So @packratofdenialism gave me this idea for a fanfic where Meredith lives and she and Yondu coparent Peter. This happens in my head because Yondu got suspicious when Ego told him to pick another kid up “in about a year” and investigated and decided to help Meredith out as a way of dealing with the guilt he feels since he’s come to the conclusion Ego’s done something awful to the other kids he’s brought him. Here’s a scene from before Yondu and Meredith go to the Collector for a potential fix as their last idea. They’re waiting in a bar for the Collector to send for them, and Meredith ends up making Yondu come clean as to what he thinks is really going on (he initially lied to get her and Peter to come with him by pretending Ego sent him).
“If this doesn’t work though…you’ll still take Peter to his father, right?” Meredith asked.
Yondu went still.
“Yondu?” she asked. “You’ll promise me, won’t you? That you’ll take him home?”
“…Can’t promise you that, Meredith,” he said quietly.
“What?” she asked.
“I can’t,” he said stiffly. “Can’t promise you…because I won’t do it.”
“Why the hell not?” she demanded, leaping to her feet. Her world spun instantly and Yondu grabbed her before she hit the floor. “I thought you wanted to help us!”
“I am helping you!” Yondu said. “And I won’t be helping him if I take him there!”
“Why?” she yelled.
“Cause none of the others ever came back!” he snapped.
“…Others?” she asked as Yondu slowly sat her back down on the stool. “What others?”
“His other kids,” Yondu said. “I…I took Ego his other kids. No one ever saw them again.”
“He….had other kids…” Meredith said. She felt
very cold all of the sudden as things started make some sort of terrible sense. Why Yondu was so cagey about why “Ego sent him” to pick her up and try to find her help. Why the Ravagers crew clearly hadn’t had a clue of where to start looking for how to deal with a tumor. The oddness of the tumor being so hard to operate on even for more advanced species…
“Yeah. I didn’t tell you cause you wouldn’t have let me help,” Yondu said. “But…you’re not special, Meredith. He’s done this before. It’s not that he couldn’t bear to watch you die. It’s that he told me to wait until you did die to get your boy and bring him to Ego.”
Meredith took a deep breath as she tried to understand what the hell she was being told. She’d known something was up with Yondu’s original story for a while now, but for it to be that…
“That’s what all the whispering was, then?” she asked. “All those times you stopped talking when Peter or I came over?”
“Some of the crew figured you weren’t really cargo. ‘S why I made you quartermaster. Shut up the whiners if you were puling your weight,” he said.
“And what happened if I was cured and demanded to go see Ego?” she asked.
“…Honestly I was going to let Horuz handle it. He likes being an ass so he could have broke it hard and not minded the fallout,” Yondu said. “I’ll admit, was not looking forward to Peter crying. Makes a chest twist up when he starts whimpering like that…”
“You think the tumor’s weird.”
She wasn’t entirely sure why she said it, why she remembered him saying that.
Yondu nodded slowly, “Yeah. We’ve been told that. Remember, you thought it was just, uh, intimate exposure to…”
“No. No you think…you think more,” she said. “You don’t think it was an accident, do you?”
Yondu cringed a bit under her gaze. She was right. He’d put a lot more thought into this than just a favor to a dying woman. He’d thought of the why as more than some accident. He just hadn’t said anything.
“…You think he did it on purpose,” Meredith said slowly.
“I don’t know what-”
“I didn’t say you knew, I said it’s what you think,” Meredith corrected, cutting Yondu off. “That’s what you think happened.”
Yondu sighed, “I know he knew about it. And I know he told me to get ready to pick Peter up when you died, which he had a pretty good timescale for, despite never seeing the boy alive meaning he’d bene gone for over six years. And I know every kid I ever brought him was never seen again and he didn’t seem to give a damn about any of their other parents.”
Meredith let that digest. It made terrible sense. Ma had been right all along. Just a fling for a guy using her who left her with a kid.
Oh god what was that thing he’d planted on earth? She’d have to send a call home over it, tell them to get…oh who did you even call to deal with that shit?
“How many did you bring him?” Meredith asked, trying to focus on the issue at hand, on verifying what Yond was saying now when he’d lied at the start.
“’Bout a dozen,” Yondu said, staring at the bar top. “Wasn’t counting really; I was greedy and I admit it. They were his kids, he said pickup for pay so I picked up. Don’t know if he had anyone else doing it. Probably did. If I got suspicious enough to stop others probably did too and I was just the next he asked. Guy’s been around a long time.”
“And you never heard from them again?”
“Not even the ones I suggested should call if they needed anything,” Yondu said. “Last one…last one I was going to turn down. She was young. Younger than Quill.”
Meredith bristled at that. “Chronologically or developmentally?”
“Both,” Yondu said. “But the crew needed money and Ego could make gems so I caved. Not proud of it. Gave the kid a com, told her to call me if she got scared, or in a year if it went well. An anniversary call. Said I’d give a present if she did.”
“She never called.”
“Nope. Would have been three days before he called me about you,” Yondu said. “I don’t know what he’s doing to his kids, Meredith, but it ain’t good. I have my way? I never take that boy of yours near Ego.”
“So you know he’s collecting his children who are never heard from again…and you think he was going to kill me…why?” Meredith asked. “Why not just have you take Peter?”
“Maybe he figured, boy has your genes, he’ll make his way back to you before I get him to Ego,” Yondu said. “But he won’t do that if you’re not there.”
“Jackass,” Meredith muttered. “…Him, not you.”
“Nah, I’m a jackass. Took all those others to him, didn’t I?” Yondu asked.
“Wish you hadn’t?” Meredith asked.
Yondu “mm’d” in a manner she took to mean agreement.
“That’s why you helped, isn’t it?” she asked. “You felt guilty.”
“S’ not really guilt in your case,” Yondu said. “Didn’t have a thing to do with you or your boy.”
“But you had ‘a thing to do with’ around a dozen of Peter’s…siblings,” Meredith said. “With Ego’s other children. You wanted to keep Peter safe, didn’t you?”
Yondu huffed, “Maybe I just wanted to piss the jackass off by keeping Peter from him.”
“You didn’t need me alive for that,” Meredith said.
“…Was lousy. What he was trying to pull with you,” Yondu said. “Was crap.”
“Think he did that to any of the other…parents?” Meredith asked.
“Don’t know. He didn’t give me timescales for them,” Yondu said. “Just said to pick up one of his kids. Just did it. Never asked. I was a fool who never asked.”
“Yeah, well,” Meredith sighed. “I was a fool who fell for a spaceman. So we’re both fools.”
That’s part of what’s written so far! Hope everyone likes it!