When Jared Freeman walked into Will Graham's high school and murdered their teacher, Will thought that his life was officially over. Haunted by dreams, remnants of the madness hooking into his skin, he finds himself turning to a student at George Washington University that claims to have insight into just what is going on inside of his mind.
Hannibal Lecter, up to his elbows in his final year of grad school, doesn't think he can cure Will Graham of his hyper-empathy, but he certainly can use him to finalize his thesis on the disorder. As long as Will Graham doesn't know the difference, everything should work out in the end.
Slowburn, murder, mystery, mayhem, cannibalism, romance, age-difference
- Part 1 of Magnum Opus
Will Graham had never meant for so much death. After being released from the BSHCI for crimes of murder that he most certainly hadn't committed, he knows the right thing to do is move on with his life and begin a new chapter as an innocent man. Take the Chesapeake Ripper's bizarre favor and run. Go to college. Meet the girl. Fall in love. Put his past behind him.
Only problem is, he's gained some fans since being locked up, and fans like the Great Red Dragon don't like to kiss and tell. Fans like the Great Red Dragon like to devour, bones and all. The Chesapeake Ripper may be at the top of Will's hit list, but it may take his cooperation to survive long enough to kill him in the end.
And Hannibal? Hannibal's ready to see just how far Will is willing to go to see his reckoning through.
In the end, the fire could take them all.
You don't need to have read the first fic to follow the second. Thriller, romance, angst, murder, mayhem, gaslighting, slow(ish) burn, old(er) Hannibal, whole-heartedly grumpy college-aged Will Graham.
- Part 2 of Magnum Opus