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Item #: SCP-XXXX
Assigned Site Site Director Research Head Assigned Task Force
Foundation Site-Π083 Dir. Anders Seligmann Res. Karel Graverol STF Omnicron-09 ("Bibliophiles")



Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXXX is to be kept in a book shelved in an English-predominant public library. As it must be theoretically accessible to the general public, containment is reliant on the book holding SCP-XXXX having a minimal likelihood of being read. This is determined by several factors—including circulation statistics1, upcoming shifts in notability, and the book’s location within the overall collection—which may be superseded if the library possesses a suitably obscure text which calms SCP-XXXX2.

With each library used for containment, a field agent embedded in the region will monitor and prevent containment breach of SCP-XXXX. They will receive instructions daily from a Class B handler. While the agent must be informed that they will eventually be instructed to read SCP-XXXX, no such order is to be given. Provided no earlier event causes relocation, the agent will read SCP-XXXX, after which they will be administered appropriate amnestics and SCP-XXXX will be transferred to a new library.

Description: SCP-XXXX is an illustrated manuscript of moderately damaged condition, entitled "Souls Entwined; or, A Story of Love & Passion in the Neo-Sarkic Faith"3. An inscription on the spine indicates that the original pages of the manuscript were constructed in 1663, and sometime in the 19th century was written on and rebound in human skin.

Residing mainly within pages 158 and 159 of SCP-XXXX is a sapient, incorporeal entity. This entity, hereafter denoted as SCP-XXXX-1, is able to communicate through handwritten messages in a similar script to the rest of SCP-XXXX's contents. Linguistic analysis of SCP-XXXX-1's speech patterns indicates that SCP-XXXX-1 adopts a vernacular common of English Neo-Sarkites during the Victorian Era (1837-1901), which, as corroborated by testimony from SCP-XXXX-1, suggests that SCP-XXXX assumed its anomalous properties in the mid-1850's.

In addition, though to a lesser extent than pages 158-159, SCP-XXXX-1 has the ability to exert motor functions across the entire manuscript, such as flipping up the front cover up and down or riffling through pages. These activities, however, are typically only exerted very periodically, and usually only in situations where SCP-XXXX-1 is exceptionally agitated or fearful.

On 14/06/1994, SCP-XXXX's contents were designated a historically important piece of literature by the Parahistorical Subcommittee, and as such is currently undergoing attempts to recover lost information through various methods. Refer to Addenda XXXX-01 through -02 for more details.

Discovery: SCP-XXXX was recovered from Excavation SIte-Σ018, 20km north of Hartfordshire, England. This site, previously host to a matriarchal Sarkic literary group named The Dancing Quills, was abandoned and destroyed in part due to intervention from the Royal Army Division for the Unusual4. This site was eventually rediscovered by the Foundation in 1994 and has since underwent archaeological examination.

On 13/06/1994, along with a set of unidentified bone and muscle fragments, SCP-XXXX was found severely degraded in a subterranean chamber. As per standard item inspection procedures, SCP-XXXX was closely examined for any anomalous properties with the supervision of Hephaestus.pt5. Attached is a relevant portion of a video log session documenting this procedure.

After this confrontation, the manuscript was forwarded and relocated to Foundation Site-Π083's Classification Committee office, where it was assigned the slot of SCP-XXXX and a designated team of researchers.

Addendum XXXX-01 | Interview Logs: What follows is a series of logs detailing a directive intended to transfer SCP-XXXX containment efforts from provisional to non-provisional.

On 22/06/1994, in hopes of communicating further with SCP-XXXX-1 and attaining information relevant to its containment, SCP-XXXX was sent into a series of probing sessions, with Junior Researcher Madeline Breton acting as head interviewer.


BRETON: — Audio, video recording, okay. Nice. So, SCP-XXXX-1, for the record, would you mind relaying to us the origins of your anomalous properties?

SCP-XXXX-1: what? you again? i am sorely disappointed. you have stripped away a brief connection i have had and denied me of my passion.

BRETON: Uh, so, that's all well and good, just… would you mind answering the question?

SCP-XXXX-1: if i must. though, do not forget this, i will utter my information with spite.

[SCP-XXXX-1 pauses, their previous message fading away.]

