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Title: Show Don't Tell
By: angstytimelord
Pairing: Hannibal Lecter/Will Graham
Fandom: Hannibal
Rating: PG-13
Table: Big Bang Inspirations, tv_universe
Prompt: Quiet
Author's Note: Sequel to "Take A Step Back."
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.


Will seemed unusually quiet now that he was here.

Hannibal had been surprised to see the young man on his front porch when he had opened the door; he hadn't thought that he would see Will until their session tomorrow.

Of course, he had planned to take Will upstairs and make love to him after that session, but that plan had only been in his mind. He hadn't said anything to Will about it.

He had assumed that his young lover wouldn't mind staying overnight at his house; after all, his dogs would be safe enough in that house of Will's in Wolf Trap, and as tomorrow was Saturday, he could go home at any time he wanted to make sure that the animals were fed and let outside.

Will had seemed eager to come into the house; Hannibal was sure that he had something to say, something that he badly needed to get off his chest.

But now that Will was here, he had fallen silent, sitting across from Hannibal and looking down at his hands clasped in his lap, as though he was reluctant to speak.

Hannibal sat back calmly, waiting for Will to say something.

When the younger man did finally speak, his words were halting, hesitant. "Hannibal .... I .... need to know something. About you and me. The two of us."

Hannibal nodded, relaxed and composed. Ah, he should have known this was coming. "Yes, Will? What do you want to ask? I'll answer any questions that you may have."

He was almost amused by the look in Will's eyes; the young man almost looked tortured, as though he expected a blow at any moment. Not a physical blow, but an emotional one. As though he expected to have his heart shattered and any hopes that he might have for the future kicked to the ground.

"How do you feel about me?" The words seemed to burst from Will, an explosion of sound into the quiet air of the room. "Do you want to keep this relationship going?"

Well. He hadn't expected Will to come right out with it, but Hannibal was glad that he had. There would be subterfuge, no games, no beating around the bush, so to speak.

"Well." Hannibal cleared his throat, unsure of what to say, choosing his words carefully when he spoke. "I care for you, Will. A great deal. I don't know if I can call what I feel 'love,' not yet. But I do believe our relationship has room to grow and develop, and become closer."

He could almost hear Will letting out a breath, as though he'd been holding it in anticipation. Was the younger man in love with him? The idea took him off guard.

He should have realized that Will would fall in love with him. After all, he was Will's first lover. He should have known that as well as giving his body, Will would give his heart.

Surprisingly, he found that the thought didn't bother him at all.

Though he doubted that he had given his own heart fully to Will as of yet, he did feel an affection for this young man. He wanted their relationship to continue.

Hannibal had no idea what might happen for them in the future. He didn't know just how their relationship would grow, where it would lead them. But he was more than willing to find out.

Actually, it was hard for him to imagine a life without Will in it at this point. He had stepped outside of his comfort zone when he had made love to Will, and he'd fully realized that he was doing so. This path that they were heading down was just as mysterious to him as it was to Will.

But it was a path that he wanted to continue walking on, to explore. It was a path that he hadn't foreseen his life taking, but one that he was eager to follow.

Hannibal realized that he himself had fallen quiet, and that Will was watching him with trepidation in those incredibly blue eyes, looking as though he might bolt at any moment.

With a smile, Hannibal got to his feet, holding out a hand to his young lover.

"Will, I think I can better show you how I feel than tell you," he said, his voice very soft. "And I would like to do that, very much, if you're willing."

Will got to his feet slowly, nodding as he placed his hand in Hannibal's. He was still very quiet, but Hannibal knew that would change quickly enough, once he had Will naked in his bed. He didn't doubt that he would be able to bring all sorts of sounds from the young man's lips.

Oh, he looked forward to shattering Will's quiet, to hearing those sounds, hearing that breathless voice begging for more -- begging for him.

Without a word, he led Will up the stairs to his bedroom.