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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6. Chapter 6

Note to Readers

Hey guys. From now until the end of the story there will be some major time skips. This is supposed to be a short story after all, and I need to get to the interesting parts, so I can continue writing 'To Kill an Uchiha'. If you want to read a longer story about Azami and Hitomi, please read 'Friendship and Rivalry' which I am in the process of writing with Willow-chan!

Thank you! xxxx

 

The warm summer finally started to cool down into the October month, where the sakura tree in my garden, along with all the others, transformed into shades of orange, magenta and red. 

I was sat on the decking outside my back door, a violet scarf wrapped around my shuddering body. I was continuing to grow enormous, I struggled to find any clothes I could wear. I've been to every scan and the doctor is now certain that I was carrying a little girl.

Kushina was sat next to me, leaning her head against my shoulder. She was very close to having her first child, and I wanted to make the environment as calm as possible for her.

"Azami-chan?" she looked up at me.

I looked down at her and smiled, "What is it Kushina-san?"

She frowned, "Will it hurt?"

The smile left my face as I looked ahead of me and watched as the wind blew locks of my jet black hair into my face. I then chuckled, "I can't lie can I?"

Kushina let out a groan as she lowered her head again.

"But once it's over, it's over." I reassured her, raising my hand from her shoulder and resting it on her head, "And it will all be over. Your beautiful child will finally be in your hands."

"I suppose so." Kushina whispered as she closed her eyes. And after a couple more seconds she whispered, "I've heard Minato talking about taking me...somewhere else to have the baby. Somewhere secret..."

I knew the reason why. What some don't know is that a demon, a fox with nine tails, is inside Kushina. She's what's known as a jinchūriki. And when she's giving birth, the seal that keeps the demon within will weaken, so she will need 'extra support'. Of course it makes me nervous, for Kushina's sake more than anyone's, but what else can be done? It makes me mad. Makes me think people are more scared of the nine tails being released rather than for Kushina's well being. 

"Azami-chan? When my child is born, will you help me look after it? And babysit it when needed?"

My eyes widened, "Of course I would, Kushina-san! Don't need to ask me. I just will."

Kushina's lips curled upwards, "And mine and your child will friends?"

I curled my fingers around her hand, "Bestest."

 

That evening, I thought everything was going to be peaceful as I prepared myself, getting ready for bed. But a sudden crash and a violent shake shuddered the landing. My ankles gave way and I grabbed the wash basin for support.

"Hideki-san?" I called to my husband as the shaking stopped. I quickly hobbled out of the bathroom and into the bedroom...to see Hideki in his ninja attire, "Hideki-san? What's going on?"

Hideki's face went grave, "I have just been called to leave the village. The Nine Tailed Fox is heading straight for Konoha."

My hand covered my mouth, "But...Kushina? What happened?" I covered her mouth, The childbirth has made her weak I know. I knew the risk was great...but surely not weak enough to release the demon completely. Something must have went wrong...Someone has interfered...

Hideki placed a finger to my lips and shushed me, "It's going to be fine. Kushina-chan will be fine." he then kissed my forehead.

"Let me come along as well." I begged him, resting my hands on his shoulders.

"That's impossible, Azami-chan. No way. You are staying here."

"I want to come!"

"Azami!" he snapped. His Sharingan eyes glared at me. 

That made me freeze up. My eyes widened as a shield of water covered my pupils. Hideki never got that firm with me. Not so that he would flash his eyes at me.

He kissed my forehead again and returned to normal, "I'm sorry, but it's out of the question."

There was a loud knock at the door.

"That must be Yukia." Hideki turned away and walked down the stairs.

"Yukia?" I repeated, following him.

She was also wearing her full ninja attire and in her arms rested little Kaze, sound asleep.

"Are you ready, Hideki-san?" she asked, her face grave. She got a nod in return, before she turned to me, "Azami-chan. I know this is really sudden, but please can you look after Kaze for the night?"

I wasn't sure how to react, but my instincts told me to nod, so I did, and held out my arms to take Kaze.

"Thank you." she turned back to Hideki, "Have there been any sightings of Mikoto or Fugaku?"

Hideki shook his head, "Itachi has been left with Sasuke."

I gasped loudly, "Itachi? Sasuke?" I didn't even say goodbye as I pushed past the pair and ran down the estate, "Please come back Ok." I demanded, as I looked at both of them for the final time before turning the corner.

 

I stood outside Mikoto's house and realised the door was left slightly ajar.

Please still be in here. I closed my eyes and took in a deep breath as I slid the door open and stepped inside.

