X-Book 1: New Allies New Enemies - Chapter 8 - Traveling Thoughts
Summary: (See Book 1: Prologue)
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As the X-Jet soared quickly west over the vast plains of the mid-
west, Professor Charles Xavier sat in silent thought, watching the
passing clouds with vague interest. His mind was currently very
preoccupied, mainly with questions about their new candidate, and on
the list which Scott had given him from Cerebro the previous evening.
Following the training demonstration, Bobby had completed compiling
the computer's latest information and had printed a list
containing the names and suspected abilities of many mutants that
Cerebro had located during Xavier's last session in the machine.
The results had been lengthy, but not entirely unexpected. Many of
the names listed had been individuals whom Charles had sensed
previously, although, the number of new mutants had increased
And, as always, there were several very obvious omissions from the
Erik, Charles thought, a frustrated frown lingering on his face,
Where are you now, old friend? Eight months and I have only caught
fleeting glimpses of your Brotherhood and not a single hint of you.
Are you still recovering from your incarceration with Stryker, or
are you merely biding your time, building your strength, recruiting
more lost and angry mutants to your cause?
Xavier sighed quietly, and massaged one temple with his finger
tips. With all the concerns he had about the world stage today,
Magneto's silence worried him most of all.
It had taken Erik Lensherr years to organize his first major attack
on humanity at Liberty Island, but that had been when he was first
creating what was now called the "Brotherhood of Mutants."
His followers had been few, but fierce, and Xavier was certain
Magneto's Brotherhood had not been idle during these changing and
However, it had proven impossible to guess how many others might now
follow Magneto, despite the Professor's monitoring of mutants
around the globe. The only two he could be certain of was Mystique
and John Allerdyce.
Xavier knew he could look deeper, he could focus harder on those
mental signatures he may recognize
but every time he tried, the
memories of his experiences from Alkalai Lake kept him from opening
his mind to such a degree again.
So for now, as frustrating as it was, Xavier knew he had no choice
but to wait and see where Erik and his Brothers would appear next.
The only thing Xavier and his X-Men could do was try to reach as
many other mutants as possible, to lead them to answers beyond
violence and revenge.
Charles raised his eyes and stared out of the large front windows of
the jet. He did his best to clear his mind of all else except their
task at hand. They were flying now to Arizona, to meet and do what
they could to help another mutant in need. It was their duty, his
responsibility to guide others like himself through this confusing
world, and keep them on the path of hope, instead of revenge and
"How are we doing on time, Scott?" the Professor asked in an
and controlled voice.
Scott glanced backwards at the Professor through his ruby colored
glasses. He and Storm were both in plain clothes, looking very
casual next to the X-Jet's large navigation panels.
"We're crossing out of Kansas now," Scott replied,
"We're a little
more than halfway there. Considering the time zone difference, we
should be within landing distance by about ten o'clock Arizona
"Good," Xavier replied quickly.
"Any new thoughts on the young lady's abilities?" Storm
Xavier shook his head, "I'm afraid not. We'll just have
to wait and
see when we meet her."
Scott frowned slightly, "Do you think we should have let them
to expect another guest? They only know that me and Storm are
"Somehow," Xavier said, "I think she's been expecting
all of us for
a long time."