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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4. Chapter 4

*One month later*

"Well. I see that you are gradually gaining weight again, Azami-san, which is great news." the doctor smiled, noting down my weight and comparing it to last time I was here. She then felt the bump which was slowly swelling, "And by the look of it, you seem to be coping well with the pregnancy."

I smiled brightly before pulling down my shirt over my belly again. As my stomach swelled, I started wearing baggier clothes to cover it up. I guess I am still not sure when or whether I should tell anyone about this.

"Now that it has been three months, I believe we can now find out the sex of your baby." the doctor then declared, looking down her notes.

I took in a deep breath and then turned to look at Hideki, who was fortunate enough to have today off to come with me to the hospital, "Shall we find out now?" I asked him.

He took my hand in his, "I don't think I can wait a second longer." he answered back softly, tightening his grip.

"Ok then. We'll take you next door." we were taken to the next room, where I lay down for another scan.

 

"There we are." the doctor smiled, doing another ultrasound and moving the device around my womb to find my child again, "Looking really strong and well developed." she turned the screen.

Hideki's face went blank for a second. He wasn't here for the first scan, so this is the first time he has seen our baby, "Oh my..." I swore I saw his eyes sparkling, he gripped my hand again, before turning to me, "That's our....?"

"Your daughter, Hideki-san." the doctor declared, "Congratulations, Azami-san, I believe you are going to have a thriving little girl."

 

*Another month later*

It was only a month after I got the news that Mikoto was next to go to hospital. She was in labour. I'm going to be an auntie to two now.

 

It was around six in the morning when I heard the knock at the door. I sat up in bed not sure whether I was dreaming or not, but Hideki also stirred.

"Was that the door?" he asked in a thick, sleepy voice.

"Yeah...I think so." I whispered back, throwing the covers off of me and hoisting myself to my feet.

I walked down the landing, in a long nightshirt and barefooted, to the front door, unlocking it and opening it slightly. There was a male doctor standing at the door and beside him, Itachi.

"Miss Azami?" he asked, looking me straight in the eyes.

"Yes?" I nodded, before turning to Itachi again.

His face remained straight, if not a little shaken.

"Your sister has gone into labour and has been taken to the hospital. She wants you to look after Itachi until she comes back." the doctor explained.

My eyes widened as I looked back at him, "Mikoto-san?" I breathed, "Is she Ok?"

"I can assure you she is getting the best help she can get. We will call you when it's over." he then bowed his head before walking off, leaving Itachi at the door.

"Babe? Who was that?" Hideki asked, plodding down the stairs, rubbing his eyes and yawning, but when he saw who was at the door, his eyes widened, "Itachi-kun?"

I slowly turned to look at him, "It's Mikoto-san...she's giving birth."

Hideki went silent, before whispering, "Oh..." he looked down at the steps, unsure how to react to the news.

Itachi remained silent, that for a second I forgot he was still standing outside. Quickly I turned to him and smiled, "Well, I suppose we should let you in, shouldn't we?" I stood to the side and allowed him to enter.

"Thank you, Auntie Azami." he said standing still in the hall.

"Oh, don't be silly. You don't need to thank me. It's what I'm here for. Do you want to go and sit on the sofa? I'll go and make us all breakfast." I decided, before doing some kind of jumpy walk into the kitchen.

Hideki yawned loudly before saying, "I'm going back to bed." he was about to ascend the stairs again when I stopped him, "Oh no you don't you lazy lump! Go and keep Itachi-kun company! Where's your sense of hospitality?" I delved into the fridge, finding something decent to cook for our guest. I found some eggs, so I fried them, "Shame there is not much in here...I knew I should have went shopping yesterday." I hissed to myself.

 

Plating up breakfast, I realized there was not much of a conversation going on in the front room, and even for Itachi that didn't seem right.

"He isn't..." I muttered to myself in a warning tone, storming into the front room. Itachi was sitting straight backed on one of the sofas while Hideki...was asleep on the other. I looked at Itachi and placed a finger to my lips before picking up a cushion from the sofa and creeping over to the slumbering Hideki. Then I burst out, "WAKEY WAKEY! EGGS AND BAKEY!!!" continuously attacking him with the cushion, until he groaned loudly and tried to push me away, his eyes opening widely.

"What? What is it?" Hideki asked, turning to his side and pouting slightly.

"You..." I hit him again, "Are the least social person I've ever met. Breakfast is at the table if you want it. Otherwise I will eat it because I am particularly hungry this morning." It was true. After another stomach turn last night, I was craving something, anything, to eat. I looked at Itachi, who was looking back with a confused, but slightly amused, look on his face, "Itachi-kun. Breakfast is in the kitchen. Help yourself to anything else in the fridge. We have juices and other breakfast-y things like cereal and such. Just...go ahead." I smiled brightly as I watched him jump to his feet.

