There's A Difference Between Like and Love @evpocket
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To say Montrose didn't get along with Ellis's family would be a lie. As it turns out, smiling and nodding and biting your tongue while you pretend to enjoy Pabst Blue Ribbon are all surprisingly easy tricks to pull off. However, saying Montrose didn't like Ellis's family would be the understatement of the century. If he had to watch another Dukes Of Hazzard re-run, listen to any more of Billy's dissertations on modern politics, or call Ellis his "friend" one more time he was going to kill someone. Ellis seemed to be having fun, though.

He, Ted, and Austin were at that moment digging through the piles of junk in the old barn trying to find Ellis's old drum set. The crash of cymbals and drunken hollers of excitement indicated that they had found it.

"Hey 'Trose! Check this out!" Ellis shouted, dragging the drums out into the grass. His face was red from sunburn and booze, and Montrose had to admit how cute his flushed, giddy smile was, "Red White And Blow It The Fuck Up is back together!"

"Hey 'Trose! Check this out!" Ellis shouted, dragging the drums out into the grass. His face was red from sunburn and booze, and Montrose had to admit how cute his flushed, giddy smile was, "Red White And Blow It The Fuck Up is back together!"

"Reunion concert one night only outside the trailer," Austin added, "Be there or get shot!"

"Wouldn't miss it," Montrose smiled and gave a weak wave.

 

Montrose went to bed before everyone else, although he couldn't get to sleep, since the littler kids were setting off fireworks over at the edge of the property. The trailer was pretty crowded, so Ellis and Montrose were staying in a tent, which was certainly not a problem for Montrose.

Montrose went to bed before everyone else, although he couldn't get to sleep, since the littler kids were setting off fireworks over at the edge of the property. The trailer was pretty crowded, so Ellis and Montrose were staying in a tent, which was certainly not a problem for Montrose.

"Hey Tiger," Montrose said, zipping the tent back up behind him and then pressing a kiss to his warm face, "Ready to call it a night?"

"Hey Tiger," Montrose said, zipping the tent back up behind him and then pressing a kiss to his warm face, "Ready to call it a night?"

"I sure am," Ellis grumbled, cuddling up to Montrose, "Y'know Mary Beth cornered me the moment you were out of earshot?"

"Panicked 'n told her I was engaged to some french-Canadian woman. So, if anyone asks, tell them that Celine and I are havinga private wedding."

"Panicked 'n told her I was engaged to some french-Canadian woman. So, if anyone asks, tell them that Celine and I are having a private wedding."

Montrose laughed, and Ellis joined in, though not as enthusiastically.

"God I hate it here."

"I was, for a while," he explained, "Revisiting your childhood is fun, until it isn't, then it's like getting bitch slapped with a weed-whacker."

"I was, for a while," he explained, "Revisiting your childhood is fun, until it isn't, then it's like getting bitch slapped with a weed-whacker."

Montrose made a sympathetic noise.

"You know Louise named one of her kids after me?" Ellis continued, "I sure hope he doesn't grow up to be like me."

"I don't know, I'd say you're a pretty good role model, comparatively speaking."

"Aaand, that's pretty fuckin' depressing, boe." Ellis said, burying his face against Montrose's shoulder.

"I mean, fuck yeah I do, but you can't just: go AWOL for ten years, come visit for a week, and then one day into said week go 'actually, just kidding' and sneak off in the middle of the night."

"I mean, fuck yeah I do, but you can't just: go AWOL for ten years, come visit for a week, and then one day into said week go 'actually, just kidding' and sneak off in the middle of the night."

"I don't know, kinda sounds like something you'd do."

Montrose felt Ellis relax a little bit in his arms and he smiled. As much as he did want to be the emotionally supportive boyfriend to Ellis, he was really, really fucking tired, and the sooner both of them could get some sleep the better.

Montrose felt Ellis relax a little bit in his arms and he smiled. As much as he did want to be the emotionally supportive boyfriend to Ellis, he was really, really fucking tired, and the sooner both of them could get some sleep the better.

Ellis smiled against Montrose's skin, "Alright. Why don't we go hunting tomorrow? I can show you where I killed my first deer..."

Ellis figured there was a difference between "like" and "love." He loved his family, even if he didn't necessarily like them. With Montrose, though, he was lucky enough to have both.

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