A Mother's Eternal Love

Ever since she was small, Azami Uchiha had always dreamed of getting married and having a daughter of her own, which she can cherish and protect. And when the day finally comes that Hitomi Uchiha arrives into her life, Azami knew there was something special about her, and a bond immediately flourished.
What can you say? That's a Mother's eternal love.
*A short story, prequel to 'To Kill an Uchiha'*

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3. Chapter 3

As Mikoto and I walked into the front room to join the others, I noticed that Yukia was hiding something behind her back and her cheeks were slightly puffed.

"Yukia?" I asked, narrowing my eyes at her, "Have you been eating something?"

"No..." she quickly replied, her voice muffled due to the contents in her mouth.

I raised an eyebrow then looked at the coffee table to notice the dumplings I was eating earlier had disappeared. I gaped my mouth in exaggeration and put my hands on my hips, "Have you eaten my dumplings?"

Yukia shrugged her shoulders but by doing so she pulled out the empty plate she was holding behind her back, "I don't think so."

I swiped the plate away and held it in front of her, "Hmm, funny how a few minutes ago there were still four on the plate. Now they are gone! Where could they have gone?"

"Fairies?" Yukia suggested, but when I gave her the death glares, with a small grin on my face, she sighed, "Alright fine! But you get very hungry when you are eating for two." she argued her case.

You can say that again, I thought as my stomach began to rumble again.

 

"Come on, sis. You're coming to mine tonight." Mikoto held my wrist and dragged me down the street to her house.

She slid open the door, told me to take my shoes off, then shoved me into the kitchen. Even though she was pregnant, she still had strength in her. Fugaku was sitting at the table, reading a newspaper, the stern look still on his face from the last time I saw him.

"We're back." Mikoto declared to Fugaku before slumping me into a seat at the table.

"Good evening, Fugaku-san." I bowed my head to him.

"Hm." was his reply as he flicked another page in the newspaper, "How's Hideki?" he asked.

"He's fine. But he's always on missions. I don't see much of him during the day anymore. How's Itachi-kun?" I replied, a small smile on my face.

"The same as the last time you visited."

"He should be back in a bit from the academy, so you can ask him yourself." Mikoto added, before she started chopping up vegetables, "You'll be staying for dinner with us tonight."

I knew I couldn't argue with Mikoto anymore. So I gave a slight nod and uttered, "Thank you." as I tried to hold back the grumbles that were dying to come from my stomach, Gosh, you have an appetite... I spoke in my head to my child and patted my only slight bulge.

 

The door opened around twenty minutes later, breaking the silence.

"I'm home." a quiet voice called out to his parents.

Mikoto turned to the small boy as he walked into the kitchen, his bag still slung over his shoulder, "Welcome home Itachi." she gave him a quick peck on the cheek before resuming with her cooking.

Itachi turned to look at me, a small smile on his face as he bowed slightly, "Good evening, Auntie Azami." he uttered.

I returned the gesture, "Good evening, Itachi-kun." I smiled brightly at him, making him relax a little, "How was the academy today?"

"Same as usual. Nothing exciting today." he replied, taking a seat at the table.

"Hmm, I remember those days when I was at the academy. I used to doze off in those lessons." then I lowered my voice and cupped my hand by his ear, "I don't recommend you do that."

Itachi gave a sweet smile as I pulled a guilty face.

"Itachi." Fugaku said, not looking away from his newspaper, "Do your homework before you start a conversation."

I pursed my lips, trying to hide the smile I had. Inside I was laughing at that reaction, and Itachi could tell as well, but his face remained straight as he pulled out some paper, a book and a pencil from his school bag. I watched as he started effortlessly answering the questions. His adorable young face completely focussed on the questions he had to answer, every now and again his pencil resting on his chin as he thought.

After a few minutes, I looked away and started tapping rhythmically on my knees, observing the room, trying not to distract Itachi from his work. I wasn't worried about him doing bad, because, with him, doing bad is completely impossible. I was more concerned that Fugaku would scold him if he spoke and it would be my fault. I wouldn't dream of letting the young Uchiha, with that much potential, start going downhill because of me and my still childish ways.

 

The silence carried on for ten minutes and that is when my head began to spin.

I groaned slightly as I held my head in my hands, earning the attention from everyone in the room.

"Are you Ok, Azami?" Mikoto asked, stopping what she was doing and walking up to me. She felt my forehead, "Do you feel alright?"

I nodded, "It's getting a little warm in here. Can I go outside for a bit?"

Mikoto chuckled, "You don't need to ask. Just go."

I thanked her and struggled to my feet before leaving the house into the pretty traditional, well-tended, garden. I sat down by the small pond as I watched the bamboo fill up with water trickling from an artificial stream and then drop the contents into the pool. Little orange koi fish circled the pond, nibbling at the limited algae that grew on the sides of the pond.

My head was still throbbing slightly as my vision went a little blurry. I then stifled a yawn as I rested my head on the soft grass. That in itself made my head feel that little bit better, but I couldn't remain concious.

