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Title: Hard Road
Pairing: Hannibal Lecter/Will Graham
Prompt: 10, Weakness
Author's Note: Sequel to "Love and Trust."
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.
***"Your inability to trust is one of your greatest weaknesses, Will," Hannibal said quietly, looking over at Will. The older man was sitting in a chair near the couch where Will sat, his hands folded in his lap, looking as comfortable here as he did in his office.
"I thought we were here for a vacation," Will joked, feeling a little uneasy. "We shouldn't be having a session. That's your job. You're here to get away from all that."
"Ah, but in some ways, you are my patient, Will, and this is a good opportunity for us to talk about your problems." Hannibal's brows raised as be regarded the younger man. "Being your lover carries with it a responsibility for your well-being."
Will supposed that was true.
He should be able to trust Hannibal, should be able to let his lover sweep all of those issues away. He should be able to talk to Hannibal openly, to let him help.
But it was so hard to talk to Hannibal about his weaknesses. He knew that his problems with intimacy kept him from truly reaching out to anyone, even to the man who was his lover. It was frustrating, but it was a fault he was learning how to deal with.
He wanted to reach out to Hannibal. He was trying his best. And he thought that, in some ways, he had managed to knock down a lot of walls.
But yes, some of those walls were still there. He was trying to work through those problems that held him back, but Will knew that it would take a while.
How much stronger would he be if he could let go of his inhibitions and trust Hannibal completely? How much stronger would their relationship be -- both emotionally and physically? And yet, he couldn't simply force himself to give his trust.
His trust issues were such an ingrained part of him that he thought of them as a safety net at times. They kept the world away, kept him safe from outsiders.
He wanted to trust the man he loved. He needed to.
It wasn't as easy as it seemed, Will thought with a sigh. Letting go of all those issues was something that had to be done one step at a time. But Hannibal was right -- those intimacy issues were his biggest weakness, and sooner or later, he had to conquer them.
Will looked over at Hannibal with a soft sigh. "I don't know where to start, Hannibal. I feel like I'm floundering here. But I'm ready to try. I just .... need your help."
Hannibal nodded, a small smile on his lips. "And I am here to give you that help, Will." He leaned forward, reaching out and taking Will's hands in his. "It may be a hard road to travel. But I promise you, together we will conquer your weaknesses. No matter how long it takes."
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