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Title: Life, Interrupted
By: angstytimelord
Pairing: Will Graham/Lee Fallon
Fandom: Hannibal/The Big C
Rating: PG-13
Table: writers_choice
Prompt: #8, Interrupted
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.


Lee headed out of the hospital with a smile on his face, hope singing in his heart. The first day of the clinical trials were over, and they had given him a lot of hope.

He was going to beat this cancer, and he was going to have a wonderful life with the man he'd fallen in love with. This cancer had just interrupted his life; it had been on hold for a while, but it back on the right track now.

He was moving full steam ahead. He had found a reason to live, a reason that overrode everything else in his life. A reason to want a happy future.

That reason had been gone from his life for so long. Lee didn't think it had been there for quite a while, even though he had been going to clinical trials and pretending that he was fighting for his life. In truth, he had given up already, deciding to let go.

But now that he'd met Will, he had a new resolution to let his life go on. He had never wanted to live as much as he did now.

He wanted to live for Will.

They deserved to have a long and happy life together. Will deserved to have someone by his side who loved him, someone who would make all of his days bright and happy. Someone who would satisfy him physically and emotionally.

Lee desperately wanted to be that man. He wanted to spend every day of Will's life with him, to make those days bright and beautiful and joyous.

And, of course, he wanted that joy for himself, too. He wanted to know that he had a long life ahead of him with the man he loved, a life that he could count on, a life that wouldn't be interrupted or stalled by a disease that he couldn't control.

He would live. He'd promised Will that he would.

Lee didn't take that promise lightly. He intended to make up for the drifting he'd done in the two years before he'd met Will, by living life to the fullest.

At one time, he'd thought that he was tired of fighting, that if cancer insisted on usurping his life and finally taking it, that he would just let it happen. He had almost given up, feeling that his life had been brought to a screeching halt by the disease.

But Will had given him a reason to live again, a reason to see light at the end of the tunnel. It might be a very long tunnel, but he was determined to traverse it.

He would make it through, and come out on the other side.

And he would have Will with him, he thought with a smile. He would have Will's love in his heart, and he'd have a lifetime to love Will as he deserved to be loved.

That was all he was thinking about now, the fact that he and Will would be together. Cancer wasn't going to beat him, not now that he had someone to live for. It might have interrupted his life for a while, but he wasn't going to give it the satisfaction of winning.

It might be an uphill battle. It might not be an easy fight. In fact, he was sure that it wouldn't be. He'd have to claw and scrabble for every bit of forward momentum.

But he would win this fight, Lee told himself firmly, no matter how hard it might be. He would do it for his Will, because he had promised.

Today had given him new hope, made him feel a surge of optimism that he hadn't felt since the last trial he had been involved in, over six months ago. He felt that he really had a fighting chance this time, that this trial could work for him.

It had to. If it did, then that would mean he and Will had a future, one that they could start planning without worrying that it might be suddenly cut short.

He was going to think positive. He was going to believe.

There was no reason for him not to. This trial really sounded like it could work for him, though of course, he wouldn't know the outcome for a few weeks.

It might be encouraging, and it might not. If it was, then there would be some exhausting months ahead; he would be in and out of a hospital while the treatments got more intense. But that would all be worth it if the cancer could be eradicated.

Lee wanted that more than anything. He wanted to have a clean bill of health, not only for himself, but for Will and for his lover's happiness.

And for their future. A future that he desperately wanted.

He would fight for his life as he'd never fought before. He would make sure that he won this fight; he had to win. For Will. For them. For the future. He could see that future up ahead of him, burning brightly, giving him something to strive for.

And he could see Will, standing there at the end of the tunnel, smiling and holding out his arms. Will. The man he loved with all of his heart and soul.

He was gong to beat this cancer back, and he was going to make sure that it was gone from their lives. He had never felt so confident of his ability to do so; Will made him feel invincible, like he could do anything. He would do this. He was sure that he could.

Will gave him that strength, that belief.

Will made him not only want to fight the cancer that had seemed to take over his life for the past few years, but to be a better person.

And he would, Lee told himself firmly. Will would make him a better person. Being in love felt as though it had already changed him; he felt more energized, and somehow, he felt softer and more accepting towards the world. Love made him .... well, nicer.

The cancer had interrupted the course of his life, but he was getting it back on track now. With Will in his life, he was finally moving forward, instead of marking time.

His life might have been interrupted, but thanks to meeting Will, it was back to moving ahead, Lee thought as he got into his car and turned the key in the ignition. He was going to keep moving forward, and he was going to grab life by the balls and make it go his way.

He had all the hope in the world now. With Will by his side, his life was going to keep getting brighter -- and he was going to live every moment to the fullest.