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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Keter

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXXX is to be contained in Site-23 within an open display case, inside an unlocked and unguarded room, the walls of which should be composed of standard plaster and drywall. Should SCP-XXXX's anomalous effects initiate, these walls are to be destroyed via plastic explosives.

SCP-XXXX is to remain accessible by any personnel, regardless of clearance level. Personnel approaching SCP-XXXX with the intent to read it are to be discouraged, though no great effort to prevent a reading is to be made on or by any individual, regardless of clearance.

SCP-XXXX is to be monitored by on-site security personnel. Any requests for adjustments to SCP-XXXX’s containment are to be reported to containment specialists as soon as possible, who are to administer Class-B amnestics to all affected personnel, using force if necessary.

Description: SCP-XXXX is, at the current time of writing, a 15cm x 22cm x 2cm book bound in bovine leather. There is no visible author’s name anywhere on the cover, spine, or back of the book See addenda. Isotope analysis of cover and page material indicate two separate possible locations, namely Côte d'Azur, France, and Djene, Mali. All attempts to seek out an original author have failed, though efforts are currently ongoing.

SCP-XXXX’s anomalous effects render the above information subject to change. The object has appeared as a cardboard 22-page children’s book, an unbound leaflet of eight pages, and various religious texts. While the text of the title is subject to change, all subjects report it to be written in French.

The primary anomalous effect of SCP-XXXX has been referred to by researchers as “rebellious adaptation.” This effect manifests in proportion to the intensity of containment measures. More secure containment procedures results in SCP-XXXX's cover more closely resembling living tissue.

A controlled experiment by Dr. Short, with approval from the site director, endeavored to observe SCP-XXXX for visible changes during containment shifts. Over the course of the experiment, SCP-XXXX changed from its initial appearance, a children’s book printed on thin cardboard, to its current appearance. Increased containment resulted in the binding material of SCP-XXXX to change from bovine leather to leather made through tanning of human skin, then transitioning into untanned human flesh. The experiment was terminated prematurely when SCP-XXXX manifested weapon-like appendages, resulting in the deaths of nine personnel.

The secondary anomalous effect of SCP-XXXX is referred to by researchers as "postmortem entrapment". This effect triggers when SCP-XXXX kills an individual. Following such an event, messages from the deceased individual(s), hereby designated collectively as SCP-XXXX-1, appear as text on the pages of SCP-XXXX. These messages indicate continued sentience and awareness of the entities' situation. Examples of this text can be found in addenda XXXX.2 and XXXX.3.

SCP-XXXX was discovered on a cargo ship off the coast of southern France on 03/07/2013. All individuals on the ship were deceased upon discovery. Autopsy confirmed cause of death as a combination of heavy laceration and cerebral hemorrhage due to penetration by a foreign object. Law enforcement in Côte d'Azur placed SCP-XXXX in evidence storage due to the large amount of blood concentrated near and on it, yet video files recovered from the scene indicate a forensic tech read the item, leading to its placement in a high-security cell and triggering another outbreak. After questioning, survivors were given Class-B amnestics and implanted with false memories explaining injury through non-anomalous means. The Foundation has acquired the affected police station, which is closed under the guise of renovation pending further investigation.

The Foundation launched an investigation into ███████ Inc., the owner of the cargo ship which SCP-XXXX was found aboard. The transcript, results, and interpretation of the investigation can be found below.

Addendum XXXX.1

INCIDENT REPORT XXXX-1 Classification Level 4
On 07/12/2014, an experiment on the transition rate and observable phenomena had to be terminated due to containment breach during a “Rebellious Adaptation” (heretofore referred to as a “R-A Event”). Upon SCP-XXXX being moved from a steel-lined containment chamber to a suspended chamber with magnetically-sealed doors, the object underwent an R-A Event. Enclosed is a video file of the event.

Following Incident A-XXXX-1, SCP-XXXX destroyed its own containment cell. This decrease in containment resulted in the object reverting back to a safer condition, at which time security personnel were able to move SCP-XXXX back to its original containment cell.

Surviving security, after being cleared of any ill effects, were disciplined for disobeying Dr. Short's orders and worsening a containment breach.

Statement from Dr. Short:
To hell with objectivity. This experiment killed nine Foundation personnel - dedicated employees and, in the case of the researchers, good friends.

I know we can’t contain this thing - what I saw was evidence enough. That being said, this can’t stand. It’s out in the open, for anyone to approach and read at will. We can’t even put a goddamn warning sign over the thing without pushing it into a killing spree.

