sorry meredith :(

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“Don’t be beautiful. They keep saying that beautiful is something a girl needs to be. But honestly? Forget that. There are an eternity of other things to be other than beautiful.” Insp.

Sorry for the feels

Peter and Gamora end up getting married. A few years pass and they discover they’re going to be parents. When Gamora gives birth everyone is shocked that it’s twins; a boy and a girl.

Gamora suggests to Peter that they name their daughter Meredith, after his mother. Caught up in the emotions, Peter agrees, knowing his mother would be proud. But they never really thought of a name for a boy. They bounced suggestions to each other the entire nine months, but nothing seemed to fit. Peter takes one look at his son, and he feels a sense of pride.

Peter decides to name their son Yondu.

Years go by, and the children grow. Of course they want to know where their names came from- and from time to time this questioned it asked to each of the Guardians, and their Uncle Kraglin, who for some reason is always timid when asked.

Meredith isn’t as ambitious about learning her name sake, but her brother on the other hand, he is dying to learn where his name came from. He hears stories about a man named Yondu and an arrow, but he never understood them.

When the kids are about nine, Peter decides that they’re old enough to know where their names come from. He had mulled it over in his head for a while, even discussed it with Gamora.

Peter sat his kids down and said to them, “So; you two want to know where your names came from?” The twins nodded frantically, grins spreading across their faces. With tears budding in his eyes, Peter spoke.

“You were named after my parents.”

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Yondu meets Meredith in the afterlife. for the shit quality gifs, you get a fic as well!

Yondu opened his eyes. It was just as he pictured it, but more vibrant and beautiful than he could ever imagine possible. His loyal Ravager crew raised their drinks, shouting, clapping, showing true happiness to see him. No one get’s happy to see him, he was the embodiment of a principal’s office with that arrow and all. But they knew it was a front. Tullk even hugged him. 

Now more high-pitched voices started coming from the crowd. Yondu looked down to see children running towards him with his old knick-knacks he gave them too many years ago. He recognized their faces, Ego’s children, and immediately that spark of pride went out and his heart broke.They’re too young to be here. But something was different about them. They were…happy.

Something caught Yondu’s eye, forcing him to look up. A woman with wavy blond hair and a flowing flower dress emerged from the crowd like an angel. An angel that hangs with Ravagers? Never in a million years did he think he’d meet Peter’s mother. She walked towards him with a sweet, bright smile, but he couldn’t help let his head fall with shame like he did with Stakkar.

“Thank you for takin’ care of my son,” Meredith spoke over the crowd with all sincerity.

What in the fuck? Did she just thank me? Why isn’t she punchin’ me?

He cleared his throat, getting himself together, “No problem. You….you’ve got a good kid there, miss.”

“Don’t I know it.” she was filled with so much joy, tears started to fill her eyes.

“I’m sorry I didn’t give him the best life-”

She interrupted him instantly, giving off a Do Not Mess With This Woman vibe, but still gentle and smiling as she spoke, “Yondu, you gave my little starlord a life he wouldn’t trade for nothin’. One I wouldn’t want him to trade. You showed him the stars, you saved his life, and that I will forever be thankful for.”

Yondu had no reply for that. He couldn’t think of a single way to react. Since he froze up, Meredith stepped in again, and gestured to the bar. “Want a drink?” she turned to the Ravagers and cupped her hands around her mouth shouting, “DRINKS ON YONDU!”

In the afterlife, everything was free. But the crowd still cheered, and the children still danced; and finally Yondu could breathe a sigh of relief. Finally, he was at peace.

(Spoilers for GotG 2)

(Somebody take that Afterlife AU away from me, I’m running wild with it.)

Since kicking Ego’s ass can’t be all the unconventional team made up of Yondu, Meredith and the Ravagers do to pass eternity, have some more little ideas:

The Ravager instantly love Meredith – well, after some confusion as to “Why is there a beautiful lady comin’ over to us and greetin’ us so friendly, and why is Capt’n near speechless?”. It doesn’t take too long for them to figure out her similarity to Peter, though, and that’s when it clicks.

