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Posted: 4/12/10

AN: Yay! I finally finished this chapter. Sorry it's been so long. I've been preoccupied with other things and, at the same time, stuck on a specific paragraph. Good news, I'm almost done with the next chapter. Yay again!

Also I went back and corrected spelling and other grammatical errors to the best of my ability, which isn't the best, but it is an improvement.

"Any language not the main language being spoken"

"Words"

'Thoughts'

Secrets

By Fired Icicle


Chapter Ten: The Get Together, Part One

Ryou woke feeling rather well rested, considering the chaotic night before. After Professor McGonagall had led him to the Gryffindor dormitories, she had explained that the Gryffindor Dormitory was the closest to his room and therefore the most logical place to bring him, rather then Ravenclaw, where his sister was, or to his father's room. Professor McGonagall had then conjured a bed for him in Harry and Ron's room where he got to spend the night.

None of the Gryffindor's had wanted to go to sleep, despite Professor McGonagall ordering them to. They were all too worried that Voldemort would attack again. Ryou had known that Bakura had already taken care of the threat and would probably take care of any more so he hadn't been worried.

"Oh! Look he's awake!" A voice shouted beside Ryou. Ryou tried to ignore the voice. While he wasn't sleepy, he really didn't feel like answering anymore questions right now, which was probably what the voice wanted.

"Dan, leave him alone." Spoke someone who's voice Ryou recognized as Harry's. "He's still pretty new to magic, so give him a break."

"I know that, but he's a muggle! I have so many questions. I've never met a muggle before."

"That doesn't mean you have to ask him now." Harry responded. "You have all year to ask him stuff. Ask him in a couple of days of something. I'm sure he would be more than happy to answer your questions."

"Fine, I guess your right." Dan answered, giving up and sulking off. The other students waiting to ask questions followed Dan.

Ryou sat up and looked at Harry, now the sole occupant of the room. "Thanks."

"No problem." Harry replied. "I know what its like to be hassled by people all the time. After you answer some of their questions, they eventually get bored and go away. Hermione, Ron, and I will try and keep them away from you the best we can until you at least settle in a little."

Ryou nodded. "Thanks again." Ryou wasn't too bothered by people wanting to ask him questions, he was quite use to it from the fame he had from dueling. Back in Japan he, Yugi, and the others were pretty famous and are still well known by many duelers around the world. Nonetheless, he was grateful to know that Harry and his friends would help him and he would get some peace.

"Hermione and Ron are in the common room eating. The House Elves brought us breakfast." Harry said. "The professors are still checking Hogwarts out and they don't want us leaving yet our dormitories. Everything's been ok so far, so I think they're just double checking now."

"What are they looking for?" Ryou asked curiously.

"Don't know." Harry said. "I just hope it wasn't Voldemort. Come on; let's go before breakfast is over."

"Okay." Ryou followed Harry to the common room. Reaching the common room he noted that the room was decorated in the Gryffindor colors of red and gold. The students where sitting around the room on couches and sofas finishing breakfast. A table at the center of the room had a variety of breakfast foods on it. Some of the plates, however, were already empty.

"Over here, Harry." Hermione called. "Good morning Ryou. Professor McGonagall asked me to tell you that Professor Bakura will be coming around later to walk you to your room. She said she didn't want you to go by yourself."

"Oh, thanks for telling me."

"You're welcome. Now come and eat."

Harry and Ryou started eating.

"Hey Harry, do you have your schedule?" Ron asked. "What's your first class? I have potions. I'm really hoping the professors will at least cancel first classes. It would be great to miss potions."

Harry reached in his pocket and pulled out a folded paper. He unfolded it.

'Ryou.' A voice called. Bakura. Ryou looked up from his breakfast forgetting that the voice was in his head.

'Hello, are you back?' Ryou asked, remembering and looking back at his plate. He had to be more careful or someone might think there is something wrong with him.

'Yeah, when will you be alone?' Bakura asked.

'I suppose after everyone goes to class, but no one knows yet if any classes has been canceled because of the attack, so maybe not. According to Harry nobody is allowed to leave the dorms."

'Paranoid wizards.' Bakura snorted. 'Last night wasn't an actual attack. Clearly the monster was just a test to see how strong the protection around the school is.'

'Well," Bakura continued. "I think we will get that answer right now. The woman from last night is coming towards this room.'

