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Title: Unbridgeable Chasm
By: angstytimelord
Pairing: Hannibal Lecter/Will Graham
Fandom: Hannibal
Rating: PG-13
Table: Personal Challenge, 1drabble
Prompt: 24, Silence
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 sighed as he leaned his head back against the headrest in Hannibal's car; they hadn't spoken since he'd locked the front door of his house and they'd both gotten into the car. The silence surrounded them like a palpable, uncomfortable entity.

Why weren't they talking? Will didn't know the answer to that question; his only answer was that they didn't have anything to say to each other.

That wasn't true, not really. He had plenty to say to Hannibal. He was going into the hospital, and possibly lose a part of him that he didn't want to relinquish. He should be able to talk to his lover about that; he should be able to lay out all of his fears, and be reassured.

Only Hannibal definitely wasn't the reassuring type.

Sometimes it would be nice to be involved with someone who could actually show their support when he needed it, Will thought, stealing a glance at Hannibal. But the other man seemed oblivious to him, looking straight ahead, concentrating on the road in front of them.

Maybe, deep down inside, Hannibal was just as concerned about this as he was, Will thought with a sigh. Maybe he just found it hard to show emotion, especially when he had deep feelings about something. But at the moment, Will needed more than that.

The silence that stretched between them felt like an unbridgeable chasm; he didn't know how he was going to cross over it and end up safely in Hannibal's arms. At the moment, he didn't think it was possible for him to do that; Hannibal seemed too far away from him.

They were sitting right next to each other, and yet they'd never been so far apart. It almost felt as though he was sitting next to a stranger, and that their silence wrapped him in a cocoon that he would never be able to break out of, no matter how hard he tried.

This couldn't go on. He had to break this silence somehow, had to find something to say.

But try as he might to think of something to say that would break the uncomfortable silence, he couldn't. Any words that would be relevant to anything in their lives had gone right out of his head, and he knew that the man beside him didn't like idle conversation.

There was nothing to say, no way to break the silence that seemed to settle in a cloud all around them. That silence was choking Will, making it hard for him to breathe.

They'd be at the hospital soon, he told himself with a sigh. There, the silence would be broken -- and maybe, when he was settled in bed in a quiet hospital room, Hannibal would still be beside him, and he'd finally be able to say everything that he wanted this man to hear.