GENRE: YA Contemporary Fantasy
Bennet Callaghan Shepherd closed her eyes and breathed, pulling the heavy air into her lungs until her chest felt ready to burst. She'd been in the jungles of Belize for almost a month now, but she still wasn't used to the repressive heat, like a thick soup always swilling around her and clogging her nose and mouth.
Bea tried to blink away the heat, ignoring the bead of sweat trailing down the side of her face. She turned back to her notebook, determined to finish the entry:
August 15 -- Now one month into the dig, the children of the nearby village come less. Nim Li Punit is nothing new to them and the excitement of seeing us foreigners marvel at the Mayan ruin in their own backyard seems to have worn off, although Guillermo still comes by frequently to chat with Dad.
Like Isku, Guillermo has proven to be our best link to the locals, he even supplied Toby with materials to work on his language translations. Although he keeps turning down Mom when she tries to interview him for her next ethnography commissioned by Anthro Today, he's been invaluable to Dad in finding local help for the dig.
Bea tapped her pen on the page of her open notebook and rolled her shoulders. She knew there was more to record, she just didn't feel like it.