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A/N: This was thought up and written after I had seen and read the story arc of Bleach where the gang comes back from rescuing Rukia from execution. I had no idea at the time what would happen with Aizen and all that and when I found out, it was too late, as the majority of this story was already written thought up, up to the point where the Bleach characters that I picked were already at Hogwarts and it would have been extremely hard and headachy (if that's not a word, it is now) to change. So I'm leaving it as is. And I don't remember how the hell butterflies work, so I am having them relay the messages through the mind of the recipient only. The letters that the Bleach characters get are written in Japanese. I had the "British Ministry of Magic" send the English letters to the "Japanese Ministry of Magic", where they rewrote and resent the letters to their respective recipients. That's my explanation, anyways.
The reason I have taken so long to post this story is that 1) it was doing fine in my head until it started to get too long to the point that if I let it get any longer, I would forget half of the things I had thought up for the beginning, and 2) I wanted to wait until I had at least five chapters written first before posting to give me a bit of a head start. Yes I have five chapters written already but I am only going to post one chapter every week or two, depending on if I get reviews or not. (hint hint) I'll try to stay on track of posting.
So if, somewhere in this story you get confused, or if you are like me and would like to know where or when a story takes place during the regular series, just pretend you don't know what happens after Aizen leaves Soul Society and everything should be ok.
Disclaimer will be in chapter two.
Chapter One: Mail by Bird
Ichigo scowled out the window as the teacher droned on about who-cares-what. 'Man, I'm bored.' He thought. 'Maybe I should just go home or something. It's not like I'll miss anything. It's the last day of school before summer and yet our idiotic teacher is acting like it's the first day back.'
Ichigo turned his head to glare at the teacher, who was currently scolding a student for interrupting the lecture. 'What I wouldn't give to be out of here right now. Hell, I wouldn't mind going back to Soul Society for another rescue mission instead of sitting here.'
As if hearing his thoughts, a small black butterfly flew through the closed window and landed in front of him. 'A hell butterfly?' he thought curiously as it landed on the back of his hand.
'Greetings'. Came a voice in his head. 'This message is for Kurosaki, Ichigo of the living world. You are requested to attend a mandatory meeting in the private office of Captain Hitsugaya, Toshiro of Soul Society's Tenth Division for a briefing of a mission. Attendance is mandatory. Further explanations will be issued at the meeting, which will be held at one o'clock in the afternoon today. A portal will open on the roof of your school at exactly twelve fifty and remain open for a total of ten seconds. Do not be late.' Then the butterfly flew out of the window before dissolving midflight.
'O-kay.' Ichigo thought slowly. 'Wait, which one was Captain of Tenth Division? Did I meet him? I don't think so. Hmm, I remember Byakuya, that's Sixth Division, the old guy of First Division, Aizen of Fifth Division, I remember hearing that both women captains were Second and Fourth Divisions, and that Kenpachi guy was Eleventh Division. Gin was Third Division and the other guy that went with them was Tosen of Ninth Division. Let's see, that's one, two, three, four, five, six, nine, and eleven. That leaves seven, eight, ten, twelve, and thirteen. No, wait. Captain of Thirteenth Division was that white haired guy, right? The one that fought the old guy. And Uryu said that he fought one of the captains, the one of Twelfth Division and he looked like a robot or something. I don't remember seeing anyone like that, though. And Chad said he was defeated by Captain of Seventh Division, someone named Shunsui. And then there was that guy with the animal head. He was a captain, right? But of which Division? Hmm, I don't think anyone saw Tenth Division's captain. Maybe he's some big guy who's more powerful than Kenpachi and that's why he wasn't around. Anyone more powerful than that psycho would be too dangerous to let loose. Come to think about it that whole mission was crazy.
And what about this mission? I know I said I would rather be on another mission than be here, but now that I think about it, maybe this won't be such a good idea. This mission could totally kill my summer time. Maybe I won't go.' Ichigo glanced down at his watch. 'Well, I've still got fifteen minutes to decide.' "Mandatory my ass." He muttered.