"Itachi-san?" I called out gently, heading out into the garden, still clutching tightly to Kaze. Her white and blue eyes were now open but rather drowsy. I looked down at her and smiled, tapping her nose, "Sleep dear Kaze. Azami will look after you." as if almost obeying me, Kaze's eyes fluttered shut again. I let out a little coo before continuing the search for Itachi and Sasuke.

Finally, I found them. Itachi was sitting on the decking holding Sasuke on his lap, sound asleep. He turned cautiously as he heard me approaching.

"Hey Itachi-kun." I muttered, taking a seat next to him and smiling as brightly as possible, even though in my mind I was scared as hell.

As if ignoring me, he turned back around as a loud growl and another shaking was felt. It's coming closer.

I put my free arm around him and pulled him close, "Do you know where Mother and Father have gone?" I asked him. He remained silent, his face rather pale, "Are you feeling Ok?" Again nothing. I sighed slightly, "I'm going to take Kaze inside so she can rest." 

I stood up and walked back indoors and headed for Mikoto's room. Inside was Sasuke's cradle next to the double bed.

"You can sleep here for now, Kaze-chan." I whispered, gently lowering her under the blankets and kissing her forehead gently, "Don't worry. Azami is here for you." Now I need to persuade Itachi to come inside.

I headed back to the decking but before I reached the back door, I heard mumbling. It was Itachi's voice and he was talking to someone. Cautiously, I snuck closer to see if I could get a good look at who he was talking to. But nobody was there. Instead he was looking down at Sasuke, who was still cradled in his arms.

"Don't cry Sasuke." he almost whispered, "Your big brother is here to protect you no matter what happens."

A small gasp escaped my mouth. I quickly slammed my hand up to it but it was loud enough for Itachi to hear. He turned around to look at me, before lowering his glance and turning back around to look outside again. Slowly, I walked over and sat back down next to him again.

It was an awkward silence for a second, but I broke it, "You are a good big brother to Sasuke, aren't you?"

It took a while but he finally opened his mouth, "I'd like to think I am."

That was not quite the answer I was expecting, but from Itachi, you probably couldn't get anything more self centred. He's the least selfish and obnoxious person I know.

I allowed a small smile to grace my lips, "I was just wondering. Your Mother hasn't told you yet, I presume. Would you say something similar, say, if you had a cousin come into your life?"

Itachi's eyes widened and he flicked his head round to look at me, and this time his glance didn't shift away, "Y..you mean...you're..."

I placed a finger to my lips and smiled, "Not many people know. But now you do. It's a secret."

His face remained like stone, clearly too shocked to say anything.

"You're going to have a cousin in a couple of months. And I am looking for someone who I know will keep a very close eye on her, and make sure she is Ok." I placed a finger on my chin, the smile not leaving my face, "Someone who will spend time with her when I am out. Walk her to the academy when she starts training, maybe."

Itachi smiled up at me, "You don't have to look anymore, Auntie Azami. I can do that for you, if you'd like?"

I tapped his nose, "I think you fit the bill perfectly Itachi-kun." I pulled him and Sasuke in for a hug, "Thank you."

Suddenly I loud growl and muffled screams could be heard in the distance. I whipped my head round as the ground shook again. I took Sasuke from Itachi's arms and with my free hand, I held Itachi's arm.

"Come on, we should be going inside." I almost commanded, moving my hand to his back and hustling him indoors, "We'll get Sasuke to bed and then I guess I'll have to send you off as well."

 

I lay awake on Azami's bed. Tossing to my side, I looked at the cradle where Sasuke and Kaze were soundly sleeping side by side. I had to place pillows over my ears to block out the sounds of death and destruction.

Please be over soon. Please be over soon....I kept begging over and over again, screwing my eyes shut and trying to think of something else. Hideki-san, Yukia-san, Mikoto-san, Kushina-san. Please please please come back Ok. I could feel my eyes watering and tears seeping out of my eyes, It's coming closer....closer...closer...

"Auntie Azami?" I heard Itachi calling me from the door to the bedroom.

His eyes were slightly drowsy but I could tell he has not been asleep yet.

"Hey, is everything Ok?" I asked, sitting up and wiping my eyes.

He nodded, but then he muttered, "I can't sleep...I've seen too much."

I covered my mouth, Has he seen the violence? Oh God... "Come here." I whispered, holding out my hand to him.

I took his hand and had him lie down next to me, "I can't really sleep either. Shall we just talk for a bit instead?"

He shrugged his shoulders.

"Ay...don't worry about a thing. I may be pretty useless at the moment, but I will do everything in my power to keep you and the others safe. I will never, ever, let you get hurt. That's a promise, Itachi-kun." I cupped his cheek and grinned, "But I'm sure you won't need me for much longer. You are too strong."

