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Seeley Pichardo

Two Halls Diverged in the Dark

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Seeley Pichardo

Tripping over the ledge of the portal exiting the common room, Seeley paused, holding her breath waiting to see if anyone had heard her. The corridor was dark, as dark as could be expected for as late as it was. Curfew had gone into effect hours ago and her dorm mates were all asleep but Seeley was determined to get some alone and quiet exploring time. Well, semi alone anyway. She was brave, but not completely comfortable enough to go gallivanting around the dungeons on her own without some direction.

 

She would have asked Talus to come with her, but she was she he would try to talk her out of it rather then come with her and so as far as she knew he was snug in his bed dreaming about his next bow tie purchase. Thankfully, the first year knew someone who just happened to have a rather extensive hand drawn map of the castle and she didn't think he was the type to mind the risk of being caught out after curfew. So, she had sent an owl at lunch and hoped he'd be up for an adventure.

 

With a soft thud she tugged the portrait closed behind her and slid down the hallway away from the common room entrance towards the direction she suspected the slytherin common room to be in. Plucking her wand from her pocket, she listened carefully for any sound of footsteps and then whispered, "lumos" ever so softly, willing a small light to glow from the tip of the aspen. The thrill of the adventure itself pulsing through her. She could hear her heartbeat in her ears and she crept around a corner, her fingertips gently caressing the stone as she came to stop in a crossroads in the corridor.

 

She could go one way, to the right and find the dueling chamber, closed no doubt or perhaps opened only to staff which could be a dangerous predicament. But she didn't know what lay down the hall beyond the chamber, nor did she know what was down to the left, it was a complete mystery. Stairs ahead would take her up, to the ground floor and the great hall and at this time of night who knew what else. But she couldn't make any choice quite yet, she had to wait. Taking a seat on the bottom stair, she drew circles in the dark with the weak light of her wand until she heard footsteps.

 

Her breath hitched, and she waited to see if it was a friendly face that would greet her in the light, or the face of trouble.

 

 

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Juan Garcia

An owl in the afternoon had informed him of someone's desire to explore the castle. Juan had smirked, glee very apparent on his face at the thought of being out so late at night. As per usual, it seemed, since it was almost like he'd been out and about in the castle far more often than he ever was in his bed during the latest of hours.

 

Juan had not, however, been outside of the common room on his own recently. He'd always had Truman the snake along, or there'd been Sofie and Sky and Sera. The few times he'd been out super late had always been with his partners-in-crime, but he supposed there was never anything wrong with making a new accomplice.

 

He climbed out of his bed, tiptoeing past everyone to make sure that none of them would wake up and tattle. Especially Dax. The fact that someone Juan considered the most despicable human being alive was his roommate was just... unfortunate. It meant Juan couldn't himself. He had to be guarded. And he had to lock his stuff up at night so the other wouldn't rear his ugly face and try to take his stuff.

 

As he crept around the corners of the common room, map hidden under his arms, he could only think about the fact that Seeley would be helping him map out the dungeons. He hadn't explored much down here; just focused on where he needed to go. Hogwarts was big, for one. What if there were things he just wasn't supposed, or didn't even want, to see?

 

Seeing a tiny light up ahead, he assumed that was Seeley and he waved his hand feebly, "Seeley? That you?"

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Seeley Pichardo

Rising from her seat on the stairs, the badger ickle breathed a sigh of relief when Juan's familiar voice bounced off the barren stones walls. "Juan?" She asked, to confirm. Stepping towards him, bringing his face into the light she smiled.

 

"Hi." She whispered. "Did you bring your map?" She caught sight of something tucked under his arm. Turning to glance down one direction down the dark corridor and then the other, she looked to Juan again.

 

"The kitchens are down there and I know the elves are cooking something because I smelt it on the way here." Seeley said, pointing towards the way she had come from. Then she motioned another way " And you know the dueling chamber is that way. I've always wanted to see it at night but I've always really wanted to duel at night too." She began to go off. The thought to suggest even having a duel with Juan popped into her head but that wasn't what tonight was about and so she pushed it away. "I'm not sure what's down there..." she trailed off "Which way did you want to go first?" she finally asked with a hefty exhale.

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Juan Garcia

Juan should've probably been a little more concerned about the possibility of getting caught. But given just how many rules he'd broken, and how often he hadn't really been punished for it, Juan was essentially the most content at breaking rules. Everything here was really just a suggestion. Don't go into the Forest. He'd done that. Don't sneak out after curfew. He'd done that. Don't steal school property. Technically, he'd done that.

 

He nodded, pulling the map out from under his arm and waving it slightly in the air to prove that, yes, he'd brought it. Juan jogged the last remaining distance to her and tried to hide how giddy he was. He loved the rush he got when he was out in the castle after dark.

 

Ok so the kitchens were... that way. He took note of it on his map and tried to orient himself. Kitchens there, dueling chamber there... Wanted to see the dueling chamber at night? He shrugged, "It's nothing special. They've just got a cabinet for medical stuff, and dueling golems that throw spells back at you. It's not... that great.

 

"But dueling at night sounds cool..." he said, trying to remember if he had technically done that. Technically, yes. The dueling golem counted right? Or the one duel he'd had with Seraphine right before curfew?

 

He shrugged, "That way... Is the Slytherin Common Room. It's aight, but I don't think it's worth trying to sneak you in at this hour. It's pretty, but not that pretty." Turning the map this way and that, "There's this hallway in the fourth floor I haven't actually explored yet? Or..." He opened the map wider and aimed it at her, "You pick where we go?"

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