A/N: As with all my stories, this one has been completed. There are about 22 chapters and I upload one a day, on average.
A short note about the formatting; The first two scenes are in London. The language spoken is English. But after that, Harry is in Japan. English becomes the foreign language and it is formatted in italics. Also, I use the local naming conventions (surname firstname: Potter Harry, Granger Hermione), Japanese honorifics are also used (san, kun, chan, tan, sama, sensei), this is because Harry is in a completely new culture and it needs to be obvious as there will be interactions between the cultures. Bear in mind I am English and have just above average command of my native language. I am useless at learning languages, so expect mistakes.
Everything else should be self-explanatory. I have watched the Rosario+Vampire anime, but this story is based on the manga.
Disclaimer: I hold no rights to Harry Potter or Rosario+Vampire. But I highly recommend you get yourselves a copy... unless its not your thing... then you should probably skip this fanfic altogether.
The Alley was relatively quiet considering it was barely ten in the morning. There were a few mothers doing some shopping, but really it was a good time for a tea break for the shopkeepers before the lunchtime rush.
Harry walked dejectedly along Diagon Alley. He had just had his wand snapped and was expelled from Hogwarts for the underage use of magic. Nobody seemed to care that he was defending himself and his cousin from Dementors.
He couldn't understand why Professor Dumbledore wasn't there for him. He had been taken to Number Twelve Grimmauld Place after the incident on Privet Drive with the Dementors. It was a dark and dismal place where he discovered his godfather, Sirius Black, was a prisoner there just as he had been with the Dursleys. He'd also discovered that everyone had purposefully been keeping him in the dark. It hadn't helped the mood.
Mr. Weasley had taken him to the Ministry for his hearing. They had barely made it as the times had been changed and they were lucky they were there early… quite strange for a member of the Weasley family to be early.
Now that he thought about it that was probably the reason Dumbledore wasn't there. He just didn't know the times had changed.
Mr. Weasley hadn't been there when Harry left the hearing without his wand. Lucius Malfoy had been. The insults had been almost too much as he quietly tried to ignore the man and walked out.
He didn't dare go back to the Dursleys, without the threat of magic he would be in great danger. He didn't want to go back to Grimmauld Place, he couldn't face his friends and not feel even worse as they had wands and a school to go to. He couldn't bear the thought of disappointing Sirius.
He headed for Gringotts to try and get some money and maybe see if they could give him muggle money so he could get a hotel room somewhere.
He never noticed that he had made it through the alley and into the bank until he heard an impatient voice clear its throat. Harry looked up and found himself standing in front of a teller.
"Can I help you?" The goblin asked pointedly from his high desk that put him above the wizards and witches. As if a goblin would ever look up to a human!
"Oh, yes. I was hoping to get some money out, also, do you convert magical money to muggle?"
The goblin wrinkled its nose in disgust. Goblins dealt in gold and other precious metals. They had no love for the strange paper that muggles threw about. "We do. Key?"
Harry closed his eyes in frustration. Mrs. Weasley still had it.
The goblin rolled his eyes as he deduced the problem. "Foolish child. You should never be without your key. It cannot be taken from you if it is on your person.
"Now you will have to have a new key made. What is your name?"
"Really?" He scoffed. "The Great Harry Potter couldn't remember his own vault key. I suppose next you'll tell me you forgot your wand."
Harry was getting a little peeved. "No, the Ministry just snapped it!" He hissed.
The goblin looked at him in shock.
"What is going on here? Why is this disgrace to the wizarding world still here?"
Harry sighed as he heard Lucius Malfoy's snide voice behind him.
"That is none of your business. What happens between Gringotts and its clients is confidential."
"Potter is no longer a wizard. He doesn't have any rights in our world." Malfoy said dismissively. "He certainly doesn't have the right to access his money. All his magical items have been confiscated and destroyed. Including his owl." Malfoy smirked maliciously.
Harry's face paled. Hedwig was the only friend he had at times. She never betrayed him, doubted him or went behind his back.
"I do hope that isn't true, Malfoy." The goblin warned. "Those items were private property and the Potters, just like the Malfoys, had them insured by Gringotts. It would be very bad for business to find out that the Ministry has violated the various treaties and contracts between the government and the bank."
Malfoy froze at that. He hadn't actually known that there were treaties or that this would involve the goblins. He had a sudden desire to empty his vaults and close his accounts.
Whilst he was pondering this, Harry had fallen to the floor in shock as his world fell to pieces around him.
"I will be back later to discuss my accounts." Malfoy said haughtily. "For now I must escort Potter to a very special meeting." He smiled nastily.
