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Title: Desire Brought To Light
Pairing: Hannibal Lecter/Will Graham
Prompt: 19, Light
Disclaimer: This is entirely a product of my own imagination, and I make no profit from it. I do not own the lovely Hannibal Lecter or Will Graham, unfortunately, just borrowing them for a while. Please do not sue.
***Will heaved a sigh of relief as he parked his car in front of Hannibal's house; even though night had fallen and darkness had closed in around him on the drive here, the world around him felt much brighter now. Just being here at Hannibal's home soothed his soul.
He could swear that being inside that house brought a light into his life that wouldn't be there otherwise; it was the only place where could feel light shining through to him.
The rest of the world usually felt like a dark and inhospitable place, a place that had never accepted a boy who had always been beyond the pale, on the outside looking in. But when he was with Hannibal, he was accepted and even loved for exactly who he was.
He'd never had that kind of love before. Never.
Maybe others wouldn't see it as love. Maybe they would see the relationship as Hannibal using Will, as him letting himself be dominated. But he couldn't view what they shared in that light. To him, what they shared didn't seem unusual at all.
Others might think it was deviant, but to Will, the relationship he shared with Hannibal had brought so many of the shadows that had always permeated his life into the light. Hannibal had brought out desires that he'd always been afraid to acknowledge having.
Having those desires brought out into the light and studied, making them the focus of the relationship they shared, had helped him more than any amount of psychiatry could have. Hannibal knew exactly how to help him, and Will was grateful for that help.
But he knew that he had to keep that light in his life behind closed doors. No one else would understand the kind of relationship he had with Hannibal; there might be a select few people who would, but it wasn't as if they could advertise their activies to everyone they knew.
No one even knew that he and Hannibal were a couple.
It hurt not to be able to shout it from the rooftops that he belonged to Hannibal, to let the world know that he was taken, that he was owned by an amazing man. But that was something he couldn't risk people knowing; it could cause too much trouble.
So he had to hide the light that Hannibal brought to his life, and only let it show when they were together, or when he was alone in his own home.
Keeping that light hidden was a small price to pay for having it shine into his life, illuminating all of the dark corners and bringing them to brilliant life. As he bounded up the steps to knock on the door, Will couldn't hold back a smile at the thought of how brightly that light would shine tonight.
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