 

"...zami? ...Azami-chan?" I heard my sister's voice echo in my head as a pressure was applied to my shoulder.

I gave out a little moan and screwed up my eyes as the light entered my eyes.

Mikoto chuckled, "You can't sleep out here. You'll make yourself worse. Come on, I'm serving dinner now. And we have another guest."

I felt something warm touch my cheek and a hand on my back, "Hey babe." my husband called to me as the heat was removed from my cheek. It was then I realized Hideki had arrived from his mission and the warmth on my cheek was his lips.

My eyes fluttered open, revealing a fuzzy image of Hideki and Mikoto looking down at me, both smiling. I tried to smile back, but my body was too achy.

"You are sleeping in a funny position, Azami-chan." Hideki chuckled, turning my head gently so I was facing upwards, and moving my arm so it wasn't flung over my shoulder, "Plus I can think of more comfortable places for napping. Like, not on the floor."

He and Mikoto laughed as I felt my cheeks flush. I then sat bolt upright and glared at them, "What's so funny about that?!"

Mikoto smiled, "She's back." and when Hideki nodded, she said, "Right, I'll go and plate up dinner. You two come in when you are ready, Ok?" she strolled back into the house, leaving me and Hideki outside.

"Are you feeling better, Azami?" Hideki asked, kneeling next to me and cupping my cheek with his hand.

I shrugged, "I keep getting headaches and feel a little nauseous, but other than that, I guess I am Ok. I haven't been sick today though."

"That's good. Let's hope it stays that way. You can't afford to go back to the hospital. Something could go severely wrong with your..." 

That is when I placed a finger to his lips, "About that..." I lowered my voice, "You haven't told anyone have you?"

He shook his head, "All I've been thinking about was checking up on you when I got back. Got a little sidetracked."

"Good." I replied, "No one should know yet."

His brow furrowed, "Why, Azami? You do want this child don't you? You are happy?"

"Of course, of course!" I reassured him quickly, slightly uneasy at how wrong what I said came out, "It's just...it seems I am a fair amount younger than everyone else I know before they got pregnant."

Hideki felt a little uncomfortable and guilty about where I was coming from, "Oh..." was all he came out with.

"I...I've got no regrets about getting pregnant, Hideki-san! Promise! I'm just concerned about what others think. What Mikoto-san would think. Personally I wouldn't care at all. I'm in a strong stable marriage with the man of my life, with my friends around me, with a family I am about to start. I..It's just..." I felt my eyes well up with tears, "I..I don't know..."

Hideki gave out a small breath before wrapping his arms around me, pulling me close to his chest, "Oh, Azami..." he sighed, placing his chin on the top of my head, "You really are all over the place aren't you?" he smiled and then chuckled, "At least that shows you are pregnant. It's perfectly normal what you are feeling and going through right now." I nodded, nuzzling into his chest, covering my tears with his shirt, "And you know something else?" when I shook my head he continued, "I will be here with you. Every step of the way. I'll protect you with everything I have got, until I die. I promise. I'm not going anywhere."

That made me want to cry more. I clung to his shoulders and gritted my teeth, screwing up my eyes, to hide the fact I was crying, "I love you." I whispered.

"I love you too." and with that, he lifted my now red face and kissed my dry lips. Just that feeling of warmth made every doubt in my mind leave. He's with me, and this has been going on for nearly six years now. My body went warm and my shivering stopped as he pulled me even closer, though I was convinced that was impossible. He pulled away and drew his thumb down my bottom lip, "I promise not to tell anyone anything, Ok?"

I nodded, "Thank you." I replied.

Hideki let out a slight breath before climbing to his feet, "Right." his voice had completely returned to normal, "I think Mikoto will be wondering where we are right now." he held his hand out to me and pulled me to my feet, before he let go quickly and stuck his tongue out, "If you don't get to your food now, I will eat it first!" he ran in the direction of the kitchen.

"Hey! That's mine!" I shouted after him, as I too started running. My headache was gone, my emotions were back to normal again and my fatigue was also gone. I could finally run in a straight line.

I caught up to Hideki and jumped him, but he was one step ahead of me and grabbed onto my legs, pulling me onto his back, "Don't think you can beat me that easily, Uchiha Azami!" I squealed slightly as he turned to kiss me cheekily.

Mikoto, Fugaku and Itachi all looked at us in shock and confusion as we entered the kitchen, me on Hideki's back and both of us slightly out of breath from laughing too much.

"Uh..." Mikoto began, and then she pointed at the plates of food, "Dinner's served." she then smiled at us, "Young love." she teased, pinching my cheek as Hideki dropped me on a seat next to her.

I groaned, "Hey, cut it out!" I snapped, shifting her hand away.

"Now now, don't get aggressive, Azami-chan!"

"Stop calling me Azami-chan!" I moaned before starting to devour the meal.

All three of us laughed again, leaving Itachi and Fugaku in the shadows, wondering what the Hell was going on. 

If this is the way things will be during and after the pregnancy, then, really, nothing else will change, except there will be one more being to join in on the fun. I thought to myself as we all sat in silence, eating our meals.

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