SCP-×××× The infectious smile

Item #:SCP-xxxx

Object Class:Safe

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-xxxx is currently contained within a decommissioned humanoid containment cell located at site-19. This cell is soundproof and devoid of all forms of natural and or artificial light sources. SCP-xxxx is to remain inside the cell's standard security locker and is only to be removed from this locker when testing the object. All instances of SCP-xxxx-1 are held within the same containment cell; instances of SCP-xxxx-1 are to be deprived of any and all sensory stimulation at all times. SCP-xxxx-1's behavior is to be consistently monitored via infrared cameras located within SCP-xxxx's containment cell, shall any instance of SCP-xxxx-1 display increased levels of aggression at this time, they will be sedated and subsequently terminated as soon as possible. All housed instances of SCP-xxxx-1 will be terminated prior to human testing of SCP-xxxx.

Description: SCP-xxxx is a single sheet of white printer paper with a smile drawn horizontally upon it in graphite. SCP-xxxx's size and composition are typical of printer paper though SCP-xxxx shows signs of decomposition due to advanced age.

Any paper that comes into direct contact with SCP-xxxx will become a replica of SCP-xxxx and will exhibit the same anomalous effects though that is the least hazardous of SCP-xxxx's properties. SCP-xxxx's anomalous properties manifest immediately after a subject establishes eye contact with SCP-xxxx. Once SCP-xxxx enters a subjects field of vision, the subject's brain will begin to produce excess amounts of serotonin and dopamine, inducing the subject to smile involuntarily regardless of their mental state. Subject's dopamine and serotonin levels will continue to rise proportionally to their time spent viewing SCP-xxxx. Subjects who view SCP-xxxx are unwilling to look away unless an outside factor interrupts their line of sight. Overhead and slide projections of SCP-xxxx will exhibit the same effect on humans and humanoids, yet photos and videos of SCP-xxxx are entirely nonanomalous (see initial discovery/test log).

Once a subject has maintained eye contact with SCP-xxxx for exactly five minutes muscle groups in the face of the subject such as the Buccinator, Masseter, Orbicularis Oris, and the zygomatic Major and Minor will tear from their original position and rearrange themselves parallel to the temporal and occipital skull bones. This will cause immense physical discomfort and pain to the subject viewing SCP-xxxx. Despite this, the subject will still make no effort to turn away from SCP-xxxx.

After fifteen minutes of sustained eye contact, the subject's smile will now stretch from ear to ear the subject's skull will begin to crack along the temporal and occipital bones to achieve this. X-rays have shown that the jaw bone will realign itself along the crack turning the damaged area into a larger jaw bone. Autopsies of those who have died at this point revealed that the tongue of the subject becomes elongated and tendril-like in appearance. Living subjects will secrete a mixture of blood and saliva from the transformed tongue. Other subjects who have lived to this point will laugh maniacally at random intervals and experience auditory hallucinations emanating from SCP-xxxx. Subject's fine motor skills and ability to speak will begin to deteriorate after this point and will continue to deteriorate the longer the subject views SCP-xxxx.

After twenty minutes of viewing SCP-xxxx, all effects will be rendered irreversible. Unlike past changes in anatomy, most changes past this point are strictly behavioral. The subject will now show an unnatural emotional attachment to SCP-xxxx. They will now react with extreme aggression to those who attempt to separate them from it. Due to this change, they are now referred to as SCP-xxxx-1. When pulled away from SCP-xxxx, SCP-xxxx-1 will attempt to return to SCP-xxxx by any means necessary, in one instance even going as far as to tear and or eat holes through people and proceed to crawl through the said hole in order to reach SCP-xxxx. SCP-xxxx-1 has severely reduced motor skills, sluggish movements and are unable to communicate through traditional means, using grunts and shrieks instead. If someone who suffers from any form of depression becomes an instance of SCP-xxxx-1, their body will contort into unnatural and or humanly impossible forms with some resulting in the subject's entrails becoming appendages or limbs.