I’ve been reading about research into SCP-XXXX for any way to contain this thing. After reading Dr. Nguyen’s investigation log, I got in contact with him. We’ve sent a proposal to the Site Director and the O5 Council for additional study into containment. We need to get this thing under control.

Addendum XXXX.2: Selected instances of SCP-XXXX-1:

Addendum XXXX.3: Statement from the O5 Council:
We are aware there has been some confusion as to the status of Drs. Nguyen and Short. As of today, we can confirm that these Foundation personnel are considered deceased. It is known to the Council that the two employees were working together on upgraded containment for SCP-XXXX. We had approved the project hoping to establish a means to sequester the entity away from non-credentialed personnel. Our understanding was that the doctors were working on a mathematical equation to maximize containment while still maintaining stability in SCP-XXXX. With our knowledge, the doctors initiated some form of containment now deemed unsuccessful.

Security personnel reported a request to shift containment of SCP-XXXX. Understandably trepidated by past events, they sought our permission before granting the request. Knowing of the ongoing efforts to contain SCP-XXXX, we approved. This has been deemed an error.

While in calibrated containment, a recording device captured SCP-XXXX transitioning upon placement. Enclosed is the video file from the incident.

The following text was observed and catalogued following the incident:

Don't blame yourself, Jennifer. I knew what I was getting into. You don't volunteer for Keter containment if you don't have a certain acceptance of death. Still, I can't help but feel you should have seen this coming.
I've read your personnel file. You can't let death happen under your watch. I should have know when you proposed this idea to me that you were obsessed. Something had finally broken you, and you were going to break it back if it killed you. You can't get personally involved in this job. It's the best way to ensure your career ends in blood.
The psych department won't hold a grudge. They know it's not your fault, and they've lost people before. Normally to suicide, but they're used to it either way. Let them help you, Jennifer.
I hope you don't read this. I hope you put XXXX behind you and move on to the next job. I know you won't, but I still hope. Maybe you'll join us one day. It would make the place feel less empty.

Following the incident, SCP-XXXX has displayed increased sensitivity to containment, with even the slightest attempt to restrict access bringing on an R-A Event, necessitating an increase in the size of the object's containment cell. For this reason, in addition to the poor results of past research, experimentation entailing a change in containment of SCP-XXXX now requires both the approval of the Site Director and a unanimous vote of affirmation from the O5 council.

After security personnel managed to destroy enough of SCP-XXXX’s containment cell to reduce the severity of the R-A Event, they moved in to secure the object. The team leader reported a change to SCP-XXXX, since verified by all other personnel, seemingly bypassing its first anomalous effect: SCP-XXXX now bears an inscription stating it was co-authored by Drs. Joachim Nguyen and Jennifer Short.

On 13/02/2014, Dr. Jennifer Short entered SCP-XXXX's containment unit. Forensic reports suggest she used her own body to "contain" the entity. The autopsy report credits her cause of death as massive internal hemorrhage, though not enough remained of her body to make a definitive statement. Following the incident, the following text appeared in SCP-XXXX.

Here it is. I'm ready. Weeks of treatment in the psych department.

They still have pictures of Joachim. They try to take them down before I come in, but I can see them anyway.

This isn't intended to reflect negatively on my therapist. She had about as much chance to save me as I had to save Joachim.
This isn't just about him, though. It's about the full research team lost to my hubris, the entire squadron of security personnel swallowed up by an experiment I started but didn't have the wherewithal to cut off before the inevitable happened. It's about the police in Côte d'Azur, the crew aboard ███████ Inc.'s ship, the unknowable numbers of lives lost in Africa. Those people died because I wasn't there to contain it. Because I didn't do my job.
I joined the Foundation years ago with the intention to help humanity against threats beyond its comprehension. In my years here, I've worked for nothing less than the safety of the human race. I intended to save as many people as I could. Throughout my career, each of my containment projects were successfully completed without a single death, D-Class or full personnel. I hadn't come into contact with anything that defied the very letter of the job.
When XXXX came along, it shook apart the delicate facade I'd built for myself. The illusion that the work I was doing was exemplary, the thought that I was living the life I was born for. The very thought that I was a person worth her weight on the world. I needed order, I needed understanding. I carried out the experiment.
After the first deaths in my career, I told myself I could make it up. All I had to do was finish what I'd started. I just needed to keep it from happening again. Then, I killed Joachim.
I did kill him. Him and the others. This damn book knows it, too - that's why it took my name. It's congratulating me on killing so many, engraving my name on my weapon of choice.
It's a fitting engraving. They're fitting last words.
Authored by Dr. Jennifer Short. I can't kill anymore.