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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXXX and SCP-XXXX-A are to be kept in a secure locker in Site-77. Access to SCP-XXXX or SCP-XXXX-A for testing requires written permission from the Site Director.

Popular auction websites are to be monitored. Any copy of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn listed as "missing pages 31.33 and 31.66" is to be purchased, and its history of ownership is to be traced as far back as possible. If deemed necessary, previous owners are to be amnesticized.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a paperback copy of the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain printed in 2004 by the publishing company ██████ ████ Ltd. Its anomalous effects are triggered when a subject reads to page 32.

Readers of SCP-XXXX believe that it is missing pages “31.33” and “31.66.” Though the full text of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is printed in SCP-XXXX, subjects who have read to page 32 have reported a feeling of missing something, and confusion about the progression of the events in the story.

The copyright page of SCP-XXXX has contact information for the publisher, including the phone number ███-███-████. After reading page 32 of SCP-XXXX, all monitored subjects have called this number within 24 hours, or at their earliest convenience.

Anyone calling this number after reading to page 32 of SCP-XXXX will be connected with a representative of ██████ ████ Ltd. which refers to itself as Peggy (designated SCP-XXXX-1). In all monitored cases, SCP-XXXX-1 has had the same voice and has said the same words. It is not a pre-recorded message—SCP-XXXX-1 speaks with varied inflection and expression depending on the tone of the conversation. Anyone calling this phone number without first reading to page 32 of SCP-XXXX will receive a message that it has been disconnected.

After this phone call, all monitored subjects have either made a posting on an online auction site such as eBay or Craigslist about SCP-XXXX or attempted to sell or gift SCP-XXXX to a friend or acquaintance within 24 hours. No anomalous activity has been documented in subjects exposed to SCP-XXXX after it leaves their possession.

No other documentation or evidence of the existence of ██████ ████ Ltd. has been found. The contact information on the copyright page of SCP-XXXX does not include the street address or city of the publishing house. At the time of writing, research is still ongoing.

Discovery Log: SCP-XXXX came to the Foundation’s attention after passing through the hands of four Foundation researchers in Site-17 over the course of one work day on October 11, 2007. It was confiscated from Junior Researcher Cardinal by Senior Researcher Keats after she witnessed him speaking over the phone, holding SCP-XXXX—Keats had passed it along to Senior Researcher Claremont after receiving it from Dr. Milton and completing an iteration of its effects earlier in the day.

Suspecting its anomalous effects, Senior Researcher Keats set up impromptu experimentation procedures to determine its specific effects using volunteers from Site-17 staff before turning her research notes and SCP-XXXX in to the Site Director. At the time of writing, her actions are under review by the Ethics Committee.

Addendum: The following are selections from transcriptions of the phone calls made during SCP-XXXX testing.

Addendum: The Foundation acquired a second copy of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from the same printing as SCP-XXXX (designated SCP-XXXX-A) through an eBay auction. At the time of writing, testing whether it is anomalous has not yet begun. A handwritten note was found inside the cover of SCP-XXXX-A. It reads as follows:

Hey, Susan!
I still can't believe you never read this book! It is one of my absolute favorites. It should be a quick read. Tell me as soon as you're done! I want to talk about it—honestly, I could talk about this book forever.
xx, Peggy

It is currently unknown whether the Peggy who wrote this note and SCP-XXXX-1 are the same entity.


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