can you believe we got to see alex danvers come out multiple times?? in different places and to different reactions??
straights™ always think you only come out once but it actually happens so many times and and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a show where we actually got to see a character come out to family and friends and coworkers and i still think supergirl has the best coming out story arc in history of television
Hey I was wondering could you list YOI completed fics which are long and good ? "-"
What a great ask! Shoutout to all the amazing fic writers who write full freaking novels for free because they love the show that much. You all do such great work for the fandom and I thank you all so much. Here are some of my favourite long, completed fics!
Completed Victuuri Fics (Over 40k Words)
all the world’s a stage by braveten, Explicit, 112k AU where Victor is the the most famous actor in Hollywood and Yuuri is a silver medalist at this year’s GPF… and also has a huge crush on Victor. Yuuri auditions to become his skating coach for a movie with the help of Pitchit and cuteness ensues. Fun, great writing, good plot. Lots of fluff, some angst, and a little bit of smut. Amazing fic!
Home by Kurenaito, Teen, 46k Three years after the series, Yuuri has retired, and he and Viktor live in America. It’s no secret that Viktor likes to make impulsive decisions. Cute adoption fic! Bonus angsty Yurio..
Melodies Unheard, but Felt All the Same by Watermelonsmellinfellon, Mature, 69k Yuuri wanted to make history as the first deaf man to win the Grand Prix Final. Of course he’s a little skeptical of Victor Nikiforov’s presence, but Victor proves to be different, and Yuuri appreciates that. Amazing fic that truly shows that love wins, no matter what obstacles face them.
Maelstrom by feelslikefire, Explicit, 43k Victor Nikiforov is poised to win gold in his fifth consecutive Grand Prix Final. He has the world at his feet, is unparalleled in the sport–right up until a snowstorm blows into Sochi, and he finds himself repeating the same day over and over and over. He stumbles over Yuuri Katsuki, and everything changes. THE GROUNDHOG DAY AU!!
On Our Love by LiaoftheDawn, Mature, 46k The fic where Victor thinks he’s doing the right thing, manages to disappoint all the Yuris in his life, and still everything works out at the end. LOVE this fic… I’m sobbing…
like your french girls by ebenroot, Teen, 102k in which Victor is an artist, Yuuri is his figure skating muse, and Yuri is so done hearing about their stupid love story through Instagram. Great artist AU fic with lots pining Victor and fluffy scenes!
Between us by Vitavili, Mature, 169k Love hurts. Love heals. Sometimes it’s really easy to love. Sometimes it feels like hell. You can forget to love yourself because you are too busy with loving someone else. Stunning fic with heavy angst but a happy ending.
Yuuri!!! on Floor by thehandsingsweapon, Not Rated, 67k The gymnastics edition, in which Viktor is still a skater. A story about how sometimes love comes slow and soft, and how hearts get bigger when they break. Great gymnastics AU!
Until My Feet Bleed and My Heart Aches by Reiya, Explicit, 197k Rivals AU where Yuuri’s main goal, ever since he was a child, is to beat Victor and win the GPF. SO MUCH ANGST (like, so much) and deliciously hot, hot, hot! You might die from reading this… it’s that good. Thumbs up!
Standard Deviations by JustBeHappy, Teen, 82k Victor knew something was wrong when he woke up. Firstly, Yuuri wasn’t by his side in bed. Secondly, the wallpapers weren’t supposed to be blue. Great time travel AU!
Beside the Dancing Sea by lily_winterwood, MapleTreeway, Explicit, 186k New York Times-bestselling author Viktor Nikiforov arrives in the sleepy seaside town of Torvill Cove to cure his writer’s block. After encountering local wallflower Yuuri Katsuki at a party, he discovers that this mysterious dark-haired man has a couple secrets up his sleeve. And Viktor will be damned if he doesn’t find out just what those secrets are. LOVE this fic!
Love So Lifeby shamarmon, Teen, 114k Yuuri Katsuki was simply living his college life, teaching ice skating lessons to little kids, when suddenly his idol and champion figure skater Victor Nikiforov bursts in and requests that he start babysitting his three year old nephew, Yuri Plisetsky. Yuuri finds himself growing to be a part of their family and helping them work through their complicated family issues. Super cute!
lie to make me like you by cityboys, Mature, 80k Victor is a retired actor looking for love, and Yuuri happens to be the (un)fortunate soul to unwittingly ask him out at the beginning of the month. Except relationships don’t come with a script, and it’s much harder understanding love than roles. Awesome actor AU!
