After six long days of hiking, we finally get to stop and settle down, at least for a couple of days. We've all pitched our tents in the middle of a large valley next to some interesting-looking ancient ruins. Nobody really seems to know who built these ruins, other than "a group of much earlier inhabitants of the Island". Apparently when it comes to civilizations on this island, it really doesn't matter where people came from, so those types of historical records were never kept. While we were setting up our tents, I happened to glance over and noticed that John Locke was helping Cindy with her tent, which was pretty much the first time that any of us have seen Locke interacting with anybody besides Ben or his top staff. I think he noticed that he was starting to attract some attention, so he's been keeping a really low profile since then.
Ben is actually starting to walk again. I saw him walking with a cane just a few minutes ago, which was the first time I'd seen him out of his wheelchair ever since we came back from Hydra Island almost two weeks ago.
And I still have no idea who the mysterious old man is that our security guys are holding prisoner. Whenever I ask somebody who might know, they say it's confidential for the time being.
Anyway, I'm not sure how long we'll be at this camp. I think Ben is just playing things by ear right now, so all we can do is follow along.
Well, that was interesting... and intense. And now I know who the captive old man is. He's John Locke's biological father -- the one who (according to Locke's file) threw Locke out of an eight-story window that resulted in his paralysis! I'm still a bit confused as to exactly how he was brought to the Island, but Ben used him to basically test Locke's readiness to join our community, by asking Locke to kill his own father as a gesture of commitment! That doesn't make sense, because none of us ever had to go through such a test to join the community. So while Locke's father was tied to the ancient stone column, Locke held a knife to his throat, but was unable to complete the deed. Ben then turned to all of us and said, "I'm sorry, he's not who we thought he was." And that was pretty much it.
Personally, I suspect that this whole "test" was purely Ben's own fabrication and that he fully intended for Locke to "fail", just so that he could keep his own position of power. I think he's hoping that we'll stop looking to Locke as a potential leader, but from the looks of people's reactions, I don't think it's working. If anything, I think a lot of us are even more interested in Locke now. Except, I'm not sure exactly what we're supposed to do about it. Hmm, maybe Richard might have some ideas. As far as I know, he's one of the few of us who's actually been on the Island longer than Ben has and knows a lot about the history of our people. I'll see if I can talk to him tomorrow about this.