After that, they all but fulfill every of her wishes. They are amazed by the fact that this nice beautiful lady can both be an angel and kick ass (because, ho-boy, you all should have seen what she did to Ego, that wasn’t pretty). Meredith very nearly becomes a crewmate of honor, called “Miss Meredith”, “Ma’am” or “M’lady”.

She laughs merrily at their antics, but can’t get them to stop.

Meredith and Yondu become great friends and very nearly inseparable. Where there is one of them, there is the other never far away.

There is a sort of friendly contest between them, concerning Peter. But it’s not about jealousy or “I did better than you” – it’s the exact opposite. They are arguing that the other did better at raising Peter than they did.

“Don’ be ridiculous, woman, boy got it all from ya!”

“I raised him for eight years, you for twenty-six – excuse me, but he’s clearly taking after you!”

“Hah! As if I would save the friggin’ galaxy! That’s yer soft heart there, not mine!”

“Says the man who died protecting our son.”

“Don’cha freakin’ remind me of that day after day, Meredith…!”

“I wouldn’t have to if you would finally stop making yourself the bad guy!”

And the crew is just in the backline watching like, “They’re still goin’ on about that, huh?”

 

Meredith wants to teach the Ravagers how to dance, only to find out, to her great delight, that Peter had already taken care of that long ago.

What really stuns her, though, is…

“Yondu!”

“What?”

“You said you couldn’t dance!”

“Darlin’, I said I never dance. Never said I couldn’t do it. ‘S a difference.”

“I feel tricked.”

“Ravager, Meredith. ‘S my job.”

“Oh, shut it and dance along.”

 

They set out to find Ego’s children and their mothers, one by one, all of those he killed for his plan. Yondu likes to pretend it was all Meredith’s idea to do so, but when you listen very closely, you can hear Horuz mutter something about the Capt’n having a thing for saving little brats. (Yondu literally kicks him in the ass for that.)

It all goes well until one day, they encounter a child, a little girl with big eyes and an easy smile, who knows Yondu. Girl starts beaming when it sees him, insisting on calling him “Mister Yondu”, and Yondu…

Yondu withdraws, growing silent and angry like he once was, and tries to avoid the child where he can.

It’s Meredith who figures out what’s going on – though, the Ravagers, know, too, they just don’t know how to address it. They all remember the little girl, of course.

“Yondu,” Meredith catches him one day, when he’s once again busy avoiding the child. “She’s asking for you.”

“Would be better if she ain’t gunna see me ‘gain.”

“You can’t avoid her for eternity,” that doesn’t get the reaction she has hoped for, and she sighs, reaching out to lay a calming hand on the silent man’s arm. He twitches, but doesn’t pull away. “Yondu, it’s not your fault.”

“She wouldn’t be here if it ain’t been for me.”

Ego tricked you. Ego killed her. Don’t shoulder his guilt for him. Jackass doesn’t deserve that.”

Yondu’s lips twitch into a half-smile at hearing her swear like that, and Meredith beams at him as she links her arm with his. “Now come on. She’s begging for your whistling. Apparently it helps keeping nightmares away.”

“Yeesh, she still remembers that?”

“You bet she does. And we others wouldn’t mind hearing you whistling a child to sleep, either.”

Somehow, Meredith ends up as a surrogate / second Mum for a few dozens to a few hundred of children, with the actual parents of the children becoming her friends. The Ravagers take up the rolls of the dorky, weird uncles, and Yondu…

Well. Meredith keeps insisting he’s being a great father figure for all those kids, and Yondu keeps scoffing when she laughs at his face whenever she says that.

It still doesn’t stop him from indulging the children, much like he once did with lil’ Peter.

 

Once they gathered as many of Ego’s dead lovers and children as they could find, they decide to track down the former god once again. He’s got a break from the hell they have put him through – and break time is over now.

Let’s just say Ego is very, very done with his afterlife when he gets visited by a whole army of people who want to see him suffer for what he did to them, Yondu and Meredith and the Ravagers leading the whole group.

 

All in all, there is a lot to do in the afterlife, and somehow, Yondu and Meredith and their crew manage to make it a whole lot more interesting than it ever was.