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Title: Into His Own Hands
Pairing: Hannibal Lecter/Will Graham
Prompt: 8, Victory
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 smiled when he heard the knock on the door. Ah, victory was sweet.
He hadn't really doubted that Will would come to him; that was a foregone conclusion. However, he had worried that Will might convince himself that giving in to his obvious desires would be doing the wrong thing, and that he would be safer not to.
Of course, Will had chosen the more dangerous path; that was something he could never resist doing, even when he knew that he might be taking his life into his own hands. It was one of the things that drew Hannibal to him; he couldn't help flirting with disaster.
It seemed a shame that their relationship would end up destroying Will, Hannibal thought with a twinge of regret. He was such a rare spirit.
But that was the way of the world, Hannibal thought with a shrug. Will had to die. But it wouldn't happen right away, fortunately. He would be able to toy with the young man to his heart's content before ending his life. And he intended to enjoy every moment of it.
He would break Will down, and then put those pieces back together in the way that he chose. When he was done with Will, he would belong exclusively to Hannibal Lecter; he wouldn't be able to separate his will from that of his master.
It would be a beautiful transformation.
Hannibal's lips curved into a smile at the thought. Will wouldn't actually have any will of his own by the time their relationship reached its inevitable conclusion. He would be more than willing to sacrifice his life to Hannibal's will; he would be proud to do so.
That would be the ultimate victory; to take Will over so completely that he would willingly die simply because his master told him that it had to be. To control someone else's will like that -- especially someone with as strong a will as Will Graham -- now that was power.
He would wield that power. Eventually.
Today would only be the first small step along the path to having that power, that control over another human being's life. It would be a most interesting venture, the fight for Will Graham's soul. But it would be a game that he would eventually win.
Hannibal rose to his feet as another knock came to his ears, this one stronger and less hesitant than the first. It seemed that Will had made up his mind.
Yes, he was taking his future -- and his very life -- into his own hands, just as Hannibal wanted him to. A life that would soon be manipulated and controlled. Hannibal couldn't repress a smile as he headed for the door, ready to open it and admit Will inside.
The game had begun.
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