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Title: The Memories We'll Make
Pairing: Hannibal Lecter/Will Graham
Table: Holiday Non-Bingo, tv_universe
Prompt: 29, Memories
Author's Note: Sequel to "Happiness is in Us."
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.
***They would make so many memories together in the years to come.
Will sat next to Hannibal on the couch in his living room, his head resting against the other man's shoulder, Hannibal's arm around his waist, holding him close.
He had dreamed of this so many times, but he'd never thought that it would come true. He had never believed that the man he had a crush on could feel the same way about him.
But Hannibal did feel the same way. That heady, searing kiss had proved it. That kiss had been a revelation; it had shown him just how Hannibal felt in no uncertain terms. He couldn't doubt that his crush had feelings for him, not after a kiss like that.
And it hadn't just been heady and passionate. It had also been sweet and gentle, a kiss that had taken his breath away with a loving promise for the future.
What would a future with Hannibal be like? Will wanted to concentrate on that thought, but it felt as though there were too many feelings swirling around inside him to focus on just one.
All he could think about at the moment was the fact that Hannibal cared.
Oh, he'd known that Hannibal cared for him as a friend. He had never doubted that. A friend, and a colleague, in a kind of professional way. But he'd never expected this.
He'd wanted it, and he'd dreamed about it -- but he'd never thought that it would happen. He had never really believed that he would be in Hannibal's arms, as a lover.
Of course, they weren't lovers yet. Their newfound relationship had barely begun, and Will knew that it would move very slowly. Neither of them were the type of people to jump into a new relationship; it would go by small baby steps, not by leaps and bounds. But he was fine with that.
He wanted them to take things slowly, to savor every second of their relationship as it went along. He wanted to make memories, not to let those moments rush by.
He wanted to be able to remember everything about their relationship, how it had all developed, one step after another. He didn't want to miss anything, to have it flash by too quickly.
No, he wanted every memory of the time he spent with this man to be crystal-clear in his mind for the rest of his life. He even wanted to remember the tiny little things, and the bad times they would inevitably have. He wanted to remember everything, to never have any memories fade away.
But they would, Will knew. Memories weren't made to last. They were meant to fade. But they would always be replaced by new memories, and he knew that they would make a lot of those.
He had no doubt in his mind that he and Hannibal were going to spend the rest of their lives together, and that all of the memories that they created would last as long as they possibly could.
Some of them, like that first kiss, would last for an entire lifetime.
"What are you thinking of, Will?" Hannibal asked, his voice very soft. Will glanced up to see those dark eyes on him, a smile on Hannibal's lips.
He didn't know what to answer at first; saying that he was thinking about their future, about the memories they would make and the life they would have, seemed somehow silly.
And then, he knew what to say. There was nothing silly about it; there was nothing shameful in saying what was in his heart. He didn't often do that, because he didn't want to be thought of as silly or sentimental, even when he was. But with this man, there was no need to hold his feelings back. Not any longer.
"I'm thinking about us," he answered, his own smile answering Hannibal's. "I'm thinking about you and me, and the life we're going to share, and the memories we'll make, the two of us."
Hannibal tilted his face up and bowed his own head, and before Will knew what was happening, he was being kissed again, even more passionately than the first time.
Oh yes, this would be a memory that would last for all of his life - and beyond.
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