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Title: Only So Far
By: angstytimelord
Pairing: Hannibal Lecter/Will Graham
Fandom: Hannibal
Rating: PG-13
Table: 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.


Hannibal padded quietly down the stairs, pulling on a robe as he went. He had wanted to stay in his bedroom with Will, but he knew that at the moment, that wasn't the best idea.

He'd had the irresistible urge to take Will into his arms after they'd coupled, to hold him and kiss him and confess everything to him. To tell Will everything about himself, in the hopes that the young man had started to care for him enough to understand him.

But that would never happen. Will could never understand. No one could.

No matter how much he wanted to show a softer side to Will, to reach out for the emotions that had always eluded him, he knew that he couldn't. It was best to keep a wall between himself and Will, to keep his distance, to let their only involvement be sexual.

He might tell himself that he could be friends with Will, but in the end, that wasn't going to happen. He'd seen the possibilities for friendship, but Will wasn't as much like him as he had at first thought. And he didn't think that he could push Will to become like him.

There was only so far he could push before Will would push back.

Yes, Will had part of that darkness within him, but it would never engulf him as Hannibal's personal darkness had. Will simply didn't have that instinct to kill He never would.

The silence seemed to close in around him, making his sigh reverberate around the walls of his office. He sat down in his desk chair, steepling his fingers under his chin as he contemplated the man sleeping upstairs in his bed, and whatever future they might have.

He wanted a future with Will. But that future probably wouldn't last.

Will would have to know about him at some point. He wouldn't be able to hold that information back, not if they continued as they were now.

It was disconcerting to feel that he could have Will in his life as a lover for quite a while. He would be able to keep vital information about himself from Will for as long as he chose, until Will began putting more and more pieces of the puzzle together.

But that wouldn't last forever. And once Will discovered his secrets, his life would be forfeit. Hannibal just hoped that wouldn't happen before he was ready to be done with Will, before he had wrung every possible drop of pleasure from their relationship.

He would continue doing just that, until he'd had enough. Though he didn't believe he would get his fill for a long time to come.

Though at some point, he would. Which meant that Will Graham's days were numbered.