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"The Islands of Hope"
This story was originally published in Sails and Sorcery: Tales of Nautical Fantasy, then picked up again by Galaxy's Edge. It is one of my personal favorites. In this scene the crazed captain comes out of seclusion long enough to show his first mate, Julian, a secret set of sea charts, which at first looks to be their salvation....
"They're the Islands of Hope, Kami's home," the captain said.
"Are they nearby?" Julian hadn’t heard of them before, but new islands were being discovered and added to the charts every year.
"Hope is always near." The captain flopped in his chair. "But it fades…like the islands. When we first set sail there were thirty. Now…."
Julian ran his hands over the smooth paper, trying to understand the captain's ravings. "There are only five here."
While Julian watched, another island faded until disappearing completely.