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Title: Dance Around the Subject
By: angstytimelord
Pairing: Hannibal Lecter/Will Graham
Fandom: Hannibal
Rating: PG-13
Table: 1drabble
Prompt: 12, Dance
Author's Note: Sequel to "Giving His Heart."
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.


Sooner or later, he would have to give Will an answer.

Hannibal sat at his desk, his fingers steepled beneath his chin, deep in thought. He hadn't been able to take his mind off Will today; long after the young man had left his house to drive to Quantico, thoughts of Will had lingered in his mind.

No one else had ever captured his imagination the way that Will had. But then, no one else had ever captured him in other ways, either.

He wasn't sure that he was in love with Will; certainly he cared for the boy, but what he felt couldn't be put into one single four-letter word. Their relationship was far too complicated for that; love was something that might come later, when things were .... simpler.

But somehow, he doubted that they would ever be simple.

His relationship with Will was always going to be complicated, which was why it was nearly impossible to give his young lover the straightforward answers he wanted.

It bothered Hannibal a bit that Will was so insistent on knowing just what his feelings were; he didn't like to dance around the subject, but it was the only thing he could do, at least for now. He wasn't prepared to give Will an answer. Not yet.

Maybe he never would be. Maybe his feelings would never be clear-cut, and he would never be able to say those three little words that he knew Will wanted so much to hear. It was a pity that things might come to that, but he couldn't deny the possibility.

He would have to continue to dance around the subject whenever Will asked hm how he felt, simply telling the young man that he cared.

He could do no more than that. Not at this point in their relationship.

As much as he wanted to give Will the reassurance he needed, Hannibal simply couldn't do that. For one thing, he wasn't sure of his own feelings. For another .... this was a good way to keep Will off balance, to keep him guessing, to keep him close.

He couldn't allow Will to become too comfortable with their relationship. And he certainly couldn't allow Will to know just how important he was in Hannibal's life.

If Will knew that, the balance of power in their relationship would be skewed, and Hannibal couldn't let that happen. He couldn't lose his power over Will, couldn't lose the control that he had over the younger man. It would be disastrous.

So he would simply dance around the subject, for as long as he had to. There was no other choice.