated and embarrassed he did that, because he sees this as a sign of weakness. And the last thing our Ice Tiger wants to be seen as is a fragile, teary ballerina.
That’s why he wants to change his exhibition program into this edge lord glory fest. He was counting on Otabek (the one person he knows to describe him as something strong and masculine for a change) to stick around to possibly vent to or distract him, but then that bastard has to go and be a cool DJ at some club. Of course then Yuri, being the awkward kid not used to having friends, gets clingy towards this one friend he has made. It’s like he has seen in movies that ‘friends are supposed to be there for each other’ and gets even more disappointed for being left behind by someone. Again. (I’m looking at you Victor. Also possibly Yuri’s parents?)
So of course he deals with this the best way he knows how: Following Otabek to the club, despite being told not to, and guilt tripping the guy into helping him with his program. This would obviously mirror his behavior towards Victor: following him to Hasetsu and demanding him to help him with his short program.
It seems that Otabek got more than what he bargained for when he signed up for this friendship. :’)