Until You Return to Me by BatMads, Teen, 113k Yuuri and Victor are in St. Petersburg together at last, but when Yuuri has difficulty adjusting to the transition and tragedy strikes, it seems as though they may be separated forever. Now they struggle to find their way back to each other when the universe seems to conspire against a happy ending. THE SLOWEST BURN FIC YOU WILL EVER READ OMFGDHFSDK
centripetal force by braveten, Explicit, 85k Victor speaks seven languages. (Physics isn’t one of them.) Luckily, though, he ends up rooming with his antithesis: a shy, black-haired boy who just so happens to be a physics major. I LOVE THIS FIC SO MUCH
No Less Unthinkable by rageprufrock, Explicit, 79k In which Katsuki Yuuri fights a losing battle with chronic anxiety, the quadruple Salchow, and his own judgment four drinks in — but wins the war. Stunning fic!
pick lilacs for the passing time by astralelegies, Teen, 68k In which the outlandish prodigy Victor Nikiforov hits Yuuri’s life like a whirlwind after he transfers to a prestigious ballet conservatory in Moscow, two grumpy teenagers learn to be friends, and Mila’s Straight Girl CrushTM might not be so straight after all.
An Intangible Force of Motion by doeinstinct, Teen, 76k The new season is in full-swing, and Viktor is realizing just how much work it is to coach and compete, but the exhilaration is worth it. The pain in his leg is probably just from overworking. Probably. So sad but so good.
Call Everything on the Ice…by shysweetthing, 50k Victor learns Japanese while in Hasetsu. He doesn’t tell Yuuri, and things get dicey when he overhears Yuuri and Mari talking about him in Japanese. Repeatedly. ONE OF MY FAVOURITE FICS EVER
starstruck by shizuoh, Teen, 58k In which yuuri is a simple barista, viktor is a famous movie star, and yuri is an 8 year old kid stuck in the middle of it. I adore this fic!
matched by bigspoonnoya, Explicit, 52k Viktor Nikiforov considers himself an excellent matchmaker, but there’s one love life he can’t seem to get right: his own.
part of me is mad that i wrote you into my stories. because i can no longer read them without falling in love, and breaking my heart at the same time. but part of me is so glad i did. because it reminds of how beautiful our love was, even if it destroyed me.
She sat and watched him in the silence he had allowed to take over. Nothing seemed to matter at that one very moment, but the longer she sat there, the more she felt like she was dying. “So,” She said, taking a moment to pause. “What are we then?” His eyes seemed to glisten with several different yet deep and meaningful emotions. They held sadness, fear, his aniexty; yet he knew what to say. “We’re lovers who can’t be together right now. I love you, and you’re my world, but right now, here - I can’t love you because it won’t work. I’ll hurt you and hurt you and you’ll just keep coming back. I don’t want to kill you so emotionally and horribly that you can barely breathe or be yourself around me. We’ll be ghosts. But no matter what, I’ll still love you.
I feel like I already have a post like that. Well I’ll have two then. But you know what’s really sad? Ignis is a function character. It’s not me shitting on the story, there are actual real life people who live like that, molding all their lives around someone else. Typical thing for mothers, maybe that’s one of the reasons why fandom thinks about him as a mom-friend despite the fact that he is adventurous pun master dork. But really all his life since the early childhood was dedicated sorely to Noctis. There are Gladio and Luna who are quite literally live for Noctis to fulfill his role but still, Luna has her oracle shebang, Gladio expresses characteristics that has nothing to do to Noctis: he loves his sister, likes reading, hiking, getting stronger, even those cup noodles.
Every habit or quality Ignis exhibits is there for Noctis. He may enjoy cooking but he got into it to lift the prince’s spirits after the Tenebrae attack. His knowledge, his manners, his skills at fight all were developed to guide a young king to his fullest potential. And not once he shows even a trace of resentment toward Noct, even having every right, even after this quest leaves him fucking blind. The depth of his devotion and selflessness is truly mind-boggling.
And the saddest part? It’s all for nothing. He dedicated every second of his life to make Noctis a perfect ruler he never meant to be.
King Regis never pressed his son to be a great leader because he won’t be, it was good enough if he lived happily for those short years he had. But Ignis didn’t get the memo so he kept on trying.
I mean even the fact that each bro gets an episode to dive into their character, lives and motivations exclude Ignis. Because “his” episode is still emotionally Noct’s story of coming to terms with his father’s mortality and his own role as an heir.
Raphael being asexual is exciting for many reasons, but for me personally, the most important one was finally having a context to explain the concept of asexuality to my mother.
I’m not out. I’m 25 years old, and I’ve never been in a relationship, I’ve never talked to her about crushes, I’ve never brought anyone home to meet the family. But she doesn’t know I’m ace. She just thinks I’m shy and sad. She pities me.