'Professor McGonagall?' Ryou looked around the room for the entrance. He found it opposite from the doorway where he and Harry entered. Seconds later the Gryffindor Head of House walked. All the students gave her their attention.

The professor addressed the students and told them that the school was safe and no one was harmed last night and no damage was done to the castle. She didn't elaborate. Lunch and dinner would be served in the Great Hall as usual. Classes would start on schedule and she expected no one to be late for any classes. She then left.

Ron groaned. "Too bad no classes where canceled. That would have been great."

"Yeah." Harry agreed.

"Oh you two. It's only the first day of school." Hermione sighed. "And you should be happy nothing bad happened last night."

"We are."

"Hermione, when do first classes start?" Ryou asked.

"At, oh! No! We're going to be late!" Hermione said looking at the clock. "Look most people have already left." Which was only partly true, a few students had already left.

"What are you talking about?" Ron said. "We have 35 minutes. It only takes about five minutes to get to our classrooms."

"Erg, why do you have to be so difficult?" Hermione sighed. "We have to get our books and supplies from our rooms. Plus we don't want to get there out of breath. Come on!" Hermione got up and headed towards a door after quickly saying bye to Ryou.

"Well then, we should go too," Harry said, putting down his finished plate.

"Yeah, Hermione will freak when she comes back and finds us unprepared." Continued Ron, standing up. "So, we'll see you later."

"Okay then, goodbye." Ryou said as Harry and Ron headed back towards their dorms.

"Bye, Ryou."

Ryou continued to eat slowly, waiting for the rest of the students to leave. Bakura materialized in his solid form as soon as the last student left. He sat down across from Ryou and grabbed a piece of toast. He began munching on it.

"Um, is it such a good idea for you to be visible? What if someone sees you?" Ryou asked worriedly. Not all of the students had left the dormitories. Many had just headed to the rooms to get their stuff. In order for them to actually leave they would need to cross the common room, and, in the process, them.

Bakura shrugged. "I'll sense them before they enter and disappear. You worry way too much."

Ryou sighed. He couldn't help but worry. He didn't want Bakura to be seen. Who knows what that would lead to? Instead of saying anything Ryou watched Bakura eat his toast, which he didn't seem to like at all.

Suddenly Bakura switched to spirit form and the toast fell through him. Ryou glanced behind him as he heard students enter the room. He silently watched them as they walked across the room whispering and giving him curious glances.

"Wizards are stupid." Bakura remarked once they left, opting to stay in spirit form, yet still managing to sit on something tangible.

"No they are not." Ryou replied almost rolling his eyes. "Why would you say that?"

"Because of the way they act around you, as if you are some kind of new species. How can any of them not have ever met a non-magical person before when there are billions more of them there are magical ones."

"That is kind of strange when you think about it, but that doesn't make them stupid. They just live very separate world, although I wish the two worlds weren't so divided. Maybe then Father would have told me that Amane was alive." Ryou said, frowning.

Bakura doubted that, thinking about the type of man Ryou's father seemed to be. Speaking of that man, Bakura could feel him approaching the entrance. He really had to teach Ryou how to sense people from a distance.

"Ryou, your father is almost here." Bakura informed his hikari before disappearing into the ring.

"Father." Ryou muttered as he stood up. Ryou watched the entrance nervously.

Professor Bakura walked in and approached Ryou once he spotted him.

"There you are." He said. "How are you doing, son?"

"Good, I guess." Ryou replied nervously looking at his father, who was wearing a wizards robe. Even though Ryou still had a hard time believing that his father was a wizard, the robe seemed to suit him. Ryou wondered if he had seen his father in a robe before, when he was younger, and had forgotten.

"Good. Good. Sorry about last night." His father said, signaling with his hands for Ryou to follow him out the door. "Hogwarts is supposed to be one of the safest places in the world. That's why I brought you here, to keep you safe. It was unfortunate that You-Know-Who attacked Hogwarts on the first day, but that's evil for you. Anyway, I wanted to give you something."

Professor Bakura began looking though his pockets as he continued down the hallway. Ryou practically had to jog to keep up.

"Here it is." Professor Bakura exclaimed, pulling from his pocket a necklace and handing it to Ryou. Ryou took it and examined it. There was a small golden dragon on a gold chain.

Bakura snickered in the back of Ryou's mind. 'Your father is giving you jewelry? Again? How manly.'

