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Last time in Shinigami's Duty:
The next week was spent getting prepared to go to the living world. They had the Lieutenant of the tenth division, Rangiku Matsumoto, make them regular British clothes; because they were trying to fit in after all. As soon as the gigais were finished, they were going to Diagon Alley.
"The gigais are finished" Mayuri said to the three captains he had called. The three looked at the gigais. Byakuya's gigai had long black hair that was up in a high pony with bangs hanging lose and wearing a silvery scarf; it also had on dark blue jeans and a white polo shirt with the insignia of the 6th division over the left breast pocket. Shunsui's gigai also had long hair, but it was brown and in a low pony; it was wearing white jeans and a light pink polo with the 8th division insignia over the left breast pocket. Juushiro's gigai had long white hair, also in a low pony; it had on black jeans and a sunset orange polo with the 13th division insignia over the left breast pocket as well. The other features of the gigai were those of the three when they were younger.
"What are these capable of?" Byakuya asked, straight to business.
"Glad you asked. They will allow you to access all of your spiritual powers; you will be expected to keep your reitsu levels hidden on your own. Sou-taicho has said that you are allowed full access to your powers so there will be no limiters." Mayuri said.
"Will we be able to access our Zanpakutou's?" Ukitake asked.
"Ahh… that is where it gets interesting; pull out your Zanpakutous."
Once everyone had unsheathed their Zanpakutous, Mayuri walked over with three silver rings. He gave one to each of them and said, "Put these around the hilt of your Zanpakutous and you will be able to materialize them anytime you want. You don't have to carry them around with you in your gigais. Just picture them in your hand and they will materialize, and when you're done just think of them returning to your soul and they will dematerialize.
They put the rings around their Zanpakutous cautiously; they knew what Mayuri was capable of. Once the rings were on the rings were on the Zanpakutous they looked back at the gigais once more. Byakuya was wary; he knew how he had acted when he was younger and wasn't sure he was comfortable with that.
"Well we should probably go get our school supplies, neh?" Kyoraku said walking over to his gigai.
The three entered their gigais and stood up. It was weird, they all decided, to be so short again. Once they were ready, they went to the Kuchiki manor. They had decided to take the private Kuchiki senkaimon straight to Britain.
When they arrived in Britain, they shunpo'ed to the Leaky cauldron and stepped inside. They got a few strange looks because of their hair as they walked up to the bar and asked for Tom.
An old man walked up to them, "Here to get your school supplies young'uns?" He stepped back as he looked into the black-haired child's eyes; they were cold with a slight flare of anger in them as well as something he couldn't quite place. Then the white-haired boy made a quick gesture, silencing him, "Yes, would you show us the way to Diagon Alley please?"
"Yeah sure, follow me." He said as he led them to an alley in the back. Once there, he pulled out a stick and tapped a strange pattern on the bricks. The wall seemed to pull away and revealed a bustling street full of people dressed in the same clothes as the man, Dumbledore, had been wearing when he visited them, although less gaudy.
On the other side of the gate, the three Shinigami were conversing, "Byakuya, you need to get used to getting called young; you're in an eleven-year-old body." Ukitake stated.
"I understand, Ukitake-taicho" Byakuya answered.
"Good, and on this mission and not in the Seireitei, you will call me Juushiro." This was said with a kind smile.
"Yes…Juushiro" Byakuya said, visibly relaxing at the smile.
Shunsui spoke up "Time to go shopping!" and with that the three started down the street.
"We have to go to the wizarding bank, Gringotts, and get into Yamamoto- Soutaicho's vault and get some wizarding money" Ukitake said.
Once they arrived, they read the inscription on the door:
Enter stranger but take heed
Of what awaits the sin of greed
For those who take but do not earn
Must pay most dearly in their turn
So, if you seek beneath our floors
A treasure that was never yours
Thief, you have been warned, beware
Of finding more than treasure there
"Well I guess it's a good thing that we're not thieves then, neh you two?" Shunsui said. Juushiro chuckled lightly at this, while Byakuya stayed straight-faced. They walked in and the effect was immediate; every goblin in the room froze as the Shinigami went up to the desk.
