To a Life That Should Not Have Been Lost
rating: +1+x
Item#: 3928
Level2
Containment Class:
keter
Secondary Class:
none
Disruption Class:
dark
Risk Class:
notice

bigflower

A close-up of SCP-3928-1 instances on a grave.

Special Containment Procedures: The Foundation front company "Society for Cemetery Preservation" is to take credit for all instances discovered by civilians, altering documentation and administering amnestics to relatives of the deceased as needed.

SCP-3928-1 instances are to be removed using industrial grade diamond-edged saw blades. During removal periods, the corresponding locations are to be closed to the public, under the explanation of ongoing renovations.

Photographs, recordings, and other evidence of SCP-3928-2 are to be confiscated and destroyed.

Description: SCP-3928 is a phenomenon that causes flower-like growths (designated SCP-3928-1) to appear on certain gravemarkers in the country of Denmark. SCP-3928-1 instances have a composition identical to their substrate, being composed of granite, marble, or other materials commonly used in tombstones, despite their abnormal colouration.

SCP-3928 affects the graves of children; manifestations occur approximately two to three weeks after construction of the marker.

Discovery: SCP-3928 was discovered by Foundation researcher Lucas Nielsen, following the death of his son Jonathan Nielsen at the age of three from a congenital heart condition. While visiting his son's grave on bereavement leave, Nielsen discovered multiple instances of SCP-3928-1 upon the tombstone and notified the Foundation.

Addendum 3928-2: SCP-3928-2 is a humanoid entity resembling a young woman, believed to be responsible for the generation of SCP-3928-1 instances. The precise mechanism by which it generates instances, as well as its degree of conscious control over the mechanism, remains unknown.

SCP-3928-2 was first discovered by Researcher Nielsen, who upon returning to work informed his superiors that he had taken the remainder of his leave to personally investigate SCP-3928. Upon encountering SCP-3928-2, Nielsen approached it and engaged in a conversation he recorded on his phone. A transcript of this interview is included below.

Interviewed: SCP-3928-2

Interviewer: Researcher Lucas Nielsen

Foreword: Nielsen encountered SCP-3928-2 within the █████ churchyard, at the site of a new SCP-3928 occurrence.

<Begin Log, 03:01>

Nielsen: Uh, hey there. Is it alright if I sit down?

SCP-3928-2: Of course. Have we met before? Something about you seems familiar.

Nielsen: Uh, my son, Jonathan, he died. Some time ago. We buried him here.

SCP-3928-2: Oh, yes, of course. I remember now. Did you like the roses?

Nielsen: I– Yes. Thank you, they were very nice.

SCP-3928-2: My mother liked flowers. Or at least I think she did. It's hard to tell what's real sometimes.

Nielsen: Who was your mother?

SCP-3928-2: I'm not sure. I think she wanted to have a baby, more than anything in the world. But something went wrong.

Nielsen: So you died, is what you're saying? And now you're a ghost, or some other type of spirit?

SCP-3928-2: No, not exactly. It's sort of like, well, your son. He died when he was what, two or three? Did you ever imagine what type of person he would grow up to be?

[Nielsen does not respond.]

SCP-3928-2: I think that's what my mother did. What she wanted more than anything was to see her little Anna grow up, and that's what happened.

Nielsen: Anna. That's your name?

[SCP-3928-2 shakes its head.]

SCP-3928-2: No, that was her name. Anna Stefánsdóttir. I'm not really anyone. Just an idealized image.

Nielsen: So not a person, but a construct. Some sort of thoughtform? Interesting… You seem fairly content with it, though.

SCP-3928-2: Because that's what she made me to be. I'm supposed to be kind and compassionate and able to calm anyone down. I can't hurt anyone, and all I want to do is remind people who've lost someone that they're not alone. It's not the worst life to have, I suppose. It's what she wanted for her to be.

Nielsen: I… no, I suppose it's not too bad.

SCP-3928-2: You seem different from most people I've met. Less wary, more curious. Have you met people like me before?

Nielsen: Well, let's just say I've run into things like this before. Not exactly alike, but… strange people, things that don't make sense. Things that shouldn't exactly be running around in public, if you understand me.

SCP-3928-2: Ah. So you're here to stop me, then?

Nielsen: It'd be for the best. As helpful as you're trying to be, you're causing a bit of a disturbance. In my experience, people sleep better knowing that magic is just a fairytale. Or at least, that's what I'm supposed to say.

SCP-3928-2: I see. What do you think I should do, then?

Nielsen: Honestly? I'm not sure. On one hand, there's the issue of–

[Nielsen cuts off abruptly. According to later testimony, SCP-3928-2 appeared to briefly flicker.]

Nielsen: Are you all right?

SCP-3928-2: It's been happening for a while. Started a couple months ago. I think… whatever my mother used to make me in the first place is running out. Maybe she died? Or maybe she's just moved on.

Nielsen: So how long do you have left?

SCP-3928-2: I'm not sure. Maybe a few months? Maybe the better part of a year, if I'm lucky. And then… either way, you get your wish.

Nielsen: I… Anna. For what it's worth, I'm sorry.

SCP-3928-2: Thank you.

[SCP-3928-2 and Nielsen both remain silent.]

SCP-3928-2: I hope it doesn't hurt.

<End Log, 3:15>

Closing Statement: SCP-3928-2 demanifested after the end of the interview. On the recommendation of his superiors, researcher Nielsen was placed on indefinite paid leave.

Addendum-13-10-2020: At the time of the original discovery and classification, SCP-3928 had an occurrence rate of approximately every 3-4 weeks. SCP-3928 events are growing less frequent, with the time in between events lengthening to approximately 1.5-2 months.

If the current rate of decline persists, SCP-3928 will functionally cease and should be reclassified as Neutralized by the end of the year.


<+ihp> Firstly: instead of a Foundation researcher discovering it, maybe have it be discovered by some random people across Denmark, complaining of vandalism to their loved one's tombstones, and then it starts affecting the Foundation
5:07 PM <+ihp> The main bit of pathos has to come from the interview, I think
5:07 PM ⇐ Solomonxd1 quit (~ten.ssenisubtsacmoc.cfh.9D25DEC3-CRInys|criigc#ten.ssenisubtsacmoc.cfh.9D25DEC3-CRInys|criigc) Quit: CGI:IRC
5:07 PM <+ihp> Maybe at first, he doesn't realize he's talking to a ghost? Like, he's on patrol there, sure, but doesn't realize who she is.
5:08 PM <Cerastes> alright
5:08 PM <+ihp> Then she puts some flowers on his son's grave and starts walking off, only to have the doctor stop her and ask her some questions.
5:09 PM <+ihp> She's not as expository is she is in the current draft, alluding to the fact that she's not quite a ghost without the full on 'this is what my mother wanted me to be' bit. Maybe something along the lines of "I died very young, but my mother always thought that her little Anna could have grown up to be beautiful."
5:10 PM <+ihp> Cut out the language where it sounds like she's a Foundation researcher— idealized image could maybe become 'what she wanted me to be'.
5:11 PM <+ihp> Overall, less exposition, more emotion. ANother part you could stand to fix is "SCP-3928-2: Because that's what she made me to be. I'm supposed to be kind and compassionate and able to calm anyone down…"
5:11 PM <+ihp> Too much explaining, not enough emoting.
5:11 PM <Cerastes> Alright
5:11 PM <Cerastes> anything else?
5:12 PM <+ihp> Not really. Basically: de-clutter the exposition, and you might have a stronger narrative

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