Your Last Happy Day
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The Magic Lion Bar and Grille.

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXXX-A and SCP-XXXX-B are to be monitored at all times for deviations from their predicted schedules. To ensure that civilians do not interact with the anomaly, as well as maintain the continuity of SCP-XXXX, Foundation personnel are to assume the roles of all individuals SCP-XXXX-A and SCP-XXXX-B interact with during SCP-XXXX. Additionally, the entirety of downtown Hughsville is to be quarantined under the cover story of renovations for structural purposes.

Description: SCP-XXXX refers to a 12-hour temporal loop affecting two entities, SCP-XXXX-A1 and SCP-XXXX-B2. The loop consists of a set schedule of events that begin at 8:30 and end at 20:30. If a person necessary to fulfill a role for SCP-XXXX is not present, the first person who fulfilled that role during the first iteration of SCP-XXXX will manifest to re-enact it. This individual will be affected until SCP-XXXX-A and -B can no longer see them.

Addendum SCP-XXXX.1: Below is the full schedule of predicted events that occur during SCP-XXXX.

<8:30> SCP-XXXX-A materializes in his bed, and immediately turns off the alarm clock.

<9:05> SCP-XXXX-A arrives at his place of work3, where he is greeted by the receptionist, and a coworker.

<9:42> SCP-XXXX-B materializes on the ground next to his bed. He changes quickly and leaves. SCP-XXXX-B's alarm clock remains silent.

<9:45> SCP-XXXX-B misses a bus to his place of work4 by 45 seconds.

<10:04> SCP-XXXX-B arrives at his place of work. He is yelled at by his manager for being late.

<12:31> SCP-XXXX-A meets a woman for lunch.

<12:46> SCP-XXXX-B is invited to join his coworkers for lunch, but declines in order to work through lunch to make up for being late.

<14:25> SCP-XXXX-A has a meeting with his boss where he is praised for his hard work over the past few months.

<16:45> SCP-XXXX-B's boss acknowledges SCP-XXXX-B making up the lost time by working through lunch, but still warns him about being late in the future.

<19:01> SCP-XXXX-A and SCP-XXXX-B arrive at the Magic Lion Bar and Grille5. They take a seat next to each other at the bar and begin to talk.

<20:03> SCP-XXXX-A and SCP-XXXX-B leave the bar.

<20:21> SCP-XXXX-A disappears upon entering its apartment.

<20:30> SCP-XXXX-B disappears upon entering its apartment.

Addendum SCP-XXXX.2: The following is an excerpt from the conversation between SCP-XXXX-A and SCP-XXXX-B prior to 19:57.

<Begin Transcript>

SCP-XXXX-A: You know, for a shoe guy, you have good taste in alcohol.

SCP-XXXX-B: We ordered the same drink twice in a row…

SCP-XXXX-A: That doesn't make me wrong! In fact, how about next round's on me?

SCP-XXXX-B: You don't have to.

SCP-XXXX-A: Please, let me. I just got a raise today anyways. I have a little money to spare.

SCP-XXXX-B: Please don't. I, uh, I don't need a reminder that my life's gone down the shitter.

SCP-XXXX-A: Oh, my bad. I wasn't trying to be rude.

SCP-XXXX-B: I know, I know. I've just had like, my third shit day in a row. I don't want to be reminded that good days are still a thing.

SCP-XXXX-A: I'm sorry to hear that, man. I bet things'll turn around for you soon though.

SCP-XXXX-B: I'm not so sure. Just let me worry. That's what drove me here in the first place.

SCP-XXXX-A: Worry? Worry about what?

SCP-XXXX-B: It's— god. It's like… it's like this. You know what is the one thing everyone is afraid of?

SCP-XXXX-A: The unknown?

SCP-XXXX-B: No. It's being unhappy.

SCP-XXXX-A: I'm not sure I agree with you there. I know people who are fine with being unhappy. Well, they're not like, fine fine. But they can deal with it.

SCP-XXXX-B: I'm— I'm sure you do. But, like, are they ok with the idea of being unhappy forever?

SCP-XXXX-A: I don't think I've ever asked them that.

SCP-XXXX-B: They're probably not. Everyone wants to be happy, so there's nothing scarier than the possibility of feeling like shit forever, you know?

SCP-XXXX-A: But unhappiness never really lasts forever. Just like, the day to day variety of experiences ensures that. There's good days and there's bad days.

SCP-XXXX-B: But what if the good days don't feel good? Or they never come at all? What if the good days happen when you're not there? Or what if they happen at a place far away from you? Or what if there's no more good days left? You've used them all up.

SCP-XXXX-A takes a drink, and then locks eyes with SCP-XXXX-B.

SCP-XXXX-A: I don't think that's how that works.

SCP-XXXX-B: Isn't it? Like, we don't live forever. We're going to have only so many good days. Like a ration of happiness. It's possible that you'll have your last happy day and you don't even know it.

SCP-XXXX-A: But that's not set in stone. You make of your days what you will. I can choose if today is going to be a good day or a bad day myself.

SCP-XXXX-B: But how?

SCP-XXXX-A: I mean, sometimes it's an attitude thing. Just looking at the bright side. Sometimes I have to take a moment and just do something for me. Be happy by myself. If I'm having a bad day I can like, do things to make it into a good one.

SCP-XXXX-B: How do you know for certain it'll work out?

SCP-XXXX-A: Well, you don't. But it's not like there's a guarantee you'll have a bad day either.

SCP-XXXX-B: But isn't the uncertainty… I don't know. Annoying? Frightening?

SCP-XXXX-A: Not really. It just means I can't let up. I gotta keep doing the things that will get me the most good days.

SCP-XXXX-B: So… you just live for yourself then?

SCP-XXXX-A: Exactly. Just live for yourself.

SCP-XXXX-B: But how do you know you're making the right choices?

SCP-XXXX-A: I don't. But I trust that I know what's best for me. And that's the best I can do.

SCP-XXXX-B: And that's good enough?

SCP-XXXX-A: And that's good enough.

SCP-XXXX-B: I… I see. I'll have to try that some time.

SCP-XXXX-A: How about that new round then?

SCP-XXXX-B: I— I guess so. Now's a good time to live a little.

SCP-XXXX-A: There we are! Let's make today a good day. Who cares if you've supposedly had your fill of them? There's no one policing happiness.

SCP-XXXX-A and SCP-XXXX-B order another round of beers.

SCP-XXXX-A: To more happy days!

SCP-XXXX-B: To more happy days, my good friend. Cheers.

<End Transcript>

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