Harry Potter and the Phantom Thief
When Daisuke was looking for traps on his way out the door that morning, he didn't expect the owl.
It was large, with big crossed yellow eyes, and slightly rumpled brown feathers. It looked slightly confused, but upon seeing Daisuke, it held out one long, black leg. Attached to aforementioned long, black leg was a letter.
After only a moment's hesitation, Daisuke took the letter. He carefully examined it for explosives, and finding none, opened it.
Dear Mr. Daisuke Niwa,
We are proud to inform you of your acceptance to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It is not our usual policy to accept wizards from outside jolly England, but we felt that your unusual circumstances warranted an invitation to our school. Enclosed is your list for books and supplies necessary for First Year students. Please board the Hogwarts Express at King's Cross Station, Platform 9 and 3/4 on September 1st.
Daisuke looked the letter over again, read through the strange list of supplies, briefly wondered where King's Cross Station was, and then noticed that the letter was dated three years ago. He wondered if the offer still stood.
"Mom!" he called, running back inside. Azumano Jr. High could wait until the mystery was solved.
"Yes, dear?" she answered, hurrying up from the basement in a black robe. "Dai, you should be heading to school now."
Daisuke looked at the letter and held it up. "I think I should have been going to school three years ago. Maybe."
Emiko looked puzzled, but she rolled up her long sleeves and took the letter from Daisuke. The fourteen-year-old stood in silence, waiting.
She took one look at letter and shrieked, startling her son. "Oh, Daisuke! You got in! I always knew you had it in you!"
"Wait, you know something about this?" Of all reactions, this was not one that he expected.
"I didn't tell you before because I knew it'd break your heart if you didn't get in when all of your ancestors back even before Dark have gone there!" Tears welled up in her eyes as she beamed at Daisuke with all the maternal love she could muster.
"What's all this racket about?" Daisuke's grandfather appeared, also in a black robe. "Eh? What's that?" He gestured towards the letter.
Emiko held it out to him and he held it at arm's length so he could read it. "Great Scott!" he cried. "This is an acceptance letter to Hogwarts!" He paused and then added in concern, "But it should have come ages ago..."
"Well, it was attached to an owl, so anything could have happened to it. it probably fell out of a mail truck or something," Daisuke explained. He pointed outside to where the owl had been. "The owl was right out there." Daisuke peered out the window. "In fact, it's still there."
"Oh, nonsense! Owls are wonderfully reliable creatures," Emiko responded, ignoring the last part and Daisuke's uncertain tone that went with it. "They only get lost if they have a strong memory charm placed on them."
"What's a memory charm?" Daisuke asked, clueless. He imagined something that might go on a cell phone but was instead attached to an owl.
"Oh, there's so much for you to learn!" his mother said fondly. She started humming something bouncy and dancing around the room.
Daisuke could only hope this learning was less dangerous than learning to be a phantom thief.
This was far too much fun to write. If people review and like it, I'll do another chapter.