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Title: Secrets
By: angstytimelord
Pairing: Hannibal Lecter/Will Graham
Fandom: Hannibal
Rating: PG-13
Author's Note: Sequel to "Insight."
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.


It wasn't as easy as he'd thought it would be to look into Will's mind, Hannibal thought with a frown. He'd had to work harder it than he'd expected to.

Was Will blocking him in some way? Was that even possible?

He had thought that he knew Will Graham intimately, but now, he was wondering if he had been mistaken. The young man seemed to be backing away from him.

Even though Will wore those glasses -- misleading as they were -- he had no problem seeing what he needed to see. Hannibal couldn't help wondering if Will was trying to look more deeply into him, and as a result, was withholding Hannibal's access to his own mind.

Will had been unusually devious lately -- when Hannibal asked him direct quest8ions, he usually deflected them with a well-placed question of his own.

Did Will have any idea of the secrets he was hiding?

No, he didn't think that was the case. If Will knew of his activities, Hannibal had no doubt that he would not only be backing away, but running in the other direction.

After Will had turned him in to the authorities, that was, he told himself wryly. He had no illusions about how the young man would feel if he knew of all the things Hannibal had done; Will's well-developed sense of justice, of right and wrong, would prevail.

Will wasn't the sort of person who could overlook what he would see as high crimes. Regardless of whatever his personal feelings might be, he would do the right thing.

Even if the right thing meant going against the dictates of his own heart.

Hannibal couldn't help but admire him for that. Will was the kind of person who would always do what was right, and that was admirable, in its own way.

But it would be extremely detrimental to him. Hannibal sighed softly at the thought, reluctantly admitting to himself that there might well come a day when he would be forced to end Will's life, just to keep himself safe. Though he wouldn't do so easily.

He didn't want to lose Will. No, he wanted to keep this young man by his side, to explore what he was sure could be a much deeper and more intimate relationship.

Therefore, he had to hide his secrets well.

Those secrets could be the undoing of all that he had planned for himself and Will in the future. He couldn't get careless and let them be uncovered.

Hannibal was sure that Will cared for him, that the young man had feelings for him beyond that of a mere psychiatrist and patient, and even beyond that of friendship. With only a few small series of pushes, he was positive that those feelings would grow and blossom.

Were his own feelings for Will of the same persuasion? He couldn't be sure, but he thought they were. Or that they easily could be.

He didn't want to think of those feelings now. It wasn't the proper time.

But soon, he would have to study those feelings more closely, come to some kind of conclusion about them. He would have to decide just how far he could take this.

He had given himself a time limit; if he couldn't determine Will's feelings within the next few months, and make up his own mind about how to act on them, then Will would have to be dispatched. As much as he'd regret doing so, he had no other choice.

At the moment, the problem was just how he was going to make his way into Will's mind to determined just what those feelings might be, and how deeply they ran.

Will was making that rather difficult to do at the present time.

But that wouldn't last forever, Hannibal told himself with a soft smile. It wouldn't take him much longer to find out just where Will's emotions lay.

And then, he would know exactly which path to guide Will along.