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Title: Written in His Eyes
Pairing: Hannibal Lecter/Will Graham
Table: 8, 50ficlets
Prompt: 23, Eyes
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.
***He really didn't need to ask Will what he was thinking.
Hannibal smiled to himself, brushing a kiss across Will's cheek. He could practically see every one of Will's thoughts written in his beautiful blue eyes.
Will was worried about where they were going from here; that was obvious by the look in those eyes. Hannibal wanted to reassure him, but he wasn't sure that he could. After all, he himself wasn't sure of just where their relationship was heading.
He knew that he wanted Will to be with him more; he hated the fact that their houses were nearly two hours apart. It was much too far for his liking.
But he wasn't going to force Will to make a decision. If his boyfriend wanted to keep living in Wolf Trap, then somehow, they would make things work between them. It would be a little more difficult, but Hannibal was confident that they could do it.
Long-distance relationships weren't all that difficult to maintain if the couple was committed to each other, and he knew that they were.
Besides, he told himself, it wasn't really that far.
Will made the commute into DC from his home every day that he taught, and Baltimore was less than an hour from there. If they looked at the situation realistically, they were only an hour and a half apart. There were plenty of couples who dealt with longer distances.
He could see the uncertainty written in those blue eyes, as well, and he wanted it to go away. He didn't want Will to feel any doubts about the two of them.
Their relationship was precious, and he wasn't going to allow anything to give Will doubts or fears about the future they would share. Whatever his young lover was worried about, if it was more than Hannibal thought, then he would discover those fears and assuage them.
He wouldn't let Will worry. Not now, and not ever.
"What's the matter, my love?" he asked, his voice soft and concerned. It was obvious that Will had worries, and Hannibal wanted them out in the open, to be discussed.
Will sighed softly, shaking his head. "I know it's silly to worry about this at the stage of our relationship that we're in right now," he began, a telltale blush rising to his pale cheeks. "But I can't help wondering what our future's going to be like now that we're .... you know."
"I should think that things will keep going just as they are, with the one difference being that you'll spend a bit more time here," Hannibal said, keeping his tone casual.
There was absolutely no reason to get Will even more worried about any of this. Their relationship wasn't going to change in any radical sort of way.
It might be a little more difficult for Will to maintain that independence he was so fond of now that they were physically involved, but Hannibal thought that was a good thing. He didn't want to control Will, but he worried about his young lover living alone.
Wolf Trap was quite far into the country. It was a twenty-minute drive into Vienna, the nearest town. He didn't like the idea of Will being so isolated and vulnerable.
But he wasn't going to insist that things change yet.
"I'm not ready to give up the house in Wolf Trap, or move to Baltimore," Will told him, and Hannibal was a little surprised that his boyfriend would approach the subject of his obvious worry so bluntly. That wasn't like Will, but perhaps he'd gained a bit more confidence now.
"And you don't have to, my sweet," he said, keeping his tone soft and soothing. "Will, I know you're not ready to give up your independence yet. I respect that."
He could see the worry fading from Will's blue eyes when he said those words; they had obviously been the right words to say, the words that Will needed to hear. Hannibal was glad that he could give Will such a reassurance -- and that it was true.
For the moment, nothing needed to change.
"You have nothing to worry about, Will," he said gently. "I don't expect things to change immediately, even though we're sleeping together now."
Really, he didn't think they would change for a while. It would take Will some time to get used to being in a relationship, and he didn't want to rush his young lover in any way. The two of them had plenty of time to nurture their relationship and let it grow.
And really, they weren't all that far apart. Being together at night would be lovely, but not being together all the time would only increase their desire for each other when they were.
Yes, he thought this was going to work out very well indeed -- at least for the time being. And by the look in those gorgeous blue eyes, Will seemed to think so as well. He couldn't miss the relief there; it was written in those eyes as clearly as if it had been in print.
Will nodded, smiling as he looked up at his lover. Hannibal was sure that he could feel his heart melting in his chest; just looking into those blue eyes made him feel weak.
Especially when he could see the love shining out at him from those blue depths.
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