||[Jan. 1st, 2004|11:25 pm]
I went exploring today.
Hopefully, somebody noticed that I wasn't at dinner. However, nobody has come to rescue me yet, so this remains my only method of alerting people my plight.
I explored the castle during my first year, and after that left it mostly alone. I prefer to walk the grounds when I want to think, there's less chance of getting lost, and while inside I stick mainly to the library or Common Room during my free time.
However, today nobody was about to talk to-- I don't know where Remus and Hugh were, and when I went back to the Common Room I heard faint flute music and decided Chaeyz would be absolutely mortified if I interrupted her, just like I was when she found me practicing. This meant I couldn't retrive my violin and retreat to an empty classroom for playing, and anyway I was rather restless.
The only book I had with me was my copy of Midsummer Night's Dream, and the thought of being caught practicing Oberon's lines in a classroom was far more horrifying than the thought of being caught playing music. I decided a strategic retreat to the library was in order.
And I would have spent the rest of the day there, if I'd been paying a little more attention to where I was going.
I'm not sure at which point I took a wrong turn, but I know now I wasn't supposed to go through that tapestry. Finding myself in an unfamiliar corridor (I didn't explore every inch of the castle in my first year), I only managed to surmise from a window view that I was several floors above the library. I set out in search of stairs.
Yes, I probably should have gone back through the tapestry, but it had vanished.
The first stairs I found looked as if they hadn't been used in decades, there was dust on the steps and no pictures on the walls. (Yes-- I probably should have asked a picture. I seem to have lots my wits somewhere along the way.) But it led down, which was where I wanted to go, so I took it.
I found myself in a corridor lined with suits of armor and pictures who I doubted would even give me the time of day-- snooty looking ancient wizards, most of them. The only door at the end of the corridor entered into a some sort of study. I don't know what it was doing in Hogwarts, perhaps it was the retreat of some previous Headmaster or teacher.
The point is, when I went inside, the door shut and vanished, and I haven't been able to get out, there's no windows. It's lucky I'd brought this along, so I can type to you all, Heaven knows if anyone would ever find me otherwise.