BRETON: If you can't remember, that's all right, SCP-XXXX-1. Just bring it up if you do —

SCP-XXXX-1: oh right, i remember now. apologies, when distraught i forget much. it all started one morning, and i was in my bed sleeping. i heard a knock at the door and i went to answer it. to my surprise it was a few volatars6 whom had taken a visit and wanted to do something for me. i accepted and we walked to the gathering ground.

BRETON: And what happened then?

SCP-XXXX-1: [Pause] you are quizzical, i should add. too much so. you should learn to keep your mouth closed.

BRETON: Please continue, SCP-XXXX-1.

SCP-XXXX-1: well. i admit, i do not fully remember. they instructed me to lay down whilst they prepared for me a ritual. i have barely any recollection after that.

BRETON: So… when did you realize that you had been transformed into a book?

SCP-XXXX-1: [Pause] when i cannot say. i came to sometime later and found that i was blind and mute and i could not move. i could only hear, and after that i

[At this point, SCP-XXXX-1 pauses, and its pages begin streaking with ink and subtly shaking.]

SCP-XXXX-1: oh no NO please take me back to that voice i long for, you! i was so lonely and i was ever so grateful that they could talk to me i could not begin to relay my gratitude. but no, no more. our love, it seems, was destined to split at your hands.

[Breton shifts in zher seat before resuming conversation with SCP-XXXX-1.]

BRETON: Erm, well, okay. I'm sorry you feel that way, then.

SCP-XXXX-1: oh yes i very much do feel this way. are you trying to stop me from feeling?

BRETON: Okay. Uh, I think that's enough for today. I'll make sure that we can… answer some more questions from you tomorrow, then. This interview is now terminated. Thank you for your compliance.

SCP-XXXX-1: if only as a sign of generosity, to you too, my begrudging acquaintance.


Due to the contents of the interview suggesting a possible connection to, a second interview was scheduled between Researcher Breton and SCP-XXXX-1 to confirm further details.


BRETON: — So. Hello, SCP-XXXX-1.

SCP-XXXX-1: why won't you just cut to the chase. i am all tired of your preamble. what, you sycophantic gravel pile, do you have to ask me today?

BRETON: Well, we uh, wanted to confirm some details about the relation you've been having with —

SCP-XXXX-1: ah, you mean with that anonymous voice from which i was taken, the one so distant and far away? i am so dearly familiar with this relation, yes. it has preoccupied my hours' thoughts endlessly.

BRETON: Alright. Now, if you can, could you please elaborate on this connection? Say, how it makes you feel, and why it makes you feel that way. Just for clarification.

SCP-XXXX-1: ah, as you have most likely witnessed, i have expounded paragraphs trying to describe what love i hold, and yet i have never quite explained it. for it is overwhelming and joyous to have this voice touch down and caress me. what euphoria, what bliss!

BRETON: Mhm. And, according to our logs, you have come into contact with this… voice for about 15 seconds.

SCP-XXXX-1: such a short time from the outside, is it not? but, if you were to peer into my heart you would know how much i had acquainted myself with them, got to feel their observation flowing through me. what time i spent pondering over this. but no, this was all in vain, and only those seconds to inevitably passed and split our connection through the middle oh MY won't you let me back to him! i can FEEL them calling for me and yet you STILL keep them away from me! an injustice, this is!

BRETON: Alright. You see, we want clarifications for all this details because we are currently in the process of shifting your containment into a more permanent solution. Because we suspect this relationship you have is, well, shaky.

SCP-XXXX-1: shaky! what a proclamation! you tell me this with a straight face? this voice has regenerated my soul and my integrity, and you come and tell me it's shaky? for shame, my dirty colleague. for shame!

BRETON: Yes I do. This… voice

One day after this hearing, an additional interview was scheduled between Researcher Breton and SCP-XXXX-1, this time with the accompaniment of, in order to properly confirm (and afterwards analyze) the full relation between the two entities.


Researcher Breton, with the assistance of another junior researcher, wheels into Interrogation Room Π083/E, where SCP-XXXX is placed.

BRETON: Good afternoon, SCP-XXXX-1. How are you doing today?

