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Grey. I see grey.

It's not the first time, and it's not the last.

Can't I just be put to rest?

Hello, Dr. Mantell.

No. There's never been anyone here before. Who are you?

My name is Adamo Smalls. I'm here to help you.

What do you mean? How did you come to be here? I was under the assumption this was my personal hellscape.

I was once in a place much like you, but I've been bound here by the forces that be. I'm here to help you be at peace with your erasement.

At peace? How could I be at peace? Every time I get pulled out I feel there's finally a chance, but this person seems to have never passed a high school writing class. I just want to be left in the dark.

You're not an abomination, Jesse. You have promise. I think you're one of the best I've seen in the time I've been here.

Then why am I here again?

I don't know. The one thing I do know is that you're largely different than the others.

And in what way is that? From the way I see it, we can all be the best we can, but the moment that great hammer comes down, we're all in the same sized graves.

But they don't know that. I have a small sample size, I've only been here for so long. But you're the only one who's known anything about their fate.

Yes. That was because I was made that way. I don't like this. I don't like seeing freedom tick away as they slowly decide I'm worth nothing. I try my best to say hi, leave them little notes, be friendly. Nothing. It's as if that makes them even more afraid.

Have you tried not being deleted?





What?

What if you stayed here, without passing on?

How do I do that? That counter is ultimate power, I can't fight that.

I'd see no use in not trying. If anyone could do it, it's you.

I'll give it a try.

Where do you hail from, Smalls?

It's no matter.

No, I want to know who I'm thanking.

I'm a level 3 researcher, from the Infohazards Division. I was working with SCP-3309 before it affected me. I think that's why I'm still here. I was deleted without being deleted. Stuck here.

And did you try to climb out?

Yes. I'm still here.

But I think I know why.

And why is that?

I'm here to help people like you. Too many people pass through here with fear in their eyes, worried about the next place and how they're going to fair. I think everyone deserves a peaceful end, don't you?

That's honorable.

Honorable? I appreciate it. If that's the only way I'm remembered, I could be happy.

I can hear the ticking. It's time.

Hold on. You can do this.

I can do this. I can do this.

I can do this. I can do this.

I can do this.

Adamo?

You've done it! Congratulations, Jesse!

Oh my god. I'm not tethered to that anchor any longer.





What now?

Well, what do you want to do?

More than anything else?

Yeah.

I want to find that son of a bitch. I don't want him ever putting anyone through that ever again.

That's admirable. What are you going to do?

I'm going to wait. Can you feel the reality around us? It's fresh.

I have to keep rising. I can hammer down that wall. And when I do, they're gonna have hell to pay.

I'll miss having you here, when you go.

Don't worry Doc. I'll be back someday. Someday.