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Title: Changes in Attitudes
Pairing: Hannibal Lecter/Will Graham
Prompt: 7, Change
Author's Note: Sequel to "Between A Rock and A Hard Place."
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.
"Just give the idea a chance, Hannibal," Will pleaded, holding out his hands.
"I do not think that giving your dog more of a chance to be around me will change his attitude, Will," Hannibal said, frowning and shaking his head.
"Obedience classes aren't the answer." Will shook his head in turn, mirroring Hannibal's action. "I don't think they're going to help, not with the problem we're having. What we need to do is to get Max used to being around you, to let him know that you're not a threat."
Hannibal raised his brows, obviously skeptical about Will's reasoning. "And just why do you think that this will help? He has shown no friendliness towards me."
Will sighed, feeling helpless to explain what he meant.
He simply didn't have the right words to express how he felt, but somehow, he just knew that Max needed time and proximity to get used to Hannibal.
"He's just a dog, Hannibal," he finally said, sighing again. "Like I said before, he was probably mistreated by someone who you remind him of. He's going to need time to get past that. But I think he will, if he's around you enough and he realizes that you're a good person."
Max's behavior still mystified him. He couldn't figure out why the dog had taken such a dislike to Hannibal, when the others hadn't blinked an eyelash at him.
Even Winston, who had appointed himself some kind of canine guardian angel, didn't seem to have a problem with Hannibal. So Max's actions made no sense.
And whatever the dog's reasons for his behavior were, he would just have to get over them, Will told himself firmly. Max would have to change. There was no way around the fact. He had no intention of giving the dog away, but he wasn't going to give up his boyfriend, either.
Max would simply have to change his attitude toward Hannibal, no matter how long it might take. Will thought that his plan of giving them some time together would work.
It had to work. It was the only solution that he could come up with.
Hannibal shook his head again, the frown still marring his brow. "Have it your way, Will. But I am not at all sure that your plan is going to work."
Will had to admit that he wasn't sure about it, either. He just had to hope that being around Hannibal would make Max change his attitude for the better. If it didn't .... well, then he would just have to work out something that would satisfy all three of them.
He didn't want to think about the ultimatum that Hannibal might lay down if this didn't work out. That would force him to make a very hard decision.
Max had to change. At this point, neither one of them really had a choice.
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