Hello again, folks! It's been a long time since I published the latest truth behind
What Really Happened in Lost, in the period knowable as Creation to 2007. However,
while I intend at some point to publish the rest of that series, I am here today to
provide you with brand new information about an entirely new aspect of the Lost saga:
the truth of the period 2007-12: knowable as What Is Happening Now or What Has Happened
Since The End. Please don't worry about the publications of the rest of the What Really
Happened series; it may have been two years, but I'm getting to it, and I certainly
don't intend on taking any long walks along Maine's Route 5 in the process. I'm not
Stephen King, but the reference (regardless of whether my talents can be said to be
remotely comparable to his) is an apt one.
Here, then, is the truth of What Has Happened Since, extracted from a secret
publication revealed exclusively, for the first time, below:
- Alt. R. "Trashmouth" Tozier, Esq.
[End of Narrator's Note]
Below are catalogued five newspaper articles from around the globe in the period 2007-12
, plus one extract from someone's personal diary. This paper, when it is finished, will
be returned to the personal safe of that same person at his own request, and the safe
not reopened save through his discretion. If you are reading this, therefore, he must
have decided to release the information.
The following document consists of four pages. Below is presented page one. To
continue reading thereafter, please turn over, or, if you are reading this digitally,
please await the appearance of page two and thereon before your eyes. It should not
take long to appear.
- C. A. A., Esq.
23 December 2007 Los Angeles Clarionette [ed: pages 1-2]
THREE OF OCEANIC SIX DEAD IN ANOTHER PLANE DISASTER
We Lied to Cover Up Corporate Conspiracy/Ajira Dead, Say Remainder
-- story by Jevon Stuart Mill --
We at the Los Angeles Clarionette can bring you exclusive coverage of a remarkable,
sensational story which broke yesterday afternoon at a hastily arranged press
conference at the Los Angeles Police Department Headquarters. The centerpiece of the
mindblowing revelations is the eccentric lottery multimillionaire, recluse, Oceanic Six
member, twice former mental patient and self-proclaimed "bad luck magnet" Hugo Reyes, 31
. The Clarionette can exclusively reveal that Mr Reyes, only lately released from Santa
Rosa Mental Institute after a brief escape and being suspected and cleared of several
murders, some three weeks or so ago, suddenly appeared on the shores of Los Angeles in
a small motorboat yesterday afternoon at 2.10pm, accompanied by devastating and
troubling news, and by two unbelievable fellow sailors.
Perhaps it is only proper that the most devastating of the subsequent reveals be told
to you most upfront: according to the testimony of Mr. Reyes at the LAPD HQ, which the
police told us they have no reason to doubt, every person aboard Ajira Airlines Flight
316 - which disappeared en route to Guam from Los Angeles on December 4 - is dead, with
only one exception. We offer condolences to their families, and shall shortly explain
Mr. Reyes' testimony of their fate. Perhaps more devastating still to the American and
global ideal of the surviving disaster hero is the news that the last two weeks have
claimed the lives also of Oceanic Six members Dr. Jack Shephard, 39, Sayid Jarrah, 39,
and Sun-Hwa Kwon, 33. Dr. Shephard leaves behind his mother, while Ms. Kwon leaves
behind her parents and her daughter Ji Yeon, who is still to turn three and who lost
her father in the original Oceanic 815 crash before she was born.
Mr. Reyes was yesterday introduced to us alongside his two passengers by LAPD Captain
Matthew Lazarus, perhaps aptly named, for we can exclusively reveal that Mr. Reyes'
passengers are the one exception to the Ajira dead list - presumed-dead pilot Captain
Francis K. Lapidus, 57 - and Australian fast-food worker Claire Littleton, 25
, "confirmed" dead three years ago by the Oceanic Six themselves. Ms. Littleton, whose
various ordeals have called her sanity into serious professional psychiatric questin,
has her own remarkable story to be told, if she cannot yet personally tell.
We, then, have seized the opportunity to tell it for her - or, at least, we have
afforded Mr. Reyes that opportunity. In order to maximise the clarity, accuracy and
sensational drama of the events that unfolded and Mr. Reyes' story of them, we have
printed his entire statement below, verbatim.
"We lied. The Oceanic Six, we lied. We didn't crash in the Indonesian waters; we
crashed on a South Pacific Island. And there weren't six of us that survived - there
were eight of us. [pauses while audience gasp and murmur] The other two were Claire
Littleton [gestures to woman on left, who is humming softly and staring raptly at the
electric overhead lights] and a man named John Locke.
