Once they became involved, Rachel resented anyone else hurting Rabbit emotionally. He was hers, after all. She was fiercely protective of him and got even with anyone who had hurt him (often behind Rabbit's back.)
Rabbit maintained his cold assassin mask in public but Rachel was the one he told when he was anxious or hurt. For example, how he felt physically ill when (in his capacity as the Assassin's apprentice) he sometimes had to sit in on prisoner interrogations held in - yes, you guessed it - The Red Room. Captain Chuck insisted on it.
Whenever Rabbit was upset and whatever the reason, Rachel would comfort him but also store the information away for later. And use it against him if she chose.So why do you think Rachel's comforting Rabbit here? Who or what upset him? Whoever it is, I doubt their career will flourish now they're on Rachel's hit list. Notes: Abusive relationships are complex. Rachel wasn't constantly abusive. She and Rabbit still had good times. She brought him presents (normally books or pretty clothes.) She comforted him when he had a bad day. Often the sex was good. But she could turn cruel and wounding if she was stressed or wanted to remind him who was in charge.
Young Rabbit is actually quite a bit taller than Rachel (most supernaturals are built on a bigger scale than humans) but he's resting his head against her chest here.
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