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Pairing: Hannibal Lecter/Will Graham
Prompt: 10, Weakness
Author's Note: Sequel to "Clouded Vision."
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.
***Why was Hannibal such a weakness for him?
It certainly wasn't because of the other man's looks, which were, in truth, nonexistent. Will's nose wrinkled in distaste as he thought of Hannibal's face. He found the other man ugly, just on the far side of repulsive, if he was honest about it.
Hannibal had small, squinty eyes in a reptilian, ratlike face. His face looked, to Will, more like a grinning death's-head than a human being.
He was one of the ugliest people Will had ever seen, so that wasn't the attraction at all. No, it wasn't the ugly face in any way, Will mused. It was the intricate twists and turns of Hannibal's mind that intrigued him, the fact that this man had such an interesting way of thinking.
Will wasn't sure if that bothered him or not.
He didn't like feeling that Hannibal had the ability to look inside his mind. That was horribly unsettling, to feel that someone could read his thoughts so well.
But somehow, Hannibal seemed able to do just that, and Will didn't understand how or why. It wasn't as if he and Hannibal had much in common; in fact, they were complete polar opposites in every way. Nothing about him was like Hannibal at all.
But still, somehow, there was an affinity between them. Will couldn't help but wonder why; he couldn't begin to fathom why it felt as though Hannibal was the only person who understood him, the only one who could get into his mind and feel comfortable with what he saw there.
Was he just as comfortable with Hannibal's mind? He couldn't say one way or another, because he'd never been allowed all the way inside it.
He had the feeling that he never would be.
And maybe, at the end of it all, that was why Hannibal was his weakness. Because he was utterly intrigued by the other man, and because he was absolutely certain that he would never be allowed to satisfy his curiosity about Hannibal.
It was horribly frustrating, and at the same time, alluring. That curiosity was his greatest weakness, one that he didn't think he would ever be able to conquer.
Instead of seeing Hannibal more clearly as they slowly came to know each other better, he felt that his vision was becoming more and more obscured. While at the same time, he was becoming more and more transparent to Hannibal's eyes.
He had to wonder just how the other man saw him.
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