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Title: Stop
By: angstytimelord
Pairing: Hannibal Lecter/Will Graham
Fandom: Hannibal
Rating: PG-13
Table: getyourwordsout
Prompt: Picture of stop signs
Author's Note: Sequel to "Still Light Outside."
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 almost cursed out loud as he slammed on the brakes for a red light.

What the hell was he doing? Going to Hannibal's whenever he had a panic attack over any little problem wasn't going to do him any good. It was only going to make him dependent on someone else, when he shouldn't be depending on anyone but himself.

He couldn't let himself be that weak. He couldn't let anyone else guide him, or his decisions.

He had to stop looking to Hannibal for encouragement or approval. He had to stop thinking that Hannibal was going to be a lifeline. He had to start being his own person, just as he'd been before Hannibal had come into his life.

That sounded a lot easier in theory than it actually was to put into motion.

When the light turned green again, he pressed the gas pedal, turning the next corner and pulling into a parking space. He gripped the steering wheel, leaning his head back and closing his eyes.

Being too dependent on Hannibal, on anyone else, was emotional suicide for him. He wasn't going to do it.

After a few moments, he started the car again, put it back in gear, and drove around the block -- only this time, when he came back out onto the main street, he turned back towards Wolf Trap and home, rather than towards the city of Baltimore.

Stop the dependency, he reiterated to himself. It wasn't healthy, and it wasn't what he wanted.

It took him several long moments to realize that he was clutching the steering wheel so hard his knuckles had gone white.