(slightly unsettling eye trauma ahead) That awful moment when you realise Yondu’s eyes freeze over, because he doesn’t close them, because he wants to stay looking at Peter.
I NOTICED THAT. D:
And Peter just meeting his gaze the entire time, so Peter is literally staring into Yondu’s eyes at the moment that he dies – because it’s all he can do, it’s the only way he can help.
The last thing they do is try to make it better for each other in some tiny way.
There’s definitely something in there about how Peter (poor, poor Peter) couldn’t help his mother either. He’s now seen both of his parents (shh, Ego doesn’t count) die right in front of him while staring at him like he was the light of their life, and both times he couldn’t do a thing. Not even touch them, not properly. :(
Remembering of course that Peter LOOKED AWAY when his mother died (and refused to hold her hand) and he always felt guilty about it. It haunted him for the rest of his life.
When YONDU dies, he’s clinging to him and staring him in the face, trying to grasp every last drop of interaction with him that he can to try and make up for it.
And, as he doesn’t shut his eyes, Yondu does exactly the same. He wants Peter to be the very last thing he sees and touches.