Letter

Four years had passed since Shingetsu had been turned by Arashi and Neville Longbottom had been left at the house of an abusive Muggle family.  “Shingetsu we need to talk to you,” Yuki said to her son.

Shingetsu followed his mother to the courtyard where his father was waiting for them.  “Sit down Shingetsu,” Arashi said.  Shingetsu sat down while his mother took a seat beside his father across from him on the grass. 

“Shingetsu when you were seventeen months old death eaters attacked your home, killed your parents and left you to die.  I had to turn you in order to save you from death.”

“What are death eaters dad?”

“Bad wizards and witches who follow some wizard named Voldemort who likes to pretend he is a dark lord.  In the wizarding world there is the ‘light’ and then there is the ‘dark’.  Voldemort ruled the dark and a man name Dumbledore who is a meddling manipulative fool rules the light. At first I didn’t realize why death eaters would attack you and your parents. Vampires do not usually get into stupid wars between humans as their wars are not the concern of our kind.  There were some that went with Voldemort and the previous Dark Lord, Grindelwald when he was in power but our clan does not involve ourselves in the affairs of humans.”

“Were my parents magical?”

“Apparently so.  You were born a wizard but you are now a vampire. You have been since you were five months old.”  Arashi handed his son a newspaper that was dated “January 1, 1981.”

Longbottom Boy Attacked by Voldemort!

Last night at 11:58 PM on December 31st 1981 He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named attacked the Longbottoms at Augusta Longbottom’s house killing Auror team Frank and Alice Longbottom along with Frank’s mother Augusta Longbottom.  Then He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named attempted to kill Neville Longbottom only to have the curse backfire and kill the Dark Lord instead!  The only evidence of the attack on the Longbottom boy was a crescent moon scar in the center of his forehead.

It is believed that He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named killed the Longbottoms and attempted to kill the Longbottom boy due to a prophecy that was overheard by a death eater claiming that a child would be born as the seven month died who would be the downfall of the Dark Lord. The magical world has no idea where the Boy-Who-Lived is now as his whereabouts are unknown.  We can only hope that the Boy-Who-Lived will return to us soon.

Shingetsu looked at the second article:

Potters Killed in Godric’s Hollow!

Last night at 11:58 PM when He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named was attempting to kill Neville Longbottom, death eaters approached the Potter Cottage in Godric’s Hollow and killed James and Lily Potter along with their son Harry James Potter.  Harry Potter was one of two boys who could have defeated the Dark Lord and it is believed that the death eaters were there on You-Know-Who’s request to kill the Potter boy in case he was used to kill He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named along with the Boy-Who-Lived.  Both James and Lily along with Frank and Alice Longbottom were Aurors and part of the Order of the Phoenix, a group set up by Albus Dumbledore, current headmaster of Hogwarts, to fight the Dark Lord during the war.  The wizarding community expresses their deepest sadness that the Potters have been wiped out. 

“Dad why did you turn me?”

“You would have died if I hadn’t turned you.  If Dumbledore had gotten to you then he would have figured out a way to save you and then tried manipulating and controlling you if the Longbottom boy were to fail in the event that the Dark Lord returned. You cannot trust Dumbledore or anyone who works with him.  He only cares about power and doesn’t care how he gets that power.”

“Do you regret your father turning you Shingetsu?”

“No mom.  I love being a vampire!” Shingetsu said honestly.  “I don’t remember my birth parents so I don’t have any feelings towards them.”

Yuki and Arashi smiled at their son’s honesty.  They had been afraid that if they told their son about his origins then he would hate them and attempt to kill them.  “You are lucky that your father saved you Shingetsu,” Yuki said to her son.  “When your father turned you any memories you had of that attack vanished but it did not affect your magical core.  According to the humans Harry Potter is dead which protects you because Dumbledore will not be able to use you if you were to go to Hogwarts.”

“Does that mean I can do magic and go to Hogwarts?” Shingetsu asked excitedly.

Arashi and Yuki frowned.  “Yes you should be able to use magic but as for going to Hogwarts we don’t know.  To wizards and witches our kind are seen as ‘dark creatures’ and to non-magical humans we are considered beasts.  The Ministry of Magical Britain has tried killing our kind for seven hundred years.  We aren’t sure if they allow a vampire prince to go to Hogwarts.  They have a registry for all vampires in the ‘being’ division of one of their departments.  You are not registered as we didn’t go there after you were turned and we have no intentions of registering you.”

“Why?”

“Because if a vampire registers with this specific department of Magical Britain then you’ll be subjected to their laws and rules.  You won’t be able to rule Shadow Phoenix Clan if anything were to happen to your mother and I as you would be taken away from the clan and the clan could do nothing about it or else they would be killed.  Vampires, Werewolves, Trolls, Giants, and other creatures of the magical world have no rights.  We are hunted in both the magical and non-magical worlds.  Now do you know why we are the Shadow Phoenix Clan?”

“No dad.”

“We are the Shadow Phoenix Clan because we can turn into Shadow Phoenixes.  Shadow Phoenixes are black phoenixes with gold eyes.  We can shadow flame and shadow travel along with we are pyromancers.  Pyromancers can control and bend fire.  Shadow traveling is when we use the shadows to travel from one place to another. The shadows will obey you as we can control them as well,” Yuki said.

“As you know we can walk in daylight and the night.  The vampire legend that says that vampires will burn in sunlight are false.  At least it is that way for the Shadow Phoenix Clan.  We can turn into a shadow phoenix, a wolf, a bat and a rat with ease. Those are the only four forms we can take-three normal and one magical.  After all we wouldn’t be able to bend fire if we couldn’t walk around in the sunlight.  Our fire ability is only hindered during the solar eclipse when the moon passes between the sun and the earth.  We also have to eat food and blood in order to survive as you well know.”

“If you go to Hogwarts Shingetsu then we will send someone to guard you as well.  We’ll also need to get you a familiar, probably a big cat of some sort that will be able to protect you.  We expect you to stay strong in your studies if you are able to attend this magical school and remember that you represent our clan and us as your parents and the rulers of Shadow Phoenix Clan.”

On Shingetsu’s eleventh birthday he saw an owl fly into the courtyard where he was sitting with his seven year old sister Hana.  The vampire prince and princess stared at the owl that hooted and flew up into the tree.  “It appears the owl knows what we are and is afraid you’ll feed on it,” Yuki said laughing as she approached them and sat down beside her children.  Arashi looked up from the book he was reading at the owl.  “What did the owl bring?”

Shingetsu picked up the envelope which read:

Mr. Shingetsu Yamazaki

Second bedroom of palace

Shadow Phoenix Clan

Scotland

Shingetsu turned the letter over and saw a strange seal that had a lion, serpent, eagle and badger surrounding the letter “H”.  “Dad what’s this weird crest on the back?” He handed the envelope to his father who looked at it in shock. 

“That is the Hogwarts seal. It appears this is a letter from Hogwarts Shingetsu.”

Arashi handed the envelope back to his son and watched as Shingetsu pulled two pieces of parchment out.

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Headmaster: Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore

Dear Mr. Yamazaki,

You are hereby accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  Enclosed is a list of supplies you will need at Hogwarts.  Term begins on September 1st

Sincerely,

Minerva McGonagall

Deputy Headmistress

“It appears you’re going to Hogwarts after all,” Yuki said looking at her mate before turning back to smile at her children.  “Then we should go shopping for your supplies, get you a familiar, and figure out who will be going with you to Hogwarts.”

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