Quill couldn’t help but be beset by a little vexing doubt, eating away at the outwards bravado and confidence he was conveying. There had been that small chance that Peter Parker was so innocent, so guileless and unworldly, that he would have missed out the meaning of that one liner. The thought came to Quill ever the ‘would’ left his lips, and he knew it to be likely to be ridiculous, likely to be rather insulting, to assume the teen was so jejune and childlike that he didn’t even know the meaning of ‘would’ as a verb in that context.

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