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Title: Bitter Deception
Pairing: Hannibal Lecter/Will Graham
Prompt: 10, Weakness
Author's Note: Sequel to "No More Time."
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 wasn't sure of which way to turn, which road to head down.
There wee different directions that he could take this game with Hannibal, and he wasn't sure which one of them would be the best decision.
At this point, he wondered if he was even capable of making that decision. He was deeply involved in this deception now, and he had to see it through until the bitter end, whatever that might be. But he didn't know if he was strong enough to keep up the facade.
Had Hannibal already seen through him? He didn't think so. He was becoming fairly good at sidestepping and evasion, and he didn't think Hannibal was wise to him yet.
But it would only be a matter of time before his deception was discovered.
The very thought of that terrified him. He knew that he couldn't keep this up forever; and he also knew that sooner or later, he would stumble and let the mask slip away.
When that happened, his bitter deception would be out in the open, and he had no doubt that Hannibal would be furious and try to exact retribution. He had to be prepared for that -- and he also had to hope that he would have enough evidence to put Hannibal behind bars before it happened.
If he didn't, then he could be playing games with his very life. He felt as though he was now; the knowledge almost choked him whenever he thought about it.
Being afraid was a weakness, but it was one that he couldn't put aside. Fear was a good thing, Will told himself. It kept him from being too cocky, too confident.
Fear could be seen as a weakness, but it could also be what kept him alive. It would keep him from being too sure of himself, overstepping any boundaries that had been set around him. Fear would make him hold back when he needed to do so, rather than take risks.
He hoped that his fear wouldn't become a debilitating weakness in this game, and that it wouldn't make him hold back at the crucial moment.
If it did, then this whole gamble had been for nothing.
He didn't want to believe that. He didn't want to feel that he had laid out this plan and was carefully trying to carry it out to the best of his ability, only to see it ultimately fail.
No, this plan had to work. They had to get some sort of confession out of Hannibal, had to put him behind bars. Not only for Will's own sense of justice, but for everyone that Hannibal had harmed in the past, and could harm in the future.
He was sure that Hannibal would discover his deception at some point. He just wanted that discovery to come after they'd made the arrest.
If it came before then, then this whole thing could blow up in his face.
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