"The Islands of Hope" from SAILS AND SORCERY: TALES OF NAUTICAL FANTASY
DESCRIPTION: Mermaids. Pirates. Flying ships. Creatures from the deep. Magic beyond your wildest dreams.
The sea is a dangerous and wonderful realm. It calls to many, promising riches, adventure, or freedom. But just as there are beautiful and remarkable treasures to be found upon and below the waves, do not underestimate the dangers hidden within its depths.
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The Ixchel has been adrift in the Horse Latitudes for three weeks and food has been rationed dramatically.
Hungry crew met him, their stomachs grumbling louder than their complaints. A squabble broke out among three nearest Julian. One crewman shoved another onto the rations table. The downed man pulled a rusty dagger. Encouraging shouts reached deafening heights in the small area.
Julian cocked his pistol in the man's ear. "Back of the line for you!"
To the rest of the crew he yelled, "Any more problems and no one eats."
Each day the men pushed a little further. Each day they took longer to back down.
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