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Title: Dire Consequences
By: angstytimelord
Pairing: Hannibal Lecter/Will Graham
Fandom: Hannibal
Rating: PG-13
Table: 1drabble
Prompt: 25, Darkness
Author's Note: Sequel to "The Darkness Within."
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.


What if Hannibal was right, and he attracted darkness?

Will shuddered at the thought; he didn't want to believe that about himself. He had always thought that he attracted the light, not the dark.

He wanted to believe that. He wanted to believe that he was a lodestar for good, that he chased down evil and vanquished it. But Hannibal's words had started his thoughts along a different path, and those thoughts chilled him to the bone and made him feel uncomfortable.

He'd always known that he had a dark side, but he'd thought that his choices to put his abilities to use to help people had canceled out those less-than-desirable qualities.

Maybe they hadn't. Maybe he'd been lying to himself all this time.

Will shook his head, scowling as he turned down the road that led to his house. No, he wasn't a bad person. He didn't listen to the darkness that swirled around him.

He'd thought that he was doing a good job of keeping that darkness within him at bay, of keeping it tamped down so that it was only in use whenever he was doing his job and getting into a serial killer's mind. That was the only time he allowed that darkness to come out.

But what if it manifested itself in other ways that he didn't realize? What if that darkness was trying to show him what could be in store for him if he didn't let it have free rein?

Will shook his head, refusing to believe that thought. No, that was ridiculous. The darkness that he carried within himself didn't have a mind of its own.

But what if Hannibal was right, and it was struggling to come into its own, to take over more of him? There was already one place within him, a deep, dark place, where it ruled. He didn't want that part of himself to grow and become larger and harder to handle.

Will sighed, stopping the car in front of the house and resting his head on the steering wheel, closing his eyes. He didn't need to deal with this. Not now.

He had enough problems already, dammit.

This was something that he didn't need to deal with right now. But he couldn't push the thought out of his head now that Hannibal had awakened it.

if his boyfriend was right .... Will shivered at the thought of that swirling darkness within a small part of himself that he tried so hard to keep hidden roaring to life, taking him over, controlling him. That was the last thing he wanted to happen. That wouldn't just be dangerous for him.

Darkness like that could be dangerous for everyone around him. He just hoped that he could keep it hidden, keep it under control, and not let it rise to the surface.

Because if it did, there could be some dire consequences.