"Thank you very much, Auntie." he whispered, before heading for the kitchen.

Hideki rubbed his head and sat up, "Why are you so nice to him and not me?" he asked.

"Because he doesn't fall asleep when I specifically told him not to." I replied, putting my hands on my hips.

"Well you are just bossy, woman." Hideki started tickling me, making me squeal and collapse, sitting on his lap.

I hit him on the head gently, "Knock it off! Come on, let's eat. Those eggs will be cold by now."

 

I noticed Itachi's eyes getting heavy when he finished eating breakfast.

"Are you Ok, Itachi-kun?" I asked, lowering my head so it was level with his.

He nodded slowly, before stifling a yawn.

"Do you want to go and lie on the sofa for a bit? I can get a blanket from the airing cupboard." I suggested, putting and hand on his head.

He shook his head, "Father wants me to finish my homework before I do anything else."

"But it's the weekend." I announced, "Surely you can do it some other time?"

"He'll get mad."

I rolled my eyes, "Oh, what'll he know? I've got you at least all morning. Tell you what, go have a nap now, and I'll wake you up in a couple of hours, Ok? I'm gonna get a shower while you rest up. You were up very early this morning, you need some rest,"

I knew he was arguing in his head about whether to agree with me or not, but when he yawned again, he knew he was defeated, "Ok, thank you."

I smiled, "Good choice."

As I came back downstairs with the blanket, Itachi was already asleep on the sofa, curled up to keep himself warm.

Jesus, he really was tired... I thought, unfolding the blanket and covering him with it. I knelt down and kissed him on the forehead, "I'll come wake you up later." I whispered, although I knew he wouldn't answer.

 

Hideki had left for another mission an hour ago, and Itachi had been asleep for two. It's a good thing he was asleep, because I didn't want him to see the pain I was in. My vision started to blur again and my head throbbed. I had to remain lying down on the sofa until my head went straight again, which took about half an hour.

I sat up and walked over to Itachi, whose face now had some colour in it, now he was rested up. I placed my hand on his shoulder and shook him ever so gently, "Itachi-kun." I whispered, and when he stirred I whispered again, "Like I promised. Time to get up."

His adorable eyes opened sleepily as he looked up at me, his mouth partially open, "Auntie Azami?"

"Morning sleepy." I smiled down at him, lowering my head and planting a kiss on his cheek. I held out my hand to him, "Come on. Let's get your homework done, shall we?"

He nodded slowly and took it as we both headed to the kitchen again. He had put his bag there earlier, so I opened it and pulled out his work books and stationery, while he took a seat. 

"How much have you got to do?" I asked

"Not too much today. I just need to answer a couple of questions." he replied, opening the text book and pulling out a sheet of questions.

As I looked at the work, I screwed up my nose. When he said a couple, I didn't know he meant eighty. And they looked really tough for someone his age, "Wow, Itachi! You know this stuff?"

He nodded as he thought deeply after answering twenty of the questions in a couple of minutes.

 

My head was rested on the table when Itachi had finished the questions and packed his belongings away. I allowed him to go out in the garden and get some fresh air and a bit of practise done. The phone started ringing loudly, making me slam my head on the table, because it scared me. Rubbing my head, my body went tense as I slid over to the phone in my slippers.

"H..hello?" I managed to utter, my body shaking in anxiety. 

"Azami-chan?" I heard a familiar voice answer.

My eyes widened, "Yukia?! Where are you?"

"At the hospital with Kushina. Where are you? Mikoto is calling for you."

"I'm looking after Itachi-kun. Is she Ok?" I asked, my voice going slightly raspy.

"She's fine, just really tired. Come over now. She really wants to see you."

"What about Itachi?"

"I can look after him in the waiting room. Come on. You'll get to see you nephew at long last. He's called Sasuke. He's beautiful."

"He..." I whispered as Yukia hung up, "I have another nephew..." a smile spread across my face as I put the phone back down and ran into the garden in search of Itachi.

I found him sitting under the sakura tree that grew in our garden, slightly out of breath from kunai training, "Itachi-kun. Get your coat on. We are going to the hospital." I pulled him to his feet.

"Is Mother Ok?" he asked as we both left the house and down the street.

I nodded, "She's had a son. You've got a little brother." I knelt down and hugged him tightly.

As I looked at him, I noticed the corners of his mouth turning upwards and then his smile got wider, "What's his name?"