So the thought that I’d get to explain asexuality to her and gauge her reaction was honestly so exciting. I wasn’t even honestly that nervous - she accepts Alec and Magnus, and that was quite a hurdle for her, so I wasn’t expecting a terrible reaction or anything. I didn’t prepare myself for a major letdown.
I had to pause in the middle of Raphael’s ‘coming out’ scene because my mother’s, “What the hell is this?” was making me miss it.
I explained that asexuality is a thing.
Mum: “But he said he has feelings for her.”
I explained the split-attraction model.
Mum: “That doesn’t make sense - having feelings includes sexual feelings.”
I explained that not everyone has the same perspective on sex and romance as her.
Mum: “No, sex and romance go together - if you want one you want the other. That’s what 'feelings’ means.”
I tried to explain that obviously, Raphael feels differently.
Mum: “Whatever, he’s just stupid. I’ll never understand all this crap.”
I was shocked. I hadn’t expected such a strong negative reaction. I was a little numb as I gave up and clicked play.
We watched the rest of the episode.
We got to the part where Izzy 'broke up’ with Raphael.
Mum: “Good. He wouldn’t give her what she wanted, I say good for her.”
Poor, naiive little me: “No, he’s willing to give her the venom, she just doesn’t want it anymore. Badass Izzy is finally back.”
Mum: “No, the sex. She wanted sex, he turned her down. Good riddance.”
Me: *stunned silence*
I just… I guess I won’t be coming out anytime soon.
This is why representation is important.
I won’t pretend to believe that my mother is inherently more aphobic than she was homophobic. She grew up conservative Christian. She used to roll her eyes if two women or two men kissed on a show, and that was an improvement from her upbringing. She’s come a long way. She’s actively pro-Malec now.
This is what representation does. It normalizes. The idea of gay people are no longer shocking to her - exposure through representation is a big part of that.
She’s never been exposed to asexuality or aromanticism before. It’s still viscerally offensive to her, because she’s never been given the opportunity to get used to it. Most people haven’t.
*I* am still viscerally offensive to my own mother. My only saving grace is that she doesn’t know. I was hoping she would, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be.
I’d rather she think me shy and pitiful than think that I’m wrong and deserve to be alone.
Once, Courfeyrac drew a penis on who he TOUGHT was a sleeping Bahorel but ended up being another buff dude who didn’t look as friendly as Bahorel so he just sat there in awe (read: fear) watching this person leave the Corinthe with a huge dick in the back of his arm.
So I’ve got some bad news and I’ve got some good news.
The bad news: I’m now on medical leave from work.
I’ve been struggling with some medical issues for years now, but they’ve been progressively getting worse and worse, and now I’m at a point where I just can’t be on my feet or just generally active for more than a few minutes at a time, let alone long enough to work a shift.
Doctors have been struggling to figure out a diagnosis. So far all that we know is that it’s probably something neurological. I’ve got some tests this week that hopefully will shed some light on things, but honestly, I’m not overly optimistic. So until things get figured out and I can get some sort of treatment started, I’m on leave from work.
Which means no new retales for the time being.
The good news: This does not mean I’m out of content.
I’ve had a lot of projects I’ve been working on/wanting to work on for a while now, but between work and the physical/emotional toll that going through work, I haven’t been able to give them my full attention. Thankfully, being bedridden goes hand-in-hand with digital content in my case.
I’ve got a Target Retales podcast in the works! In fact, the first episode is going to be published later tonight!
I’ve got a YouTube channel! A lot of you are subscribed, but I’ve neglected it for the last couple of months. But now I’m back in action, posting at least once a week if not twice, and I’ve got some great plans for videos coming up!
I’ve got a couple other podcasts in the works! I’ve teased the one wherein I over-analyze pop media and expose the terrifying truths of fictional universes (Lightning McQueen is an abuser?), and I’m planning a scripted D&D comedy series!
And I’ve been teasing one huge project for months and months now, but I’ve had to put it off for a while with everything going on, but now I can finally buckle down and get to work on it, so I feel ready to let you guys in on the secret.
I’m working with an agency and writing a Target Retales book.
So even if I’m not releasing new stories, there’s still a TON of content coming, both Retales-related and not!
Wanna help me out?
There is, of course, the catch. While I’m super excited to be able to work on all of my projects, I’m now not able to work at work, which is, you know, how money is made.
I’m taking medical leave from work, no new Retales will be released but all sorts of projects are still in the works, including a podcast and a book, and I’m offering a cool bonus if you support me during this rough patch on my Patreon.
Thank you all so much for all the support you’ve shown me since the start. I wouldn’t be where I am without you and I hope you enjoy the content I continue to make.