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Title: The Edge of Desire
By: angstytimelord
Pairing: Hannibal Lecter/Will Graham
Fandom: Hannibal
Rating: PG-13
Table: 8, 50ficlets
Prompt: 6, Desire
Author's Note: This is a 50-ficlet AU series for Will/Hannibal. In this universe, the two of them are deeply in love with each other, though neither knows quite how to bring that love out into the open.
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.


He had never known desire like this.

The feeling of having Will in his arms, of knowing that his boyfriend wanted him just as badly, almost made Hannibal moan aloud. He wanted to scoop Will up into his arms and carry him upstairs, lay him down on the bed, and make love to him all night.

But no, this wasn't the right time. Not yet. There was still so much to teach Will about intimacy and making love before they crossed that final barrier.

And no matter how badly Will might want him, Hannibal knew that his beautiful boy still harbored some fear about what would happen.

He had to hold his own desire back, as difficult as that might be. And considering that he had Will in his arms, and that his young lover seemed so eager for them to go much further than they already had, holding back would be very hard indeed.

But he wasn't going to let himself take things too quickly.

If he did, then he would upset the fragile balance that existed between the two of them, and that was the last thing he wanted to do.

He wanted that balance to move forward, to strengthen. He wanted their trust in each other to be absolute and complete, and if he unleashed his desires too early in the relationship, then it could be destroyed. He wasn't going to take that risk. Not with Will.

No one had ever meant this much to him. No one ever would. And he would do all that he could to ensure that Will was by his side forever.

He couldn't live without the bliss of knowing that Will was his.

Desire such as he felt for Will was something that he'd never known before; he hadn't thought that he could feel like this for anyone. He had long ago given up the thought that he would find someone he could love, someone he could share his life with.

But now, he had Will -- and wonder of wonders, Will seemed to feel the same way about him. No, Will did feel the same way.

He could see his own desire reflected back at him in Will's incredible blue eyes. He had no doubt that Will desired him, just as much as he desired Will. But he was going to take his time with Will, savor each moment to the fullest in every respect.

There was no hurry. They had the rest of their lives to be together, to discover each other's secrets, both of their hearts and bodies. Of course, there were secrets in his life that he would have to keep from Will, but that was for the best.

Other than those secrets that had nothing to do with their relationship, they had an entire treasure trove of secrets -- and desires -- to discover about each other.

That discovery was only just beginning, Hannibal told himself as he trailed kisses down the slender column of Will's throat. There was so much that he still had to learn about his young lover, about what Will liked, about what made his body come alive.

Though he already seemed to be doing quite a good job of that.

Will was almost writhing in his arms, soft moans coming from his throat. Hannibal could tell that he was inching close to the edge of desire already.

How could it be possible for Will to be so aroused by just a few kisses, and some touching? Hannibal was humbled by the fact that he could ignite so much desire in a beauty like Will. He wouldn't have thought that he was capable of it.

But here was the proof, in his arms, gazing up at him with such desire and love in those blue eyes that it almost made him want to weep.

He was the luckiest man in the world to have that desire directed at him.

And he would do his best to live up to the desire Will gave him, and to take this young man to the stars each and every time they touched. He was fairly sure that he had managed to do that already, but he would work hard to make sure that he was never a disappointment.

"Do you know how much I want you?" he murmured as he nuzzled Will's cheek with his own, his breath warm against the young man's skin.

"I think I might have an idea," Will whispered, his voice hushed and breathy. "And I know that I want you just as much. Probably even more."

Being confronted with such desire turned his heart inside out; Hannibal didn't feel that he deserved so much from his Will, but he would gladly take what was offered, and be grateful for it. Again, he couldn't help feeling that he was the luckiest man in the universe.

Nor could he control the surge of desire that flashed through his body.