"I am not able to make a telepathic connection with anyone back home."
"Could it be a side-effect of Sargon's warp hole?"
"No, those types of physical distortions usually don't effect my psionic abilites."
"That thing with Gaia?"
"I doubt it. I'm sure the X-Men have taken care of it by now. But do hurry though. Just in case."
"You worried about Maggie, huh?"
"Yes, yes I am."
"You really care for her?"
"I do. In fact I'm planning to take a very large step when I see her. Queen Galacta had asked what boon I would like as a reward for my services. Normally, being a hero, I refuse any offered reward, of course. But this time I didn't. I asked for a precious jeweled ring. She gave me this."
"Wow. So that means . . "
I couldn't help the smile from dancing across my lips. "Yes, I'm planning to ask her to marry me."
"You old dog," Jon laughed. "But what about her bosses. I thought they looked down on marriage."
"She's not a priest."
"Yeah, but she's like their designated ass-kicker. They probably don't want her loyalties divided."
"The Church may not like it, but I don't see how they could stop us."
The ship hurried through space at unimaginable speeds. Soon we were approaching Earth. I still couldn't make telepathic contact with anyone.
"That's strange," Jon said. "There's some kind of weird distortion around the whole planet. I can't get any readings."
"Take us down at my school please, in Westchester."
As the ship descended through the strange dark clouds, a wave of warm luminescent energy rippled through us. A sense of peaceful calm filled the whole ship. Suddenly I could hear thousands of minds around me. Each and everyone of them seemed happy and cheerful. The dark clouds quickly disappaited.
The ship landed and we exited. I looked out over the school grounds and everything was exactly as I remembered it. Cyclops came running up to me and gave me a big hug. He was weeping with joy.
"Now now, Scott," I said to him. "I haven't been gone that long."