Harry now knew why Malfoy had followed him. He was to deliver him straight to Voldemort. Harry was about ready to give up. He wished he had a wand to draw just to give the goblins a reason to kill him. The last thing he wanted was to be at the mercy of Voldemort… the man didn't know the meaning of the word.
"Mr. Potter has business with Gringotts first. If he is available afterwards he can seek you out himself. Now please excuse us." Came a new voice.
Harry saw a new goblin walk up in an expensive three-piece suit, complete with gold pocket watch.
"As I said, Potter has no rights to anything in Gringotts." Malfoy argued. "He is no longer a member of the Wizarding World."
"Then it is to his good fortune that we are not a part of the 'Wizarding World'." The new goblin sneered. "We are part of the 'Magical World' and as long as he or his relatives have magic in their veins then they can do business with us. Now leave before you are forced to leave."
Lucius was about to argue further when two loud bangs sounded behind him. He turned to see two small goblins with large spears standing there.
"I will return later." He snarled before spinning away.
The goblin sighed before turning to Harry. "Mr. Potter, get up off the floor and follow me." He ordered.
Harry sluggishly rose and followed the goblin out through a side door. He was led down some ornate steps to an even more ornate corridor of marble. Along the way were various doors with the names of goblins and their positions on the name plates.
Goldtooth – Loans
Silverspike – Acquisitions
Bloodbook – Accounts Manager
Hookjaw – Sales
Blooddrinker – Fines and Penalties
Harry noticed a trend with the names. He wondered if any goblin had a name not comprised of two subjects.
At the end of the corridor was a set of double doors that swung open as they approached, inside was a very large room that was made with more marble with gold accents.
"Please take a seat Mr. Potter. We have a lot to discuss." The goblin instructed.
Harry numbly sat down in the chair opposite the goblin's desk as the tiny creature hopped up into the large chair behind the desk. Like all other goblin chairs, it was designed so he sat above all others. On Harry's mind was the loss of Hedwig.
"Mr. Potter, is it true that the human calling himself Lord Voldemort is back?"
Harry just sat there.
"Huh? Oh, yeah, he's back." Harry muttered.
The goblin rolled his eyes. This child was not going to be very useful at the moment. He silently left the room, not that Harry noticed.
Harry didn't know how much time passed as he sat there. He was shaken from his thoughts when something gripped his left shoulder. He looked around to see Hedwig sitting there.
"Perhaps we can actually converse now, Mr. Potter?" The goblin asked.
"Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!" Harry said happily as he nuzzled Hedwig with his nose.
"Oh, sure. Converse away." Harry grinned. The horrors of the day were nothing to him as long as he had Hedwig back.
"You have already confirmed that Lord Voldemort has returned."
"Tom Riddle, Tom Marvolo Riddle is his birth name." Harry told him.
The goblin raised an eyebrow. "Indeed, that information will be most useful. How did you come across this knowledge?"
"He told me. Second year there was this diary that had a younger version of him in it. It was petrifying students with a basilisk that I had to kill."
"A basilisk and… a shade?" The goblin asked as both eyebrows rose in surprise. "You can prove your claims?"
Harry looked at the goblin with slight surprise. "You actually want me to prove I'm not lying?"
The goblin looked at him glibly. "It is generally the thing to do when claims of such an… outlandish nature are made."
Harry started to snicker… then giggle before laughing outright.
The goblin glared at him. "Mr. Potter, this is not an amusing topic!" He scolded.
"Sorry sir, I just came from being put on trial for underage magic despite the fact that I defended myself from Dementors. They wouldn't accept my word, how can I expect you to do so." He said with a sour laugh.
"We hardly intend to accept your word unless you give a binding magical oath, partake of veritiserum or provide us with the memories." He scoffed. "Are you willing to do any of those?"
"Sure, sure." Harry said with a dismissive wave, he didn't expect to be believed either way.
The goblin took a deep breath to calm himself. He wanted to chastise the boy for being disrespectful but if what the child claimed was true he had every right to expect nothing but ridicule and mistrust.
He walked over to a nearby counter where he retrieved a stone bowl that was engraved with various runes.
"A pensive. I know." Harry frowned. "You really want me to do this? You'll actually believe my memories?"
"Provided I detect no modifications to the memories they should suffice."
"I didn't know goblins used these things." Harry mused as he took a closer look at the bowl.
"These are goblin creations, Mr. Potter. We are the ones who developed the mind arts.
"Now, do you know how to retrieve the memory and place it in the bowl?"
Harry didn't have a clue so the goblin walked him through the process. He was surprised he didn't need a wand as Professor Dumbledore had.
Harry sat in the office alone with Hedwig as the goblin was in the pensive.
It was half an hour later that he was deposited back in to the office.
