Everybody say Simonson!
I know it would be more dramatic to liken Loki to one of those Crooks Trying to Go Straight characters, the kind of dude who’s been working for the mob, gotten himself fairly high up in the ranks, but has discovered a conscience too late in the game and is trying to wipe his hands of the whole thing, only for the mob to sucker/muscle him back in.
What seems more apt is that he is That One Friend who used to run with a cadre of assholes in his youth, moved away after high school, cleaned himself up, and comes back to the high school reunion to discover his asshole friends are still the same stagnant assholes he knew as a boy. Only now he no longer has the protective shell of his own formerly ignorant assholedom to insulate his disgust when they swarm him and turn the talk to the exact same asshole topics they were always talking about in goddamn high school. No matter how he subtly tries to steer the conversation into new territory all they want to do is bitch and moan over the same things.
The one is still in love-hate with his hot older brother, simultaneously being sooo grateful the big blond ex-jock didn’t show up, but, hey, does Loki know if he’s still with that dumpy pre-med chick who wanted to be a doctor? No? Is he looking for anyone now?
The other keeps lecturing about how much better things would be if everyone just Mad Maxed up, overthrew the government and put him in charge, ha, haa. Hey, he’s actually set up this awesome blog full of manifestos and, like, random stuff, ha ha, Loki should totally follow him, ha, ha, haaa
Loki is trying with everything he has to keep from screaming, pouring gin in his Dixie cup of fruit punch, and is willing Verity to text him so he can pretend it’s an emergency, his apartment is on fire, everything is on fire, he has to go, very important, lovely talking with them, he has to go, okay, okay bye, bye, okay, he has to go now, bye
In the end he just waits for both of them to turn and snicker/sneer at the Odinson’s ex-girlfriend as she shows up–oh em gee, she’s dyed her hair blonde, also is she taking steroids, ha–while he makes a dash for the gym doors, runs into the night, and never looks back.