Jackson Ellis had been offered a position at a newspaper, but when he arrived, he found the paper had been shut down, leaving him stranded in Olympia, Washington.
A friend of his, Thomas Krycek, offered him a spare room in his house in Bucoda, which Jackson accepted. Bucoda was very small and simple, surrounded by forest.
After getting a severance package, Jackson took a few days to recover from the ordeal. During this time he took to exploring the town and noted that the locals regarded him strangely and he never saw any children.
He found the Pit at the intersection of River Street and 6th. It was very neat and went down into a single point and didn't seem very old. A car drove up to the Pit and drove around it as though they hadn't registered the gaping hole.
The next day, Jackson asked Thomas about the Pit, but realised that he'd stopped moving when Jackson started asking questions. When the questions stopped, Thomas continued as though he'd not heard them, and didn't understand further questions about the hole.
Jackson checked older maps, but it didn't appear in 2008. When he asked in the diner, Joe's, they ignored or didn't understand him. Just before he gave up, an older man approached him, saying "Nothing for you down there. You just go and enjoy your sky," before spitting mud at Jackson's feet.
He tried to stop thinking about it, but started to dream about it, that it whispered to him to reach into the hole. When he did so, the hole began to close, engulfing his hand. When his arm had been buried, he felt teeth, and a tongue reaching up his arm before tearing his skin off. When he awoke, he was in bed, but fully dressed with scratches on his arm.
Jackson had found a job in Chehalis and was set to move out. On the 17th June 2008, the day before he left, he was awoken by Thomas leaving the house in the early morning. Jackson saw other figures walking past his window. Outside, he saw all of the residents of Bucoda climbing down into the pit without making a sound. One of the women looked up and him and screamed before being pulled into the ground. Jackson fled back to Thomas' house and hid under his bed, feeling the earth swaying beneath his feet.
As he left, he saw the pit, which had become much larger. There was an older woman looking into the pit. A young man with blue eyes sat in the car behind her, crying. She turned to Jackson and gestured for him to leave. (Later explained in MAG 99: Dust to Dust.)
That night an earthquake reportedly struck Bucoda and destroyed the town.
Post-Statement Follow-Up Edit
Although Jackson is alive, he is not willing to give any more updates on this statement. Bucoda is reported to have been destroyed by an earthquake, but there are no records of the destruction itself and surrounding roads have not been affected.
A lightbulb goes out as Jonathan is talking and Nikola Orsinov appears. She says that she killed her father, Gregor Orsinov, by pulling him apart and used all the bits. Jonathan notes that she doesn't sound Russian, to which she replies she's borrowing someone else's voicebox: it's hard to sound anything when you're plastic.
Nikola explains that she's not going to kill Jonathan, but after he attacked Sarah, Nikola decided that she wanted to talk to The Archivist. She says that she wants the old skin which Gertrude has hidden, explaining that she wants to wear it as she dances the world anew.
Nikola grabs Jonathan by the throat, saying he's got until she changes her mind to find the skin.