"Well… I can certainly see why people might question your veracity." The goblin muttered as he sat down in his chair.
Harry bristled at this. "I thought you could tell if the memories were altered?"
"I can, they were very truthful and I believe them." The goblin chided. "However, what I saw was… well quite frankly I can't think of a word to use other than 'unbelievable' but that word isn't quite the one I want as I do believe you.
"Would you mind if I kept those copies of your memories? Especially the one of Riddle's resurrection?"
"Sure." Harry shrugged.
"Excellent. Now, as much as I believe you I believe that you should also provide a full testimony under oath and veritiserum." Harry went to protest but the goblin held up a hand stopping him. "I believe you, but the more assurances you can give the easier it will be to convince others."
"Like who? Fudge kicked me out without listening."
"Yes… and he is a fool who will pay dearly when the truth comes out." The goblin smirked. "Agree to give the testimony and leave the rest with me."
"Who are you?" Harry asked.
The goblin just looked at him through narrowed eyes, examining him carefully.
"I am someone who holds a position of much influence. I might hold the key to your future not only to the wizarding and muggle worlds but also to a third world that we goblins refer to as 'The Monster World'.
"By agreeing to provide me with those memories, you have done the goblin nation a great favour. We are inclined to return that favour.
"Make no mistake, we won't be giving you anymore than you have given us. Goblins are not known for their generosity after all." The goblin grinned. "I hold sway at a school in Japan, I believe it would be beneficial for you to attend there. It is not a magical school but it is a school that will teach you how to live with humans, non-magicals specifically."
"What about when Voldemort comes after me? I won't be able to use magic to defend myself."
The goblin rolled his eyes. "Stupid wizards, reliant on their little sticks. I would be willing to sell you three things at a reduced price, in recognition of what you have done for the goblin nation. The first will be the memories of someone with exceptional training in magic, the second will be the memories of training in wandless magic, the last will be lessons in Japanese… which you will need if you are to attend a Japanese school."
"Will that mean I will have memories of that person's life?" Harry asked as he wrinkled his nose. He didn't want to have memories of another person, the things they might do with their body, like pee, poop and… oh god… what if it was a girl!?
Again the goblin rolled its eyes. "No Mr. Potter, we use this method to train our human employees in Gobbledegook. You will have only the information required and you will need to practice."
"Just how much is this going to cost?" Harry asked warily.
Harry sat on the yellow, Japanese school bus with Hedwig on his shoulder as it drove through London. The driver wore a low cap that cast shadows over his glowing eyes and he spoke Japanese. Harry was relieved when he was able to understand him thanks to the newly acquired memories. He was also thrilled that he didn't have any additional 'experiences' in those memories.
They headed south across the Thames travelling out of London and into Kent before heading to Folkstone and the newly opened Channel Tunnel. Harry tried asking the driver if they had to drive all the way to Japan.
The driver just laughed… it was a kind of creepy laugh.
They seemingly bypassed all the checkpoints and headed for what appeared to be a maintenance entrance. There were no lights in the tunnel, just the daylight behind them.
Harry knew that there was at least twenty miles between France and England, so he was surprised to discover the daylight lit exit ahead of them only sixty seconds later.
As they exited the tunnel Harry noticed the stark contrast of where he was as opposed to where he had been.
For starters, there were no buildings, security or anything else one would expect to see when exiting an international tunnel. The sky was a mixture of various shades of mild red and blue like a water painting. There were trees everywhere.
The driver pulled to a stop next to a scarecrow with a jack-o-lantern for a head and a bus schedule on its chest.
"Welcome to Yōkai Academy, kid." The driver said in his gravelly voice.
"The dead forest is the academy?" Harry asked sceptically.
"Just head down the path and through the graveyard and you'll see it." He answered as Harry picked up his bag and made his way to the front of the bus. "Times for the bus are on the scarecrow. Good luck kid, you're gonna need it."
As the bus pulled away, Harry could hear the man laughing.
He couldn't help but shudder.
Harry pulled his bag over his shoulder and began walking down the dark and disturbing path with Hedwig on his shoulder. It was over grown and deeply shadowed, more than once he considered the possibility that he was lost.
He walked for ten minutes when he heard a familiar sound. He had heard it many times around Privet Drive, a bicycle.
But he couldn't find it in all the darkness and undergrowth, but he could hear it almost on top of him when he felt the metal handlebars crash into his back and he went spinning through the air with a yell accompanied by another person's scream and an indignant squawk from Hedwig.
Harry groaned as he pushed himself up off the floor onto his hands and knees. He couldn't see properly as his glasses had been knocked off and his head was spinning. His left hand was resting on the floor, he could feel the twigs and dead leaves, but there was something soft and warm under his right hand.
