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Title: Never Fail
Pairing: Hannibal Lecter/Will Graham
Prompt: 19, Light
Author's Note: Sequel to "I Will Believe."
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. soar
***It was so hard to believe that this had happened.
Hannibal couldn't keep the satisfied smile from his face as he tapped his fingers on the desk in front of him. Will had finally admitted his feelings, and Hannibal himself had reciprocated them. He hadn't expected this to happen for quite some while.
Oh, he had realized his own feelings for Will quite a while ago. He had never wanted to deny them; in his heart, he never had.
But he'd held those feelings back for good reason. He hadn't wanted to frighten Will away, to make him feel as though he was being pursued -- even though he was. Hannibal had just never let him realize that fact. He hadn't wanted the young man to run.
Well, now he had caught his prey.
Prey? Hannibal shook his head, frowning. He didn't want to think of Will in that sense. The young man was not his prey; in this relationship, he wasn't a predator. He didn't intend for any harm to befall Will; indeed, his intentions were quite the opposite.
It was odd to be in this position, to open his heart to another person. But now that he had done it, taken that first all-important step, he was sure that the next steps, and the next ones after that, would all come more easily to him.
Will was a light in his life that he had been drawn towards ever since their first meeting. It had been hard to admit to himself that he was falling in love, that he wanted more between them than simple friendship. It had taken a while to come to terms with that desire.
But now that he had, he was more than willing to open himself to Will. Of course, he could never let the young man know all of his secrets; that would either send Will running in the opposite direction, or turn him into the regretful FBI agent.
Hannibal wasn't going to risk that.
He wasn't going to let that light disappear from his life. He wasn't going to risk Will turning against him, hating him, being repulsed by who and what he was. No, he was going to keep his secrets, hide them from Will, while he forged ahead with their relationship.
It might not be the easiest thing he had ever tried to do, but he wasn't accustomed to failure. He would managed to make this work.
He wasn't going to let the brilliant, bright light that was Will Graham disappear from his life. And he certainly wasn't going to admit that he couldn't sustain a relationship. It might not come easily, but he would do it. He would keep that light in his life, and in his heart.
After all, Hannibal never failed. At anything.
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