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I've heard it said
That people come into our lives
For a reason

Bringing something we must learn

“Yuzuru,” he looked up and met his coach’s warm brown eyes that were blurred with tears of pride. She wiped at them with a tissue before she patted his shoulder seriously, “Yuzuru, I’m so proud of you. First World Championships, and you won a bronze medal.”

“I’ll be on the top step next season,” Yuzuru promised her, bowing his head, “I promise.”

She couldn’t help but laugh before her face fell to a more serious expression once more. “You will be a World Champion Yuzuru. You can go on and achieve everything. But I think you’re moving to somewhere I can’t guide you anymore.”

Yuzuru’s smile dimmed. Even if he’d been expecting this talk, it didn’t make it any less painful.

“Do you have any idea who you would want to move to?” His coached asked gently.

Yuzuru bit his lip lightly, thoughts drifting back to the Rostelecom cup earlier in the season and the most beautiful, stable quadruple salchow he’d ever really seen in his life, and the skater who looked so constant with his music.

“Brian Orser. I want to train under Brian Orser and practice with Javier Fernandez.”


And we are led to those
Who help us most to grow if we let them
And we help them in return

Yuzuru slammed into the ice for the millionth time, groaning after his newest failed quadruple salchow attempt. He lay there on the ice, regret and frustration cooling him down much more than lying on the ice was. Why was this damn jump so difficult for him? Why was it so temperamental?

A gloved hand came into his view and he looked up to see Javier’s half smile. “You’ll get it. You’ve got the rotations now, and that’s the hard bit. You’ve just got to get the landing now. You can do it.”

Yuzuru nodded as he accepted the hand and let Javier help him to his feet. His new training mate and friend made a little show of teasing him by brushing the ice shavings off him.

“Why are you helping me?” Yuzuru asked him, tilting his head at the other in confusion but also curiosity. “We’re rivals.”

“I prefer the term friends personally,” Javier said with a shrug, “and because I want to see my training mate do well. I don’t want to see you fail. I want to see you progress and go forwards.”

 

“You can do it Javi,” Yuzuru helped his training mate up from a bad quad toe, “I know you can. Two-time world champions can land quad toes.”

Javier couldn’t help but smile at Yuzuru’s comment. It hurt Yuzuru, he knew it did, to lose in Boston, but if he was willing to bring it up himself then the wound between them was healing better than he thought.

“I can. Three time world champion has a nice ring to it.” He teased.

“Yeah, three time world champion Hanyu Yuzuru!”

Brian shook his head at the pair of them as they started laughing together on the ice, enjoying the moment of freedom and relief.


Well, I don't know if I believe that's true
But I know I'm who I am today
Because I knew you

“It’s good to train with him, just because you can see the power that he has and all the effort that he puts into the ice every day. To be training with a partner like that, it makes you try to improve.”

“I made a good decision to practice with Yuzu. Not only me, but also Yuzu learned a lot from each other, more than we would’ve done alone.”

Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes the sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood
Who can say if I've been changed for the better
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good

“When Yuzuru first came, Javi would be coming to the rink with his ski jacket on. He would be taking off his guards, sipping his coffee, and Yuzu would be doing a triple axel. And then you would see Javi go: coffee down, jacket off, pum, got to get to work.”

It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime

Javier pulled both the Japanese men into a hug, patting Yuzuru’s back with a smile as bright as the sun in Spain on a summer’s day. His training mate, his everything over the past few years, hugged him back tightly as pride surged through his veins.

“You know, I’m so glad I got to compete with you here,” Javier started, and Yuzuru pulled away from him long enough to meet his eyes. Almost knowing tears started to cloud them as they desperately held onto Javier’s gaze, mapping his face like he would never get another chance, “and I could share this moment with you. I’m glad we’ll be standing on the podium together, because this will probably be one of my last international competitions of my career.”

Yuzuru’s tears started to fall and he shook his head, trying desperately to hold them back. “N-No…”

“So thank you. Thank you for training with me, for pushing me on, and for helping me be where we are today. Thank you for making one of my last international competitions so special and… everything. It’s my pride and honour to compete with you. Yuzu, this is my last competition competing against you.”

