Dec 16, 2018 1:40 PM
Miranda gets lost in an IKEA
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The Doctors Kirsch go home.

Miranda takes some time off from work. She goes to Dr. Presper's house and rearranges the alarm system as instructed and checks the mail.

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There's no mail but there is a laptop computer on the kitchen table with instructions on how to log in. 

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That works too. In she logs.

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She now has access to a severely limited version of the Foundation's database containing about two dozen SCPs. SCPs are flagged by whether they are memetic, antimemetic, whether these effects are present within their documentation, and whether reading or learning about them has any permanent effects. 

The computer also has note-taking software designed to detect and warn for any memetic effects in what the user writes, though there is a warning saying that it is only partially effective. 

There is a note saying that the researcher who can't perceive the presence of other people is SCP-451 and that the cat is SCP-6017.

The note also reads:

Our database has a number of SCPs that have not been looked at in the last five years. These may be nothing. I didn't manually check or manually decide which ones to include. But they may also be something so I included them in a separate folder.

 

There is also a program she can use to submit anything she finds to O5- 3 or the antimemetic division. There's space to give instructions and warnings to the person receiving before they actually read it. 

She can also give the information a risk rating. The highest risk rating will be read immediately, but there's a request not to use it unless she has to.

There's also a warning that, depending on the state of internal politics, they may not be able to get back to her. 

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She looks into the separate folder.

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There are eleven SCPs inside. 

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Right. She'll just read all these in numerical order.

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The first three are easily containable safe scps that seem to have been put in a box and then ignored. The fourth was an anomalous rodent who died seven years previously. 

The fifth begins with a giant warning "Do not read. If you must read, have amnestics on hand." 

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She'll save that one for last.

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The sixth SCP is another unremarkable easily containable safe SCP.


The seventh SCP has a new classification "explained" and describes a serial killer from 11 years prior who the foundation initially believed to be anomalous, but who turned out to simply be incredibly creative. The eighth item is SCP-3125. It has no description, only containment procedures. It is Keter class. The containment for SCP-3125 is a room that automatically amnesticizes anyone who enters immediately upon leaving. No objects can be removed from the room. The contents of the room are not included in the documentation. The containment procedures states that a Foundation employee of level four clearance or higher must enter the room once a month. This has obviously not been happening.

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Welp that's concerning but she does not presently have access to that room. Presumably someone does. She tallies up the evidence that it hasn't been contained and asks why at the third highest priority level.

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Item 9 was a SCP from 17 years ago which targeted children under the age of eight, slowly turning them and anyone or anything they touched into glass. The children continued to live after being turned to glass, though they were at high risk of shattering. The people and animals they infected did not.

The lead scientist was became infected when it was discovered that objects the children were currently touching themselves, such as clothing or a wall, could also convey the infection. His hand was able to be removed, stopping the transformation, but he panicked and ordered that all of the subjects be neutralized. Six children were killed.

Further children were infected and contained. It was discovered that completely purified water did not convey the infection and, after approximately two months without touching a non-glass or non-water object, the transformation would slowly begin to reverse.

 

The surviving children were found to be completely non-anomalous, amnesticized and released. The original source of the infection was found to be a spot of silica glass, seemingly formed from a stray lightning strike, concealed beneath the sand in a rarely visited beach in the area.

It is not stated explicitly, but it implied that the researchers responsible covered up the death of the initial six children.

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Well, that's horrible but she doesn't have an angle on it.

Next.

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The tenth item is a species of moth found throughout North and South America.

They have evolved a anti-memetic defense system making predators unable to recognize their existence, as a byproduct it is nearly impossible to hold onto the memory of their existence.

The strongest class of mnestics is able to combat their defenses and they were discovered when an antimemetic researcher found an unusually large specimen in a town's small local museum and asked the curator what the species was. 

Due to the lack of threat they present and the dangerous side-effects of the mnestics needed to remember the, the Foundation decided not to attempt to contain them. 

There is a note that, due to the low life expectancy of people on the highest class of mnestics, the existence of the moths is likely to be entirely forgotten.

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Well, now she knows about the moths, so there's that.

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The final item is labeled SCP-10000 and simply says:

Can anyone read this? 

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That's all it says?

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That's all. 

Presumably, if she actually had access to the Foundation database, she could edit the page or see who edited it previously. 

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Yup. She drafts a request for metadata on SCP-10000.

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The form sends. They don't get back to her immediately.

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In the meantime she reads more.

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The first SCP is SCP-020. 

It is a mold that is invisible to human and animal observation, but not cameras. Once it has begun to grow in a human residence, it releases spores that influence the human residents, causing them to create a better environment for by increasing heat and humidity. They also become more sociable, inviting others into their homes to help spread the mold spores. 

Once the mold reaches a critical concentration, the human resident of the home dies. 

It is currently only partially contained as the original source of mold spores has not been found, though several mold colonies have been found and removed. 

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Miranda can think of a few ways to improve detection rates on that, though they all seem obvious to her - subsidize or otherwise encourage video visits with doctors, flag humidifier purchases. She figures these have been thought of but writes them up anyway and sends them in lowest-priority.

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The next entry is SCP-046. It isn't flagged.

There are two documents inside, one for personnel above level four and one for personnel below level four.

The document for personnel below level four is classified as Euclid. 

It describes a carnivorous plant that lures in individuals suffering from permanent injuries or severe mental illness and then painfully eats them, in a process starting with flesh eating bacteria and ending with bugs.

The document for personnel above level four is classified as Safe. It describes an area of forest 5m in diameter. Humans and animals within 50 km experiencing chronic or debilitating illnesses or injuries feel a compulsion to travel to its location. Symptoms of the subjects recede as soon as they enter SCP-046. If an individual lies down, vines and then grass slowly begin growing over the individuals body until they are no longer visible. Subjects remain communicative until completely covered and report feelings of peace and happiness that they were able to die pleasantly. SCP-046 has no compulsive properties once individuals arrive at its location and the effects only manifests on individuals willing to experience the effects voluntarily. 

At the end of the second document, there is a note saying that the document is to be reclassified as Euclid and a false primary document created describing SCP-046 as predatory, under the orders of O5 command.

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That's questionable. - And she doesn't know what her access level, or her effective access level, actually is. She sends a low-priority query about why this was ordered.

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