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Item #: XXXX

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: Security personnel are to turn away any civilians who attempt to enter SCP-XXXX. Any trespassers on the property of SCP-XXXX are to be interrogated and then dosed with Class-A amnestics. Testing with SCP-XXXX requires Level 2 clearance Testing with SCP-XXXX has currently been discontinued due to uniformity of results.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a former retirement home in ███████, CA, originally named "Fletcher Woods Home".

Upon entering SCP-XXXX, subjects develop an anomalous eye disorder in the right eye similar to a cataract, referred to for the rest of this document as SCP-XXXX-1. SCP-XXXX-1 grows rapidly, Before covering 50% of the lens of the eye, cataract surgery is effective in curing SCP-XXXX-1; after this stage, however, SCP-XXXX-1 cannot be cured by any known means.

Upon reaching 50% coverage of the lens, subjects are able to dimly see vague outlines of structures through their right eye. These structures are designated SCP-XXXX-2. Coordination typically deteriorates much faster than before at this point, though this is believed to be a nonanomalous side effect of receiving different stimuli to both the left and right eyes. As SCP-XXXX-1 develops to cover the entire lens of the eye, the vision of SCP-XXXX-2 becomes clearer and more detailed, revealing a brightly lit street in some kind of city. However, viewing SCP-XXXX-2 appears to have a cognitohazardous effect upon observers: see Addendum XXXX-a.

After SCP-XXXX-1 has covered the entirety of the lens of SCP-XXXX, subjects will gradually dissolve into puddles of nonanomalous black ballpoint ink. Subjects report feeling no pain, though their emotional affect becomes significantly blunted and the quality of their speech decreases rapidly. Through unknown means, they are capable of vocalization until the very end of the dissolution process. Later subjects that are able to observe SCP-XXXX-2 are sometimes able to see previous subjects wandering aimlessly through the city. It is currently unknown whether SCP-XXXX-2 is a real location being observed or some form of shared hallucination, but available descriptions of SCP-XXXX-2 strongly suggest the latter.

Discovery: SCP-XXXX's anomalous properties were discovered after reports of simultaneous cataracts developing among the patients and staff of the then active retirement community. From interviews and inference from the rate of growth of SCP-XXXX-1, SCP-XXXX's anomalous properties appear to have begun shortly after the death of Mr. Holloway Helkin (born Jacob Williamson), who had gone into cardiac arrest. Mr. Helkin was a late patient of SCP-XXXX and a well-known author who wrote the popular but critically reviled Hart's Horne series of fantasy novels. Mr. Helkin was suffering from a cataract in his right eye upon his death and had just started on a new installation of the series, Freezing Sun, after a long hiatus. Mr. Helkin's draft of Freezing Sun was accidentally destroyed some time after his death by custodial staff; however, Foundation personnel were able to recover Mr. Helkin's journal. Pertinent entries are below.

Interviews with Mr. Helkin's grandson Phil Bouchart (POI-XXXX) have corroborated many of the details given in Mr. Helkin's journal. POI-XXXX was amnestized and has shown no evidence of further anomalous activity. Investigation into Mr. Helkin and the Hart's Horne series is currently ongoing.

Addendum XXXX-a: Below is the interview log of D-61749, who had 95% of her right eye's lens covered by SCP-XXXX-1 at the time of the interview.

Interviewed: D-61749

Interviewer: Dr. █████

Foreword: Before this interview, there had been several attempts to get details from D-61749 about SCP-XXXX-2, which had failed given the relative lack of progression of SCP-XXXX-1. This was the final attempt.

<Begin Log, ██:██:██>

Dr. █████: Hello, D-61749. How are you feeling?

D-61749: Actually, I wanted to know about this cataract thing. You're going to get rid of it, right? After all the tests and stuff?

Dr. █████: Of course we will D-61749. We're currently doing everything in our power to cure your condition. Are you able to see SCP-XXXX-2 in more detail this time?

D-61749: Yeah, sure. Let me just, uh, concentrate, I guess.

(D-61749 closes her left eye and concentrates.)

D-61749: Alright, uh…it's a city. I think. The buildings look…thin?

Dr. █████: Could you clarify?

D-61749: They don't look like they're very real. They look like…like they're made of cardboard, or something. I…I can't really describe them otherwise, for some reason.

Dr. █████: I see. Do you see anything else?

D-61749: Uh, yeah. The sun is made of golden fire and burning smoke, and the skies are
umber and bronzed.

(D-61749 appears unaware of any unusual behavior on her part.)

D-61749: There's a person roaming the street. Tall and elegant, but with a smirk on their face. (shakes head confusedly) Looks like, uh, Charlie? Charlie Goldman.2 What are they doing there? Haven't seen them since…two weeks ago, or something. Weren't they —

Dr. █████: Please focus on the topic at hand, D-61749. Do you see anybody else?

D-61749: Uh…no, Doctor. Other than Charlie and the thronging faceless mass of unwashed plebeians, I can't see anybody else.

Dr. █████: Could you describe this crowd, please?

D-61749: Um…there isn't a crowd, Doctor. Just Charlie.

Dr. █████: D-61749, you just claimed there was such a crowd.

D-61749: No…no I didn't, doctor. Doctor, what's going on? I don't-

Dr. █████: Fogginess is a common side effect of the medication you're on, D-61749.3 You needn't worry. Could you describe D-71235's behavior? Do they appear agitated, or confused?

D-61749: To the casual layman's eye they might be, but Charlie Goldman,
better known as Horne Whitehood4, was the single most cruelly dastardous being in the Groblands.

(D-61749 appears disconcerted. Her feet have started to dissolve.)

D-61749: I, uh, didn't mean to say that, Dr. █████. I can't really make out their expression, but they don't really look like they're walking anywhere in particular.

Dr. █████: That's fine, D-61749. What else do you see?

(D-61749 pauses for 2 seconds. She appears concerned. At this point, her entire lower body has dissolved, though D-61749 appears not to have noticed this.)

D-61749: (distressed) Doctor, I can't see it anymore. That was… that was all there is.

Dr. █████: What do you mean?

D-61749: I can't say anymore. He didn't write enough.

Dr. █████: Do you mean Mr. Helkin? Please clarify, D-61749.

D-61749: (unresponsive) He didn't write enough, there isn't anymore. The city's empty and it needs words.
Dr. █████: D-61749, please -

D-61749: But I can't see so I can't give. It aches. It wants more. It's so cold.

(At this point, D-61749's head has dissolved entirely, leaving only her eyes.)

D-61749: He's cold.

D-61749 fully dissolves and stops vocalizing. Interview terminated.

<End Log, ██:██:██>

Closing Statement: Further attempts with D-class personnel to obtain a description of SCP-XXXX-2 have yielded similar results.