The strange old device was called a ‘Kismet Collapser,’ but Jim always thought it was a piece of junk. He had held onto it out of sentiment, not because he believed in magic.
But the pirates were bearing down on them, and the storm loomed ahead. The captain was dead, and Jim was open to new ideas. He closed his eyes and pressed the button.
Half a world away, Pera wandered the desert. She was sure she would die of thirst when she felt the air around her change, and the tall ship appeared through a hole in the sky.

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