Before you can even begin to properly register just what is going on, you realise there is a gentle sobbing coming from the other end of the room. Following instinct, you make your way through the seemingly endless rows until you come to a woman weeping into a huge pile of books.
Her hair is dark, but tucked away in a decorated cap, an ornate rust-red dress cinching in at her waist and flowing into layers and layers of exquisite fabric. The soft scent of vanilla perfume and musk surrounds her and she looks up through her tears and gasps, covering her hand with her mouth.
‘"Who are you? How did you get in here?!" she cries out, her eyes scanning your out of place clothing as she backs away into the corner of the room.
"Well to be honest I’m not entirely sure...", you mumble, the sound of your own voice strange in these unfamiliar surroundings.
"They sent you didn’t they? To take me away too? He’s innocent I swear it!" she cries out once more.
"I promise, no one sent me and I’m not here to hurt you. What is going on?" you ask gently.
"It's… my brother, he is imprisoned for a crime he did not commit! His trial is tomorrow and I cannot help him." Her body is wracked with silent sobs. "I’ve lost the letter that proves his innocence, it’s here in the library somewhere…this is all my fault..." she falls back into an armchair and covers her face with her hands.
"Well... I’ll help you look?" you suggest. Considering you have absolutely no idea where you are or what is going on, this seems like a good place to start.
She looks up from her hands, eyes brimming with tears that she blinks away as she gulps. "Would you?! Oh, thank you! Thank you! It is a letter from The Archbishop detailing that he was with my brother on the night the crime took place, nowhere near the location! I need it to prove to the court that he is innocent."
She rises from the chair, standing taller this time. "I was reading one night and must have accidentally closed it into a book. I have no idea which one!" she gestures to the piles all around her, her expression pained.