If an instance of SCP-xxxx-1 is allowed to view SCP-xxxx for twenty additional minutes, SCP-xxxx-1 will then turn away from SCP-xxxx, seek out any human and or humanoid, forcefully restrain them and attempt to partially consume them instances of SCP-xxxx-1 will only consume up to 45% of their preys total body mass. Instances of SCP-xxxx-1 also seem to avoid consuming sensory organs such as eyes, tongues, and ears presumably to produce instances of SCP-xxxx-1 that are adequate at hunting prey. Once the subject succumbs to their injuries, the subject will then reanimate within five minutes of initial death. They will then act as an instance of SCP-xxxx-1. Instances of SCP-xxxx-1 will continue to seek out prey until up too 80% of their physical form is destroyed by an outside force.
In the event that no prey is available or the instance of SCP-xxxx unable to find prey within a two-week time frame they will remain immobile for extended periods of time presumably to conserve energy.

All instances of SCP-xxxx-1 display a predatory pack mentality with the only difference being the absence of what can traditionally be referred too as a pack leader. Instances of SCP-xxxx-1 are attracted to the sound of human speech, light, the smell of human blood and human sweat. Instances of SCP-xxxx-1 show some degree of intelligence evident by the fact that they only ever attack weakened or lone humans or humanoids, instances of SCP-xxxx-1 posses a knowledge of the current location of there desired to prey and will relentlessly pursue them.

initial Discovery: SCP-xxxx was discovered in █████████ amusement park on the 9th of October 2000, after reports of over 400 people went missing shortly after visiting the area prompted foundation investigation. The mobile task force Delta 7 "numbered ones" (this mobile task force consisted of 12 agents each only referred too by there designated number 1-12 with agent number one being the MTF leader) was sent in for the initial investigation. The following is a transcript of the events that then transpired.

Discovery of SCP-xxxx by Mobile Task Force Delta 7

Begin Log

MTF Leader: This place is empty, devoid of people altogether, with that said we the twelve of us should split up we'll cover more ground that way. Agents two through six and I will head north the rest of you head west.

MTF Leader: Its all quiet on my end guys, anything to report on your side?

Agent seven: no sir, I'm beginning to think this whole thing is a bust wait no I take that back there's a group of people standing about fifteen feet away from us, they're all slouched over and one is limping towards us. you the one approaching us, you are not authorized to be here at this time, please vacate the area!

The approaching entities then let out multiple piercing shrikes nothing can be heard over the sound No further communication with agents seven through twelve was possible.
MTF Leader: Whats happened, team two do you read me I repeat Do you read me!?

Agent eleven: I ████████████ ████████ ███████
█████████████████████ ████swarm there's hundreds ██████████ *unintelligible audio*

MTF leader: Agent number seven give me a status report, what's happing on your side!?

Agent seven:Help us!█████████████████████ main entrance!████████████████████ ███████ no effect███████ ill-prepared ███████████ ███████████ *unintelligible audio*

MTFLeader: fuck fuck fuck, team we're moving to the main entrance ASAP.

Agent three: Boss they've got us surrounded.

MTF Leader: What are you talking about, three? oh, shit team retreat immediately.

Agent number one's video surveillance shows the team being pursued by what is estimated to be 90 instances of SCP-xxxx-1. The team was pursued for exactly forty-five minutes before seeking shelter in an abandon maintenance building in the park.

MTF Leader: Site command do you read me? we need an escape helicopter asap.
Site command: We've already dispatched a second MTF unit to your location, find whatever is causing the anomaly and get out of there.

MTF Leader: Understood, we'll find it shortly.
unidentified individual: Well well well do we have new friends here?

Agent four: God just when I thought I've seen enough crazy shit tonight!

