That Picture Perfect Moment

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXXX is to be kept in a secure object container with one Xyank/Anastaskos Constant Temporal Sink (XACTS) within five meters of it at all times. SCP-XXXX-1 through SCP-XXXX-5 are to be closed down under the cover story of being condemned. No entry is to be allowed under any circumstances. SCP-XXXX-A is to be used as standard documentation until modifications are needed.

Description: SCP-XXXX is the corpse of Temporal Studies Researcher Christopher Ferris, formerly employed by the Foundation, who died on January 13, 2016. Despite this, Ferris' corpse was not recovered until October 13, 2018, when the events of Ferris' death became accessible to the Foundation.

SCP-XXXX is temporally frozen in the state it was in at the exact moment of Ferris' death, and will teleport to a set of locations at random intervals when uncontained. Upon arriving at a location, SCP-XXXX will cause two different timelines, Timeline A and Timeline B, to attempt to overwrite each other. This causes the locations to appear to switch back and forth between then two timelines, changing the appearance and structure of the location depending on which timeline it is currently in. Neither of these timelines is the baseline timeline, and the locations will never revert back to the baseline timeline.

On January 11, 2016, the documentation for SCP-XXXX, without the section of Incident XXXX-1, was discovered in the computer of Site-26 Director Matthews, dated October 17, 2018. Director Matthews dispatched a security team to apprehend Researcher Ferris, as well as investigate his activities relating to temporal shifting devices. Ferris attempted to flee Site-26, and was assumed to be killed two days later when his car spontaneously demanifested while fleeing agents. Three hours later, a team was sent out to locate Ferris when his car manifested once again, crashing into the team and killing Ferris. Ferris' corpse then teleported away, and was not recovered until it was intercepted upon arrival at SCP-XXXX-5.

Following Ferris' death, investigations into his activities revealed that he had been regularly using Foundation time travel devices for unauthorized purposes, deviating from set travel paths to instead visit several locations that were unrelated to his studies and projects for the Department of Temporal Studies. Ferris is suspected to have interfered in past events while in these locations, and the resulting alterations to the timeline are believed to have caused SCP-XXXX's effect due to causal inconsistencies. The extent of Ferris' actions is unclear, however he kept a record of visited locations that was later used to intercept SCP-XXXX.

The origin of the SCP-XXXX documentation, designated SCP-XXXX-A, is unclear, as currently no individual employed by the Foundation has created this document. See incident XXXX-1. However, the document itself is accurate and does not appear to be anomalous.

Addendum 1: Affected Locations

Location Timeline A Timeline B Notes
SCP-XXXX-1, an apartment complex located in Norfolk, Virginia. Only one apartment is occupied, with very little furniture or food present. The bed appears to fit two people, and two chairs are situated around a small table. October 12, 2015. All apartments appear to be occupied, and more food and furniture is present in the apartment. A mirror in the bathroom is shattered, and a large bloodstain is present on the bathroom floor next to a metal water bottle, also covered in blood. Paperwork found in the front desk shows the apartment is registered to Christopher Ferris in both timelines. The blood has been identified as Ferris'.
SCP-XXXX-2, a stretch of gravel road located near Charleston, South Carolina. A BMW 3 Series is flipped onto its roof in the middle of the road. An ambulance is present nearby, with a stretcher near the rear doors. An identical BMW is crashed into a tree, with a human corpse in the driver's seat. Cause of death has been determined to be blunt force trauma Paperwork found in the glove box shows the car is registered to a Matthew Ferris. No genetic match could be established for this individual.
SCP-XXXX-3, a Methodist church in Ellicott City, Maryland. Part of the roofing is collapsed onto the altar area, and a female human corpse is crushed underneath the rubble. A name tag lists their name as Julia Ferris. No genetic match was identified for this individual. Much of the roofing is collapsed onto the pews, and forty-seven corpses are seen. Signs of a poor repair job have been noted in the collapsed roofing, which could have possible caused such a massive collapse. All corpses have been identified as congregation members that are currently living. Ferris is listed as a frequent donator to the church, despite claiming to have never gone.
SCP-XXXX-4, a small alley street in Chicago, Illinois. A male human corpse with several gunshot wounds is leaned against a wall in the side of the alley. A partially emptied wallet is next to them, and an empty handgun is on the opposite side of the alley from the corpse. A female human corpse with a single stab wound is in the center of the alley, with an empty purse immediately next to it. An empty handgun is by the corpse, and a blood-covered knife is by the dumpster. A blood trail leads out of the alley. Both corpses have been identified as the corpses of Ferris' parents, who both died in a robbery in 2013 while on vacation in Chicago. The blood was a genetic match for an Andrew Lemmings, the robber who killed Ferris' parents, and is currently serving prison time. Ferris' fingerprints were found on the knife.
SCP-XXXX-5, a maternity ward room in the top floor of a hospital in Columbia, Maryland. The bed appears to be covered in blood, as are several cloths. Notably, no indicators of a successful birth are present. A female human corpse in a hospital gown is present on the bed, with cause of death determined to be exsanguination. A severed umbilical cord is on a tray on the other side of the room. Fingerprints from the corpse match those on the bottle from Timeline B of SCP-XXXX-1.

Incident XXXX-1
On October 17, 2018, Researcher Ferris appeared inside the office of Director Matthews at Site-26 while Director Matthews was offsite. Ferris then triggered the lockdown sequence of the office, sealing it off and causing the various cameras within to begin recording.

Begin Log

Ferris begins rummaging through the drawers of Director Matthews' desk, removing a small slip of paper with an administrator password to all onsite computers on it.

Ferris: I'm surprised this is still here, damn. Now where did he move the computer?

A wave of tachyon particles suddenly emerge from Ferris, triggering security measures throughout Site-26. Ferris rolls his sleeve up and looks at the screen of his Xyank Temporal Manipulator, then looks at the clock.

Ferris: Shiiiit. I hope this doesn’t fuck anything up.

Ferris turns on Director Matthews' computer and logs in. He browses through the list of on-site anomalies until opening the document for SCP-XXXX.

Ferris: Okay, just have to send this back and I can fix this shit.

Ferris removes a small, watch-sized device from his pocket and affixes it to the side of the computer. It briefly sparks and vanishes as another wave of tachyon particles emerge from Ferris, slightly stronger in intensity. Ferris exhales and glances around the room.

Ferris: Almost done here.

//A notification appears on Director Matthews' computer warning of an imminent containment breach. Simultaneously, the XACTS in SCP-XXXX's containment chamber fails. SCP-XXXX teleports to Director Matthews' Office as Ferris opens his personnel file on the computer.

Ferris: Oh fuck that. I'm not turning into that thing when I kick the bucket.

Ferris walks away from the computer, inputting coordinates into his Xyank Temporal Manipulator as he does.

Ferris: I fix my fuckups and problems solved.

Ferris activates his Manipulator and demanifests, releasing a large burst of tachyon particles as he does. SCP-XXXX was recontained successfully.

End Log

The Department of Temporal Studies is currently examining the effects of interfering in one's own timeline.


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