Petition to let Peter hug Rocket after the funeral – no, better yet, a puppy pile with Rocket at the center. That trash panda deserves a good, long round of cuddling.
Because Kraglin lost a friend and Captain and Peter lost a daddy and both get acknowledged, but Rocket? Rocket lost the first person who 100 % understood who and what he was and why he was like that. Rocket lost a dear friend once again and I really think he needs a good, good hug and a lot of love.
I can totally see Peter putting the pieces together, especially when Kraglin and Groot tell him what happened during and after the mutiny, and walks up to Rocket all like “Rocket, I’m gonna hug you now, and if you want me to stop, you tell me – don’t bite my fingers off or some shit.”
And he does just that, slowly and carefully, but still quick enough that Rocket is too stunned to protest – and Rocket, kind of, doesn’t really want to put a stop to it and gnashes his teeth to not instinctively bite and scratch and holler like part of him wants to.
And if the others join in, slow and easy, and if Rocket’s eyes start to water suspiciously, body shivering, nobody mentions it, just holds on a little tighter.
“I’m gonna rip your throat out if you tell somebody, Star Munch.”
“I know, dude, I know.”
“…Want to listen some new music?”
“Yeah… yeah, why not.”