Calhoun should have gone to bed after the Yule Ball. She knew that the smart thing to do was to rest up and ready herself for the next day when the majority of the students and a good deal of the staff would be filing out of the castle to return to their families. But she couldn’t sleep. Not until she knew she’d done all she could to ensure that everyone within this castle was safe. So instead, she went on the hunt.
Prowling through the halls, Calhoun searched every place she knew where students up to something could hide themselves. Other than a few amorous couples that were swiftly sent to their respective dorms, Calhoun found nothing that was indicative of anything more nefarious than students deciding the curfew didn’t apply to them. But that changed as she climbed up one of the towers and found something that made her skin grow cold.
A broken window, a spray of glass, an empty pair of shoes, and a hint of blood. It was enough to make anyone go a little wild with the possibilities. But Calhoun was not the type to fly into a frenzy, no matter how many worst case scenarios she could imagine. Instead she stayed calm, picking up the pair of shoes and quickly repairing the window. It was a seamless repair, but there was still glass left over on the floor and when Calhoun repaired it she found that it was a wine bottle. So, someone had been drinking up here. That much at leas was certain.
Calhoun set off for the nearest common room, Gryffindor. She’d ask whatever sentient thing was nearest to each of the common rooms if she had to, but she’d find out who these belonged to. A quick conversation with the Fat Lady was all it took to confirm who the student in question was. It was fortunate that the Fat Lady had a thing for shoes, and a good enough memory to remember that Mulan Zhou had gone out of her door with a bottle of wine and came back not wearing any shoes.
But it was clear that tonight was not the proper time to talk to the kid, so Calhoun determined to call Zhou to her office in the morning. And that was just what she did. Calhoun made herself busy getting things in order for the next semester while she waited for Zhou to find her way to her office. Hearing the knock at the door, Calhoun called out, “Come in.”