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Title: Shiny Happy Paradise
By: angstytimelord
Pairing: Hannibal Lecter/Will Graham
Fandom: Hannibal
Rating: PG-13
Table: Personal Challenge, 1drabble
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 Hannibal Lecter or Will Graham, unfortunately, just borrowing them for a while. Please do not sue.


Will got up slowly, not looking at Hannibal as he reached for his discarded clothes. He shook his head, letting them drop to the floor, finally speaking as though it was hard to get the words out of his mouth. "I'd better put on some clean clothes."

Hannibal nodded in agreement, his cool gaze sweeping over Will's nude body. "Yes, you should. You might want to take a shower before we leave, too."

Will nodded, making his way upstairs and into the bathroom. He closed the door, knowing that there was no need to lock it; Hannibal would never be so rude as to come into the bathroom while he was in the shower. He would consider it rude, a breach of privacy.

He turned on the shower and stepped inside, turning his face up to the spray.

He had to stop fooling himself into thinking that a life with Hannibal, free from the encephalitis that had been clouding his brain, was going to be some kind of paradise. He didn't even know if Hannibal wanted a life with him, so he shouldn't keep thinking about it.

And he shouldn't try to tell himself that having this illness out of his system was suddenly going to diminish all of his problems, Will told himself with a heavy sigh. He would still be the same person after the encephalitis was gone. He'd just be a little less fucked up than he was now.

It was stupid to try to convince himself that his life was going to be a lot better once this was all over. He would still have the same anxieties, and the same problems would still be there in his life. There would just be one less problem for him to deal with.

Life wasn't going to be a shiny happy paradise from here on out. It wouldn't even be that different. It would just be business as usual, with him trying to figure out some way to further his relationship with Hannibal in the hope that they could make some kind of a future together.

That didn't sound like paradise. It sounded like a lot of hard work.

And one drawback was that everyone around them, everyone he and Hannibal saw on a regular basis, all of the people that he worked with, might know about their relationship by then. He didn't see how it could be kept hidden for much longer.

Will didn't know if he was ready to have that relationship brought out into the open, but if it was, he'd have to learn to live with it. Because he wasn't giving Hannibal up.

Hannibal might not end up being his paradise, but Hannibal was the person he wanted -- and for once in his life, he was determined to reach out for what he wanted. Will turned the shower off and stepped out, taking a deep breath. This time, he would fight for his paradise. And he would win.