MTF Leader: State your business here civilian or we will have no choice but to apprehend you!
unidentified individual: Before I do that I'd like to introduce you to my best friend he makes smiles

The individual then proceeded to activate a projection of SCP-xxxx. Agents one two and three were seen fleeing the maintenance building while agents four five and six stayed behind presumably becoming instances of SCP-xxxx-1. Video recordings show agents one two and three stepping out of the maintenance building and firing into what appears to be a crowd o SCP-xxxx-1 for a total of 40 minutes before retreating in the opposite direction of the maintenance building.

unidentified individual: Now why are my new friends leaving so soon?

The individual then appeared to directly in front of agents one two and three. all three agents then proceeded to aim their firearms at the individual.
unidentified individual: Now-now calm down my friends there's no need for violence, I wish no harm to you.
The men lower their firearms.

Agent three: Sir do you know what those creatures that pursued us are?

unidentified individual: Well of course I do, they're my friends.
Agent number two is seen taking three steps towards the individual.

Agent three: That doesn't explain anything, what are those things and how are you associated with them.
unidentified individual: They're my best friends they let me make them smile and I could make you smile as well!

After that was said agent two took another two steps closer to the individual and proceeded to bludgeon him with the back end of his firearm rendering him unconscious.

Agent two: Site command I believe we have the anomaly how long before the second team gets here?

site command: They've arrived.
The second MTF unit arrived via helicopter and lowered the heli-ladder and all three remaining members of MTF delta 7 then climbed on. With agent number two carrying the unidentified individual along with him. The two teams proceeded too site-19 where the individual was taken in for questioning.

Notes from site command: We cannot under any circumstances ever be this ill-prepared for a situation again. It is an embarrassment to the foundation's entirety that a mere twelve people were sent in to deal with an anomaly this dangerous! we can't afford to lose good men like this again. I'm ordering a full termination of all entities found at the initial discovery site once research on them has concluded, we cannot let preventable disasters such as this happen again.

questioning of ███████ conducted by doctor Nelson
subject refused to state his name

Dr. Neson: Lets just cut to the chase here, who are you?

███████: I'm someone who spreads joy across the world my friend, happy fun times and laughter.

Dr.Nelson: That doesn't answer my question, who are you?

███████: I already told you, I'm the man who spreads joy to others if you let me, I'd share some joy with you as well my friend.

Dr.Nelson: This is very basic information I'm asking for, what is your name sir we can discuss your quote on quote joy after we get past this very basic step first!

███████: My friend you seem to have missed the memo here pal, I don't have a name I have a title and that title is…

Dr.nelson: Uh, I'm going to stop ya right there let's move on. What were the creatures that were discovered during your discovery?

███████: How rude you refer to them as mere creatures, they're my best friends and you can be one of them as well, pal!

Dr.Nelson: And how would that work? what are we gonna bond over tea or something?

site command: Dr.Nelson, stay professional with this.

Dr.Nelson: Yeah I know, anyway I was asking, how would one become your so-called best friend, sir?

███████: Well it's very simple my friend just gaze at my creation!

The unnamed individual then proceeded to retrieve SCP-xxxx from his pocket then revealed it to Dr.Nelson, though it appeared to have no effect on Dr.Nelson, 3 members of site command who were observing the questioning at the time, began to smile involuntarily due to the effects of the object.

███████: Hmmmmn how strange, you seem incapable of smiling with me, no matter i made your friends behind the glass smile.

Dr.Nelson: Are you referring to the site command?

███████: Yes just look at their smiling faces!

Dr.Nelson: What are you, site command? What's happening to site command!?

███████: Isn't it obvious? I'm making my friends smile.

Dr.Nelson: Are you doing that with that scrap of paper?

███████: Why yes I am.

Dr.Nelson: Good to know I'll be confiscating that now.

███████: You what!?

Notes from site command:

Author Notes:
I'd like to give a special thank you to dr aers for helping me out with this draft. Thank you were a real big help