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Title: Toward the Light
Pairing: Will Graham/Aiden Gillan
Fandom: Hannibal/Blood and Chocolate
Prompt: 19, Light
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.
***Will looked over at Aiden, a soft smile on his lips.
When had he started thinking that there could be something growing between them? How long had it taken him to start having feeings for this man he barely knew?
He wasn't entirely sure when those feelings had started, but he couldn't deny that they were there. He had never felt such a strong pull towards anyone as he did for Aiden; there was something about him that drew Will to him like a moth to a flame, an undeniable attraction.
But he was certain that, unlike that moth, he wouldn't be burned if he reached out and touched Aiden, if he opened his heart and let himself care.
Aiden was a bright light, but not entirely a flame.
Aiden was warmth and hope; he wasn't a raging fire that would engulf Will and destroy him. What he felt was growing, slowly but surely, not blazing out of control.
Will wanted to move towards that warmth, to let it wash over him, to bathe himself in it. He had never felt that kind of warmth and acceptance from anyone before; every person in his life had always been somewhat wary of him, keeping him at arm's length, not completely trusting him.
It was different with Aiden. All he felt from Aiden was an openness, a willingness to accept Will exactly as he was, with no questions asked and no judgements made.
That was the most refreshing thing he'd ever encounted in any person. Aiden made him feel as though there was a place for him in the world, like walls were breaking down.
Aiden made him want to join the world, to throw off the mantle of "outsider" that he'd always kept himself firmly hidden behind. It was a little scary, acknowledging the feelings that he was experiencing, but at the same time, it was utterly exhilarating to feel that he was stepping into the light.
Will felt as though he was on the threshold of something marvelous, a new beginning for him, a life that was calling out to him and beckoning him to step forward.
Now, he just had to find out if Aiden might feel the same.
He looked up from his plate of food, venturing a smile when he realized that Aiden's gaze was on him, still feeling the warmth of that regard.
Aiden was all the light in the world, and he was reaching out for that light, determined to make his way to it and dispel all of the darness that had always seemed to gather around him. He was tired of living in that darkness. He wanted to put it behind him, to let himself be surrounded by light.
But first, he and Aiden had a dark time to get through. A time that they might not survive. But even that knowledge didn't dispel the light; instead, it only seemed to grow stronger.
Will was determined not to let that light be extinguished.
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