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Do the Storm Troopers Evict the Squatters in Part 10 of The Squatters?
It’s a round-up at Rick’s house. A security team is called in, everyone is taken by surprise leaving the squad wondering whose who and what’s what. Everything gets upended. Find out who shows up and what happens in this final chapter of The Squatters.
Helena is healing with a new sunny disposition, Rick is content. Rick wants to square things with Mr. Begay and Helena wants to get back to painting…but the Squatters are prowling the street. And they don’t trust anyone. Don wants to kill Rick, Owen wants to help him.
Just when things seem to settle down, the Squatters move back in to Rick’s house…making Rick worried about blood on his new carpet. The battle to take back the house continues.
Sometimes things seem to spin out of control even when there looks like the possibility of progress.
Helena preps for facial reconstruction, Rick buys his expensive rug and life looks like it’s going according to plan. But is it? Is there a looming personal banking crisis over some big money gone missing? A savvy theft from ATM’s and a credit balance sending signals of “insufficient funds” are just a few of the transgressions unwrapping in Part 8.
What do ancient meditation techniques and guessing a credit card pin number have in common? In part #7, the scale seems to tip towards Rick success, but as all we know, success might not last enough.
Rick can afford now to have Helena’s face repaired and to buy an expensive rug, two items that have potentially equal capacity for beauty. He’s unprepared for the Squatter’s next move.
Rick’s trouble with the squatters and an “out for himself” lawyer take him deeper in the destructive quid pro quo battle. He quickly learns that a dog bite can be more lucrative than a gun shot. Rick puts his financial “smarts” to work and the action moves to a Mojave County casino. Things are reaching their saturation point.
The Squatters, like most people, do not regard an act of retribution against them as the second act. To them, the first was justified and stands alone; therefore an retribution is always a new, undeserved act. But Squatters lack moral proportion, and Rick gets more than he deserves.
Rick and Helena think that they can fight fire with fire, and do dirty tricks to their antagonists. In Part II of The Squatters, Ming Zhen Shakya shows how pitifully inadequate such actions are.
Rick (evil genius of The Money Lender) gets ‘his turn in the barrel’ when he tries to retreat to a house he owns and finds it filled with very nasty squatters. Rick thinks he knows how to fight fire with fire. But that remains to be seen.
Miguel doesn’t not see it yet, but Ruiz was right: his engagement to Constanza has cost him his honor. Tony proposes to Karen and she is furiously angry when she comes face to face with Juan. The pieces come together.
Juan has retreated to the tropical jungle. He harbors a subtle jealousy of Tony Celine and a bold disgust with people. He’s defeated and physically ill and doesn’t want to know anything about anyone. Karen gets answers to her questions – some good and some distressing. Her odyssey has come to an end.