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Statement of Lydia Halligan regarding her insomnia.


Lydia Halligan has insomnia and cannot recall when she last slept. Her dreams and reality are blurring into each other and she struggles to tell what is real or not. Even as a child she struggled to sleep and would read into the late hours of the night.

There is a sign opposite her flat advertising coffee with the caption "Sleep is overrated".

She is a freelance writer and her irregular working schedule has left her disconnected from the normal rhythm of the world and she never knows what day of the week it is anymore.

She saw Michael in her living room. She remarks that he is familiar although she cannot recall where they met and or his name. She draws.

As a student she would see how long she could stay awake, trying to compete with her friends who would not last as long as she did.

She would go to a café when she is unable to sleep. She drank a coffee and found in her coffee a small child's milk tooth, which is not hers. She indicated the tooth to a waitress, Vanessa, who did not seem to see it.

Later, the billboard had changed opposite her flat. The rain warped the woman's smile into a grimace and the caption says "Sleep is for the weak".

Some time later in a park, Lydia sat with Michael on a bench. He seemed to be aware of Lydia's predicament.

Later, she runs through twisting streets, lost and panicking. Eventually she lay down on the path but cannot sleep. She heard Michael's laugh on the wind.

She drew curves and fractals.

She stood in front of the billboard again. The woman is snarling and rusted. The caption read "Sleep no more". She walked towards the billboard, metal screaming under the pressure, and it collapsed onto her.


Jonathan admits this is not verifiable, but he believes it because he recognizes the description of the man in the statement as Michael. Lydia died from a heart attack when she was 29 in July 2015. 


John decides that relying on Basira for help on going into the tunnels is not going to work. He purchased a motion sensor camera to record the trap door. The quality is poor, but he saw Not-Sasha (acting as Sasha James) entering and leaving the tunnels on two occasions, indicating she had been lying when she told John she followed him because she was worried. He also saw another man of middle age, who arrived at 3am with an attaché case. After stuffing some files into the case he returned down the trap door. However, rather than open the door, the person moved the floor to get past the trap door.


  • Not-Sasha met John in the tunnels in MAG 63.
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