I love the smell of world building in the morning.
Seriously, the more I read of this world, the more I love it! The world building going on here is really nice. There were a few typos, but nothing that really detracted from the flow of the story. I also like the voice you've given Ixchel. Properly alien to a normal, empathic human being, but at the same time, eerily sympathetic. She's just trying to survive as best she can, and if that means a few sacrifices along the way, well . . .
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Personally, I would love to see more of these little character studies. If you are going to publish your novel here, I will definitely read it!