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Title: Worth Any Sacrifice
Pairing: Hannibal Lecter/Will Graham
Prompt: 14, Sun
Author's Note: Sequel to "Just What He Wants."
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.
***Was he being entirely fair to Will?
Hannibal sighed softly, resting his head in his hands. For some reason, he was beset with doubts today, wondering if he was doing the right thing.
Will loved him; he had no doubt of that. He wouldn't have said yes to the proposal if he didn't. And he loved Will -- more than he had thought himself capable of loving another human being. In fact, before he had met Will, he would have said that he was completely incapable of love.
Yet here he was, planning his wedding to Will, looking forward to the time when they would be a married couple, and giving up his lifestyle to settle down.
Because of course, he couldn't keep secrets from his husband.
Oh, he could, but it would be difficult. Will wasn't the kind of person who would simply turn away from questions when his curiosity was aroused.
It would simply be far too hard to keep his secret life hidden once he and Will were married, so he had to give it up. He had no choice in the matter -- and really, it wouldn't be all that hard to do. He was more than willing to make such a sacrifice to have Will as his mate.
Will would never understand why he did what he did. Knowing about Hannibal's secret life would destroy Will's love, and he couldn't bear for that to happen.
He couldn't stand the thought of the man he loved recoiling from him, turning against him. Which meant that he had to change, and that was something he could do.
His life had been filled with darkness before he had met Will, and he had allowed himself to sink into that darkness. He had even welcomed it, and thought that he would never have a need for anything else. He hadn't counted on falling in love, hadn't thought that he would meet anyone like Will.
But now that he had, he wanted that bright sunshine to keep pouring into his world. He wanted to bask in that light, to have it wrapped around him forever.
He couldn't bear to lose Will. So he would change.
That wouldn't be easy, and Hannibal knew it. But it would be worth the effort to keep the sun that was Will shining in his sky. For that, he would do anything.
Nothing meant as much to him as keeping Will in his life. And to do that, he would have to make sacrifices. Some of them would be easy, like letting Will's dogs live in his house. He was already getting used to them. Others would be harder, much harder. But he would make those sacrifices.
For the reward would be much greater than the sum of any sacrifices he could make. He would have Will's light pouring over him for the rest of his life.
To ensure that light stayed in his life, nothing was impossible.
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