Peter’s head snapped up at the sound of his name. Kind of shocked to see [Y/N] standing in front of him and Ned, he lost his grip on the table. Catching himself before he fell face first into their project, he cleared his throat, “Uh, yeah, yeah, uh, that’s me. Peter….”
“Nice, dude.” Ned snickered.
Flashing his friend a dirty look, he quickly turned back towards [Y/N]. She was awkwardly standing in front of their workshop table, he could sense that she was a bit nervous. “Did you need something?” He asked with a smile.
[Y/N]’s cheeks turned a little tinge of pink, something that had never happened to Peter. He had never made a girl blush before. Looking down at her feet, she bit her lip. “Yeah, actually I do. Um, well, how do I put this.” She looked back up at Peter’s confused expression. “I’m about to fail this class.”
“No fucking way.” Ned gasped, “You’re like the smartest girl in this school.”
Peter clenched his jaw, closing his eyes. “Ned.” He warned.
Ned shrugged, “What? She is. I don’t think she’s ever failed a class. It’s just shocking, that’s all.”
Peter shook his head, giving Ned a look to shut up. Turning to face [Y/N] again, he gently raised a brow. “And you need me to?”
Taking a deep breath, she pointed to Ned, “I actually failed Spanish in middle school by the way but,” looking at Peter, she exhaled in defeat. “not trying to exploit your mechanical genius or anything but Mr. Harding said if I can come up with at least three projects that can move, speak, and think on its own, he won’t fail me and give me a passing grade.” Tucking a piece of hair behind her ear, she bit her lip. “I’ve come up with the first two…kind of, not really but the last one I can’t seem to figure out. And I was wondering if you could help….me.”
Ned’s eyes widened as he smiled. Slapping Peter on the back, he cheered out. “OF course he can!”
[Y/N] gave Ned a peculiar look, “I appreciate you speaking for Peter, Ned. But, it’s not your time that I’d be wasting. I’m completely helpless when it comes to wiring. I just don’t understand.”
Peter watched her babble on about her inability to mechanically engineer things. He couldn’t help but smile, she was kind of cute when she panicked. She was one of those girls that never talked much outside her circle of friends and seemed unbelievably shy. He could relate to her.
“I’ll do it.” Peter said, cutting off her ramble of paying him too. Shaking his head, he crossed his arms, smiling. “You don’t have to pay me. We can trade services. I help you with your project and you help me study for the History exam.”
Her eyes lit up, “Really?”
Nodding, “Yeah, definitely.”
Reaching into her totebag, she tore a piece of paper from her notebook and scribbled down her number. “You seriously have no idea how much this means to me, Peter!” Handing him her number, she gave a shy smile. “Just, uh, um, text me whenever you figure out your schedule and I’ll rearrange mine.” Backing up slowly, she started to blush again, “I should get back, my partner’s probably wondering where I am.”
Peter looked down at the number and smiled. “Yeah, I’ll text you after school.” Sticking in his pocket, he looked back down at his project.
Ned leaned in, “Dude, did that just happen?”
“Shut up, Ned.” Peter rolled his eyes.
“No seriously, did it? Because I’m pretty sure that it didn’t. [Y/N] is like the most underrated girl in our school. She’s so pretty that she doesn’t even know she’s pretty.”
Squinting his eyes, Peter looked at Ned, “What does that even mean?”
Squeezing his arm, Ned squealed out. “It means you have a chance dude.”
Peter shook his head and glanced across the room. He chuckled silently at [Y/N] desperately trying to understand what her partner was telling her. Ned had a point, she was extremely pretty and he could bet she didn’t even know her worth. Looking back down at their open wires, he shrugged, “Yeah maybe.”
“Nice.” Bumping Peter to do their little hand shake, Ned whispered. “Liz Allen who, whaaat?”
There’s a lot of emphasis put on the idea of Yuuri and
Victor having a relationship devoid of labels in-series yet we as fans continue
to apply them to their relationship. And while this isn’t a bad thing, I would
just like to take a look at how, without labels, the bond between these two is so much more than we could ever explain by
boxing it in with labels.
Some of the first words we hear used for these two are
“coach” and “student”. While this is absolutely part of their bond, and an
important part at that, it already doesn’t encompass everything, even when they
first started applying it. There’s a history behind them, even if Victor was
less personally involved in it.
A history that you could use the words “idol” and “fan” to
describe. You could definitely say that this is where their relationship
started, but while these words also fit, they miss out on what that
relationship is like from Victor’s point of view. Their bond blooms into so
much more and describing it in this way would be a disservice to their
You could also say that they are “fellow skaters” and
“competitors”. And this is both true and important, but you miss out on the
personal aspect to their relationship and leave it at the level of their
professions. And this personal relationship really started growing as far back
as the banquet.
The first words you could possibly use to describe this
instant connection might be “inspiration” or “hope”. Those words imply a lot, a
depth of emotion and investment in each other that goes beyond what even words
could describe, but it removes them from each other at the same time. Because
these words could also apply to a distant relationship, one that isn’t as
intimate as theirs is.
When they started to get to know each other, this personal
intimacy bloomed into “friends”. This word is actually incredibly deep, because
friends don’t only have to be someone you get to know only on the surface. Friends
can be the people closest to you, and the bond can also go beyond just humans. It
can easily be your deepest-rooted connections. I also believe that friendship is
the key to a strong and long-lasting love relationship.
A love relationship that could be described by various
different names, such as “lovers”, “boyfriends”, “fiancés”, or even “husbands”,
if you look at the direction they’re headed. But if we look back over the list
we’ve already been through, we can clearly see that these words are lacking.
These words can be used to describe their romantic love, but it doesn’t touch
on any other aspect of their relationship including the deep bond they share as
two human beings.
So in the end, I feel the best words to describe what they
are to each other is simply “Yuuri and Victor”. The words Yuuri says to Victor
on the beach, that he wants Victor to be Victor
and not some other label, doesn’t only apply to Victor’s identity – it applies
to the relationship shared between the two of them. They’re not just
coach/student, idol/fan, fellow skaters, each other’s inspirations, friends, or
while they may be all of them at the same time, they’re also so much more.