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Death at Hogwarts's Doors

Chapter 1 Rewrite

by fayfan

Summer. That was the first thought that occured in Hitsugaya-taicho's mind when he woke up.

Ah, how he hated summer… The scorching, endless heat. The bright, hot sun. What was to like about that?

The jyuubantai taicho was currently in his division office, working hard to complete paperwork that Matsumoto had neglected to finish. Or even start.

"Ah, the bane of my existence," he thought.

However, Tōshirō's train of thought was interrupted when a certain busty blonde(1) walked into the room, clutching a bottle of seemingly-endless sake in one hand, and a sealed envelope in the other. No matter how many bottles he confiscated, there always seemed to be more.

"Taicho~!" Matsumoto called, her voice slightly slurred. "This just came in from the soutaicho! He said to open it and read it immediately!"

Matsumoto walked over to her taicho's desk, handed him the envelope, swayed off to the side, and promptly fell asleep on the couch. Snoring could be heard coming from her.

"Matsumoto…" Tōshirō growled. His fukutaicho waltzes into his office slightly drunk, hands him a letter, and falls asleep on his couch — all before saying what this is even about. Great.

Tōshirō sighed, completed the last request for going on leave (it was another one from Matsumoto; another one which he denied), and set aside the rest of the paperwork. Now, time to open that envelope.

Tōshirō unsealed the envelope with a slight leak of his reiatsu and removed its contents. There was a letter and another envelope inside, both giving the taicho a bad feeling.

"What are these about?" Tōshirō wondered as he folded open the letter. It was from the soutaicho, clearly identifiable by the neat, precise handwriting. It said:

Hitsugaya-taicho,

I have recieved a request from a certain contact of mine in Great Britain named Dumbledore Albus, asking for a small group of guards for his school, its students, and a boy named Potter Harry.—

"Oh no." Tōshirō felt a sinking feeling in his stomach as he realized where this was going.

—He asked for no more than six guards, preferably one able to be disguised as a professor, and I have decided to grant his request. You — along with jyuusanbantai-taicho Ukitake Jūshirō, rokubantai-fukutaicho Abarai Renji, jyuusanbantai member Kuchiki Rukia, and shinigami-daiko Kurosaki Ichigo — will go to the world of the living and pose as transfer students. However, Ukitake-taicho will pose as a transfer teacher of kendo. I assume you know what kendo is, so I will not explain. You will be entering the fifth year of study in his school, called Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. A list of what you will need is also enclosed in this envelope, so please read it too. Assuming that you have questions, please meet me in my office with the others participating in this mission at three o'clock.

Signed,

Yamamoto Genryūsai Shigekuni

"'Witchcraft and Wizardry'?" Tōshirō thought, "'Hogwarts'? What is this?"

The taicho's eyebrows furrowed in concentration as he stared intently at the letter. As the edges began to freeze, he put down the letter and began to pick up the other envelope. It was addressed to:

Mr T. Hitsugaya

Captain's Office

Tenth Division Barracks

Soul Society(2)

"What is this?" Tōshirō thought as he popped open the envelope's wax seal with his thumb's nail. It was a shield emblazoned with a capital letter H in the middle, surrounded by a lion, a snake, a badger, and an eagle.

Tōshirō then removed two pieces of parchment from inside the envelope. One was another letter, while the other was a list. The letter stated:

HOGWARTS SCHOOL

of WITCHCRAFT and WIZARDRY

Headmaster: Albus Dumbledore

(Order of Merlin, First Class, Grand Sorc., Chf. Warlock,

Supreme Mugwump, International Confed. of Wizards)

Dear Mr. Hitsugaya,

We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Please find enclosed a list of all necessary books and equipment.

Term begins on September 1. We await your owl by no later than July 31.

Yours sincerely,

Minerva McGonagall

Deputy Headmistress

"'Warlock'? 'Mugwump'?" Tōshirō thought yet again. "This just keeps getting more suspicious. And what do they mean by 'owl'?"

However, the taicho brushed aside his worries as he began to read the list. It stated:

HOGWARTS SCHOOL

of WHICHCRAFT and WIZARDRY

UNIFORM

Students will require:

1. Three sets of plain work robes (black)

2. One plain pointed hat (black) for day wear

3. One pair of protective gloves (dragon hide or similar)

4. One winter cloak (black, with silver fastenings)

Please note that all pupil's clothes should carry name tags.

COURSE BOOKS

All students should have a copy of each of the following:

The Standard Book of Spells (Grade 5) by Miranda Goshawk

Defensive Magical Theory by Wilbert Slinkhard

OTHER EQUIPMENT

1 wand

1 cauldron (pewter, standard size 2)

1 set glass or crystal phials

1 telescope

1 set brass scales

Students may also bring an owl OR a cat OR a toad.

"…A toad?" Surely not. A cat or even an owl was acceptable to serve as a school animal, but a *toad*? Tōshirō shook his head and glanced at his clock.

Two-forty-five. That was the time. Only fifteen minutes until he had to report to the soutaicho's office, and he still had one more stack of paperwork left.