Ryou mentally rolled his eyes and thanked his father.

"It's a special portkey." Professor Bakura said. "To activate it say your full name three times. Three seconds after that it will transport you to a safe location outside of the school that can't be traced."

"Oh." Ryou said as he examined the necklace closer. He could feel magic on it. It surprised him how different it felt form shadow magic.

"Make sure not to lose it, or tell anyone about it." Ryou's father continued. "It is one of the very few objects that can penetrate the shields around Hogwarts. It would be devastating if Death Eaters found out about it and got a hold of it. They could use it for their advantage and escape. You wouldn't want to be responsible for that, would you?"

"N-no." Ryou managed to stumble out. Did his father really think he would lose it?

"Good, so keep it out of sight and with you at all times. Here we are." Professor Bakura stopped suddenly and Ryou nearly ran into him. Ryou notice that they were standing in front of the samurai painting that lead to Ryou's room.

"Ryou, do you know where the DADA room is?" His father asked.

"No."

"Then I suggest you ask a student where it is. Both my office and my room are there. You'll need to know where they are should you ever need to speak to me. I'll be there most of the time."

"Alright, I'll ask Amane."

"Good," Said Professor Bakura. "I must get going; I have to prepare for my first class. Try to stay out of trouble and don't provoke anyone. I'll see you later." He then left.

Ryou watched his father walk away before entering his room.

"Did he just tell me to stay out of trouble and not provoke anyone?" Ryou said as so as he shut the door behind him.

"Yep," Bakura said as he materialized on the couch. "He sure knows you well."

Ryou sighed. "He sounded like he was talking to you not me."

"And yet, he doesn't know I exist."

Ryou sat down next to Bakura and put the necklace on. He made sure to hide it under his shirt even though he was pretty sure that no one would be looking at it when they could be looking at the Ring instead.

"Why bother putting it on?" Bakura asked. "You don't need it."

"Because my father gave it to me and I'd rather not argue with him about why I'm not wearing it."

"Whatever," Bakura muttered. "Ryou, are you going to take any of the classes here?"

"Yeah, all of the ones on the list the Headmaster gave me." Ryou replied. "He said that while I can take classes they won't count for anything, like graduating, since I'm not a wizard."

"I wonder if you can do wizards magic." Bakura muttered. "Malik says he can do wizards magic if he uses a wand."

"I don't know." Ryou said. "I'll have to try sometime. I wonder how wizards tell if someone is a wizard. I mean father knew Amane had magic while at the same time he thought I didn't. But I do have magic, don't I?"

"Yeah you do." Bakura said. "Maybe they have some way to test for magic. It wouldn't work on you, though. Shadow magic wouldn't let it. It would hide your ability to do wizards magic in an effort to hide itself by making you seem normal."

They sat in silence for a couple of minutes before Bakura asked Ryou if he had any classes today.

"Yeah," Ryou replied. "I have Astronomy at night and muggle studies at 3 o'clock."

"Muggle Studies?" Bakura questioned, one eyebrow raised.

"I'm curious to see how wizards see non magical people. From what I got from Mr. Weasley it's going to be an interesting class."

"I'd agree with that." Bakura replied remembering the weird questions Mr. Weasley had asked about modern appliances and technology that even Bakura had know how to use.

"Anyway," Bakura continued. "Since you don't have class until three we have time to round everyone up and discuses what's going on. The Pharaoh and the midget should be in England by now."

"Okay. Wait. You mean leave the school?" Ryou questioned.

"Obviously," Bakura stated. "It would be too risky to meet here. Isis's new museum would be a good place."

"Bakura, I can't just leave." Ryou stated. "What if someone notices that I'm gone?"

"That's what magic is for." Ryou blinked at Bakura who smirked. "I know this really cool trick."

"Some sort of shadow spell?" Ryou asked worriedly. "I don't think that's a good idea."

"Relax. It's easy to do. I use to do this spell all the time in the past." A look crossed Bakura's face that let Ryou know he was thinking about the good old days where he could do whatever he wanted. "I'd go one way and, at the same time, go another. It really confused the guards. Shadow Doubles are really useful."

"Shadow doubles?" Ryou asked. Those two words did not make this sound like a good idea. Especially when it sounded like it created two Bakuras.

