When I woke up, I felt like crap. It wasn't a physical feeling either. It kind of felt like I knew it was my last day on Earth. I got up and shook it off. Severus was still asleep, though looking at the clock I knew he wouldn't be for much longer. I made coffee and got dressed. I was moving sluggishly today, anxious about leaving.
I would miss Severus, even if it was only until school started again, knowing that the time wouldn't pass quickly. I packed all my things, leaving me with my large trunk. As I shrunk it, it finally hit me, I've been doing underage magic for over a month and there haven't been any letters.
I hesitantly held out my wand, casting a series of simple charms. Nothing. I decided to ask Severus about it.
Moments later, Severus shuffled out. Not fully groomed and dressed like usual, but in his clothes from the night before, looking extremely disgruntled. I fought back a very unmanly giggle and guided him to the table, setting a mug of coffee in front of him. He thanked me with a grunt and I just shook my head, tidying up the room. It was something to do more out habit than necessity, there were an army of house elves that would practically fall over themselves in an effort to clean up my mess. They were some odd creatures.
In order to keep myself occupied until Severus was fully awake, I decided to go out and explore the dungeons a bit more. I had never been down here much except for potions, you did not want to get caught down here alone, and I wanted to see more.
After telling Severus I was going for a walk, and receiving a grunt in return, I exited his quarters and immediately took a left, down into the recesses of the school.
Honestly, the further down I got, the colder and darker it got. I got to that point where, if I hadn't been a vampire, I wouldn't have been able to see at all. But since everything was still clear as day to me, I kept going. You could tell this part of the school hadn't been in use for some time, even the Slytherins avoided it.
There was an inch of dust on the floor and there was only a room once and a while. They were always empty. Until the very last one. It was locked. Magically. It was heavily warded, to the point that someone far beyond my skill would be needed to open it. The closer I got to the looming door, the more I felt it. The magic. Ancient magic guarded this, and it probably hadn't been disturbed since it was set in place. It was so thick I could barely breath. I pressed my ear up against the door and felt my blood run cold as I heard breathing inside. I stood, frozen in place, unable to move.
With my past experiences with large beasts in hidden rooms (such as Fluffy, and the basilisk, also Norbert the dragon) I did what I should have done then, run.
I am not ashamed to admit it, I ran like there was a dementor on my tail. That scared me to death, as I ran cursing like an American. I ran until I got back to Severus' quarters, practically slamming the door behind me. That little excursion and the adrenaline pumping through my veins had me almost gasping for breath. Severus came out of his room, now properly clothed, and frowned, "what happened to you?"
I don't know what made me do it, but something compelled me to lie, "I had to run back here to make sure I have everything packed." Severus frowned but nodded, "alright, but you know he's not going to be here until this evening, right?" I nodded, "I know, but I just wanted to get that out of the way so we might be able to do something together?" I asked hopefully, afterall it was probably the last few hours of time we would have before the school was full of students and teachers and Merlin knows what else.
"Well, what did you have in mind?" Severus asked, again reaching for more coffee. I resisted the urge to roll my eyes, "well, since we both need to get some things, why don't we make a trip to Diagon Alley?"
"We could do that, do you have your school list?" He asked. I nodded, it had been in the extremely large pile of letters Hedwig had brought me. "Very well then, if you are ready, we can leave in half an hour." I nodded and went to gather what I needed, including my list, my money and vault key, and some other assorted items.
Half an hour later, all traces of strange doors and dark corridors forgotten, we flooed to the Leaky Cauldron.