Carefully plotting his strategy (which he decided to call 'Wake Matsumoto Up and Make Her Do the Paperwork Strategy #13'), Tōshirō silently walked over to the couch and said, "Oi, Matsumoto, wake up."

Seeing as his fukutaicho continued to snore, Tōshirō crouched by her ear and quietly said, "Ichimaru-taicho is getting married."

"NANI?" Matsumoto cried as she immediately shot up into a sitting position on the couch.

"Actually, he's not," Tōshirō continued, smirking. Matsumoto pouted at him, and proceeded to reach for her unfinished bottle of sake.

However, Tōshirō quickly snatched the bottle away from her and said, "You may have this back if you finish the pile of paperwork on my desk."

"Taicho," Matsumoto whined in reply, "you're so mean." She tried to grab the bottle from him, but failed.

Tōshirō walked over to his desk and set the bottle down. "There," he said. "Now if you want, you can come over here and finish the paperwork, and I will give you this back."

Matsumoto continued to pout, but she stood up from the couch and walked over to the desk. She sat on the chair and reached for her bottle of sake, but her taicho continued to keep it from her.

Tōshirō glanced at his clock again — it was currently two-fifty — as he said, "I will go to Yamamoto-soutaicho's office now. Once I return, you may have your bottle of sake back if you are finished with the paperwork. Do you understand?"

"Yes, taicho…" Matsumoto sighed. "Good," Tōshirō replied. The taicho double-checked that she was going to do the paperwork, bound her to the chair with some high-level kido (to which she indignantly cried, "Hey!") before stepping out of the room.

It took five minutes to reach the ichibantai barracks, and another two minutes to reach the soutaicho's office. By the time he entered the office, it was two-fifty-seven.

Tōshirō halted in front of the soutaicho's office door, and knocked. A slightly gruff, "Come in," was heard, and Tōshirō stepped into the office.

Other than the soutaicho, there were five other occupants in the room: Sasakibe Chōjirō, Ukitake Jūshirō, Abarai Renji, Kuchiki Rukia, and Kurosaki Ichigo.

"Soutaicho," Tōshirō greeted, bowing. Yamamoto nodded his head in response, and Tōshirō made his way to stand by the mission's other participants. Chōjirō was standing by his captain.

"Good," the soutaicho started. "Now that everyone is here, we may begin.

"You may have questions during what I am about to tell you, but I ask that nothing is voiced while I am speaking. Now, to begin… Magic is real."

"Nani?" Renji mumbled. Ichigo's eyebrows furrowed just the slightest, as did Tōshirō's. Ukitake's eyebrows, however, shot up in surprise. Rukia's mouth was hanging slightly open in shock. Even Sasakibe flinched slightly.

"Yes," the soutaicho's voice rumbled. "Magic is real. It is very similar to our reiatsu, and can be sensed as well and will leave traces. However, unlike what we use reiatsu for, magic can be used from menial tasks such as chores, to as a weapon in war. Those who wield magic are known as witches and wizards, and they channel their magical energy through a stick known as a wand. However, other creatures exist that can perform magic without the use of a wand. They are not known as witches and wizards, and one such example is the House Elf.

"Now, for the mission details. There are schools that exist to help those possessing magical talent learn to control their abilities. The other letter you recieved was sent form a location called 'Hogwarts', correct?"

The mission participants nodded, but Sasakibe continued to stand straight and stoic.

"Good," Yamamoto continued. "Hogwarts is one such example of these schools. As stated in my letter, you will be staying there for the school year. Shinigami-daiko Kurosaki Ichigo, rokubantai-fukutaicho Abarai Renji, jyuusanbantai member Kuchiki Rukia, and jyuubantai-taicho Hitsugaya Tōshirō will act as fifth-year transfer students from Japan at Hogwarts. Jyuusanbantai-taicho Ukitake Jūshirō will act as a transfer teacher for a kendo elective from Japan as well. You may retain your real names. You are expected to guard the school, its students, and a certain boy named Potter Harry from any harm that might befall upon them. Particularly from a defected wizard who is known as 'Lord Voldemort'. However, if you may ever need to know this, his original name was Riddle Tom.

"Three days from now, you will set out to a well-known spot in the Wizarding World called Diagon Alley. It serves as a place to buy almost all the wizarding essentials, and much more. You will buy all of your school supplies there, and anything else you might need. The day after, you will move into Number Eight Privet Drive, Little Whinging, Surrey, England — where you will stay until the school year starts. It is located on the same street Potter lives in, so you may also monitor him during the summer. You will then—"

"Matte matte!" Ichigo suddenly interrupted. "Are you saying that I will be gone for a whole *year*? What about—"

"Kurosaki Ichigo," Yamamoto interrupted him, "this is a long-term assignment. That is to be expected."

"But—but I don't even know English!" Ichigo said again. "And what am I supposed to tell my family? They don't exactly know I'm a shinigami. And I can't say, 'Hey, dad, Yuzu, Karin! I have to go to England undercover as a student for a year. Bye!'"

Yamamoto's eyebrow twitched. "Ah, kids these days…" he thought. But instead he said, "Tell them you were selected from your school to go to England as a transfer student with a few other students from all across Japan. As for not knowing English, that problem has already been solved."

