Prompt: In Darkest Hour Before Dawn we learn Darla has a new beau. Can we see Calvin and Ethan having dinner with Darla and her new man? Also, Dex gets himself invited.
Ethan licked the corner of his mouth before falling back onto the bed. His chest rose and fell rapidly as he tried to catch his breath. Calvin flopped over him, sprawled across his chest, his blond hair tousled, his face flushed, and his lips swollen from being kissed. He was beautiful.
“I can’t move,” Calvin groaned, his breath steadying as he absently stroked Ethan’s stomach. “You sure we have to go?” He lolled his head back so he could look up at Ethan with a pout. “Can’t we just stay home and do that some more?”
Ethan kissed Calvin’s lips. “When we get home. I promise.” Ignoring his boyfriend’s protests, he slipped out from under Calvin, and walked to Calvin’s side of the closet. He pulled out a pair of dark blue jeans, a blue and white checkered shirt, and a blue V-neck cashmere sweater that went perfect with Calvin’s eyes. Then he grabbed a brown belt, and a pair of dressy brown boots. He walked the clothes over to his boyfriend, and held them out.
Calvin took the clothes from him with a nod. Post-sexy-times-Calvin would pretty much do whatever Ethan told him. As Calvin got dressed, Ethan went to his own closet, and picked out a simple outfit. Black jeans, his new black boots, and a dark gray sweater that Ethan loved because it was super soft and cozy.
Once Calvin was dressed and they’d brushed their teeth, they grabbed their wallets, keys, and the flowers Calvin had picked up for his mom. They locked up, and on the way to Ethan’s truck, his phone buzzed. He smiled down at it.
Hey, bud. Sloane and I are going to have a Bill Murray marathon. You guys in? I know you love the B-Man.
Ethan quickly texted back. Sorry. Dinner with Darla and her new guy tonight.
Define “her guy”.
Crap. Did Dex not know? Ethan had assumed everyone knew considering his mom told Hudson, and Hudson and Dex were the gossip kings. If Hudson knew it, Dex knew it, and vice versa. After that, then pretty much everyone else knew. Unless it was confidential or something crazy important, but…. Ethan stilled. Son of a rum puncher! He’d just told Dex that Cal’s mom had a boyfriend! Just as the thought crossed his mind, his phone rang.
Ethan picked up.
Dex’s voice was so loud, Ethan had to hold the phone away from his ear.
Calvin spun on his heels, and stared at Ethan. “Tell me that’s not who I think it is?”
Ethan quickly unlocked the truck, and pushed Calvin toward the passenger side.
“Damn it, Ethan! You tell that nosy shit that if he utters one word of this to anyone, I’m going to take that five-pound bag of gummy bears he has stashed in his desk drawer at work and shove them down his throat until he chokes!”
Ethan hoisted Calvin up, pushed him in, and closed the door, cringing at Calvin shouting from the other side.
“You can’t tell anyone,” Ethan said quietly into the phone, locking the truck doors before Calvin could get out. Calvin unlocked it, and Ethan clicked the button on his key fob, locking it again. Oh, my God, he’s going to kill me.
“Who is he?” Dex demanded. “Do we know him? How many times precisely has Calvin lost his shit? Has he threatened to snipe the guy?”
Ethan groaned. He held his phone out so Dex could hear Calvin pounding on the truck’s window, cursing them out. He returned the phone to his ear.
“You see what you did?” Ethan hissed. “Now I have to deal with the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog.”
Dex howled with laughter. Stupid Dex and his stupid nicknames. Ethan’s other line beeped. “Hold on.” He answered it, and immediately regretted it.
“The fuck did you just call me?”
Ethan’s eyes widened, and he turned, staring at Calvin glaring at him from inside the truck, his phone against his ear.
“Think faster,” Calvin warned.
“It was Dex!”
“Way to throw me under the bus there, buddy,” Dex grumbled.
Shit! Hadn’t he put Dex on hold?
“I know what you’re thinking,” Dex said, “and no. You did not put me on hold.”
“Dex, you dick,” Calvin growled. “What the fuck? Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog?”
“Well, yeah. Cause you’re all small and cute, but piss you off, and no one’s surviving.”
“So,” Dex said casually. “I hear your mom has a boyfriend.”
There was a click, and then the sound of Dex cackling. “Oh, my God, this is the best thing ever! You know, pissing off Ash is fun, but watching Cal lose his ever-flipping mind gives me life.”
“You’re an ass,” Ethan muttered, heading for the driver’s side. He stopped next to the door. “I’m hanging up now.”
“What?” Ethan asked, sighing.
“Hashtag my boyfriend is a killer rabbit.”
Ethan hung up on Dex, and slipped his phone back into his pocket. Deep breath. He could do this. He opened the door, and jumped in.
“You can’t murder me because Sarge would be mad!”
Calvin narrowed his eyes at him, and Ethan quickly closed the door. He turned in his seat and smiled.
“And because I just gave you an awesome blowjob.”
Calvin yanked at his seatbelt, clicked it into place, the crossed his arms over his chest. “Just start the damn car, Ethan.”
Ethan quickly did as he was told, hoping Calvin would calm down on the drive over to Darla’s, which gave them just a few minutes really. Ethan fastened his seatbelt, and turned the radio on, forgetting it was set to Retro Radio since Ethan had driven Dex home from work after Dex’s car got a flat tire. Dex had been very… Dex about it. Dropping to his knees dramatically, arms raised, cursing the heavens.
ZZ Top’s Rough Boy came blasting through the truck, and Ethan’s jaw dropped. He turned his head just as Calvin’s eyes got huge. He slowly panned to look at Ethan. Before Calvin could say a word, Ethan threw a hand out and shut off the radio.
Ethan opened his mouth to say something, then thought better of it. He closed his mouth and got them moving. They drove in silence with Ethan throwing the occasional glance in Calvin’s direction. His eyes looked less murderous, so that was a good sign. Thankfully, Ethan found a parking spot across the street. Maybe their luck was changing.
Calvin took his keys form his pocket, when the door swung open.
What the fun?
Dex grinned wide. “Hello, boys. Glad you could make it to dinner. Darla made her amazing pecan pie.”
Ethan groaned. So much for his luck changing.
Final part next week 5/25/17.
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