Nine is a big softy when it comes to kittens and cute things
Agree with a few reservations!
I think Nine wouldn’t cuddle cute things the way Ten cuddles the kittens in Gridlock, if you could even call that a cuddle. But to me he seems the sort that would show a gruffer kindness–might feed a stray cat but not spend too long petting it, for instance.
Rose is a major exception, obviously, and he’d pull down the moon if she asked it of him–not that she ever would.
There’s a lot she doesn’t think to ask of him, actually, and he wonders if it’s his gruffness sometimes, wonders if a more chipper nature would make her think of him in the terms he wants to be thought of in: boyfriend, lover, literal and euphemistic dance partner.
He wants to touch, to hold and caress, but he doesn’t know how, halfway thinks these rough warrior’s hands don’t deserve her.
(She disagrees, and he thinks that her faith in him might save his shipwrecked hearts after all.)