"Oh, I'm so sorry!"
The other person was a female, according to the voice.
"Can you see my glasses?" Harry asked.
"Here." He felt the glasses being pushed onto his face and he found he could see.
Inches in front of him was a girl about his own age, very beautiful with pale skin, green eyes and long pink hair.
"You're bleeding!" She said horrified that she had caused this.
"Don't worry, nothing new." Harry said as he ducked his head in embarrassment. When he looked down he discovered what the warm and soft thing under his had was.
The girl was wearing a very short school skirt.
Very very short.
Unfortunately he realised his hand was very high up on her overly exposed inner thigh.
"Gah!" He cried as he snatched his hand away as if burnt. "Sorry! Very sorry."
The girl was blushing as red as Harry.
"It's ok, it was my fault to begin with." She said. "Here, let me help you."
She pulled out a handkerchief and began to dab at the cut on his cheek.
Harry was very aware that this beautiful girl was getting closer and closer to him. He wasn't used to this. Even Fleur hadn't been like this, she had kissed him on the cheek but the look on this girl's face was… hungry.
The girl gave a slight moan and Harry could hear her sniffing him.
"I'm sorry, you… you just smell so good!"
The next thing Harry knew the girl had pounced on him and was biting his neck.
The girl was incredibly strong and nothing he could do would get her off… he was also a little wary of where he could put his hands.
Trying to respect a girl's body when she was stealing his blood was something that would confound him years later.
After a few moments, the girl released him.
"Oh, that tasted sooo good." She said contentedly. "I haven't eaten since yesterday!"
"You bit me! Are you a vampire?" Harry asked accusingly.
The girl nodded somewhat shamefully. "I'm sorry, I couldn't help myself."
"Could you at least give me a warning next time?" He asked a little less upset now that he realised he wasn't dead, just a little weak.
"You mean you'll let me drink you again?! You taste so good!"
"As long as you don't kill me… I guess." Harry said warily. "I'm Harry, Potter Harry."
"Oh, I'm Akashiya Moka. I really am sorry I didn't ask first. Yours is the first blood I've ever tasted. No one else's blood smelled so good before."
"Well… let's just forget about it." Harry said as he stood up and offered her a hand.
He couldn't help but notice that her skirt was still very short. He tore his eyes away from her long legs to see her bike. It was bent at odd angles.
"I don't think you'll be riding that anywhere soon like that." Harry commented as he walked over and picked the bike up.
Wandless magic had some pretty neat effects. Without the wand limiting the casters magic it allowed the full power of the caster to be utilised. On the downside, you lost the ability to do the more intricate things. Working on finely detailed items was much harder without the limiting abilities of the wand and the precision it allowed.
Fortunately the bike was just a standard bike. Harry's wandless first spell was the one that Hermione had taught him all that time ago on the train.
"Reparo." Harry incanted.
The bike morphed itself back to a near new state.
"You're a wizard!" Moka said excitedly. "I've never met a wizard before."
"I've never met a vampire before." Harry smiled softly.
Harry looked up at the trees trying to find Hedwig. "Hedwig?" He gave a short whistle.
There was a bark from somewhere nearby.
"I know you're not shy, come down here!"
"Prek! Prek!" Came the emphatic reply.
"Could you promise you won't try and eat Hedwig?" He asked Moka.
"My owl. She's a little bit… weird."
"You are!" Harry retorted loudly at the direction the bark came from.
"You have an owl?"
"And you can talk to her?"
"Sort of. Mainly I talk and she… does what she wants. But she does listen to me when I just want to chat."
"And she's worried that I will eat her?"
"She does have blood." Harry pointed out.
"Oh… well I guess I can promise that. I wouldn't want to drink from someone who didn't want me to."
Harry had a suspicion that that rule didn't actually apply to him. As his sore neck could attest.
"I promise I won't drink or bite you Hedwig!" Moka called out, feeling fairly silly.
"She promised! Get down here or I'll leave you to fly on your own. There's no telling what might be in this forest! We have just met a vampire you know, and this place is called 'Monster Academy'." Harry called out irritably.
"Monster Academy?" Moka repeated, she knew English but found the translation amusing.
"Pretty much means 'Yōkai Academy' in English." Harry shrugged as a very nervous Hedwig flitted down to Harry's shoulder.
"Oh my god! She's so beautiful!" Moka gushed.
Harry watched Hedwig puff up proudly at the praise. He decided to ignore it. "This is Moka, she promised not to drink or hurt you." He said firmly.
"I would never hurt you! You're too beautiful!" Moka promised as she reached out a hand to stroke Hedwig's feathers.
Harry could hear and see Hedwig preen at the praise. Moka had just made a new friend, evidenced by the way Hedwig hopped from his shoulder to Moka's.