"Sasuke." I replied as I took his hand and walked to the hospital together.

"Sasuke..." Itachi repeated over and over to himself until we got to the hospital.

 

"Azami-chan!" Yukia greeted us, she and Kushina sitting in the waiting room together. She ran over as best as possible (since she was also really close to giving birth as well) and wrapped her arms around my shoulders, "Mikoto really wants to see you. I'll look after Itachi. Go! Go!" she pushed me over to a nurse who was waiting patiently for me.

She led me down the maternity ward before going to a stand still in front of a door. She opened it quietly and called in a soft voice, "You have a visitor, Mikoto-san."

I peered my head through the door and there she was. Mikoto was lay in bed, blankets draped up to her waist, cradling a thick white blanket in her arms.

"Azami-chan." she called weakly, beckoning me over with her free hand.

I obediently walked over to her, a brave smile on my face. Fugaku was also there, but when I arrived, he just nodded to me before heading for the door.

"Mikoto wants to spend time with you alone." he said, before walking out the door, "I'll go see Itachi."

I sat down in the seat next to the bed before looking straight at my sister. She was really pale and exhausted, but she held the blanket close, "Do you want to see him?" she asked, putting her hand in mine.

I nodded eagerly. Mikoto smiled even more and handed over the delicate child. I held him firmly in my hands, my mouth pursed. He was sleeping soundly submerged in the snowy blanket. I then gasped as he gave a small deep breath.

"He looks just like you." I whispered, stroking his cheek with one of my fingers. He wriggled slightly before going still again, making me want to cry, "He is beautiful. Oh my God, Mikoto-san." I held him closer to me, hugging him very gently. As I moved him away into my lap again, I noticed his lips curl slightly.

"I think he likes you, Azami." Mikoto said as I stroked his fuzzy black hair. She then frowned, "You are an incredible Auntie. Thank you so much for looking after Itachi today. I'm so sorry it was so early at such short notice."

I looked back at her, "Don't be daft, sis. You didn't see it coming did you?"

She chuckled, "Was Itachi Ok with everything?"

"An angel." I replied, "And he seemed so excited, hearing about his new brother."

She sighed in relief, "That's good. I'll have to introduce him to Sasuke in a bit."

Sasuke made a little gurgle as his hand moved from the blanket and touched mine.

"Hey." I whispered to him, holding his tiny fist with my finger and thumb, "Hey, Sasuke." I kissed his cheek, "I'm your Auntie Azami. And I bet you are going to grow up to be just like your brother. And I will be there to watch you grow up too, to be a strong shinobi. I'll look after you as much as I can."

Mikoto was watching me as I continued talking to Sasuke, "His complexion is like yours." she then said, "He has a few of your features."

"I guess so." I replied, playing with his hand again.

Mikoto went silent again before speaking, "You know what? You'll be an amazing mother."

I froze, "Y...you think so?"

She nodded, "You treat my sons so well. Even at this age you will be a great mother."

I remained silent, handing Sasuke back over. I then looked at the floor, twiddling my fingers.

"Are you Ok, Azami?" Mikoto asked, lifting my chin.

My eyes were guilt ridden, and I knew it.

"Azami...Oh...Oh my..." she covered her mouth, "It all makes sense now. The sickness, the weight loss, the headaches, the fatigue."

"Please don't hate me." I whispered, tears forming in my eyes, "Don't disown me..."

"How far gone are you?"

"Four months. I'm having a girl."

Mikoto went silent. She turned to look at Sasuke again.

She's angry... I thought fidgeting with the arms of the chair. But then she took my hand. I looked up at her.

And to my shock, she was smiling, "I should have known sooner. I should have known." she pulled me in a for a hug, "Azami-chan, why didn't you tell me as soon as you found out? This is incredible! Wait until everyone hears about this."

I was so shocked, it took a while for me to answer, "A...are you not mad?"

"Mad? Far from it! Why would you even think that?"

"B..because of how young I am." I replied.

She shook her head, "Azami. You are one of the most mature twenty year olds I have come across. You are perfectly capable of looking after your own child. You are married, have a great husband, the perfect job for funding, a good house, and...." she paused and cupped my chin, "You have a family, and friends, who will back you up all the way."

My frown soon disappeared and the smile I had hidden inside returned to the surface again.

"Did you hear that Sasuke? You are going to have a cousin soon as well." Mikoto cooed to Sasuke. And guess what? He smiled. "You know, Azami. He and your baby are going to be so close when they get older."

"I hope so, sis. I hope so."

 

*A Couple of Days Later*

"Azami?" I heard Kushina call, "Please come to the hospital. It's Yukia."

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