Lost
Further Instructions

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The drugs are working

Locke and Charlie are dragging Eko back to camp, and right about now Locke must be really thrilled that Charlie's only about four feet tall. Locke notices Charlie looking around fearfully, and smiles. "I burned that bear pretty good. I don't think he's going to be coming after us." Never? Please, let it be never. Charlie wants to know, since they've survived the "suicide mission," what Locke saw in the "spirit tent." Locke waits a moment before saying that he saw Boone, and Charlie doesn't question it, just asks what Boone "[had] to say for himself." Locke tells Charlie about the cleaning up of his own mess. "Well, dead as he may be, I agree with Boone," says Charlie, who gratuitously points out that if he'd kept entering the numbers like Eko wanted... and Locke finishes the thought for him: "We wouldn't have had to save him in the first place. Yeah, Charlie, that's what cleaning up your own mess means." Charlie says he sounds like someone who's had a few too many messes to clean. Locke says, "Funny you should mention it. I remember this one time I was living on a commune, and -- doodle-oot, doodle-oot, doodle-oot... "

Flashback to Locke and Eddie walking through the forest mist in what looks like early morning, carrying rifles. "No deer, huh?" says Eddie, and a very nervous Locke says "Nope." Eddie asks if he's talked to Mike and Jan yet, and Locke says he did: "They said that I should, uh, bring you by the greenhouse tonight after supper and that they would explain everything." Eddie really oversells just how "cool" and "great" that is.

Suddenly, Locke points into the distance, and Eddie snaps around, unshouldering his rifle. Behind him, Locke does the same, only he points it at Eddie. Eddie's all whispery "did you see something?" and when Locke doesn't answer, he turns around to see Locke pointing the rifle at him. "What are you doing?" he says. Locke wants to know if Eddie knew Locke would be driving the truck: "Did they choose me?" Eddie plays dumb for as long as he figures he can; he starts to raise his rifle, but Locke says he didn't load that one. Eddie drops it on the ground. "So how about you just answer the question, Eddie?" Eddie says that yeah, they chose John. Locke wants to know why. "Because you hadn't been here long, didn't have a criminal record, and psych profiles said you be amenable for coercion." "'Amenable for coercion'?? says Locke, who seems rather distressed by that assessment. Eddie tells him to lower the gun, that this isn't personal. "What's not personal?" he yells. Eddie just looks at him. Then he starts backing away, despite Locke telling him not to. "I'm sorry, John, but you're not going to shoot me. You're not a murderer. You're a good man. You're a farmer." Locke says, "Nope. Not a farmer. I was a hunter. I'm a hunter." Eddie says he's going to walk away now, and he turns and does just that. Locke keeps the rifle trained on him -- and I had no idea whether Locke was going to shoot or not. I mean, it would have been jolting for them to suddenly make Locke a cop-killer, but the number of Lostaways who we know haven't killed anybody is rapidly dropping.

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