Alibaba blinked up at the wooden overhead of a cabin. And not the one he’d been sharing with five other travelers and cargo underfoot, so each of them barely had enough room for a hammock. This was one of the Shadow’s few passenger cabins, porthole flung open to bring in an evening breeze of salt and blood; still just enough room to swing a mouse, but the bulkheads gave a rare solitude that made him want to relax even more than the crackling warmth by his side-
Firepot, Alibaba realized, spotting the heat-waver above the small blue-and-white porcelain tucked almost against his borrowed bunk. The captain let someone light that inside a cabin?
“Don’t worry,” Jahan said dryly. “If it tipped, you’d probably put it out by reflex.”
Alibaba sat up, wincing at a bruise or two where Chadli must have hit him. “Did Chadli make it?”
“He’s not going to be lifting anything with that arm for weeks, but so far it looks good.” Jahan raised a graying brow. “I thought you’d ask about the island whale.”
“If that wasn’t dead, we all would be,” Alibaba muttered. Ow.
Though all things considered, a few bruises and getting soaked to the skin was getting off easy. Even if he did feel like he’d dragged the whole Shadow behind him.
I might not be out of this yet. “What did you mean, I’d put it out?” Alibaba asked, honestly curious. “That sounds like-”
“Magic?” Jahan cut him off, amused. “Someone conquered Amon, indeed.”
“Hmm. You’re a lot more cautious than Sinbad was.” The older merchant leaned against the bulkhead, amber eyes narrowed. “Of course, by the time I spotted that madman dancing on the roofs in a lightning storm, he’d been carrying Metal Vessels for years.”
Alibaba blinked. “In a lightning storm?” he managed.
“Mm-hmm. Baal is a lightning Djinn, and Valefor’s ice… well, you may never have seen hailstones, but it’s water-based enough for a storm to be tasty for him, as well.” Jahan shrugged. “I was rude enough to ask, and he was grinning enough to answer. In short, he wasn’t in any danger, because the Djinn would just soak up the magoi kin to their own before it could harm him.”