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Title: The Perfect Storybook Beginning
By: angstytimelord
Pairing: Hannibal Lecter/Will Graham
Fandom: Hannibal
Rating: PG-13
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 looked down at the ring on his finger, admiring the sparkle.

Could it be true that he was actually engaged to Hannibal? Was he really going to marry the man he loved? It didn't seem possible that his dreams could be coming true.

Those dreams had started falling into place only a few weeks ago. He would never have thought that everything could be so perfect, that his life could run so smoothly.

But somehow, it was. He was living with Hannibal, and actually enjoying the time that he spent in Baltimore. They still had his house in Wolf Trap, of course. It was their getaway, their place to go to be alone, to relax and unwind. It wasn't something that they had to give up.

Even trying to plan the wedding hadn't been as hard as Will had thought it would be, though they were still going over some details of what they wanted.

He had to laugh at that, running his hand through his hair. He wasn't good with the wedding planning. He was leaving most of that to Hannibal and his superior taste.

It still seemed like a dream, a fairy tale that would have the storybook happy ending.

But this wasn't an ending, was it? he asked himself. This was only the beginning of his life with Hannibal. One chapter was ending, yes, but a new one was starting.

He had won the handsome prince. Hannibal was his; they were going to get married and live happily ever after. But that storybook phrase wasn't the end of anything.

No, it was just the beginning. Happily ever after would take a lot of work; Will didn't doubt that. He knew that it took work to make relationships good; it was one reason why he had resisted becoming involved with anyone for so long. He hadn't thought that he was capable of that kind of commitment.

No, it wasn't the commitment he doubted, he corrected himself. If he was honest with himself, he hadn't wanted to look past that storybook ending.

He hadn't wanted to put that kind of work into a relationship, really. it would take away from his work, take away from who he had always thought he was.

It was only recently that he'd come to realize the truth -- that being in a relationship wouldn't take anything away from him, but instead, that relationship would add to his life. It would make his life richer, fuller, more satisfying. It would give him so much that he'd never had before.

And somehow, some way, he had been lucky enough to fall into a relationship with the man of his dreams, he man who he had fallen for from the first time they'd met.

It was still hard for him to believe that Hannibal felt the same way about him, that the man he loved actually wanted to marry him. He didn't know how he'd gotten so lucky.

But he had, and he was determined to make that storybook phrase into a reality.

Winning the prince was the easy part, Will thought with a smile. It was keeping him, building a life with him, that would take some work.

Making Hannibal happy was going to be his first priority from now on. In front of work, in front of everything else. He'd try his best to make his lover never regret being with him.

Maybe they wouldn't have the perfect storybook ending. Maybe their romance wouldn't always be smooth sailing -- in fact, he was sure that it wouldn't be. The two of them were both stubborn, opinionated men; Will was sure that they would be in for some rocky paths ahead.

But they would be able to make everything work out in the end; he was sure of that, too. He and Hannibal loved each other, and love could overcome all obstacles.

At least, he hoped that it could. He had never really believed that it did in the past, but now, being in love had given him an entirely new way of looking at relationships.

So much had changed in his life since he'd fallen for Hannibal.

His life was so much better now; he was no longer the lonely, somewhat bitter man that he'd been. He had found love, and it was the best thing that had ever happened to him.

That love wasn't going to end, Will told himself, unable to keep back his smile. The perfect storybook ending didn't mean that everything came to a grinding halt. it just meant that one chapter had been written, and the ending had been a great one that paved the way for the next chapter to be written.

He and Hannibal would write that chapter, and the succeeding ones. They would make a happy life for themselves, a life that would keep getting better as they went along.

No, this wasn't an ending at all. Only a beginning.

That thought made him smile as he got to his feet, leaving the bedroom and heading downstairs, knowing that Hannibal would be making breakfast for the two of them.

Their life together would be the perfect storybook beginning, Will told himself as he made his way through the house to the kitchen, the smile on his face reflecting the joy that he felt in his heart.