10:04 p.m.

Since today was Saturday, and I'm still staying on Hydra Island, I got to spend the entire afternoon and evening with Diane -- something I've been wanting to do for weeks. I got to learn a bit about her background. She grew up in Tucson, got her bachelor's degree at the University of Arizona, started attending med school there, but had to drop out after her first year to care for her mother who was dying of cancer. Then one day, Diane was approached by Richard Alpert, who offered her a chance at a new career on this island, and in return, Jacob cured her mother's cancer, which she later confirmed through a satellite feed at the Flame station. Ever since she got to the Island, she's been pretty much mentored by Juliet, who happens to have a similar story with a sister being cured of cancer. It's a pretty fascinating story, and ordinarily it would seem way too incredible to believe, but when it comes to this island, I'm slowly learning to believe the unbelievable.

Diane generally enjoys the work she's been doing on the Island with fertility research, but for the last two weeks, she's had to do psychological tests on that kid, Walt, and it's been very frustrating and stressful because none of it has gone right, and nobody can figure out why. Diane didn't seem to be making much sense as she was venting about this. She was saying stuff about birds crashing into windows and the brainwashing procedure backfiring on the lab workers. She's really hoping that Ben will decide to send Walt home with his father. Considering the condition I saw Michael Dawson in recently, I would have to agree.

Anyway, other than those few weird conversation topics, I enjoyed walking around this little island with Diane. I showed her the strip of land where the construction workers have started to clear the vegetation for building the runway. Then she showed me this trail that leads to the top of a hill where there's a really nice view of the main island across the water. We watched the sunset from there, then went and ate dinner together in the dining hall.

At this point, I'm really not sure if Diane is somebody I can see myself getting more deeply involved with, but I'd still like to spend more time with her and stay open to the possibility. Of course, I know that taking it slowly leaves it open for some other guy to make a move faster, but then, moving too fast... well, that's how things ended up the way they did with Vicki. For now, I'm just glad that I got to enjoy this day.

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