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Title: Paradise on Earth
Pairing: Will Graham/Lee Fallon
Fandom: Hannibal/The Big C
Prompt: 6, Paradise
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 lay in bed beside Will, staring up at the ceiling.
Tomorrow, he would be married to the man he loved. They would be joined in holy matrimony, husbands, married until death did they part. It would be the best day of his life.
Being married to Will was going to be paradise, he thought, smiling into the darkness. He would be able to spend every day knowing that he and Will were truly one, married in the legal sense as well as in their hearts. They would each have a wedding band on their finger.
But at the same time, a part of him couldn't help but wonder if he was doing Will a disservice, asking him to marry a man who had a terminal disease.
Lee didn't fool himself that he would miraculously get better.
He wanted to believe that, wanted to believe that the paradise of being in love with Will and marrying him didn't have any dark clouds on the horizon.
He knew that he was going to die, sooner rather than later. He had tried to kid himself and to believe that the newest treatments were working for him, but he couldn't keep doing that. He knew that he and Will would both have to face his death, and it would come far too soon.
As much as he wanted to make himself feel that he would survive and live a long and happy life, Lee knew that it wasn't more than likely to happen.
He wanted to believe in his ability to share a perfect paradise of a life with Will, but realistically, he knew that he didn't have much time left.
Was that fair to Will? Had he condemned the man he loved to a lifetime of loneliness, of grieving for the love of his life after Lee was gone? He wanted to believe that Will would eventually be able to find love again, even if the thought did make him a little sad.
He wanted Will to be happy -- and he knew that his lover was happy with him. He would grieve, yes, but he would find love again, even if it wasn't just the same.
Will deserved that. He deserved his own paradise.
But he wasn't going to turn back now. Maybe marrying Will was a little selfish of him, but it was what they both wanted. He wasn't going to turn back now.
He hated to think of leaving Will, of their paradise here on Earth being cut short. But at least they had time left to them, even if it wasn't as much time as he wanted it to be, he told himself firmly. They had found each other and made each other happy, and they'd keep doing that.
Fate couldn't be so cruel as to take away their paradise too soon. They would have more time together -- and, if they were lucky, more time than he anticipated.
At least, that was what he hoped.
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