Chapter 9 Summary

As Eddie and Angel tear into each other, two old security guards arrive but back off from the violence in indecision. The combatants have enough presence of mind to flee, leaving behind a trail of blood as they stagger away down the street. Jose, who is crying, pulls up next to Eddie in his mother's car and begs him to get in, but Eddie waves him off and stumbles alone across a vacant lot toward home. At the apartment, Eddie bathes and finds that in addition to the bruises and contusions that cover his body, his left eye is closed and his mouth is so swollen that he cannot form words. That night, Lupe comes by, pounding at the door and pressing his face against the windows. He is angry at Eddie for smashing his little brother...

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