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Title: The Future Is Now
By: angstytimelord
Pairing: Hannibal Lecter/Will Graham
Fandom: Hannibal
Rating: PG-13
Table: 8, 50ficlets
Prompt: 43, Pleasure
Author's Note: This is a 50-ficlet AU series for Will/Hannibal. In this universe, the two of them are deeply in love with each other, though neither knows quite how to bring that love out into the open.
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.


Hannibal smiled as Will came into his office; he was already getting to his feet as the young man entered the room. Will looked a bit shy, but Hannibal couldn't blame him for that. After last night, he was bound to feel as though he was at something of a loss.

"Good morning, my love," Hannibal said softly as he took both of Will's hands in his, then wrapped his arms around the young man to pull him close.

"Good morning," Will answered, his voice soft and husky. He cleared his throat, wanting to speak, then just closed his eyes and leaned against Hannibal. It felt so good to be here, in an embrace with the man he loved, rather than spending his morning alone.

This was what he wanted every morning, for the rest of his life.

He loved being with Hannibal like this, feeling loved, knowing that he was going to see his boyfriend first thing in the morning rather than waiting all day.

But was this enough to make him give up his home in Wolf Trap, his privacy, his independence, and move in with Hannibal if he was asked? Will couldn't get that thought out of his mind; it worried the edges of his consciousness, like a dog with a bone.

The pleasure of being here with Hannibal far outweighed waking up at home alone in the mornings, making a cup of coffee and daydreaming about his boyfriend.

He wanted to live with Hannibal, but at the same time, he didn't want to give up that hard-won independence that he'd always dreamed of when he was younger. Living with someone might not take it away completely, but neither would he be totally independent any more.

Though he wasn't now, was he? he asked himself. He was really dependent on Hannibal in some ways. He was in a relationship, depending on Hannibal for love.

That thought had never entered into his plans.

He'd never thought that he would be involved with anyone. He had always thought that he would spend his life being single, never giving his body or his heart.

But now, everything had changed. His life had been turned upside down, but in a good way. If this hadn't come into his life, if he hadn't fallen in love with Hannibal, he would still be a lonely, unhappy man. He couldn't say this this wasn't what he wanted.

He had to make a choice, Will realized. He had to choose between being completely independent, and the pleasure of living with his boyfriend.

Of course, Hannibal hadn't asked him to do that yet. But Will knew that sooner or later, Hannibal would want them to share a life together.

After all, he couldn't keep living in Wolf Trap while Hannibal was in Baltimore, not if he wanted to keep this relationship going. It was working right now, but then, they were just at the beginning of their relationship. It wouldn't work for the long-term.

Being so far apart wasn't always going to work. And one day, maybe Hannibal would even want them to get married. That would change everything.

The thought of marrying Hannibal made Will's heart beat faster.

Marrying the man he loved would be an unlooked-for pleasure in his life. Of all the things he'd ever thought could happen between them, marriage hadn't crossed his mind.

Not until now. But they were involved, they were in a serious relationship, and they loved each other. Why not marriage? Will asked himself. It seemed to happen so easily for other people. Why not for himself and Hannibal? It could be in their future.

And of course, that would mean leaving Wolf Trap behind. He couldn't be married to Hannibal and not live here in Baltimore with him. That would be foolish.

Though, of course, they could always keep the house in Wolf Trap as a weekend getaway, and still spend time there. So he wouldn't have to give up his beloved home. They could easily afford it, and it would be nice to have a place out in the country.

Will's heart soared as he thought of the possibilities. Yes, being married to Hannibal -- if that was in the cards for them -- would be a wonderful life indeed.

He hoped that life was in his future.

"What are you thinking about?" Hannibal murmured, looking down at him with a smile. 'I'd love to know just what's going on in that beautiful mind of yours, Will. There's such a serious expression on your face. I wasn't expecting to see that this morning."

Will couldn't help but smile at his words, shaking his head. "I was just thinking about my future, and how much it's changing. In good ways."

Yes, the future was changing rapidly for him, but he didn't mind that. The pleasure of being with his boyfriend would far outweigh any other considerations, and he was sure that they would manage to work things out so that both of them had what they wanted.

The future was now. And he couldn't wait for the rest of it to come.