07. Saturn Rising
Woooooooooooo, I forgot this existed for a while! Hahahaha I haven’t posted at all this year - that shows how good a lurker I’ve become. It is all Twinness’ fault, all her fault.
It’s a good thing, though, that the first thing I’m posting about is Saturn Rising, which has eaten its way through my white matter for the past few months - Christ on a stick, this thing is such a beast, I want to chuck it out the window if only I could, sobbb
The idea came from arestlesswind’s as if drowning at the heart - an evocatively written fem!Will piece if I ever saw one. I read this fic several months ago and the seed took hold. It was and is a powerful seed! If you were wondering, you read the tags right: this will involve an eventual happy ending (whaaaat!), lots of teeth-rotting fluff, some angst too but not very much, adorable domestic cannibal Hannibal, plenty of dogs, world-building (as always, whenever did we not), castles they apparently own in Europe, and yes, yes, babies. Eventual Graham-Lecter babies.
The last time I wrote something like this - something that is, for all intents and purposes, writing itself - it became Catalysis. (We all know that one’s a monster.) I don’t intend to copy or rewrite anything from arestlesswind’s piece, merely paint a different reflection of a similar premise - what if Will was female? And, because I am a medical geek, I added an additional twist - what if Hannibal was a surgeon, instead of a psychiatrist? Can’t entirely take the psychiatrist away from Hannibal, of course, so he did dabble in the field for a few years, before shifting back into surgery. This premise was decided in my head before I had an explanation for why Hannibal would do such a thing, so I had to shift some canon events around, safely shoving the fic into full-blown AU. (As if the fem!Will wasn’t enough, hah.)
Why a genderswap? Hmm, well, there are quite a few mpreg fics in the fandom already, most of them done with ABO dynamics, so I didn’t want to go that way. I feel like I’d be stepping on the toes of some very well-written pieces, and besides, they’ve already done it so well, what need have I to write any more? But we desperately wanted Graham-Lecter babies - so fem!Will happened. (You know, we should also consider fem!Hannibal. I don’t know how to write this, I would have to think on it for a while, it’s a novel idea… but that would be interesting, wouldn’t it? How often do you find such brutal female sociopaths? …they’re often mothers… hmmm….)
On another note: yes, you read that right, Graham-Lecter babies! They will come. Just like we have casted Rachel McAdams as fem!Will, we have also casted the children, though I won’t spoil that just yet, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, they need to get married and then pregnant first…
I’ve found very few well-written Hannigram fics that worldbuild and delve into Hannibal’s past and his status as European nobility, so this fic will do just that. Those who have read my other fics know that I have a thing for writing decadence and art - these are all part and parcel of this story. Aaahhh we have such grand plans and visions! Castles and grand events and the life that is opposite of what Will was born into - quite an adjustment to make here!
And since this thing is writing itself, we are thinking a bimonthly update schedule, if not weekly. (Bimonthly is more plausible, given Twinness’ tight schedule.)
I have also started a playlist to accompany the fic. I find the songs helpful when I need to sink into the mood, so I hope they’ll make good reading companions. Playlist can be found here for the mellow pieces and here for the jazzy pieces.
God, I am just so psyched and excited, it is unreal… I need to stop blabbering now and get to more writing instead. asdlfjkalsdkjfldkfj so exciteeeeeeeeeeedddd guys tell me what you think if you’ve read it!!