Her eyes shot open. Staring up at the ceiling above, a single word entered her mind: Sophie.
Hailey rose in her bed, looking around. She could make out shapes in the darkness, of students sleeping. She watched as their chests rose and fell. It wasn't long after curfew so only a few people had gone to bed. Hailey had gone to sleep early; for some reason she found herself tired more often than ever after coming to Hogwarts, where as she took a nap during every break, sometimes even for lunch.
Slipping out of the covers, that single word played around her mind, like a song on replay, only it was a sliver of the lyrics. She was in doubt, though. There was no way she could've left something that dear to her around, she wasn't that irresponsible. She started to blame it on being overworked in classes and distracted by others but she knew that it was her own fault entirely, and she would punish herself for it.
Hailey was dressed in boy boxers, an oversized black t-shirt, which had Lorde on it, and a pair of green school socks she'd forgotten to take off. Her hair was definitely unkempt. She almost ignored that fact but then quickly pulled it into her usual two loose ponytails.
She stepped into the common room. It was empty except for a few students. Hailey waited for someone to notice her. No one did. She quietly made her way to the doors.
“You do know that it's illegal to leave at this hour, aye?”
Hailey froze but didn't turn. She waited for them to continue but eventually they just laughed and went back to whatever they were doing. She rolled her eyes and left the Common Room.
The halls were strangely cold, even for the dungeons. She had thought before to grab her cloak at least, so she could perhaps go unnoticed but she figured that maybe that would've been too noticable. She wasn't tall enough yet to be mistaken as a professor...almost, but not yet there.
The only place it could be was in the Study Room. A student asked to hear her play a tune and since they were in different houses she decided to show them in the Study Room. The library was too quiet and she definitely wasn't going to bring her instrument into the Abandoned Toilets, which seemed to be the central, secret hangout spot of Hogwarts.
As she journeyed through the corridors she had to avoid more than a couple of staff members roaming about. It would've been more difficult if it weren't for the large amount of statues and concealed areas. That's one of the things that Hailey liked about the castle. She would play hide-and-seek but she didn't feel like getting lost and forgetten.
She was closing in on the Study Room when another thought crossed her mind: what if those kids who'd teased her earlier had snitched? That would be incredibly detrimental. Of course if she had truly wanted to go unnoticed she definitely would've planned better before going but she figured that she wouldn't get in too much trouble since it was only...
As she entered the room she looked up and saw a clock: 10:36. Hailey rubbed her knuckles uneasily. What if she'd already been found out? She was bound to have been, these people were magical, they probably realized her intentions as soon as she had awaken.
Hailey closed the door behind her. She didn't know whether she should turn on the lights or to just go where she knew she had sat. Glancing back at the door she figured that she'd be quick enough.
She raced over to where she'd sat, heart racing. If it anything had happened to it...
Hailey's ear twitched as she heard a noise that wasn't her own, especially since she hadn't run into anything and her footsteps were muted by the socks she wore. She froze in place, listening keenly. Was someone coming?
Quick thinking made Hailey fling herself underneath the table near the back of the room, where she hid stiff as stone.