"Abandoned already." Harry muttered. He reached down to pick up his bag and the bike. "Do you know which way the Academy is? I got turned around… when… you know… you hit me?" He said, trying to not say it but she seemed fairly confused about what he was getting at.
"Oh! Right." Moka blushed. "This way, here, let me take that." She said as she took the bike from Harry. "And thank you for fixing it."
"Wasn't hard." Harry shrugged. He couldn't help but think that Moka looked even more beautiful with Hedwig riding on her shoulder.
"I'm surprised a Wizard would come to a school in the Monster World. They aren't very well liked most of the time because of how much like humans they are."
Harry smiled softly. "I didn't know about the Monster World until the goblins told me. It isn't safe for me in the Wizarding World and it's the same in the Human World. At least here I have a chance to defend myself."
"People were trying to hurt you?" Moka asked slightly mortified at the thought.
"Apparently since the day I was born." Harry chuckled.
"But that's horrible!"
"Well, yes. But like I said, it's been this way since I was born. I don't know of any other way of life."
"But that's horrible!"
Harry just shrugged. "How about you? How was your life growing up? Anyone looking to kill you?"
"Well… there is one person." She said hesitantly. "But I don't think she wants to kill me, just fight me."
"Any particular reason?"
"We used to fight all the time… I taught her but then I had to leave and now she keeps tracking me down and attacking me."
Harry frowned. "I'm not sure that actually counts as life-threatening."
Moka turned and rested her bike against her hip. She pulled apart the top buttons of her already tight blouse to reveal her cleavage and the large crucifix resting there. Harry could feel his cheeks turning red.
"You see this rosary?"
Harry was actually a little relieved she wasn't trying to seduce him.
"This rosary locks away my true form. I can't remove it and I am very weak compared to my true form."
"And this person wants to fight your true form?" Harry asked.
"Exactly, but it can't be removed as far as I know, at least not by me." She nodded as she took hold of her bike and resumed walking.
Harry and Moka eventually got separated when they had to sign in and collect their class schedules and home room assignments as well as getting to their new dorm rooms.
Harry soon made it to his new homeroom where the teacher, a Nekonome Shizuka, introduced herself as their home room teacher.
Miss Nekonome was a very upbeat young woman with short, shoulder length, brown hair. She had little tufts of hair on the tops of the sides of her head like cat ears and like the rest of the girls of the school… wore a very short skirt.
Harry couldn't help but think that the purebloods back home would bust a blood vessel at the indecent uniforms.
For himself… he just tried to keep his eyes fixed on faces.
Miss Nekonome was talking about how this was a school for monsters where they would learn how to live in the human world. From what Harry could tell they didn't teach anything about the wizarding world.
He was surprised to hear that everyone was supposed to keep their monster forms a secret. He made a mental note to find Moka and warn her after class as they had both been quite open about what they were.
It also made him very wary of his fellow students as he was human himself. He was not pleased to hear the classmate sitting next to him suggest that they eat any humans and molest the cute ones. He didn't know whether to be scared or outraged.
It didn't help that Miss Nekonome also seemed to have a mild case of the nerves.
It was at this point that Moka arrived having gotten a little lost in the school. Harry was happy to see he would have at least one friendly face in class.
"I'm sorry I'm late." She said slightly embarrassed to Miss Nekonome. "I got lost."
"That's perfectly alright." The bubbly teacher smiled. "Come in and take a seat."
The only seat left was the one behind Harry and to his right, which meant Moka easily spotted him.
"Harry!" She cheered as she practically leapt at him.
Harry quickly stood to catch her as she latched onto him. He could feel her breath on his neck and was worried she might bite him and reveal her monster identity.
"Monster identities are secrets here." He whispered harshly.
Moka pulled back and looked at him curiously.
Harry nodded towards the board where Miss Nekonome had written the rules and one clearly stated that you are not to reveal your monster identity.
"I'll keep yours a secret and you keep mine." Harry offered with a small smile.
Moka beamed at him… then blushed as she noticed everyone staring at them. She quickly took a seat.
After their first class Moka and Harry headed outside. Harry had plenty of money on him so he bought them both a drink.
"I don't know what's funnier. A vampire drinking tomato juice or the fact that they have it in a drinks machine." He chuckled.
Moka pouted at him. "Your blood was the first I've ever tasted. It seems a shame to have to go back to… tomato juice."
"If you drink too much in one go I will die." Harry calmly pointed out. "If I die you won't have any of my blood to drink."
"I wouldn't do that!" She said aghast. She blushed and looked down at her feet. "You're my only friend."
"If you're looking for a friend… you're wasting your time with this weakling."