"We've come to withdraw from our vault." Byakuya said, putting the key on the desk in front of the goblin.
It took a moment for the goblin to react. He looked closely at them and said "What are Shinigami doing here at our bank?"
Byakuya's tone, if possible, got colder as he said, "As I said, we need to make a withdrawal from vault 1031, that is all we are here for."
The tension was broken as the doors swung open, revealing a very large man and a small boy with green eyes. Byakuya let out a small gasp; those eyes reminded him of another person, one Ulquiorra Cifer. 'What the Hell?' When the doors swung shut, the goblin called out a name 'Bloodbringer' and handed the little golden key to him. "Vault 1031". The goblin looked at them, shocked, before he led them into a cart and they were off.
When Harry had come in with Hagrid, the atmosphere had been extremely tense, and he wondered why. The only other people in the room, but the goblins, were three kids about his age and they couldn't have caused the tension. How strange? Maybe, he'll ask them on the train; they looked to be first years like him; he would surely see them.
The ride to the vault was quite uneventful aside from a dragon they passed. 'Better not tell Toshiro about that dragon; he would be here with Hyourinmaru to free it.' Byakuya said to his Zanpakutou.
'That seems to be a good idea master' Senbonzakura replied back. Once they arrived at the Sou-taicho's vault, the goblin stepped out and walked up to it holding the key. After the key had been inserted and the vault opened, the three stepped inside, taking in the heaping piles of gold. They pulled out their pouches and put large amounts of gold in them before stepping back out and gesturing to the goblin to close it.
They went back to the main bank and got the key back before heading back to Diagon Alley. They decided that the first place they went would be the wand shop, seeing as wands seemed to be the most important things in the witch's and wizard's lives.
The sign said: Ollivander's, makers of fine wands since 382 BC. Shunsui nudged Juushiro, "Makes you feel old, doesn't it friend?"
"Heh, you're right; this place was founded after we were born and they act like it's a big thing." Was his reply. They walked inside and waited by the door for the hidden man to come out; he popped out from a corner full of shadows.
"Are you three here for your wands or something more sinister, Shinigami?" Three blades were at his throat in seconds.
"How do you know what we are?" It was Shunsui's voice that spoke. The old man's eyes widened when he felt the cold metal digging into his throat; he dared not look down as he spoke, "I am more in tune to the energy around me, and you seem of death,"
Byakuya looked at him for a moment before speaking, "If you tell anyone of us, I swear to hunt you down myself." As he said this, Ollivander paled considerably more and gulped; he did not doubt the boy-no man's-words. "Yes sir"
"Good, now we wish to get wands." Byakuya said as the three Shinigami lowered and dematerialized their Zanpakutous.
Ollivander nodded, messaging his neck as he went to the back, "Alright, who goes first?"
Ukitake stepped forward, "I will go first."
Ollivander reappeared, holding multiple boxes. He did not measure them, he did not want to get too close and he already knew what their wand arms were. They were the ones that had been holding the swords to his neck. He grabbed a wand and handed it to the white-haired boy. Ukitake looked at it oddly before Ollivander said, "Give it a wave"
Ukitake did, and accidently smashed all the windows "SORRY!"
"No problem" and with a wave of his wand, Ollivander fixed all the windows. After about twenty minutes, he started getting into his old fervor, "A tricky customer, eh?" he muttered.
By the time Ukitake had found a wand, a large portion of the shop was trashed. The wand was oak, 12 ¼ inches long with a thestral hair core.
The other Shinigami's wands took a similar amount of time and destruction before they were properly outfitted with wands.
Byakuya's wand was cherry blossom tree wood, 10 ½ inches with a thestral hair core, while Shunsui's was pine, 11 inches with a thestral hair core. Before they left, Ollivander supplied them with wand holsters; he seemed to be back to normal by the time they were done.
The three went to the robes shop and where met by a short squat woman with a tape measurer, "Here for Hogwarts, dearies?" This time Byakuya's anger was a lot more subtle and went unnoticed.
