Who: Eloise Midgen, Draco Malfoy, & OPEN What: Ice skating on the lake! Where: The Hogwarts Lake When: Thursday, 28 January. After classes, a hour or two before sunset. Rating: TBA
As much as keeping busy with school work had been a great help in keeping her mind off of the less desirable aspects of life right now, Eloise could only take so much of studying and reading. Usually staying within the castle walls wasn't a problem for her, either. The Common Room was such a cozy little place, especially so in winter - it was often nice to curl up in the corner with a good book, or with a sewing project, and just let the hours sneak by slowly. But all of those options just seemed too mundane right now.
The sharp winter air seemed oddly enticing after class, so Eloise had made a quick trip to her dorm to drop off her books and bundle up. Within a half hour, she was out by the Lake. Though she could see that the very middle was still somewhat unfrozen, covered by just a thin sheen of ice, the majority of the lake was frozen solid. As long as she didn't wander out too far, Eloise felt confident that she could enjoy a bit of ice skating. She sat on frozen ground and pulled the skates on, the sight of her breath formed a cloud of steam each time she exhaled making her smile.
It sometimes surprised her that she didn't see more people doing this. Perhaps it had had something to do with the squid, when he'd still been here. As Eloise pushed out onto the lake surface and began to trace wide loops, she wondered if she might run in to someone after all.