SCP-XXXX-1: not you. anyone but you. if only, if only you would understand the pain you have brought upon me.

BRETON: Well, I have a surprise for you. Hephaestus?

HEPHAESTUS: Hello, Researcher Breton. What are we —

At this point, SCP-XXXX's visible pages begin filling up with exclamation marks of variable sizes.

SCP-XXXX-1: ah! hello there sir i have missed you for so so long.

HEPHAESTUS: Noting: item appears to be demonstrating sapience.

SCP-XXXX-1: oh how have you been? ever since i heard your voice for the first time i knew we were destined to be. you & me. please, carry on.

HEPHAESTUS: [Pause] Breton, the item seems to be showing desperation for me. Please denote this for the record.

SCP-XXXX-1: indeed, but what does love do but drive us apart and long for us to rejoin? oh please do talk i love to hear you very much. you kind, kind soul.

BRETON: OK. I think we should stop here. Now, the reason I brought in Hephaestus here —

SCP-XXXX-1: so hephaestus, that is his name. i see i see. for what name evokes such emotion and tenderness like the voice it describes. oh hephaestus, we are separated indeed, from my pages to you, but we must each find love in one another.

HEPHAESTUS: [Pause] I am afraid that is out of my capabilities.

BRETON: So, to continue, SCP-XXXX-1, I brought in Hephaestus to discuss with you a more… permanent means of containment and preservation. As demonstrated, your condition appears to worsen without attention from Hephaestus and improve with it.

SCP-XXXX-1: the hole in my heart indeed was mended, and can now only be filled, by this man whom has dubbed himself hephaestus. my soul, it seems, endlessly longs for him.

BRETON: Right. And, as brought up among our containment team, we feel this connection of yours cannot be healthily maintained, and is more so a fruitless endeavor than anything else. It's something we need to translate into something more permanent. Because, I hate to break it to you, but Hephaestus is a robot.


SCP-XXXX-1: [Crudely written] no no that can't be true! hephaestus, is this true? was this true all along??

HEPHAESTUS: I am, indeed, a robot.

SCP-XXXX-1: oh no! the soulful witty man whom i had pined for all these days has been, as you tell me, only a mechanical facade? why must i be deceived like this? is this a trick both of you are playing on me?

Streaks of black ink can be seen leaking from the top of SCP-XXXX-1's pages.

SCP-XXXX-1: i do not know who to trust, my heart or you. you tell me my love is fake, undeserved, unwarranted. my heart tells me this man is of flesh and bone. and i trust my heart more than anything you could ever say!

HEPHAESTUS: . . . I am not equipped to deal with such expression.

BRETON: Well, I'm afraid that's the truth. And, if we want to deal with your continued existence, we need to think of a solution to this problem, together. Because, Hephaestus here cannot give you the attention you need to survive.

HEPHAESTUS: I must concur. I cannot partake in a relationship with you. It is out of my capacity. lifts its right claw.

SCP-XXXX-1: [Smaller script] yes. i think i understand. and though i may not entirely believe you, for you and your associates have spoken many lies against our love, i will tentatively but hopefully accept your offer. for maybe this is not true love, and true love resides elsewhere, however thin a chance that might be.

BRETON: Very well. We will continue this tomorrow. Thank you for participating, SCP-XXXX-1.


Addendum XXXX-02 | Testing Logs: In order to determine a more permanent source of sustenance for SCP-XXXX-1 (that being, finding a consistent entity or process for reading/communicating with SCP-XXXX-1), the following testing logs commenced, beginning 25/06/1994. Effectiveness of these tests were determined via the improved condition of SCP-XXXX post-procedure.


PROCEDURE: Individual researchers were instructed to periodically read and interact with SCP-XXXX-1.

RESULT: SCP-XXXX continued degradation, even when in the continued presence of researchers providing it sustenance. SCP-XXXX-1 remarked, "your fingers and voices tell lies; they are not invested and they are not devoted. the soul of which i desire is still irreparably torn from me, and all this only serves to long for him evermore."

PROCEDURE: SCP-XXXX was designated a long-term therapeutic Artificial Intelligence Construct for sustenance.

RESULT: Similar results as in first procedure. In turn, SCP-XXXX relayed, "



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