"How?" Ichigo asked.

"You will find out when you leave," Yamamoto answered. "Now, you are expected to blend in as a student to the best of your abilities, and are to be inconspicuous. We do not need our representatives prancing around like headless-horsemen at an English school.—"

When Tōshirō pictured this in his head, he had to fake a cough to cover up his snort of amusement.

"The headmaster and deputy headmistress know of the existence of shinigami, and will guide you through your mission," Yamamoto continued. "No one else must find out of our existence. I repeat, no one. This includes Potter and any of his associates, as it may jeopardize the mission. Potter seems to have a reputation of causing trouble, as do his two closest friends, Granger Hermione and Weasley Ronald, whom you will probably be associating closely with during this mission. To sum it up, the goal for this mission is to guide Hogwarts, it's students, and Potter Harry — Potter starting this summer and Hogwarts starting this upcoming school year. Any questions I will answer now, but if you have none, you are dismissed."

No one moved from their spot.

"Oh?" Yamamoto mumbled, surprised. It seemed that each one of them had a question.

"Ukitake-taicho," the soutaicho began, "what is your question?"

"Sir," Ukitake began, "are we allowed to use kidō or any of the shinigami arts? And, say a hollow shows up during class or while we are with students. What do we do?"

Yamamoto thought carefully before replying. "No," he said. "The use of kidō or any of our abilities on the grounds or infront of students is not permitted. There is only one condition during which these may be used: if your or any of the students' lives are threatened. If that is all, Ukitake-taicho, Hitsugaya-taicho may ask his question.

Ukitake nodded his head, and Tōshirō proceeded to say, "Soutaicho, say one of the students were to find out about us. What do we do then?"

"Erase their memory immediately with the kikanshinki," the soutaicho replied immediately without a second thought, "but do not harm them. Abarai-fukutaicho, what is it you wish to ask?"

"Where will we live at Hogwarts? You never mentioned that… sir." Renji sounded excited but slightly wary about the new mission.

"Dumbledore-san said that while you stayed at his school, you would be able to sleep in the school's dorms," Yamamoto answered. "Kuchiki, your question, please."

"Sir," Rukia began, "where will we get the money needed to get our supplies? Will we have to provide ourselves with money?"

"No," the soutaicho replied, "Dumbledore-san will be providing the money through a fund which sponsers 'transfer students' such as yourselves. And last, Kurosaki."

Yamamoto opened one eye and stared inquiringly at the shinigami-daiko.

Ichigo sighed, and said, "What do these 'wizards' learn exactly? Magic tricks? Hocus-pocus-alakazam?"

"No," Yamamoto's voice rumbled. "As I said earlier, they learn things from history and animal care to defensive and offensive magic. Of course, there are also many other classes you may partake in as well."

Everyone was silenced once more, and a pause filled the room. No one dared to interrupt it, until Yamamoto ordered, "You are dismissed. Report at the Main Senkaimon three days from now."

The shinigami bowed slightly and shuffled quietly out of the room. However, Yamamoto and his fukuticho remained in their office.

"Well," Ichigo said as he and Rukia began to part from the others, "that was interesting."

"Yeah…" Renji replied, seeming slightly confused. "Taicho needs me to return tothe office now, and I really need to work on paperwork since we'll be gone in three days. Ja ne."

He waved as he jogged to his division grounds. Ichigo and Rukia left as well.

"I really should get going, too," Ukitake said to Tōshirō. "I expect my division entered a state of turmoil during my absence."

Ukitake laughed cheerfully, thinking of what to expect when he entered his office.

"Wait, Ukitake-taicho," Tōshirō interrupted. "Do you really think this… this *magic* could possibly be real..?"

The jyuusanbantai taicho thought for a moment and scratched his chin. "Hmm…" he mumbled.

"Yes," Ukitake finally answered, "I do. It may seem far-fetched and too early for me to assume, but wouldn't you like to believe in magic as well, Tōshirō?"

"I suppose," Tōshirō replied. "But I won't believe it until I see it for myself. Being cautious won't hurt."

Ukitake nodded, cheerfully waved, and called out, "Ja ne, Shiro-chan!" before walking away.

"It's Hitsugaya-taicho," Tōshirō mumbled crossly under his breath. He frowned and crossed his arms, but nonetheless made his way back to his division.

This was going to be a long year.

(1) Some of you may think that Matsumoto has red or auburn hair, but on the official book jacket for the COLORBLEACH guide, Matsumoto is shown as a blonde with blue eyes.

(2) Remember, this is being addressed from Great Britain, so they are using the English translations.

Translations:

daiko - substitute

fukutaicho - vice captain/lieutenant

ichibantai - first division

ja ne - goodbye (informal)

jyuubantai - tenth division

jyuusanbantai - thirteenth division

matte - wait

nani - what

rokubantai - sixth division

sake - rice wine/alcohol

shinigami - death god

soutaicho - head captain

taicho - captain

Well, that was a short chappie… And way overdue, too… ( T ^ T ) Gomen nasai! ( T ^ T )

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