Usually the prospect of a Quidditch game to watch - even if Hufflepuff wouldn't be playing tomorrow - was something that put a bounce in Eloise's step. In spite of this, she just hadn't been feeling very excited about it. Or anything, really. Though it had been a few weeks since her mother had disappeared, there were points when it seemed to hit Eloise all over again. Even if she wasn't still reeling, it had been hard to get her spirits up.
After lying in her dorm for a while, trying to work on an assignment for Charms, Eloise had decided that a long shower might do the trick. So she'd headed down to the bathrooms, taking her time and just trying to clear her mind. After standing beneath the steam and hot water long enough that she could no longer justify just lingering there, Eloise had dressed and was now taking her time on the journey back through the corridors. No reason to rush - it was a Friday, after all.
Occupied with her own thoughts, Eloise rounded a corner and didn't notice another student doing the same thing until it was too late. She roughly bumped shoulders with him and stumbled back, pushing some wet hair out of her face. "I'm sorry, er, are you OK?"