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Title: The Greatest Weakness
Pairing: Hannibal Lecter/Will Graham
Prompt: 10, Weakness
Author's Note: Sequel to "Dangerous Words."
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 was his weakness.
It was dangerous to have weaknesses in the armor that he wore. He'd never had a weakness before he had met Will; this relationship had changed everything.
It would be far too easy to let things spill to Will that he knew he could never tell anyone. In fact, it was getting harder and harder to keep the simple fact from Will that he had been the person watching Will's house. What other secrets would he eventually want to tell?
He couldn't tell any of them, Hannibal thought with a soft sigh. For Will's own good, so many secrets had to be kept. He couldn't be honest with his young lover.
If he was, that would mean losing Will for good.
Losing his lover was not an option. He was going to keep Will by his side as long as he possibly could; he had no intention of losing what he'd finally found.
Will was his, in every way. He wasn't going to relinquish that claim, and if Will tried to move away from him, he would find a way to pull his young lover back to his side. Losing Will would feel far too much like losing an integral part of himself.
That was where eh weakness lay, Hannibal thought, sighing again. The fact that he didn't want to lose Will, that this young man had become so important to him.
He wasn't used to having weaknesses. He never had before, and that was why he'd been so successful in keeping his secrets for so many years.
Will could be the undoing of all that. This young man had come to be the most important thing in his life; his world would be turned upside down and inside out if Will ceased to be a part of it. He couldn't let that come to pass; he would keep Will with him any way that he could.
Love was always a weakness, wasn't it? That was why he hadn't allowed himself to feel it for so long. But with Will, it had been inevitable.
Though he couldn't allow himself to say the words aloud.
if he said the words, then they became more real. He'd wanted to say them, but each time he had tried, his throat had closed up and they hadn't been uttered.
Did Will want to hear those words? Did he feel the same way? Hannibal was sure that he did, but another weakness of his was that he didn't want to hear the words. They would put him under an obligation, one that he wasn't sure he was ready for.
if Will said the words, then he would have to say them back. He closed his eyes, resting his head in his hand, those three little words ringing in his ears.
Needing to say those words as much as he did was the greatest weakness of all.
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