Chapter 24 House of the Scorpions

Chapter 24 House of the Scorpions
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  • El Patron has died, leaving Matt with no purpose to the Alacrans so Tam Lin must dispose of him. Matt is put on a horse and is going to be dumped by the eejit pens but while trying to escape free from the tape he had been tied in, notices that he is not riding on a Safe Horse.
  • When Matt and Tam Lin arrive at the place where Tam Lin is supposed to dispose of Matt, Matt immediately tries to escape. Although he soon realizes that he is not at the eejit pens and Tam Lin is not going to leave him there to die, instead he is at the oasis. Even though Tam Lin isn't leaving him at the eejit pens, Matt still doesn't trust Tam Lin because he killed twenty children. 
  • Matt is hesitant at first to go with Tam Lin but eventually follows him up a trail. While on the trail Matt is told by Tam Lin that Celia wasn't actually turned into an eejit, she only has to act like one, and that the reason Daft Donald can't speak is that he had his throat cut. 
  • Matt begins wondering what he will do now that he isn't needed and can't return to the Alacran estate. Tam Lin tells him that he needs to go to Aztlan and Matt suddenly feels scared. He wants Tam Lin to come with him to Aztlan and is worried for Celia and what might come of her.
  • Tam Lin gives Matt a bag full of everything he'll need to make it on his own, including a loadfull of money. Since Matt was never taght how money works, and never needed to know, Tam Lin has to quickly explain to him how to use the money and to be careful with it. Matt also realizes that El Patron controlled everything, from to how everyones food was prepared to what they were able to watch on tv.
  • Matt stops Tam Lin before he leaves and asks him what to do when he reaches Aztlan. Tam Lin, being thankful Matt reminded him, tells him that he will board a hovercraft and go to San Luis and find directions to the Convent of Santa Clara. Matt is overjoyed when he hears this, knowing that he will get to see Maria again. Tam Lin tells Matt he will never see him again and that he should find Maria' mother, Esperanza.
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