Harry grimaced at the sound of his classmate, Saizou Komiya, the boy who asked why they didn't eat humans and molest the women.
"I can be real 'friendly'." The taller boy grinned lasciviously at Moka.
Moka could clearly sense the newcomer's intent and stepped back behind Harry.
"Why don't you and I go somewhere else and have some fun?" He asked as he stepped closer.
Moka grabbed Harry's hand and dragged him off. "I'm sorry! I'm having fun with Harry right now!" She called over her shoulder.
Harry was shocked at just how strong Moka was. He struggled to keep up with her just to prevent his shoulder being wrenched. As it was, when she stopped he was still pretty sore.
"Moka, I'm practically human here. Please be a little bit gentler with me." Harry said as he rubbed his abused joint.
Moka blushed. "Oh, I'm so embarrassed." She giggled as she playfully pushed him.
Harry went soaring through the air to land with a crash, embedded in a vending machine as drinks fell to the ground around him.
"Come on, let's explore!" Moka called out as she walked off, happily unaware of what she had done.
For the first time in nearly a year, Harry found he was happy. The reason for his happiness was literally Moka. She was full of bubbling enthusiasm and she seemed intent on making Harry share it.
Despite being thousands of miles from home, far from his school friends and godfather, Harry felt he could be happy here as long as he had Moka as his friend.
It helped that Moka adored Hedwig and would pout if the owl was gone. Hedwig definitely appreciated being fawned over.
By the end of their first day, Harry was exhausted. Exhausted but happy. He had a new friend and he was finally in a school where nobody knew who he was.
Of course, he was also at a school and nobody knew where he was. His mission for the following day was to get a letter to Sirius, just let him know he was safe.
"Harry! You look awful!"
Harry gave Moka a very dry look.
She blushed. "I just meant-"
"It's fine Moka." Harry smiled tiredly. "I just had a long night."
"You had trouble sleeping?"
"A bit. I was trying to write a letter and figure out how to send it."
"Oh… that is a puzzle." Moka agreed as she realized there were no phones or letter boxes at the school.
"Don't worry, I'm going to ask the bus driver to deliver it for me."
"That's a wonderful idea!" Moka beamed. Then her face fell. "Where's Hedwig?"
Harry just grumbled. "She's upset with me because I won't let her take the letter."
"Hedwig wants to deliver letters?" Moka was clearly confused.
"British wizards use owls to deliver mail. A lot like they used to use messenger pigeons."
"Oh." Moka was clearly confused. "If she normally does it, then why not this time?"
"Because she is too noticeable. I'm hiding from wizarding Britain." Harry then rolled his eyes. "Let's not forget the tiny issue of the thousands of miles of ocean between Japan and Britain."
That bit Moka did get and she giggled. "Well, I'm glad she isn't taking it. I would miss her."
There was a flutter of wings and Moka's right shoulder was occupied.
Harry looked at his avian friend with an unimpressed expression.
"You can't go all the way to England, Hedwig." Moka reasoned with her passenger. "What would Harry do without you?"
Hedwig seemed to consider that for a moment before she gave a stern bark and bobbed in agreement before glaring at Harry.
"How about this; I'll introduce you to the bus driver and if he agrees then you can take any future letters to him to take to England?" Harry tried to reason with the owl.
Hedwig could tell he was trying to placate her… but she also knew it was as good as she was going to get. Besides, Moka was right: Harry would be lost without her.
After a whole day of classes that had nothing to do with magic, Harry began his trek back through the desolate woods to the bus stop.
Moka had been elsewhere so it was just him and Hedwig.
This time Harry took a good look around. There were graves and gravestones all over the place. There were also bats and rodents in abundance, so he wasn't worried about Hedwig going hungry or getting bored.
He made it to the bus stop and groaned. "Once a month? He only comes once a month?"
Harry glared at the smug looking bird. He knew she was rubbing in the fact that he could have asked her. But he instead pouted at her sadly. "You really want to be away from me that much?"
Hedwig immediately began butting his head affectionately and apologetically.
"I thought I'd lost you after the trial. Malfoy said he'd killed you. It- It was horrible." Harry admitted as he nuzzled her feathers with his nose.
They stayed that way for a few moments, just enjoying each other's presence like they usually did. Hedwig eventually jumped off his shoulder and barked cheerfully, flew a circuit around his head and then shot off back towards the school.
Harry grinned before he began running after her. It wasn't as good as chasing her on his broom, but it was just like old times.
They ran half way back to the school before Hedwig veered off to the left, barking angrily. Harry sped up with worry. He arrived to find Hedwig dive bombing Saizou whilst Moka scooted away on her butt.