"Is there something you would like to share with the class, Ichigo?" the teacher asked, annoyed at being interrupted again.
"No, sir." Ichigo said sarcastically around a yawn. "Not a thing."
Before the teacher could respond, the bell rang overhead, signaling the end of class. "Now, don't forget that just because it is summer doesn't mean you should slack off." The teacher called out to deaf ears as everyone hurried to their next class in the hopes that if they get there quickly enough, school will end faster.
As Ichigo walked down a hall, lost in thought, he failed to notice a large brown owl fly through one of the open windows and pass several startled students until it landed on his bright orange hair.
"What the hell?" he said, trying to glare up at it. The owl stuck out a leg and dropped an envelope in front of his face. Ichigo snatched it out of the air as the owl took flight back out of the window. "Well, that was odd." He mumbled, running his free hand through his hair to make sure the owl hadn't left anything 'unpleasant' behind. Then he looked back down at the envelope clutched in his hand and read the address scrawled in green ink.
Third Floor, West Hallway
Karakura High School
"What the hell?" Ichigo shouted, rereading the address. 'How do they know where I am? Are they watching me? I don't see anyone.' He thought as he scanned the hall. Quickly he turned the suspicious envelope over and opened it, pulling out a few sheets of thick paper. Hastily he scanned the letter.
Dear Mr. Kurosaki. We are pleased to inform you that you and a select few have been chosen to attend 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.
"I'll say it again; what the hell?" Ichigo exclaimed. "Aw, screw it. Looks like I'm going to Soul Society after all."
Quickly he ran down the hall, heading towards the door with the staircase leading to the roof. As he climbed the stairs, he glanced down at his watch again. 'Almost one o'clock.' He thought.
When Ichigo reached the top of the stairs and burst through the door leading to the roof, he stopped when he spotted a raven-haired girl, shorter than himself, standing near the doorway, her back to him. She turned when he emerged from the stairwell.
"Ichigo?" she asked, surprised.
"Rukia?" he asked at the same time. "What are you doing here? I thought you wanted to stay in the Soul Society."
"I did at first but I needed to see Urahara, and after I had left his shop, I decided to visit here first before going back when I got a hell butterfly telling me that I had gotten assigned on a mission and to meet here for the portal to go to the Soul Society and then while I was waiting for it to open, a huge owl flew at me, in the day time, and dropped this letter on my head before flying away." She said all in one breathe, holding up a letter similar to his.
"Hey, I got one of those too." Ichigo said. "But who sent them and how did they know where to find us? And what's this talk about witches and wizards? They can't be real, can they?"
Rukia shrugged. "I don't know, but maybe it has something to do with the mission. I'm assuming you got assigned to it too?"
Ichigo nodded. "Yeah, I did. I'm a bit surprised they would choose me for this though. I mean I did infiltrate their society and break almost every single one of their precious rules and all."
"I know." Rukia said quietly. "Thanks again, by the way."
Ichigo scoffed and shrugged his shoulders. "Whatever. I told you not to worry about it anymore."
Just then a ripple in the air in front of Rukia had them both turning to face it. Slowly the ripple grew until there was a large hole with a small old fashioned looking village on the other side. This was the gate they were waiting for, the one that would take them back into Soul Society and their new mission.
Renji lay on his back in a grassy field behind the building that housed Sixth Company, and stared up at the clear sky. "I'm bored." He mumbled to himself. "Wonder what I should do today? Maybe I can go down to the living world and bug Ichigo. Is that allowed? Probably not. Hmm."
Before he could consider anything else, a hell butterfly blocked his view of the sky as it landed on the tip of his nose. "Huh?" he mumbled.
'Greetings. This message is for Lieutenant Abarai, Renji of Sixth Company. You have been requested to attend a mandatory meeting in the private office of Captain Hitsugaya, Toshiro of Tenth Division for a briefing of a mission. Attendance is mandatory. Further information will be issued at the meeting, which you and several others will attend at one o'clock this afternoon. Do not be late.'
