that Peter, in a way, saved Yondu, too, without even knowing it.
to the wiki, Yondu was exiled from the Ravagers by Stakar after he picked Peter up, pretty much around the same time, even.
consider how Yondu must have felt around that time. Stakar was the one to get
him out of slavery. Stakar was the one to train him into a right Ravager, to
groom him until he was ready to become a Captain himself. Yondu was a part of
Stakar’s closest team, and judging from how both men reacted when meeting at
the Iron Lotus, they were very close
before the banishment, and both very hurt and scared by what they felt had been
a betrayal from their opposite.
just a boss-subordinate-relationship – Yondu and Stakar were friends, perhaps
even family, most likely something akin to what Peter and Yondu had.
boom, lost it. Yondu lost his second family abruptly and with the knowledge
that they probably despised him for what he had done. He lost them because of a
mistake – a mistake he regretted, as
shown by the fact that he kept Peter by his side to save at least one child’slife.
comes the headcanon and the key to that one.
have been and even now may be a stubborn brat sometimes with no respect at all –
but he’s also bright, kind, and captivating. People love him easily – he loves easily, and that makes it very
easy to become friends with him. I reckon that Peter, though treated not that
softly and kindly by Yondu, still was one of the main reasons why Yondu didn’t
lose the last bit of the softness in his heart after his fallout with Stakar.
Plus, having a curious and adventurous child on a spaceship – a Ravager ship
nonetheless – is pretty much a good distraction from sorrows and worrisome
thoughts, since one tends to spend a good time chasing after said child with no
room in his mind to worry about anything else.
mourning what he had lost - what he had gambled
and lost – Yondu could concentrate on raising Peter instead. Even had fun
with it, if that smile in the scene where he teaches Peter how to shoot is any
Yondu had fun raising Peter. Not always, but he had. And he was proud of the boy. And somewhere along
the line, he came to consider Peter as his son, and himself as the boy’s Daddy.
Which means - Yondu loved Peter.
freaking important because Yondu being
able to love at all would probably be doubted by pretty much the whole
universe. The slave, the thief, the thug, the
man-who-sold-children-and-got-expelled, still had a heart left to love.
understanding that Peter is pretty much the reason that this could still happen
after all those scars Yondu’s heart and soul had taken.
have saved Peter more times than either of them can count, dragging the boy out
of danger and fights and, in the end, sacrificing everything for him – but I
strongly believe that, especially in the beginning, Peter was the one to save Yondu.