About halfway through the second fitting, a blond boy dressed in expensive looking robes, came in strutting, "Come tend to me woman, forget those peasants." Draco Malfoy said, expecting the woman to drop what she was doing and tend to him, while the other idiots in the room sat and stared in obvious awe of the pureblood.
What he didn't expect was for the black-haired boy in the room to look at him in utter contempt before turning away and comforting the spluttering seamstress, "Now, now Madame, ignore those vile manners, we do not mind.
At these words, Draco was enraged; he stomped over to the boy and said, "How dare you speak of me that way? I am a pureblood and should be shown the proper respect."
"I am showing the proper respect, Oh and boy, you are a peasant, at least to me." Byakuya replied coldly.
Draco sputtered for a moment, before leaving saying that he was going to tell his father about this.
Byakuya just scoffed and finished his fitting so that Madame Malkin could fit Shunsui; Juushiro was already done. Just then the boy from the bank walked in, and Byakuya felt a shiver down his spine as he felt the reitsu of the boy clearly; it too reminded him of Ulquiorra. Once the boy saw them he came up to wait for Malkin and started talking to them, "Hey, I saw you guys at the bank" this was directed at Juushiro, who seemed to be the nicest.
"Yes, we were getting money in order to buy our school supplies."
"Are you going to Hogwarts for the first time too?" he seemed quite enthusiastic and Juushiro could see signs of abuse on the boy.
"We are Mr…" Juushiro trailed off.
"Potter, Harry Potter"
"Hello Harry; I'm Juushiro, this is Byakuya" he gestured to Byakuya, "and this is Shunsui" he gestured to Shunsui, who was just finishing his fitting. "Hello"
"Hi, I'm Harry" he said as he held out his hand. Shunsui shook it while Byakuya just coldly inclined his head; just then Harry was called up, "I should be going, we should meet on the train" he said as he clambered onto the platform to be fitted.
The three Shinigami walked out and were about to go to the bookstore when the blond from earlier stalked up with a man behind him holding a snake-head staff. "These are the peasants from earlier; they don't even have their parents with them, they're probably mudbloods." Draco sneered, "It was the black-haired one."
The man stalked up to Byakuya and looked down on him, "Who are you to insult my son, boy?", the last word was spat.
"I did not insult him, I merely stated a fact. And as for who I am, I'm sure you've heard of my family; my name is Byakuya Kuchiki."
At Byakuya's last name, the man paled; the Kuchiki clan was the most powerful in Japan and he had realized the magnitude of his son's mistake, "I am sorry for my son's behavior, Lord Kuchiki; it won't happen again"
"Hush son, you've just made a grave mistake."
"I am glad that you realize, and as for you boy," he looked at Draco, "You should make sure that if you were to insult someone, that you are more powerful than them." With this he turned to Juushiro, "We should go Juushiro, before something happens"
Juushiro took one look into Byakuya's eyes before saying, "You're right; Shunsui, let's go."
They walked out and Juushiro led them both to an alley, where they could talk alone, "What's going on with you Byakuya; you don't usually act this way?"
Byakuya answered with a tight face, "I'm not used to being around so many children and I haven't been called a child in over a hundred years; it is…unsettling."
Juushiro nodded in understanding and looked Byakuya in the eyes before saying, "I understand, and you're handling it quite well. I expect you to continue with the control and I urge you to at least try and be nice." He smiled warmly and put a hand on Byakuya's shoulder.
"I will try and be more open-minded," he replied.
Juushiro sighed; that was the best he was going to get, he supposed. After all, the Kuchiki lord could not be expected to revert to the level of a child without some level of irritation.
"We should finish our shopping, so we can go back to the Seireitei; I want my nap" It was Shunsui that had spoken.
The three Shinigami left the alley and finished their shopping; they got books for studying and potions ingredients for practice. They did not get any animals; they could use Jigokucho to transfer messages. When they were done, they went back to the Seireitei to get ready for Hogwarts.