When Gavin has trouble sleeping everyone has a different process of dealing with him. Geoff gets them both roaring drunk and then they go out stealing shit (literally shit that one time somehow a joke about Ryan and farm animals ended with tons of manure in the garage). Jack sits him down and feeds him and makes him /talk/ through his trouble (Gavin really tries to avoid this stage. It involves *feelings* yknow) Ryan just creepily stares at him until Gavin throws up his hands and goes "WHAT" (1)
and then Ryan drags him off to the nearest animal shelter and they spend hours petting the dogs and cats (this close to adopting all of them but Geoff has a firm No Pets Allowed rule ever since last time). Michael shouts at him until Gavin gets worked up enough to shout back and then they end up in one of their ridiculous competitions that no one ends up winning but they both feel better after. Jeremy clings to Gavin until the blond gives up and goes to bed and falls asleep in Jeremy’s arms. (2)
you, my pal, are a blessing for my heart. this is so cute i can’t even begin to deal with it.
Gavin loves getting drunk with Geoff because its just like the old days when it when just them two. Stealing shit to survive, drinking the nights away because they could. Getting into all sorts of shenanigans, pulling drunken pranks, stealing anything that catches their eyes then forgetting about it in the morning. It brightens Gavin’s days and passing out from alcohol suffocates any dreams that could plague him.
Jack, bless her, knows how to actually help the problem. Gavin wants to hate her for it but he can’t deny that he feels better afterwards. She’s just so patient and listens to everything and KNOWS what Gavin needs. But talking about things is so emotionally exhausting and sometimes he doesn’t even have the energy to talk about things. So avoidance is better until everything implodes on himself and he can’t function at all and Jack drags him kicking and screaming to help him get better because she can’t stand seeing him so empty and tired.
AND YES TO RYAN AND GAVIN WITH CUTE BABY ANIMALS. ITS SO CUTE. They totally try to sneak in a cat once and everyone tried to keep it hidden from Geoff until he found it and gave it back. They all learned their lessons on keeping animals and its that Geoff is heartless.
Michael’s way of dealing with everything is anger so it makes sense that he pulls Gavin’s anger out to. Gives him something to focus that anger on and a person who can hold his anger until Gavin spends it all up with words and fists and screams. They never hurt each other, though if whatever is keeping Gavin up is particularly bad they might wrestle a little. Using up all the pent up energy always makes it easier for Gavin to sleep and their “fight” sessions usually end up with a cuddle pile between the two.
And Jeremy. Adorable lovely Jeremy. Just knows that sometimes all Gavin needs is arms around him to hold him together. A soft body next to his to remind himself that he’s not that sharp. That he isn’t going to hurt them. And even when Jeremy falls asleep first, Gavin just listens to his calm breathing and knows that he’s alright, they’re all alright. Even just resting next to his soft boy makes everything feel a little better.