The House of the Scorpion

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  • Chapter 22
  • I love you
  • Chapter 23
  • Chapter 23
  • Somewhere in the passage they arrive at a point which they can go any farther. The scanner looks like a red scorpion. María thinks it's El Patron's secret escape passage, and she's scared that the scanner won't recognize Matt as El Patron, meaning they'll probably both die. At that moment Maria says she loves Matt and Matt says I love you in return. Matt touches the scorpion. 
  • Chapter 23
  • El Patron tells Matt the story of his life and how he has siblings, but they all died at young ages. El Patron feels as if he is owed their lives because they never made it to adulthood, it is his duty to live those lives for them. So he feels like he's due multiple lifetimes in exchange for the lives of his siblings.
  • Chapter 24
  • Nathaly Arias
  • Celia tells El patron he's a crazy freak and that Matt owes him nothing. Celia has been poisoning Matt since El Patron had his first heart attack. Not enough to kill Matt, but enough to make his heart unsuitable for a transplant. El Patron goes crazy, and his heart begins to fail from the shock. Matt is left alone in the room until Mr. Alacran and Tam Lin come in. El Patron is dead.
  • Chapter 25
  • El Patron is dead so they no longer have a use for Matt. Tam Lin is told to kill Matt.Tam Lin agrees and hauls Matt off. .Matt tries to reason with him but Tam Lin shuts him down. He says that Celia has been turned into an eejit. 
  • Matt and Tam Lin go to the Oasis where Tam Lin explains everything. Matt wants Tam Lin to go with him to Aztlán, but Tam Lin says he can't. He has to stay behind in Opium. Matt is supposed to head to the Convent where María is going to school. Tam Lin tells him to find Esperanza since she's a good ally to have. Then, Tam Lin promises to take care of Celia. The two say goodbye and Matt is all alone.
  • Matt waits until dark and makes a run for the border, but the Farm Patrol spot him. A Farm Patrolman grabs Matt's backpack, but Matt get his way out of the mans grasp and gets over the border, where he lands in an oily black puddle.
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