Never Alone
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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXXX and all instances of SCP-XXXX-A are to be secured together in a locked, soundproof container. Instances of SCP-XXXX-B are to be terminated. No attempt should be made to terminate an instance of SCP-XXXX-A or to forcibly separate it from SCP-XXXX. Instances of SCP-XXXX-A are to be allowed to perish from dehydration and starvation. SCP-XXXX should only be handled by persons with a healthy psychological profile, who in particular report no feelings of isolation, rejection, or poor self-image.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a gramophone record 30 centimeters in diameter. It is labeled with the handwritten phrase “Never Alone.” Both sides of the record are blank with the exception of minor damage.

When played, SCP-XXXX produces no sound apart from scratching sounds caused by blemishes on the record. However, individuals in its proximity who suffer from loneliness, depression, or low self-esteem experience a set of symptoms, at which point they are considered instances of SCP-XXXX-A.

SCP-XXXX-A is unresponsive to attempts to communicate it. It speaks incoherently, making mention of music and the phrase “never alone,” in which it seems to find comfort. It is unclear whether the phrase “never alone” is being used conventionally or to refer to SCP-XXXX. SCP-XXXX-A retains none of its former personality, and it displays no independent will or motivation apart from an aversion to leaving the presence of SCP-XXXX and the impulse to reset SCP-XXXX when it finishes playing. It will not accept food and drink and will only move in order to reset SCP-XXXX. These symptoms persist even while SCP-XXXX is not playing.

SCP-XXXX appears to be sentient and can communicate through instances of SCP-XXXX-A, all of which temporarily break their passive demeanor and speak in unison. It is still able to communicate while SCP-XXXX is not playing, implying that whatever entity inhabits SCP-XXXX also inhabits instances of SCP-XXXX-A. SCP-XXXX will not answer direct questions. However, upon attempts to stop it from playing, terminate an instance of SCP-XXXX-A, or separate an instance of SCP-XXXX-A from SCP-XXXX, it warns not to interfere and to allow it and instances of SCP-XXXX-A to “keep playing.” Individuals who persist despite these warnings begin to experience a second set of symptoms, at which point they are considered instances of SCP-XXXX-B.

SCP-XXXX-B is fully incapacitated by seemingly causeless fear. It appears to suffer from a severe and perpetual panic attack. Like SCP-XXXX-A, it ignores attempts at communication and speaks incoherently, but rather than speak of music it begs for silence, and it seems to treat the phrase “never alone” less as an object of comfort and more as one of fear. The debilitating symptoms of SCP-XXXX-B prevent interference with SCP-XXXX or instances of SCP-XXXX-A, so they are likely a form of defense, although it is unclear whether or not there is also an element of malice on the part of SCP-XXXX. Unlike SCP-XXXX-A, SCP-XXXX-B can be terminated with no consequences.

SCP-XXXX was discovered in ██████,██████████, upon investigation of an outbreak of the symptoms of SCP-XXXX-A and SCP-XXXX-B. Though initially confined to a radius of 20-30 meters around SCP-XXXX, symptoms were eventually observed up to several kilometers away before the epidemic was contained. It is theorized that instances of SCP-XXXX-A have some of the same properties as SCP-XXXX, which allows SCP-XXXX’s influence to spread by chain reaction though any area populated by individuals meeting SCP-XXXX’s target psychological profile.

At this time, SCP-XXXX is inactive, and there are no remaining instances of SCP-XXXX-A or SCP-XXXX-B. As long as SCP-XXXX is not reset, it is not a threat.

Addendum: It may be worth noting that, in the initial containment of SCP-XXXX, it was discovered that many of the Foundation’s operatives fit SCP-XXXX’s target psychological profile. It is suspected that the emotional detachment with which it is necessary to approach our work fosters such a profile. This raises the possibility that the Foundation has inadvertently made itself vulnerable to threats that prey on emotional repression. Although SCP-XXXX is now safely contained, it is possible that a future threat similar to but far more dangerous than SCP-XXXX could exploit this weakness.