“Hello?” she called into the dark hallway. The only light was coming from her bedroom, which wasn’t very much, just enough so that she could see the staircase to her right. She looked to her left and saw the attic door. “What was that?” Emma asked herself as she took a few steps toward the stairs. She had fallen asleep doing her math homework and listening to her radio when she heard the Thump coming from the hallway. She took another step and then another until she was right at the top of the staircase. “HELLO?” she called again, a little louder this time, but there was still no answer. “It’s probably just Lucius again. Up to his old tricks.” She mumbled under her breathe. She went back to her bedroom and was about to close her door when she heard it. It came from behind her. A long, low growl, GGGGGGRRRRRRRRR.