Following their long chat in the Hufflepuff common room, Stephen and Serena had decided to head out and start their exploration with the hopes of finding secret passages and hidden areas. Stephen walked out the common room and into the large corridor. He was immediately overwhelmed by the smell of fresh baked foods and meals, emanating from the Hogwarts kitchens. That was one thing he was not too fond of about the Hufflepuff common room. The kitchen was located just down the corridor from the common room, so naturally every time he left the room he was immediately hungry. Stephen noticed a few of the subjects in the paintings in the corridor seemed to share his sentiment about the location. There was an old wizard in a portrait that seemed to be in a daze, staring towards the other end of the corridor. 'I wonder if the people in the paintings can smell?' he thought. He remembered back to the first time he saw a moving painting. He had been in diagon alley buying his school supplies when he noticed a paper that had a moving picture on it. After a few moments, he glanced over to his father, who was also looking at the paper with a very confused look on his face. "Is it a video?" his dad asked. Stephen, upon looking closer at the paper, replied, "no...um...I think its just...magic..." His dad chuckled and stated, "well then, I think you are going to have a very fun time at Hogwarts." Stephen was glad his parents supported his pursuit of magic. He could not wait to tell them about all the things he has seen and learned so far.
Glancing to the left and right, Stephen mentioned to Serena, "So, I'm not entirely sure where the dungeons are and how to get to them... but maybe we could head this way," he pointed down the corridor to his left, "and see where that takes us. Thoughts?" The corridor was dimly lit and slightly ominous, but this did not bother Stephen. Although he was new to magic and sometimes felt out of his comfort zone, he always felt safe in the castle.
He was happy to have a friend accompanying him for this adventure. He had always felt a bit awkward walking around with no specific destination, so having Serena by his side made him feel more at ease.