815Tailie's Journal -- Day 22: October 13, 2004

Celebok October 14, 2010 User blog:Celebok

6:42 p.m.

Today I got to visit that smaller island that Danny was talking about. They call it Hydra Island, and it's basically just a smaller version of this island. We went there mainly to scout out some possible locations for the runway that these people want to build, so we loaded up a boat with some old rusty land-surveying equipment and headed over there. The only place that seemed somewhat suitable was a long, flat stretch of land along one edge of the island. Except it's got a lot of vegetation and rocks that would take months to clear out, and I don't know how soon they need this runway built. I'm leaving it up to Danny and his team to decide whether to go with that location or to go scout out some other possibilities.

I cut my hand pretty badly on a sharp rock while I was exploring that patch of land over there. I was trying to stand on top of the rock to get a better view, but it was more unstable than I thought, and I slipped. Luckily, Danny knew where there was a first-aid kit on that island, so I wrapped my hand in a bandage. I guess there's no such thing as worker's comp on an island that doesn't use money.

10:04 p.m.

Jim just told me some really interesting things that he found out today. These people assigned him to that medical station called the Staff, due to his skills as a lab technician, and they're doing some tests on a 21-year-old girl who's eight months pregnant who volunteered herself and her baby for their research. But what's really interesting is that this pregnant girl was actually on our plane that crashed here! In fact, there were over 40 other survivors from a different section of the plane that crashed on the other side of the island, and they've been living there all this time! Jim was actually asked not to tell anyone about this, but I kinda pushed him to talk about the work he's been doing at the Staff because I haven't seen Diane at all ever since she went there and I wanted to know if she's still working there (which she is). Jim says he hasn't had a chance to learn much about Diane, other than that she seems passionate about her work. But that's what led Jim to talk about the research they're doing on the pregnant girl. For some reason, women who get pregnant on the Island end up dying halfway through the pregnancy, but they're hoping that a girl coming to the Island already eight months pregnant will help them find a cure.

Anyway, I don't know why these people have kept those other crash survivors a secret from us. I suppose it all has to do with those vague reasons why half the people from our beach weren't "chosen" to join this community. Still, I don't know if I want to commit to joining a group of people that are going to keep me in the dark about things like this.

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