The Hook Island Colony
A marked increase in the occurrence of Break Outs has been noted since the middle of the twentieth century, reaching a pinnacle in the late 80s. For reasons not known, many of them began to migrate to an uninhabitable pile of rock and sand off the coast of Australia called Hook Island. Though few supplies were brought there, the colony thrived. By the beginning of 1994, there were over 100 men, women and children living there, all of them Awakened.
Various governmental and private interests became aware of the colony and sent air and sea spy craft to observe them. The colonists’ behavior was a skewed version of normal that bordered on impossible. They tended the gardens that fed them; gardens that had no visible fresh water supply and thrived in infertile sandy, rocky soil. They were often weaving or knitting clothing though no source of the cotton an wool could be found. But mostly the worked on the Structure: a metal framework like a short, wide transmitter tower. Again, no such materials were ever observed being brought to the island and unlike the clothing and garden, the Structure seemed to serve no purpose.
Work only ever abated for sleep, meals and a strange ritual or “service” held late every afternoon. The would stand in clusters that faced each other surrounding the Structure, in absolute stillness an silence for an hour. then continue with their day.
The Indonesians were the first to send a gunship and that seemed to clear the way for every one to have an openly armed presence there. The usual party line of “training maneuvers” and “equipment tests” became impossible to maintain. And with so many different, opposing sides floating around the same island, an incident was inevitable.
8:37 AM, March 22, 1994 that incident occurred. No one is sure (or will admit) who shot first but soon everyone there was involved in a free for all, with jets on nearby carriers being scrambled to join. Too damaged to stay afloat, a Korean trowler and an Australian PTY beached on Hook Island where they continued their fire fight. Two raft landers from a Chinese cruiser joined them shortly.
Exactly 28 minutes after hostilities began (9:05 AM), all combatants on Hook Island fled in terror, the Australians burning out their engines to move their half sunk PTY. The Koreans, lacking a vessel that would even partially float, swam into the open ocean. The mass retreat was so striking, most of the other vessels followed suit and the conflict subsided.
In the days that followed, no man that had fled Hook Island could remember what they had seen or why they ran away so afraid. All refused flatly to return. It is rumored that at least one Chinese marine was forced to return but died of heart failure before reaching shore.
A subsequent search of the island showed no sign of the colonists or the colony itself. There were no dwellings, no refuse or latrines, no gardens and no Structure. Also the bodies of the downed combatants were gone. There was no blood, no shell casings from the firefight. The island was pristine, as though no human being had ever set foot on it before.