"Charles? I'm -unnggh- a little busy here!"
I could see through her eyes that she had just decapitated an armored warrior.
"I'll be brief then," I said. "I have been called away on a special mission by the Queen of the Galaxy and I expect to be off planet for a few days. You are in charge."
"You're leaving me?! Now!?"
"I know that you can handle these things, Maggie. I have met Galacta once before. She wouldn't have called if it wasn't a very serious matter."
"Well . . I guess you - haaugghh! - know what you're doing. Hurry back!"
I realize this call by the Queen didn't come at the best of times but looking back, I couldn't really think of a peaceful moment in the last few months that would have been convenient. I'm sure Maggie, the X-Men and our allies can handle this crisis.
In almost no time at all the ship was leaving hyperspace. As soon as we landed, I was escorted straight to the Queen's audience chamber.
Galacta sat in her throne, the very essence of regal refinement. At her sides were two stiff officers. As I approached, she looked towards me and nodded.
"We bid you welcome, Charles Xavier," she said, her voice confident and commanding. "Well do we remember the service you did the galaxy in helping to remove the usurper Deathbird from the throne of the Shi'ar Empire. Proud we were to award you with the Oakdat Star Cluster."
I bowed as low as I could in my chair. "Your words fill my heart with pride, your majesty. 'Thank you' is insufficient a phrase but it is all I have to offer."
"Your gratitude is accepted but there is more that you can do. The reason that you have been summoned is that your unique gifts can be of great value to the galaxy."
"Any way that I can serve, your majesty, I shall."
"Our scientists have encountered a new lifeform. A being of unprecedented size, a space leviathan, whose intentions remain unknown at this time. Our technicians have attempted to communicate without success. Our telepaths have also valued. It is known that you are the most powerful telepath in the galaxy. It is our hope that you will be able to make first contact with this entity, convey our good wishes and determine its intentions."
I hesitated for only the briefest moment. "Of course, your majesty. It will be my pleasure to serve."
"We have also summoned another of your species to travel with you on your journey. He is a hero well known to us and we are confident he can meet any challenge that should arise on this vitally important mission. Perhaps you know him - Jon, the Intergalactic Gladiator."