“D-don’t—”

“I will retire.” Javier said softly. “I-I’ll do one more European Championships, but you can’t do that cause you’re Japanese, s-so… so this is our last competition together…”

Yuzuru shook his head and buried his face in Javier’s shoulder. “I-I can’t,” he whispered, “I-I can’t do it without you.”

“You can,” Javier promised him wetly, “you can rattle the stars if you try hard enough.”


So, let me say before we part
So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you

Every single quadruple salchow, he carried Javier in his skating.

Every triple flip with the inside edge instead of his previous lip, he carried Javier in his skating.

Every smile, every heartbreak, every win, every loss, he carried Javier in his skating.

“This is for you Javi,” he whispered as he squeezed Pooh-san’s nose.


You'll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have rewritten mine
By being my friend

“Guess who!”

Yuzuru turned, shaking his head free from the hands that covered his eyes, and he launched himself into the other’s arms. Javier caught him with a bright smile, chuckling as he spun Yuzuru around in his arms.

“You’re back!”

“I couldn’t train for Europeans without you, could I?” Javier chuckled gently, placing a little kiss on his cheek. “It’s Yuzuvier. Not Yuzu, not Javier.”

Yuzuru nodded, enjoying having Javier hold him as long as they dared before Brian came in and chivvied them along to go back to training.

Like a ship blown from its mooring
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a sky bird
In a distant wood
Who can say if I've been changed for the better
But because I knew you

Because I knew you

I have been changed for good

Of course, everyone picked up on Yuzuru swapping out the quad loop for his more stable quad salchow at Rostelecom. And Brian’s little comment about what Yuzuru had said during practice had been picked up on too. Yuzuru had been so embarrassed when Javier had sent him the link with many laughing emojis.

At the Autumn Classic, Yuzuru had barely noticed him. He just somehow knew to turn his head and look. His heart stopped at Javier’s goofy smile.

From a child who used to shut himself off to focus on skating, he’d really changed to become the young man who loved Javier with all his heart that he was.

And just to clear the air
I ask forgiveness
For the things I've done, you blame me for

“Javi,” Yuzuru took hold of his hand quickly, stopping the other from leaving, “I-I need to speak to you. Tell you something.”

“Yes?” Javier tilted his head at him with a frown. “Do you need something Yuzuru?”

“I-I…” Yuzuru lowered his head and wiped at his eyes, “I-I had to apologise Javi. I was so horrible to you after worlds last season, a-and… And you didn’t deserve it. I was horrible to you because I lost, but I was going to lose anyway. It’s not your fault I lost. I’m happy you did good, and I should have been supportive, like you always are of me.”

But then I guess
We know there's blame to share

Javier turned and took hold of both of Yuzuru’s hands in his. “Then I should apologise too. I should have known not to push you and that you wouldn’t want to come and celebrate with me.”

Yuzuru squeezed the other’s hands, biting his lip shyly, “Friends?”

“Absolutely,” Yuzuru said with a nod before a small blush crept across his nose and cheeks. “A-absolutely…”

And none of it seems to matter anymore
Like a comet pulled from orbit (like a ship blown from its mooring)
As it passes the sun (by a wind off the sea)
Like a stream that meets a boulder (like a seed dropped by a bird)
Halfway through the wood (in the wood)
Who can say if I've been changed for the better
I do believe I have been changed for the better

And because I knew you

“I think I owe what I have won to him.”

Because I knew you

“They’re both better because of each other. Javi’s better because of Yuzu and Yuzu’s better because of Javi.”

Because I knew you

“When the Olympic Games were over and this season began, I realised how special it was to practice with you.”


I have been changed

 “I think having Yuzuru train with me for all these years has helped both of us become better people, better sportsmen and also to become more competitive during training.”

“I will never forget your performance. Thank you for allowing me to come to Toronto. I’ll respect you forever.”


For good