Every stoic has a breaking point. No man can remain completely objective in the face of adversity, there is always a limit. Gavin reached his limit exactly two point four seconds after Megan's clumsy comment had fully registered. For a moment he just sat there, utterly pole axed, helpless to prevent the inevitable dissemination of information that was already taking place within his brain.
Oh hello Dr Freud, haven't seen you in a while.
To his credit, the sound that first emerged from Gavin's larynx did not resemble a laugh so much as it did the death-rattle of some large predatory animal, the strangled sound hanging in the air for a moment before it was eclipsed by the explosive convulsion of near-hysterical mirth that followed. He doubled over on the bench, one hand clutched futilely over his mouth and the other over his aching ribs.
"I-I-I'm s-sorry... ugh-haha." He managed to sputter after a few long seconds. He had no idea why he was laughing so hard. The world was oddly fuzzy, and Gavin realised his glasses had slipped down almost over his nose, and he hurriedly moved to adjust them before they fell off entirely. With a deep breath, he managed to look at Megan again. His chest ached.
"I... I'm sorry." He repeated in a slightly more controlled fashion. "I j-just couldn't take anymore, uh, unfortunate implications. Really, I'm sorry, I - haha - couldn't hold things in any longer. Even stoics can only t-take so much."
Plucking the glasses off his nose, Gavin wiped his eyes with the clean handkerchief that was - miraculously - still in his hand. His hand trembled slightly as he replaced them, the laughter still there. He realised now that he hadn't been laughing at Megan's slip of the tongue, at least not entirely. It had simply been an excuse to release the mirth inherent in their situation. He took it no less seriously, but damn, something or other about it made him laugh.
#B051: Gavin Hunter
- Equipped with oh gosh a whole lot. "Well, we break for two months and I'm now suddenly in high definition..."
[08:46] Ghost of Ravenstar: I love the AF2011-A1 as it fits Gavin's perceived personality so damn well.
[08:47] Alex: Overcompensatory, unnecessary and appeals to what someone who watches anime obsessively would perceive as "cool?"
[08:47] Ghost of Ravenstar: BINGO!!!