"We weren't alone, either. Within an hour of the crash, we were captured and
imprisoned by a group of workers for a company called Mittelos Bioscience [experimental
sciences, Oregon, est. 1937]. They said they were doing electromagnetic and medical
experiments, but that we were being imprisoned for our own safety, because they were
being threatened by a hostile [Reyes laughs, bitterly]takeover, by Widmore Industries
[Edinburgh-based scientific products, est. 1983]. [pause] Boy, was it hostile. They
tried to kill us! There were fifty of them and fifty of Mittelos, give or take, and we
were imprisoned underground for a hundred days before Widmore's people blew open the
prison. Claire [gestures to the blonde again] here got a head injury and wandered off
before the smoke cleared and we could look for her. Within hours, all of Widmore's
people were dead save him; he'd escaped. We looked for Claire, but couldn't find her;
we thought she'd drowned. So when Mittelos chartered a boat of theirs for us to escape
the island, we had to leave her.
[Now comes the shocking revelation about Ms. Littleton.]
"She'd wandered off, without [pause, sigh] her child, Aaron, born on the island.
[Reyes points to the front row, and a very familiar woman sitting with a very familiar
toddler in her lap.] Ms. Austen - Kate - decided to take care of Aaron, but we decided
we couldn't tell the truth about Claire - about ourselves - in case Widmore came after
us, to silence us so he could take the island - and all its medical and scientific
potential - for himself. We wanted to protect ourselves - and Claire, if she was still
alive. John Locke stayed behind on the island, and went to work for Mittelos. We tried
to get on with our lives, with the lie.
"That's what we did, for three years. But then John Locke showed up with Ben Linus,
the Mittelos CEO, telling us that Claire had been found, but unwell, and she wanted us
to come and collect her before she'd leave the island. We were sceptical, but we were
convinced to leave - save Ms. Austen, who couldn't leave because of her curfew [Ms.
Austen was sentenced to 10 years' confinement to California following her murder trial
in 2005] when John Locke was murdered in his hotel room, by - as it turned out - a
Widmore employee. Charles Widmore [most famous for the fatal explosion of one of his
freighters in the Pacific in 2004, an explosion which killed all on board] was losing
his money, partly due to the Kahana incident and its repercussions, and it made him
even more determined to find the island, but he killed Locke when Locke wouldn't tell
him how to get past the island's barrier reef. Linus accompanied us on board Flight 316
, but in mid-flight Widmore managed to divert it from Guam to the island, where he
placed us - me, Jack, Sayid, Sun and Frank here [gestures to the man next to him] -
under citizen's arrest, and marched us away from the plane. Then [pause, Reyes looks
upset] he blew the plane up - he killed everyone on board! [Reyes' face works.] I'm
sorry. Sorry for their loss. [long pause while Reyes composes himself.]
"We owe our lives - twice - to one woman, who saved our lives the first time we were
there and gave her own to save them the second time: Dr. Juliet Burke, who worked for
Mittelos. Without her, we'd all be dead, but she died in the battle with Widmore's
people, as did Widmore. Mittelos then gave us Claire and directed us back to America by
boat. [Reyes concludes his statement hurriedly from here on out] Claire's been injured
and ill, and been on her own a long time. When we leave here, I'm going to take her to
Santa Rosa [Mental Institute]. They cared for me and helped me get better; I hope
they'll be able to do the same for her. I know they'll do their very best. Thank you.
After a few press questions were fielded by Messrs Reyes and Lapidus, and Ms. Austen
[all of whom forbade the press from asking anything of Ms. Littleton], none of which
yielded sensational answers, Mr. Reyes' party left, leaving us, the general public,
only with a sense of bewilderment and disbelief that such a mountain of tragedies
should have ever been erected. This reporter has received statements, from both the
LAPD (in the form of Captain Lazarus) and from the Attorney General, to the effect that
prosecution of anyone for their part in these events is at best unlikely, due to lack
of evidence, although Mr. Linus has opened up the island in question for their
Ms. Littleton is expected to be confirmed as an indefinite Santa Rosa resident in time
for tomorrow's Clarionette edition, while Messrs Linus and Lapidus will resume their
jobs as Mr. Reyes' executive assistant and a commercial airline pilot, respectively.
Mr. Reyes himself shrugged when he was asked about his future plans, saying only (and
vaguely): "I think I might open a health spa." And the rest of us? We too must attempt
to move on with our lives, wondering whether we will ever know the full truth of these
disastrous events, and sympathising for the families of their many, many victims. We
here at the Clarionette will, as always, bring you further news as it breaks. If it
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