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Title: His Greatest Wish
Pairing: Hannibal Lecter/Will Graham
Author's Note: Sequel to "Bittersweet Sensation."
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.
***In his heart, this was what he had wished for.
Will opened his eyes, squinting a little against the bright sunlight that was filtering through the curtains at the window of Hannibal's bedroom.
How many times had he dreamed of being here, and woken up in the morning wishing that he wasn't in his own bed, but here in Hannibal's arms?
Now, his dreams were finally coming true, and he didn't know what to think of them. He wasn't entirely sure that this was real; it still felt like a dream, like something he'd conjured up on the strength of a wish and nothing more. Maybe he really was at home in his own bed.
No, that wasn't the case; this wasn't a dream. It had actually happened; he and Hannibal were lovers, and he was here, where he had dreamed of being for so long.
But it still seemed unreal. Everything felt as though it was turned upside down and inside out; he didn't have any real sense of security. He felt .... unsure, flooded with uncertainty.
He didn't know how Hannibal felt about him.
Had what happened between them just been a one-time thing, or was it the beginning of a new relationship between the two of them? Was this long-term, or just momentary?
The only way that he would ever know the answer to those questions was to ask Hannibal outright; he didn't think that he could find the answers he wanted simply by waiting and watching Hannibal's actions. And he didn't want to wait. He wanted to know.
Will knew that he wouldn't be able to continue this relationship if Hannibal didn't have some tender feelings for him, and if he didn't want it to be anything but a diversion.
He cared about Hannibal. Maybe .... just maybe, he was even falling in love with this man. And if he was, he needed that emotions to be returned, or at least to know that it could be.
He couldn't keep going forward without knowing that the two of them had some kind of a future together. He didn't need even more uncertainty in his life; he dealt with that every day in his job, and he had to have a personal life that at least felt somewhat stable and secure.
That thought almost made him smile. Could he count on stability and security with someone like Hannibal? He doubted it, but he was more than willing to try.
If he had one wish, he would wish that this was real.
He wanted the emotions to be shared, for Hannibal to feel what he himself felt. That was his greatest wish, and one that he despaired of coming true.
The only way he would know how Hannibal felt was to ask him -- so he had to get himself past the fear of what the other man would say and simply come out with it.
Will shifted slightly under the covers, smiling as Hannibal's arm tightened reflexively around his waist. Why was he so worried? He was here, in Hannibal's bed, waking up with him. If Hannibal didn't care about him, then he wouldn't have been here in the first place.
If he wanted this to last, he would have to make sure that it did. Hannibal had wanted him enough to be with him once, so why wouldn't he want this to continue?
He would do whatever he had to do to make this last, Will told himself firmly. He would seduce Hannibal if he had to. He would become whatever Hannibal needed him to be.
His greatest wish was for this to go on, and he would make that wish come true.
All right, so maybe it wouldn't be easy. Maybe Hannibal would make him struggle for a relationship. But even that would be worth it in the end.
Being with Hannibal made him happy, even though their start had been, well, a little rocky. He hadn't been sure at first that he'd wanted what Hannibal had offered to him.
But now, he knew that he did. He wanted this more than anything in the world. He wanted to fall asleep and wake up in Hannibal's arms. He wanted to give himself to this man not just physically, but in every way. He wanted to touch Hannibal's heart, to have a place there.
Maybe he already did. Hannibal wasn't the kind of man to take someone to bed unless he'd thought long and hard about what he wanted.
That was another question he would have to ask. And if the answer was in the affirmative, then his greatest wish would have been granted, the one wish that he desperately needed to be fulfilled.
Will smiled, closing his eyes. For the moment, it felt like all of his wishes were coming true.
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