The House of the Scorpion Project

The House of the Scorpion Project
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  • Chapter 22: Betrayal
  • Chapter 22: Betrayal
  • Chapter 23: Death
  • 'I poisoned Matt with foxglove from my garden."
  • After the wedding, Matt and Maria make their way to the secret passageway to escape. They had constructed this plan before, just waiting for the best timing. Mstt entered through the shunned music room, and waited for Maria. When she came, the ran in order to get to Maria's fathers hovercraft.
  • Chapter 23: Death
  • "It means we no longer have a use for you."
  • Matt and Maria get to Maria's father's hovercraft to get back to the convent. Maria explains to the pilot that her father allowed her to bring aboard an eejit. They sit there and wait, Matt being cautious about acting the "right" way. However, the get caught by Steven and Emilia, and Matt is taken to the hospital by El Patron's bodyguards.
  • Chapter 24: A Final Good-Bye
  • Matt is taken to the hospital, where he is supposed to be giving his heart to El Patron. El Patron talks to Matt quietly, about how Matt should be thankful for all the good years he's had since El Patron "created" him. Celia later says that Matt doesn't owe El Patron anything, and that he isn't able to anyways. El Patron inquired and Celia reveals that she poisoned Matt with arsenic after El Patron's first heart attack.
  • Chapter 25: The Farm Patrol
  • El Patron is so shocked by Celia's actions, that he has another heart attack on the spot. He is too weak to have any arsenic in him, so Matt's heart is useless to him. El Patron is taken to the emergency room, where he ultimately dies. Later, his son, Mr. Alacran comes into the waiting room and instructs Tam Lin to "put it to sleep."
  • *Is shocked*
  • Tam Lin obeys, but has an agenda of his own. He knew this day would come, so he packed supplies for Matt to be able to escape and make it to Atzlan. He takes Matt away, and when no one is around, tells him where to go. He says his last few words to him, and sends Matt on his way.
  • Matt is dumbfounded that Tam Lin would make him travel alone, but Tam Lin knows and has accepted that once Matt is discovered, he will immediately be killed. He remembers Tam Lin's wise words on what to do once he gets there. Matt begins his journey to Atzlan, hopeful that he has all the supplies he needs to get there.
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