Prompt! Young Prince Hannibal is rescued by Hunter/Peasant Will.
The prince, they said, had turned in the night. And how the townspeople whispered. Great antlers twisted from his head in a sickening crown. His flesh had shriveled inky black. Prince Hannibal Lecter, they swore, had clawed a guard half to death before being locked away in the castle’s highest tower. Their beloved future king more beast now than man.
For his part, Will refused to accept it.
Their affair had begun suddenly and in secret. A prince consorting with a peasant was not to be tolerated. But Hannibal liked to wander the forest where Will hunted every morning. Their paths, it seemed, were destined to tangle together.
And Will’s hands came to know the prince’s form as well as the curve of his own bow. Every line and jut of bone. Secrets whispered softly between parted lips and thighs. Their cries of love and pleasure joined the melange of songs of the forest.
“One day, all of this will be mine,” Hannibal promised often. “And on that day, you shall be always by my side.”
These words echoed in Will’s mind as he waited for night to fall. Then, with great caution, he stepped from the shadows and slipped twin arrows quick as thunder cracks into the necks of the tower guards. Blood spurted from them in a great, gasping flood that ruddied Will’s boots as he stepped over them to begin his ascent.
He’d snatched the ring of keys from one of the guards and, the last of a hundred steps behind him, fumbled with one after the next until, finally, the lock of the iron door snapped open. It was only then that Will’s heart began to pound. The door creaked like an animal caught in a trap as Will slowly pushed it open. Inside, the room was dark, the only point of light the sliver of moon shining through the single square of a window.
“Hannibal?” Will whispered, his soles sticky with blood as he crossed the threshold. “It’s me. I’m here to–”
Twin points of crimson shone through the dark. Eyes, Will knew, glowing like the final breaths of embers snuffed out from a flame. The sight of them stole Will’s breath away. Over the frantic thud of his own heart, a low growl began to cut through.
“Hannibal.” Somehow Will’s legs propelled him forward. His heart beat so fast he was choking on it. “I don’t care what you are. I don’t believe what they’re saying about you. I don’t care…”
Will reached out a trembling hand. His prince–his Hannibal–would still be there, no matter his earthly form. Beneath the flickering glow of his new eyes, the soul of his beloved remained. “I don’t care what you are,” he repeated, a new mantra. “I don’t care. Come to me. Hannibal…”
Outside, clouds rolled in to block out the moon. Within the cold stone walls of the tower, the prince began to move. Lumbering forward, he scooped Will up and into his arms. Will reached out blind until his hands wrapped around what he instantly knew to be antlers.
“I know you’re in there,” Will whispered against his ear, the curve of which still felt entirely human. “Hannibal. Say something.”
“Will you come away with me? Now. Tonight.” Hannibal’s voice was that same lyrical cadence Will had come to know so well. His prince. His Hannibal.
“Yes,” Will said, without hesitation. “Where else would I go?”
Thanks to the fabulous ElenaC we can continue to enjoy the best figure skating commentators in the world, the wise, the funny, the Hanyu fanboys, the italians Max Ambesi and Angelo Dolfini.
She already uploaded the 4CC programs and as always the comments are fantastic but fair. I can particularly recommend the Free Skate, because you just know it blew their fucking minds and they don’t disappoint. XD
M - “And now, it’s the turn of Hanyu Yuzuru, the alien from Sendai.”
After the popped 4Sal…
M - “And now?”
A - “And now let’s see what he decides to do…”
As Yuzuru starts to change his program…
A - “Tries the Toeloop again! Quad toeloop, double toeloop! We are practically at the end of the program!”
M - “He’s improvising.”
A - “Yes, it was supposed to be the second 3A there.” checks program. “Yes, it was supposed to be an axel euler salchow combination.”