Harry didn't stop running, he simply changed his direction and stance and ran straight into Saizou sending himself and Hedwig's victim tumbling.
Harry was quickly back on his feet whilst Saizou was trying to figure out what had happened.
The tall boy was soon up and saw Harry helping Moka to her feet. He was furious and he no longer cared about rules.
Harry turned to where Moka pointed to see Saizou begin to grow. His muscles bulged, ripping his shirt and blazer to shred. His tongue elongated and whipped around like a tail… a tail covered in drool.
"I told you to stay away from MOKA!" Saizou roared. "So now I'll just have to teach you to respect your betters."
Harry had no idea what to do. The rules said he couldn't reveal his true form, that meant no magic. After being convicted for trying to defend himself, he didn't want to test the new rules he was under.
His years of experience came rushing back to him. Dealing with Voldemort, three-headed giant dogs, basilisks, dragons and so on.
It came down to one tactic that he had amazing success with.
He turned Moka and began rushing her away.
He made it five steps before he remembered that his success with running was usually temporary. He felt something snap around his leg and he fell to the floor.
He was flipped onto his back and could see Saizou's long tongue wrapped around his calf and dragging him closer.
Harry frantically dug his free heel into the ground. He was amazed when he abruptly stopped and Saizou stumbled forward.
Saizou was huge! He had to be stronger than Moka and Moka could rip him to pieces.
He recovered enough to start scrambling backwards, but Saizou's tongue still had a firm hold. No matter what Harry did, he could not get free.
But still, Saizou could not move Harry closer to him.
"You're pretty strong for a skinny runt." Saizou grunted before he began stalking towards Harry.
Harry tried to move but Saizou wasn't allowing any slack on his tongue. When this was over he would puzzle over how Saizou could talk so well with his tongue out.
There was a flash of pink at his side and Moka was pulling on his arm, trying to help him free.
"It's no use, Moka! Just run! Get help!"
"I will not leave you, Harry!" She declared stubbornly.
Unfortunately, Harry was caught between Saizou and Moka. A monster and a vampire.
"Moka! My arm is breaking!" Harry ground out as he tried to maintain his foothold.
Moka immediately let go and began searching the ground.
"Saizou, you had better let me go." Harry growled. "You've revealed your monster form, if I have to reveal mine… I'll make you pay."
It was a hell of a bluff as Harry had no idea what Saizou was or what would work against him. On the other hand, Harry knew plenty of spells.
Saizou began screaming in pain.
Probably because Moka had found a lovely thick tree branch and was pounding his stretched tongue with it.
Harry felt the tongue loosen and then whip painfully away. He immediately struggled to his feet and dragged Moka to a safe distance.
"We need to run, Harry!"
"I can't." Harry grimaced. His ankle was in a lot of pain, he was worried that Saizou might have fractured it.
"Well... limp quickly!" She said fretfully as she pulled his arm around her shoulders.
Harry screamed in pain as Saizou had finally recovered and latched his tongue to Harry's ankle again. Harry fell to the ground pulling Moka with him.
Harry's world went momentarily black as the pain overwhelmed him. When he regained his senses he was mildly surprised to find himself looking at Moka's feet. He looked up only to find himself with a view that would see him hexed six ways from Sunday, but no Moka.
Instead, he was looking up the skirt of a white haired, red-eyed girl.
Who looked a lot like Moka.
"I can't believe you called me out for this." The girl scoffed down at Harry. "Try not to get yourself killed for five minutes?" She mocked before heading off towards Saizou to give him a fair share of her insults.
Harry took a brief look around but couldn't see Moka. He quickly healed his ankle, grateful that he didn't have to vanish the bones and drink another dose of Skele-grow.
By the time he stood up, the new girl was standing proudly over a thoroughly thrashed Saizou.
"Excuse me? Have you seen Akashiya Moka? Girl, about our height, pink hair?" Harry called out.
The girl gave him a disgusted look. "How is that girl able to cope with your idiocy? I am Moka." She then paused thoughtfully. "To be more accurate, I am Moka unleashed. Her true vampire form. The real Moka."
"She got her rosary off?" Harry was surprised.
The girl growled, stomped up to him and grabbed his hand. She pried it open.
There, in his palm, was the large cross.
"You pulled it off."
"I did?" He really didn't remember that.
"God! You are so stupid!"
Harry was getting annoyed now. "What is wrong with you? I didn't willingly pull this off." He tossed the cross at her. "I heard Moka screaming with Hedwig. We came to help her. Based on your attitude I'd be more than happy to put some sticking charms on that thing so you never come out!"
Realising that this Moka knew his 'monster form' and that Saizou was out cold, he quickly cast some binding charms at the monster.
