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Title: Not Without A Fight
Pairing: Will Graham/Lee Fallon
Fandom: Hannibal/The Big C
Prompt: 10, Weakness
Disclaimer: This is entirely a product of my own imagination, and I make no profit from it. I do not own the lovely Will Graham or Lee Fallon, unfortunately, just borrowing them for a while. Please do not sue.
***He felt better today. There was no pain, no weakness.
But Lee had no idea how long that would last. He could feel great for days, and then the weakness would take over again, knocking him on his ass.
He hated feeling so weak, hated knowing that he couldn't hold it together all of the time. He was just glad that Will didn't expect that of him. He could lean on his boyfriend when he needed to; Will was a strong shoulder, and he appreciated that.
He hadn't had that in far too long, Lee told himself. There had been nobody in his life who he could cling to in the way that he did with Will, not for a very long time.
Had anyone ever been there for him in that way?
Oh, he'd had friends who had stuck around for a while and tried to be supportive, but they hadn't loved him in the way that Will did. They hadn't held him to their hearts.
Maybe some of his friends did love him -- but not in the way that Will did. Not with their entire hearts and souls. Will gave him the kind of love that he'd never thought he would have, the kind of love that was written about in romance novels.
The kind of love that he'd always wanted, and now that he had it, he didn't want to let go. A fairy-tale love that made him feel complete.
He wasn't going to give that love up without a fight, Lee told himself, his inner voice strong and firm. There was no way he was going to check out before he had to.
It would be a long fight, and the weakness would be with him all the way, always conspiring against hm. It wasn't going to simply back off because he'd found love, and he wanted to make the most of that love and live a long and happy lifetime.
But he didn't have to give in to that weakness. He could fight it, and show it that he wouldn't back down. He didn't have to let it win. Cancer wasn't fatal. Lots of people beat it.
He would be one of those people. He would.
He would do it not only for Will, but for himself -- for the happiness that he had always wanted that he'd now found, for the life that he wanted to build with his lover.
That weakness would be pushed back; he would beat it, with Will's help. He'd done it before, and he'd come through on top, even though he had never managed to go into a long remission. Maybe this time would be the one that finally brought him out of the woods.
That was what he wanted, more than anything else, Lee told himself. A life with Will, a future to look ahead to, where that weakness didn't attack him any more.
Today was one of the good days. Maybe they would keep getting better.
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