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Title: Sweeping the Clouds Away
By: angstytimelord
Pairing: Will Graham/Lee Fallon
Fandom: Hannibal/The Big C
Rating: PG-13
Table: 1drabble
Prompt: 1, Clouds
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.


"You're not feeling well today, are you?"

Will's voice cut into the silence, and Lee lifted his head from the book he'd been trying to read to look over at his husband, not liking the look on Will's face.

Will looked pale and strained; Lee felt a rush of guilt overtaking him. He was the one who had made Will feel this way; he knew that his husband was worried about him, and he had no one to blame for that but himself. It was obvious that Will knew something was up.

Should he tell his husband now that the trial was once again not working for him? He didn't want to bring such a dark cloud into their happiness.

But he really had no choice. He couldn't keep this from Will.

"No, I'm not," he admitted, his voice soft. "But you know that I have good days and bad days, Will. That's just something we both have to deal with.

He couldn't bring himself to tell Will the truth. Not yet. He knew that eventually, his husband would have to know that things weren't going the way that they'd hoped. But he couldn't bear to exacerbate that worry on Will's face, to put yet more pressure on the man he loved.

He didn't want Will to toss and turn at night for worrying about him. He wanted to hold on to the happiness they had together for just a little while longer.

The last thing he wanted was for any dark clouds to come between them. He didn't even want those clouds on their horizon, but he knew that they wouldn't simply vanish.

Those clouds were the only thing that cast a shadow over the two of them, Lee thought, feeling resentful. If only it wasn't for this damned disease that had taken over his life even before he and Will had met, things would be so perfect. If not for that, life would be perfect.

Or would it? he asked himself. Everyone had problems. His just happened to be a life-threatening one. It wasn't the only thing that could go wrong.

He couldn't let Will know. Not yet. He had to keep this to himself for a while longer.

Those dark clouds couldn't be allowed to threaten the love that he and Will shared. He couldn't bear for this kind of setback to cause the two of them any problems.

"You know that I'm not at my best sometimes," he said, smiling softly at the man he loved and holding out a hand to him. "I'll feel better in the next couple of days, sweetheart. Maybe I just need to have the dosage of the meds I'm taking for the trial cut back a little."

Will nodded, coming over to the couch to sit down next to Lee and slide strong, warm arms around his waist. Lee closed his eyes, feeling safe and protected.

Those clouds had been swept aside. For now, at least.