"Yeah." Bakura smirked. "A shadow double is a copy of you made from the shadows. It's got your personality, whatever memories you give it, and, unfortunately, no intelligence."

"And it's supposed to pretend to be me?" Ryou more stated then asked.

"Yep. No need to look so worried. This will work," Bakura said confidently. "As long as no one wants to have a meaningful conversation with you."

Ryou didn't look reassured.

"You'll get to see everyone." Bakura bribed.

Ryou sighed. "Fine. But if something goes wrong I'm blaming you. What do I do?"

"It's a little like creating a body from the shadows like I'm doing now. You've done that before, haven't you, when I was in control of yours?"

"Yeah." Ryou answered. It hadn't been too hard, but it did take a lot of concentration.

"Same thing, except there is no soul in the body and you have to form it away from you, not around you." Bakura said. "The easiest way is to close your eyes, call on the shadows, and imagine the shadows forming an identical copy of you in front of you."

"But how do I keep it from falling apart if I'm not in the body?"

"Will it. Your magic will subconsciously keep the shadows in your form."

"Ok." That made sense to Ryou. A large part of doing shadow magic was controlling them, which required a lot of willpower. Although, sometimes it seemed like the shadows had a mind of their own. "But, how's it going to mimic me if it's just shadows?"

"Since it is your magic keeping it in existence it will naturally have your personality. And once you create it you give it some basic memories. Now, enough questions and lets get started. Stand up and give yourself some space."

Ryou sighed, but stood up and walked over to an area without furniture. Bakura stayed sitting down.

"Now call the shadows to you, not the realm, just the shadows." Ryou closed his eyes and did as he was told, trying to relax as much as he could. He had done this before. "Imagine the shadows gathering in front of you and becoming a mirror image of you."

In front of Ryou darkness began to form and the shadows Ryou had summoned rose up into a column vaguely human shaped. Slowly it began to look more and more like Ryou. Soon there were two Ryou standing face to face.

"When you open your eyes it helps to pretend that you are looking in a mirror. Make sure not to lose your concentration."

Ryou slowly opened his slowly eyes. "Wow." He muttered in surprise as he looked, well, himself.

"The next bit is the hard part. You have to will the shadows to keep this form from drifting apart. It's all about willpower and, as cheesy as this sounds, inner strength. No ridiculous words or anything."

Ryou concentrated on doing what Bakura said. "How do I know if it worked?"

"You stop concentrating on it and it stays. If it fades you've failed and you get to do it again."

Ryou turned away from his double and carefully stopped thinking about his new lookalike. "Is it still there?"

"Yep, although I think you made him too tall." Bakura said as he got up and walked over to the fake Ryou, who was now smiling.

Ryou turned back to face himself. "No I didn't."

"Yeah, I think you did." Bakura said as he stood next to the fake Ryou. "Look, he is taller then me." Indeed fake Ryou was at least an inch and a half taller then Bakura.

"Oops." Ryou muttered.

"Oh well, I doubt anyone will notice. Next step. You have to give him some memories."

Ryou examined the double as it continued to smile. "Does it talk?"

"Yeah. Now you…"

"Then why is he just standing there smiling?" Ryou interrupted curiously.

"Because," Bakura sighed. "He has nothing to talk about. No memories and no intelligence, remember? Sending memories is just like sending thoughts. We do that all the time through our mind link. You have a similar, though much weaker, link with him. Concentrate on the most basic things he needs to know to pass as you. Since he's not a real person he can't store as much info in his brain."

"What kind of stuff does he need to know?" Ryou asked.

"The faces and names of people who he is likely to encounter, especially people who know you well or people who are paranoid. You don't know too much people here so it should be easy. Hurry up so we can get out of here."

"Alright." Ryou said before concentrating on sending some basic memories of his father, Amane, and the teachers and students he had met so far.

"You should also tell him not to leave room." Bakura added. "Although, he is probably going to do what you would do regardless of what you tell him."

"Ok. I think I'm done." Ryou said. "Now what?"

"We leave." Bakura said standing up.

"Er." Ryou looked nervously at his replica who was still smiling and had yet to do anything else. "You sure?"

"Yeah. It will work." Bakura said annoyed. "We're wasting time. If you wanna get back in time I suggest you stop worrying and follow me."

Bakura promptly disappeared, fading into the shadows. After one more glance at his smiling double, Ryou reluctantly followed Bakura.


Yeah! I'm done!