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Title: In Over Their Heads
By: angstytimelord
Pairing: Will Graham/Everett Hobbs (Original Character)
Fandom: Hannibal
Rating: PG-13
Table: 1drabble
Prompt: 34, Bite
Author's Note: Everett's face is Benedict Cumberbatch.
Disclaimer: This is entirely a product of my own imagination, and I make no profit from it. I do not own the lovely Will Graham or Lee Fallon, unfortunately, just borrowing them for a while. Please do not sue.


Everett leaned back in his desk chair, closing his eyes.

He rested his head on his hand, feeling the beginnings of a headache stirring behind his eyes. A bad one, the sort of migraine that was brought on by too much stress.

Had he bitten off more than he could chew in going after Hannibal? Had he made a mistake, and was he putting himself and Will in harm's way needlessly? Maybe he should just back off, and try to disappear into the woodwork with Will, get out of Hannibal's line of vision.

No, they wouldn't be able to do that. His last encounter with Hannibal had proven to him that the monster wasn't going to stop his relentless pursuit of Will.

He wasn't going to let Hannibal have the man he loved.

Not without putting up one hell of a fight, Everett told himself grimly. If it came down to that, he would sacrifice himself to keep Will safe.

He didn't intend to sacrifice himself. He wanted to have a future with Will -- a long and happy one. He wasn't willing to give up that future; he wouldn't let Hannibal win this round. He might have won in their first skirmish, but at that time, Everett hadn't known what he was up against.

Now, he did, and he was determined to get the upper hand. Hannibal had taken one man from him; he wasn't going to be allowed to do the same thing again.

He didn't know how he was going to stop Hannibal; he only knew that he would. He might have bitten off more than he could chew, but he would find a way to win this battle.

Everett didn't doubt that he and Hannibal were locked in a battle for Will, not only in the physical sense, but in a deeper way, as well. Whoever won this fight would have Will, body and soul. And he didn't doubt that Hannibal only desired Will because he was forbidden fruit.

Hannibal didn't love Will. He would only use the young man and throw him away when he tired of him. Everett wasn't about to let Will suffer that kind of fate.

He would win this battle, no matter what he had to do.

Yes, he had bitten off a lot when he had come here determined to get Will out of prison. And he certainly hadn't been expecting to fall in love.

But life led everyone down unexpected paths, didn't it? And he was diverting from his original intention. He was going to make sure that Hannibal Lecter was put behind bars for the rest of his life. Only now, he wasn't working alone. He had Will by his side to help him.

Maybe he had set himself a hard task to accomplish, but it wasn't insurmountable. He just had to figure out a way to outsmart Lecter. He was capable of that.

If he wasn't, then he and Will were in way over their heads.