Moka was pissed. "Listen you insolent little puss pocket!" She grabbed him by the collar, hoisting him over her head. "I am an S-Class monster! You are just a pitiful C-Class, not even a real monster… just a human with a talent.
"Know. Your. Place!" She ground out.
Harry had had enough. He didn't know much about monsters, but he paid attention in Professor Lupin's classes to know some basic weaknesses of vampires. He grabbed the hand that was holding him and cast.
Moka screamed as she released him in shock, water pouring from Harry's hand.
Whilst Moka tried to dry her stinging hand on her skirt, Harry straightened himself. He conjured a large ball of water in his left hand, about the size of a classroom globe.
"I don't know you. I am not even sure I want to." He said with a sneer. "Don't come near me without that rosary on."
Keeping the water globe active, he levitated Saizou and began walking towards the school.
Moka was enraged. She was just about to leap at his disappearing back when something very sharp dug into her shoulders and something very soft smacked the back of her head.
She turned to see the warning eyes of Hedwig, just inches from her own.
"He is an arrogant fool. And I will be there to see him suffer." She sneered as she replaced the rosary.
Her hair began to fade back to pink, her stature shrunk just a bit, her eye-colour reverted.
And she fainted.
She didn't take long to wake up. Not with Hedwig head-butting her.
Then the memories came rushing back and she cried.
Hedwig stayed with her, comforting her.
Harry had levitated Saizou to the edge of the forest before dropping him. He then conjured some ropes so he could pull him along.
Harry was getting a lot of looks from students as they saw skinny Harry dragging the muscular and transformed Saizou behind him. Especially as Harry was clearly straining under the weight.
Once he got inside the school it was easier to drag his burden along the smooth floors. He eventually made it to his Home Room.
"Nekonome-sensei, I hope there is some sort of law enforcement for this world." He grumbled as he released the ropes. "Saizou just tried to murder me and rape Akashiya Moka."
"Oh my!" She gasped as she sprang to her feet and began checking Harry for injuries. "Where is Akashiya-san?"
"In the forest." Harry shrugged. "There was a bit of an issue. I'm sure she'll be fine.
"So… any police we can call?"
Miss Nekonome was flustered and had no idea what to do. "No, the monster world doesn't have police. The strongest are in charge… or the smartest." She admitted.
"So this bastard goes free and unpunished?" Harry demanded.
Miss Nekonome glanced at the unconscious heap. Saizou didn't look exceptionally 'unpunished'… but she thought it best not to mention it.
"Harry-kun, his punishment is what you or Moka-san can dish out." She explained carefully. "In this school we give detentions only for poor academic performance or laziness. I know what all my students' true forms are. Mainly because I can smell you!" She gave a little grin. "I know you and Moka-san have the strength to defeat Saizou-san, so you have to deal with him."
Harry sighed. "You do realise this isn't how it works in the human world?"
"I know, Harry-kun. I live in the human world when I'm not at the school."
"Oh! Could you do me a favour then? Could you post this?" He pulled out his letter from his blazer. It had clearly seen better days, those days were of a time when it was still a tree and not pulverised pulp for kids.
Harry cast a quick reparo.
"Harry-kun, I will post this if you promise to be available as my classroom assistant." She grinned with a hint of playful greed.
Moka eventually trudged up to the school. She was utterly depressed and dejected. Her clothing was rumpled, her face was splotchy.
But she was still beautiful and still drew the eyes of the boys.
Or she would have if they weren't fixed on Harry Potter.
"Hey Moka. Glad to see you again. I really hope you don't lose that rosary again, I did not like that other person."
"Harry-kun? What are you doing?" She asked, her depression slightly eclipsed by the sight of Harry hauling Saizou up the side of the building by means of a rope and pulley.
Harry just grinned. "Nekonome-sensei said that we had to punish Saizou. So, I figured I would do some public humiliation until you come up with your own punishment for him."
"You- you are not angry at me?" She asked tentatively.
"You mean for what the other Moka did? No! I know what it's like to have to deal with possessed people and those who share bodies.
"As long as she stays the hell away from me everything will be fine." Harry said firmly. "Speaking of… how's your arm, from where I- grabbed it?"
"Oh, it healed quickly." She assured him.
"You look a bit tired." Harry commented quietly. "Maybe you should get some bed rest before class tomorrow."
Moka blushed and began swaying with her head down and arms behind her back. "Actually… it would really help if you would let me drink your blood." She looked up at him with a pouting look.
Harry was flustered. "I- erm- well- I guess-"
"Oh Harry-kun! You're the best!"
All Harry could do was stand there with a beautiful girl attached to his neck whilst half the school watched with Saizou hanging on the wall as Harry tried to figure out when he said 'yes'.