You ran to the training fields. You had promised Itachi you’d meet him there. Damn, he was so hard to keep up with! Not long ago, he became an ANBU, and you barely got out of your chuunin exams alive. Don’t get me wrong, you were quite strong, but a lot of people have a hard time there! Itachi had been your best friend for a long time now. When you failed the chuunin exams the first time, he agreed on training you in his spare time.
Finally, the training fields cam in sight. Itachi sat there, quietly awaiting your arrival, eyes closed. You decided to test his skills once again and threw a kunai at him. He, of course, caught it, eyes still closed.
“This trick is getting old, ____.”
“Haha, I know, but it’s still fun!”
“Are you ready for training? I’m not going to go easy on you today.”
“As ready as can be, Itachi!”
And so, your training began. For the next couple of hours, all you did was throw kunai’s, use jutsu’s and other things to help you improve. Itachi was true to his word, and after those couple of hours, you could barely stand.
“Alright, enough for today, good job.”
“Do you want me to walk you home?”
“N-no! I’m fine!”
“…Alright then, see you tomorrow?”
Pfuw, close. You had a huge crush on Itachi, but luckily for you, you were able to hide it pretty well. If your big sister would see you with him, there would be no way that she would shut up. What made you like him? He was always calm, and nice to everyone. And his looks weren’t bad either. Everyone respected him because of his ability’s, but not you. You respected him for what he did for you back in school.
“You’ll never graduate!”
“No-one likes you, go away!”
The other kids always bullied you. You were the smartest in class, but you had a lot of trouble with jutsu’s. You were also a pretty chubby kid back then, so they called you ugly. No matter how pretty your (h/c) hair was, no matter how much your (e/c) orbs sparkled, you were called ugly.
“It’s mean to pick on someone you know,” everyone looked at the source of the voice. It was Itachi Uchiha, the best student from the school. “I don’t like people who tell people they can’t do something or that they’re ugly while they’re not.”
All the girls ran away immediately, hoping he hadn’t seen them. All the boys ran too, but out of fear. Your eyes went wide In both amazement and surprise. He had just chased all the bullies away without lifting a finger! But why did he help you? You didn’t know each other! And did he just call you pretty?
“Are you ok?”
“Y-yeah… thank you.”
“That’s no problem. What’s your name?”
“Let me tell you this. You will graduate this school. Don’t worry. And you’re not ugly. You’re prettier than most people here. Remember that.”
And with that, he walked away. A smile crept up on your lips. He was so kind, while he didn’t even know you. You followed him, but made sure to keep your distance. Maybe, one day, you two could become friends?
~~end of flashback~~
You held such admiration for what he did that day. After that, you followed him pretty much everywhere, and not long after he noticed, you two became friends. You couldn’t hang out much, because he was always training or on a mission, so most of the time you watched him from a distance. Itachi was your only friend too. All the others still didn’t like you. The girls thought you were stealing Itachi from them. Oh, if they just knew how much he hated all of them. He told you, He thought they were incredibly annoying. As for the boys, they simply didn’t grow up yet.
In the beginning, you thought of Itachi as some kind of hero for saving you, but after the two of you became friends, your feelings for him got stronger. It started with a crush, and right now, you were head over heels in love with him. You hid it all the time, scared of his reaction. Sure, you were planning on telling him, but rather later than sooner.
Once you decided you would tell him about your feelings a few months ago, you tried to meet up with him more, as to get to know him better, and to make sure you liked him. Of course, you wanted him to like you too. You had been training with Itachi for quite a while now, 5, maybe 6 months? And you knew him way longer than that. Then again, you were also a little scared to confess. What if he thought you were annoying like all those girls back at school? Oh well, no time to think of that! You would just be honest and tell him!
Once home, you had dinner with your family and went to bed. Itachi’s training never was a walk in the park, and your family knew this by now. Before you fell asleep, you did the same as every evening. Thinking of when and how you would confess…
~~This timeskip is brought to you by Sasuke the little kid~~
You left your house with a determined look. Today, you would confess to Itachi. You had given it so much thought, and yesterday, you had finally came up with a way to tell him. Sure, you were extremely nervous, but that wouldn’t stop you.
You arrived at the training fields, and of course, Itachi was there already. He would never make you wait for him.
“Ready for training,____?”
“Yeah, about that, why don’t we just walk around the village for a bit today? We haven’t hung out much lately so…”
“…Alright then, were do you wanna go?”
“I don’t really care, let’s just walk around for now.”
An so, the two of you left the training fields, heading out for somewhere. Part 1 of your plan succeeded. At first, you walked around the village, just chatting. But after a while, you headed toward the school. That’s where the next part of your plan would take place.
Once arrived at the school, you walked to the exact spot where you were all those years ago, when Itachi saved you from the bullies.
“Hey, remember this place?”
“It’s the place where we met, right?”
“Yeah…do you remember that day?”
“Yeah. I don’t remember all the details, but I know what generally happened. I told those bullies off, right?”
“Indeed. You know…ever since you saved me from those bullies… I really held a lot of admiration for you. I always wanted to be near you, and to become strong like you. And when we became friends, oh man, you don’t want to know how happy I was. I… I’ve always had feelings for you Itachi… at first, it was admiration but… but now… it’s something stronger… I-Itachi… I… I really…really like you… no, I… I love you.” There, you said it. You didn’t dare look at him while you said it, but when you heard him laugh, you looked at him.
“H-hey! Don’t make fun of me!”
“I’m not, ____. I’m sorry, but cannot return those feelings. Not now, at least. One day, you’ll understand, I promise.” He put his hand on your head and gave you a smile. You simply nodded, but you didn’t completely understood what he meant with ‘not now’.
“Well than, shall we go home? It’s getting late, and mom told me to be home on time today.”
“Sure!” You chimed, happy that he didn’t call you annoying and simply accepted your feelings. Sure, it was too bad he couldn’t return the feelings, but that was ok.
He dropped you off at your house, and left for his own after you two said your goodbyes. He looked a bit off when he walked away from you, but you shrugged it off, probably just imagining it. You went home, told your big sister about it, even cried a little, and went to bed.
When you woke up the next day, you went to the training fields again. You were surprised when you found out Itachi wasn’t there. You waited half an hour for him. Maybe he overslept or something? But when he didn’t show up, you decided to go and look for him. As you neared the street where he lived, you saw a huge crowd. You made your way through the crowd, and asked an officer what was going on.
“Almost the whole clan has been wiped out, miss. Why, did you know someone?”
“Yeah… My best friend, Itachi Uchiha.” His eyes widened a little.
“Were you with him yesterday?”
“Yes… why do you ask?”
“Did he act strangely?”
“At the end of the day a little… why?”
“Every single member of the clan was found dead, except for one: Sasuke Uchiha. And also, one body has not been found: the body of Itachi Uchiha. And…”
“Sasuke has pointed out Itachi… as the culprit.”
You sank to your knees, tears welling up in your eyes. Why? Why would he do that? What was the use of it?! The policeman dragged you away from the scene and brought you home, where he explained the situation to your mom. After that, you were brought to your room.
When everyone was gone, you began to reflect on yesterday. He did act a little strange near the end of the day, but you NEVER expected him to do something so… horrible… You made up your mind. You would get stronger, and find Itachi. You would ask him why he killed his clan.
“I’m not, ____. I’m sorry, but cannot return those feelings. Not now, at least. One day, you’ll understand, I promise.”
At least you understood what he meant with that now.