“Until My Feet Bleed and My Heart Aches” by Reiya (AO3)
Pairings: Katsuki Yuuri/Viktor Nikiforov
Word Count: 16,6931
‘…Of all the rivalries in the world of sports over the years, perhaps none has become so legendary as that of Russian figure skater Viktor Nikiforov and his rival, Japanese Yuuri Katsuki…’
A single event changes the course of Yuuri’s life, throwing him into a bitter rivalry with Viktor Nikiforov that spans across his entire skating career. But as the years go on, rivalry and hatred begin to develop into something very different and Yuuri doesn’t seem to be able to stay away, no matter how hard he tries.
Hatred and love are two sides of the same coin and even though everything changes, some things are still meant to be.
Since the season 1 finale of Yuri!!! On Ice, I’ve been devouring Victor/Yuuri fanfiction like there’s no tomorrow. Last time I recc’d fanfiction, I couldn’t even keep myself to just one story. But this week I’m happy to share a fic that I haven’t been able to stop reading since I first laid eyes on it. Yes, it is a work in progress, but the lovely Reiya updates pretty frequently—and God, the updates are so worth the wait. In this AU, Yuuri has spent most of his life bitterly fighting to beat Viktor, his ice skating rival. But as we all know, there is a thin line between love and hate. This story will make you laugh, cry, and wonder why you didn’t think of the storyline first. Read this if you love slow burns and super sexy fun time.
The Collected Mutineer