He immediately retaliated, "Of course I need you, Auntie Azami. You are the best. I love coming to see you and Uncle Hideki. I look forward to it every week!"

I giggled, "Aw, at least you still think of your old Auntie Azami while you are busy."

"Old?"

I burst out laughing.

 

An hour or so later, the crashing continued to get louder and louder. Immediately I sat up and clambered over to the window...before letting out a cry. A mere few hundred meters from where I stood, a huge fox like creature, with nine lashing tails stood above the village in all it's gloru

"Kurama..." I whispered. Then my lungs tightened as I watched small dots jumping towards it...and falling, Oh my God...please tell me Yukia, Hideki and Kushina are safe...

"What's going on Auntie?" Itachi awoke from a short sleep.

Immediately I closed the curtains and pulled out a coat from the nearby wardrobe, "Nothing, Itachi-kun. Now..." I quickly walked over to him and held his cheeks in my hands, "I want you to be the biggest, strongest boy you can be and take good care of your brother and Kaze for me. I am going to pop outside for a bit and..." I stopped for a second, "Get some fresh air, Ok? I'll just be outside if you need anything." I kissed his forehead, "You are charmed with my love and protection, Ok?" I left.

 

Outside, I could see the ninja attacking, some being successful and some falling. They won't hold him off for long...maybe we should evacuate...

"Azami!" a heard a medical ninja approach and cautiously, I flipped my head around, a kunai in my hand and my Sharingan glaring.

"Speak." I demanded, not allowing him to come any closer to me.

"Who else is here?" he asked.

"Uchiha Itachi and Sasuke, and Hatake, Kaze." I replied, relaxing my grip.

"We need to get you all outside the village for your safety." he explained, "Leave everything and we'll leave."

I squinted my eyes and then nodded, "So he is coming closer then?" when he nodded, I chuckled, Boy you are angry aren't you beasty? Angry you were trapped inside Kushina for so long...you deserve every punishment you get.

 

The rest of the night was sleepless. Many other villagers were with us, some Genin too, clearly too young or not skilled enough to fight this demon. I remained huddled with the children I love under the protection of the barrier as the destruction to Konoha continued.

Bless Minato, our Fourth Hokage, he always was one to put his villagers before anyone else.

Around me more young children were sobbing, cowering together and watching as more rubble exploded within the walls of the village.

"Itachi." I whispered to him as I stood up and walked over to the centre of the barrier, before sitting back down cross legged. I closed my eyes and relaxed myself.

"What is she doing?" someone asked.

"Why is she so happy?" another asked.

Itachi joined me, rather confused at first, before handing me over Kaze and holding Sasuke in his own arms, both of which were wide awake, and rather confused as to what is going on. The children had stopped crying to see what I was doing, after hearing some of the older villagers asking such questions about my behaviour. I looked at all of them again and smiled, beckoning them to where I sat. They were reluctant at first, but they knew how safe Kaze, Sasuke and Itachi were with me, so they shuffled from where they sat to in front of me, looking at me with their innocent little eyes.

They are all so tired. So scared... I frowned and then looked up at the sky.

"Can you see that?" I whispered, pointing to an arrangement of stars in the sky, the moon submerged by them. The children muttered in confusion, "I think the Sandman has been running late. None of you are asleep yet. But I think he is here now..." I closed my eyes yet again and then began to sing a short nursery rhyme, adding a quiet tune of my own:

The Sandman's coming in his train of cars,
With moonbeam windows and with wheels of stars,
So hush you little ones and have no fear,
The man-in-the-moon he is the engineer.

The railroad track tis a moonbeam bright,
That leads right up into the starry night.

So put on your 'jamas and say your prayers.

 

The children remained silent after my song and when I opened my eyes, I realised they had their mouths gaping open and their eyes transfixed on me.

"Would you like to try singing it?" I asked.

Some nodded while others shyed away, but as the night grew older, most of the children began singing the rhyme of the Sandman, drowning out the sound of destruction.

 

Right up until the Nine Tailed Fox disappeared into the night. 

 

Hey guys, just going to say I completely made up this chapter with the very little knowledge I have. As you are aware, there are no ideas as to where Itachi and Sasuke's parents went during the attack, so I kinda added in Azami to be their guardian. As for the whole fleeing thing, I was never 100% who was protected by Minato's barrier, but I am sure most villagers were. Please don't make any 'you are such a twerp' or 'you know nothing' comments. I tried! T_T

More to come soon, I promise xxxx

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