Chapter 15: Grand Prix Final

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December 6, 2012……….

Yuzuru was able to gain the points to qualify for the Grand Prix Final that would take place in Sochi, Russia. He was one of four Japanese skaters that qualified. Javier qualified too. It was going to take place during his birthday. I had gotten something special for Yuzuru’s birthday.  

Sochi was very cold and interesting. It was to host the 2014 Olympics. It was interesting to come here especially for many skaters. 

Yuzu still wanted to know about my secret. I decided to tell him after the season was over. I didn’t want him to be distracted.

Yuzuru was on the ice and getting a few words from Brian. After shaking his hand, he gave my hand a squeeze and pushed himself away from the edge. His first toe loop jump was close to fail. The knee bend saved him. His jump combination near the end wasn’t good because he fell on the toe loop. 

Overall, he did alright. He kept going strong until the end. He skated up to us and hugged Brian. Brian gave him the skate guards. He bowed towards the ice and gave me a hug. “You did alright,” I told him. He gave me a nod and walked to the kiss and cry.

Brian and Yuzuru sat down and I stood away a bit. He scored a 87.17. He had a one point deduction. He was placed 5th in the short program.

After seeing his points, he had some interviews to go through. Some of the media asked the same questions about me. I overheard his answer to one of the questions.

She is my manager and translator in Toronto Cricket Club. She makes sure that we are on time for training and competitions,” he told them. “Does she skate?” one person asked. “She does but only for exercise due to a health reason and to train me and Javier Fernandez,” he said to them.

With that, he excused himself from the media attention. 

Once at the hotel, I walked into my room and looked up on things up on my phone.

Knock…knock……

Who could that be…

I walked to the door to see Yuzuru through the peep hole. {What is he doing here?}

I opened the door. “Yuzu. Is something wrong?” I asked with concern. I let him inside my room. He sat down on my bed and looked at me. “The media asked about you again,” he told me. “I know,” I told him.

He just stared. “I think there is a scandal happening from my presence,” I told him. He didn’t say anything. “Maybe…after the season is over, I would stop working at the cricket club,” I suggested to him.

He looked alarmed and shook his head. “No. You can’t,” he said to me. I gave him a nod. “If I am the reason for your reputation to drop or something, I don’t think I would forgive myself,” I told him. “Don’t please,” he begged.

It’s just a thought Yuzuru. You will be the first to know if it ever happens. Okay?” I said to him. He gave me a small nod. I got his present and gave it to him. “This is for you. You can open it tomorrow,” I told him. He gave me a smile and hugged me.

Arigatou,” he thanked me. I felt my heart beating and heard his heart beat. They were at the same beat. Only one question came to mind. {Does he have feelings for me?} I wasn’t sure about my feelings for him.

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