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Pairing: Hannibal Lecter/Will Graham
Table: 8, 50ficlets
Prompt: 45, Embrace
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.
***This wasn't the right time for him to take Will upstairs and make love to him.
As much as Hannibal wanted to do just that, he reluctantly pushed the desire aside. Will might acquiesce to that desire; he might even want it as much as Hannibal did. But he had made up his mind to take this slowly, and something told him that the time wasn't now.
He wanted Will more than he had ever wanted anything in his life. And he loved Will to distraction. But he wanted to wait just a little while longer.
Waiting for the consummation of their feelings for each other would only make it better, Hannibal told himself. And if they let themselves get to each other better before they made love, if they were entirely sure about this relationship and their future, they would be more secure.
Was it a fault of his to look for security where there might not be any? Yes, of course it was. It was the reason why he had thought he'd always be alone.
Will had changed that. Thanks to the advent of Will in his life, if he was very careful, and he took cautious steps forward in this relationship, he would always have Will by his side, in his arms and in his heart. He would never have to be alone again.
And neither would Will. They would have each other.
That was what he wanted more than anything else -- to assure himself that they would stay together, that they both knew they were doing what was right for them. He wanted there to be no hesitation, no regrets, and no looking back.
This wasn't something they needed to rush. As long as they were with each other, they could take things very slowly, and be sure of each small step forward.
At the moment, just embracing his boyfriend was enough for him. Well, no, it wasn't enough, but it would do. It would eventually lead to more. They needed to take small steps, to accustom themselves to each level of their increasing need for each other.
Going slowly would only make their final consummation all the more worthwhile.
Just feeling Will snuggling into his arms gave him a feeling of security that he couldn't remember ever having before, even when he was a child. He had never been held like this, never found the kind of love that Will gave so freely and unconditionally.
This was absolute perfection, at least for the moment, Hannibal thought, closing his eyes and letting himself relax. Will was in his arms, and he was happy.
They were both happy. Of course, this wasn't going to content them forever. They would both want more -- and they would have it.
"I love cuddling with you," Will whispered, bringing Hannibal out of his reverie. "There's just something so .... comforting about being in the arms of the person you love, and knowing you're right where you belong. And knowing that they want you to be there."
Hannibal couldn't help smiling at the words.
"You are certainly quite embraceable, my sweet love," he said softly, bowing his head to press a kiss to the top of Will's head. When his lips brushed that soft, silky hair, he had to resist the urge to bury his nose in it and inhale the musky, cinnamon-y scent that was uniquely Will.
Really, he had only been teasing when he'd told his boyfriend once that his aftershave was awful. He knew quite well that Will favored spicy scents.
That scent of cinnamon and cloves only made Will more embraceable. He loved holding the young man in his arms, loved breathing in the aroma of spices that always seemed to waft around him. That scent was one he would never tire of being surrounded by.
Spices would always make him think of Will.
"You are the most embraceable person I've ever known," he whispered into Will's ear, smiling when he saw the blush that suffused the younger man's pale cheeks. He actually enjoyed making Will blush; he looked so sweet and innocent when he did.
"Thank you," Will whispered, his voice very soft. "You're pretty embraceable yourself. In fact, I think I want to keep embracing you all night long."
"I certainly have no problem with that," Hannibal said with another smile, feeling as though his heart was swelling in his chest. Hearing words like that from Will's lips only reminded him more of how lucky he was to have this time with the man he loved.
He wanted to keep Will in his embrace all night; no, not just for tonight. For the rest of thie lives. He wanted to hold Will close, and never let him go.
Holding Will close gave him a feeling unlike any he'd ever had. A feeling of security, of stability, of .... love. A love unlike anything he'd ever known before, a love that was so strong it wrapped around his heart and soul, settling comfortably and making a home there.
And with Will in his embrace, that love would always be with him.
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