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Title: It Must Be Magic
By: angstytimelord
Pairing: Will Graham/Lee Fallon
Fandom: Hannibal/The Big C
Rating: PG-13
Table: writers_choice
Prompt: #642, Magic
Disclaimer: This is entirely a product of my own imagination, and I make no profit from it. I do not own the lovely Will Graham or Lee Fallon, unfortunately, just borrowing them for a while. Please do not sue.


Will put the last of the dishes into the dishwasher, a smile on his face.

How had he gotten so lucky? How had things worked out so well for him? It still seemed like the dream, the way his life had fallen into place.

He hadn't been looking for love or romance, hadn't thought that he'd ever find them. And then, somehow, Lee had more or less simply fallen into his lap, like an angel from heaven. All it had taken was one look, one smile, and he'd fallen head over heels in love.

It didn't seem possible, not for him. Love? Not for the person who had always felt that he was out of step with the entire world, and that no one understood him.

But somehow, miraculously, it had happened. He was in love -- and wonder of wonders, the object of his affection loved him just as much. It was wonderful dream come true that he never wanted to end. It was like magic.

What he and Lee shared was magical. He wouldn't have believed that he could be this happy if he wasn't experiencing it firsthand.

How could it be possible? How had this happened?

It must be magic, Will told himself with another soft smile as he sat down at the kitchen table. That was the only explanation for it. A wonderful, perfect magic that had somehow smiled on him, and decided to make his life a beautiful place to be.

There hadn't been much beauty in his life before Lee, Will reflected. There had only been work, and the dogs. No close friendships, and certainly no romance.

But then, he hadn't wanted to be romantically involved with anyone until he'd met Lee. There had been no one who'd interested him. Oh, he'd tried to pretend once that he had an interest in a woman, to be more like everyone else, but that had failed miserably.

Lee was all he had ever wanted, all that he would ever need. Lee had brought love crashing into his life like the proverbial ton of bricks.

It must be magic, being able to feel like this so quickly, so unexpectedly. There was no other word for what he felt. Magic, fate, kismet -- he couldn't put one word to the feeling that actually felt right. But he didn't need a word for it. Not really.

All he needed to know was that they loved each other.

It was enough to feel like this, to know that he loved Lee and that Lee loved him. He didn't need a word for what they shared; just feeling it was enough.

The people he worked with had already begun to suspect that something had happened in his life; Jack had remarked that he seemed happier, and so had Beverly. He hadn't told them yet that he'd met a wonderful man and that he was in love.

They didn't really need to know. Because if they did, they would immediately only see the fact that Lee was a cancer patient. They would look on the dark side.

Will didn't want that. He didn't want to think of the possibility that Lee could die, that the trials wouldn't work for him. He wasn't going to worry about that.

He was going to stay positive, and hold out hope for the best. The trials would work. Lee had been through so many of them now that he had to find one that would work, that would grant him a long and happy life and a definite future.

They were both going to hold on to that hope. They were both going to believe that there was a future for them, one that would last for a very long time.

They were going to be touched by magic.

He had to believe that. He had to hold on to the hope that the trials would work, and that Lee would have a chance to build a future with him. If he let himself believe otherwise, then so much of the light that was in his life now would disappear.

Will resolutely pushed those thoughts away; he wasn't going to let them color his happiness and bring it down. Those thoughts weren't even worth acknowledging.

That was why he hadn't told anyone about his relationship with Lee. He was sure that if anyone he worked with found out that Lee had cancer, they would immediately begin cautioning him about the relationship, and even try to make him turn away from it.

He wasn't going to do that. He was going to spend the rest of his life with Lee, and they were going to be happy together. They were going to last far into the future.

Anyone who focused on the down side, once he told people about his relationship, would be ruthlessly cut out of his life for good. If they couldn't be positive, and believe that he and Lee would have a long and happy future, then he didn't want to be around them.

He would only associate with people who believed in them.

Anyone who didn't believe in the magic that surrounded him and Lee wasn't someone he needed to be around. He didn't want anyone bringing him down.

If things took a turn for the worse .... Will's mood darkened momentarily at the thought, then he steadfastly turned his mind away from it. They would deal with that when and if it happened. But for now, he was going to believe in the magic.

It must be magic that surrounded them. There was no other word for the way they'd fallen in love, for the happiness that now embraced him.

Did Lee think of it as magic, too? Will was sure that he did. It must be magic, this feeling of utter happiness that wrapped around him and was keeping him safe and contented. Only magic could have taken his lonely, cold world and turned it into this.

Magic ... and love. The thought warmed his heart, made him feel happier than he'd ever been. He couldn't stop smiling, couldn't stop the joyous surge of his heart.

Falling in love was the greatest magic he had ever known.