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Title: Temporary Happiness
Pairing: Will Graham/Lee Fallon
Fandom: Hannibal/The Big C
Prompt: 1, Clouds
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.
***Will opened his eyes, stretching and yawning, squinting at the sunlight.
His wedding day had been the most beautiful day of his life.
He turned over to look at his sleeping husband, watching Lee's face, a soft smile curving his lips. His husband. He was married to Lee. To the man he loved.
He had never thought that this could happen to him, that he could get married, that he could know this kind of overwhelming happiness. He'd gotten used to feeling that happiness was something reserved for other people, and that it was something he'd never have.
Lee had changed all that. From the moment they'd met, from that first smile, that first hello, he had known that this man would change his life.
But their life wasn't perfect. There were clouds on the horizon.
The fact that Lee was ill was always in the back of his mind. He could never shake that foreboding sense that their happiness was only temporary, loaned to them.
What would happen when Lee took a turn for the worse? Will closed his eyes, holding back a sudden onrush of tears. He didn't want to think about that. Not on the morning after his wedding day, not when they had just had such a beautiful night of making love.
He had fallen asleep in his new husband's arms last night, and the last thing he'd been thinking of was those dark clouds that hovered over their future together.
Will didn't want to think about those clouds. He wanted to push them away, until they were out of the picture entirely, until they didn't exist any longer.
But he knew that he couldn't do that. There was no miracle cure for cancer; the trials that Lee participated in might give him some relief for a while, and the illness might even go into remission, if they were lucky. But there was no cure. That was a simple, stark fact.
Those clouds would always be there, raising doubts, darkening the future with their presence. There was no way that they could simply turn their backs on that knowledge.
They would simply have to deal with it, one day at a time.
Facing those dark clouds would one of the hardest things he'd ever done. And if it was hard for him, Will could only imagine how Lee must feel.
Slowly, almost tentatively, Will reached to touch Lee's face, trailing gentle, loving fingers over his husband's cheek. He wasn't going to think about all of the clouds that could soon be crowding onto their horizon. He was just going to enjoy being married, being in love.
He was going to enjoy every second of every day that he spent with his husband. These days were a gift, and he wasn't going to take that gift for granted.
For all he knew, those clouds might be whisked away by some miracle.
He wasn't going to let them destroy his happiness.
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