Renji sat up as the hell butterfly flew a few feet away before disappearing completely. "A mission, huh? And with Captain Hitsugaya? Hmm, wonder what this mission is about? Guess there's only one way to find out."
As Renji started to stand, a voice behind him spoke. "Renji." Renji turned to find Captain Kuchiki, Byakuya of Sixth Division, his captain, standing behind him.
"Captain?" he asked, getting to his feet and facing him. "I'm assuming you know about the mission I've just been assigned to?"
Byakuya nodded. "I do. And I believe this letter has something to do with it." He held out a rather large cream colored envelope to him. Renji took it and stared at the address.
After Renji read the address, he looked up at his captain, who was studying his reaction carefully. "How did they know where I was?" he asked.
"I do not know." Byakuya answered. "However, I do know that this mission is genuine. I was told so by Captain-General Yamamoto himself. This letter is also real, though I do not recognize the handwriting. I sent a hell butterfly to Head Captain when I found it and that was when he explained to me your mission." Byakuya turned and started to walk away. Half way to the building, he paused and spoke. "Let me know how long you will be gone when you get back from the meeting."
Renji nodded before glancing back down at the letter and opening it. He pulled out a few pages of very thick paper and read the first page.
Dear Mr. Abarai, We are pleased to inform you that you and a select few have been chosen to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Please find enclosed a list of all necessary books and supplies needed for the school year. Term begins September 1. We await your owl by no later than July 31. Yours sincerely, Minerva McGonagall, Deputy Headmistress.
"School of WHAT?" Renji shouted.
Rangiku sat in the private office of Captain Ukitake, Jushiro of Thirteenth Division, sitting on the couch drinking from a bottle of saké while said captain drank tea from a small white teacup. "…So then he said I should work on my paperwork or else he would take away my saké for the rest of the month." Rangiku was saying to the sickly captain. "And I was like, 'But Captain, I finished my paperwork.' and for some odd reason, he didn't believe me. It's like he thinks I'm not responsible enough to do my paperwork without him telling me to. You know?"
"Did you do your paperwork?" he asked.
"That's not the point." Rangiku said sheepishly. "The point is that he thinks so low of me."
Captain Ukitake laughed as she pouted. "Well, I'm not going to get in the middle of you and Toshiro but he may have his reasons for thinking the way he does." He said, knowing full well that Rangiku almost never did her paperwork unless Toshiro stood right behind her as she did it. Toshiro complained about her constantly to him, though the young captain preferred to think of it more as a 'heated discussion' rather than complaining. But Captain Ukitake wasn't going to tell her that, if not but for the sake of having to hear about it later.
As Captain Ukitake opened his mouth to speak, a hell butterfly flew into the room and landed on Rangiku's forearm. Both of them stared at it as a voice filled her head.
'Greetings. This message is for Lieutenant Matsumoto, Rangiku of Tenth Division. You have been requested to attend a mandatory meeting in the private office of Captain Hitsugaya, Toshiro of Tenth Division for a briefing of a mission. Attendance is mandatory. Further information will be issued at the meeting, which you and several others will attend at one o'clock this afternoon. Do not be late.
Then the butterfly rose into the air, disappearing as it made its way to the door. "A mission?" Rangiku asked. She turned to Ukitake, who looked at her with an amused smile on his face.
"I take it you've been assigned?" he asked, having not heard the message. "That's good. Weren't you just complaining of not having anything to do?"
Rangiku smiled. "Yep, but it looks like I do now. What time is it?" she asked, looking around for a clock. When she spotted one, she realized she only had twenty minutes left before she had to be with her captain. "I have to be back at one."
Captain Ukitake nodded. "Alright then. I'm sure we can continue our friendly meeting some other time." As they both stood from the couch, both of his third seats entered the room, pushing and shoving each other to get to the captain first.
"Captain." said the female third seat with a hasty bow after shoving the male third seat into the back of the couch and letting her get to the captain first. She held out a cream colored envelope and handed it to him. "This just arrived for Lieutenant Matsumoto."
Captain Ukitake took the envelope, thanked both of his third seats, and handed the envelope to Rangiku. Both of them stared at the address.
