Fragmented Snow Chapter 15Chapter 15
The rushed rhythm of her heart pounded in her ears as her breath was quivering, struggling to move air through her lungs. She squeezed her eyes shut as warm tears ran down her face and disappeared into the pillow. Clara sharply inhaled through her nose as she dug her fingers into the sheets.
Deep breaths. In through the nose. Out from her mouth. In. Out. In. Out. Her stomach twisted and her throat tightened. Clara jolted upright, wiping the tears from her face and through her hair.
In. Out. In. Out.
Music. She needed music. She reached for her phone with trembling hands, nearly dropping the device to the floor after picking it up from the night stand along with her headphone. She finally managed to plug in her headphones after several attempts. The room was still fairly dark and it was difficult to see through her tears. She held the phone with both hands using her thumb to pull up the playlist she had painstakingly crafted for occasions such as this.
Clara closed do
Fragmented Snow Chapter 14Chapter 14
Yuri stood beside Yakov, staring absent-mindedly into his glass of champagne. Watching as the bubbles rolled up the sides of the glass as he slowly swirled it in his hand. Yakov conversed with members of the federation and possible sponsors. Two of his students had taken gold this year, Yuri and Mila, after all.
Yuri sipped his drink, the bubbles tickling his tongue, as he scanned the room. Victor and Yuuri were talking to some of the other coaches, like Celestino. Victor had retired years ago after sustaining yet another knee injury which abruptly ended his season. At that point Victor took it as a sign to retire from competitions. Hell, his come back four years ago was a feat within itself. He was twenty-eight then, now he was in his early thirties. A fact that Victor didn't want to be reminded of if it could be helped. Now Victor spent his time coaching his husband full-time with the occasional exhibition performance here and there. However, Yuuri’s competiti
Fragmented Snow Chapter 13Chapter 13
The stadium was buzzing with excitement and chatter. Today the ladies’ division performed first. Clara was the second one up, after Mila. Her eyes felt heavy as sleep didn’t come easy the prior night. Perhaps it was the drinking or her nerves or the fact that Yuri was being distant today. Clara leaned with her forearms against the wall as she twisted her hips, stretching out her muscles. Once Upon a December played in her ears, drowning out everything and everyone else. She needed to focus and a cup of coffee. Maybe several cups.
She felt a light tap on her shoulder. Clara pushed away from the wall and removed her headphones as she turned. Victor smiled at her and offered her water bottle. “It’s almost time. How are you feeling? You look tired.”
“I had a wrestling match with my bed last night,” Clara said before taking her bottle and taking a sip of water. “I’m fine, though. Just a bit nervous.”
Fragmented Snow Chapter 12Chapter 12
“Nngh,” Yuri grunted as a muffled chime filled the room. “What’s that noise?”
Clara rolled away from Yuri with a groan. “My alarm.” She got out of bed and dug her phone out of her purse. She turned it off, placing it on her end table, and joined Yuri back under the covers. “Forgot to turn it off. Sorry.”
“It’s fine,” Yuri yawned and rolled onto his side, facing Clara. Her hair was nearly golden in the morning light. His heart pounded as she smiled softly. “You have to meet up with Vitya right?”
“That’s not until later,” she snuggled close. “Besides, I think he might oversleep today. He had quite a bit of wine last night.”
Yuri chuckled, running his fingers through her soft hair. The smell of champagne had long since faded, but the faint hint of roses still lingered. Hazy memories from the previous night replayed in his mind. He had attempted relationships