Private Sitting Room
"Hey, how did they know I was here?" she asked.
"Perhaps it explains it inside." Captain Ukitake suggested, studying the handwriting. "It doesn't look like any handwriting that I recognize."
"Hmm." Rangiku mumbled as she flipped the envelope over and opened it. She pulled out the strangely heavy papers and both of them read the first one.
Dear Ms Matsumoto, We are pleased to inform you that you and a select few have been chosen to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Please find enclosed a list of all necessary books and supplies needed for the school year. Term begins September 1. We await your owl by no later than July 31. Yours sincerely, Minerva McGonagall, Deputy Headmistress.
"Wizards and Witches?" she asked curiously. She looked up at Captain Ukitake. "Is this for real?"
Captain Ukitake looked up from the letter to her. "It seems so. Perhaps this has something to do with the mission you've been assigned to?"
"Maybe. But then I'll bet Toshiro will know what this is about." Quickly she chugged the last of her saké and headed for the door, Captain Ukitake right behind her. "I'll come back and let you know what I found out about this witch and wizard business." She promised.
"Just don't tell me anything you're not supposed to." He reminded her as she left.
Toshiro placed the sheet of paperwork he had just finished in the very small completed pile and turned to the massive mountain of paperwork that still needed to be done. It was diminishing slowly but to Toshiro, it hardly looked like he had made a dent in it at all, even though he had been working on them all morning. Sighing, Toshiro grabbed the corner of the next sheet and pulled. As the paper slid from the pile, a large cream colored envelope came with it. Toshiro picked it up and was about to place it back on the pile for later when the address caught his eye.
Captain Hitsugaya, Toshiro
Desk of Private Office
Raising a single white eyebrow, Toshiro brought the envelope closer and put the other sheet of paper back on the pile instead. Flipping over the envelope, Toshiro opened it and pulled out several sheets of thick heavy paper. As he read the first page, the temperature in the room slowly started to drop.
Dear Mr. Hitsugaya, We are pleased to inform you that you and a select few have been chosen to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Please find enclosed a list of all necessary books and supplies needed for the school year. Term begins September 1. We await your owl by no later than July 31. Yours Sincerely, Minerva McGonagall, Deputy Headmistress.
By the time he had finished reading, the entire room had completely frozen over and frost had seeped out of the doors and into the hall. 'Is this a joke?' he thought, ignoring the startled cries coming from the hall as several passing soul reapers slipped on the frosted floor. There was only one person he could think of who would pull such a ridiculous stunt. "Matsumoto." He grumbled, tossing the frozen envelope and papers in the trash.
As he reined in his power, bringing both the room and hall temperatures back to normal, and turned back to his mound of paperwork, a hell butterfly flew through the window and towards him. Sighing at being interrupted again, Toshiro raised an index finger, allowing the butterfly to land on it, and closed his eyes as the message played in his head. When it finished he snapped his eyes open with a glare as the butterfly flew out the window.
"Damn." He mumbled. "Why do I have to go? Just because I fit the part? Plus I have all of this paperwork to do, not to mention all of Matsumoto's papers, which I will no doubt end up doing in the end; I don't have time to be babysitting a building full of human children. But orders are orders."
Quietly, Toshiro glanced at the clock, which read twelve thirty, and sighed. "Well, I better get reading before my office is swarmed with a bunch of complaining soul reapers and the new deputy soul reaper. I didn't meet him the day he and his companions practically raided the Soul Society but if he's reckless enough to do that, he must be an idiot." Grumbling, he reached into his trash can and brought the stack of thawing out papers and the envelope back out and began reading the other pages, which were written by a man named Dumbledore, Albus and explained everything he needed to know for this mission. "Why me?"
A/N: so what did you think? I know it was a bit long and slow but I had to get everyone's letters and stuff to them first. And don't worry, Harry will be here soon. I have to get everyone else settled first. But don't worry, things will pick up soon. Chapters will be posted every other week or so because I have several other stories I need to write for as well. Please review and let me know what you think.