Here it is folks! Book Five, Antebellum, in latin means Before the War. I think it fits.


The Uchiha complex was a large community that was built around the time Konoha had been established. It began in the village proper until it came to a stop somewhere in the middle of a forest. The compound's features included a home for at least a populace of more than sixty Uchihas or the Uchiha's servants, a vast training ground and at least five huge pools of clear water filled with lilies and used by the Uchiha women to bathe or to cool off during the summer.

The ruling family of Uchihas lived in a huge building at the very center of the complex. It was fit for even the Hokage, and well maintained. There were more than five gardens within it, and was currently inhabited by Uchiha Fugaku, his wife and two sons: Itachi and Sasuke.

The Uchiha complex was currently decked out in bright festive colors. The celebration was for Uchiha Itachi's second year in ANBU at the age of eleven. Every Uchiha had gathered around as the heir to Fugaku's legacy blew out the candles on his cake with a practiced grace. Congratulatory pats on the back followed, though Itachi seemed not to care.

Little Sasuke clambered up on his lap, sucking carefully on a small candy on a white stick, of which Itachi did not care to name. He ruffled his brother's head gleefully as the other Uchihas sorted out the presents. He only cared for his brother, of course. No one else would look at him with such loving eyes. Even Itachi's own elders were afraid of their little prodigy.

Keeping Sasuke contained in his lap (a difficult task), Itachi reached over to open a present and was stopped by Uchiha Fugaku's hand. Itachi looked up at his father, eyes seemingly dead.

"What?" Itachi asked, his voice low. Uchiha Fugaku looked up as a clue and it was only then that Itachi noticed a shadow over him. In that moment, Sasuke clambered off his lap to crawl over to their mother, Uchiha Mikoto. The whole hall fell silent. They knew who had come.

Hatake Kakashi, clad only in his ANBU uniform without the secretive Wolf mask extended a black gloved hand holding a sealed letter. The Sharingan in Kakashi-sempai's left eye was shining in the light and Itachi gave a nod of understanding as he took the letter from Kakashi's hands.

As Kakashi left the building, the Uchihas returned to being themselves; a pompous bunch of fools. Calling Sasuke to him, Itachi gave him a sharp poke on the forehead.

"That's for sneaking off." Itachi said teasingly, though in his heart he knew. One poke for every Uchiha I will kill

Sasuke pouted, the candy thing hanging lopsidedly at the edge of his mouth. Itachi reached over and helped Sasuke return it to its former position. The little boy seemed satisfied, and Itachi stood up. Uchiha Fugaku rose in unison.

"I will put Sasuke to bed." Uchiha Mikoto said, giving an apologetic smile as she extracted Sasuke from Itachi's arms. She took him up, hugged him for a moment before leaving the room.

"We need to talk." Uchiha Fugaku hissed, staring at Itachi as he herded his elder son to a neighboring room that was thankfully empty. Itachi merely followed and spoke in a dead tone.

"Certainly…Father."

Fugaku felt a chill run up his spine. He shook it off with practiced ease. His son Itachi…it scared him. A child of his age should not be ANBU. Chuunin, he could understand, but ANBU? Unbelievable.

Fugaku turned to Itachi, now composed. "The letter." He said, staring around as if they were surrounded. "Open it."

"Of course." Itachi said as he opened it without preamble. He inspected the letter envelope itself. The heading and such were written in emerald ink, and Itachi took time to read it.

Uchiha Itachi, ANBU Weasel

Uchiha Complex, Uchiha Main Building, The Room next to the Main Hall

30 July 1995

Albus Dumbledore, Headmaster

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Itachi found this curious. He merely raised an eyebrow at this, allowing Uchiha Fugaku to doubt his son's humanity. So the rumors were true. When Kakashi-sempai returned last time…he had changed. He had mellowed out, certainly. Was the Hokage doing this to Itachi now that he had also been classified as 'mentally unstable' to the common populace?

It was a thought. Itachi said to himself as he took out the scrap of paper within. He folded it out to read whatever it said. Behind him, Uchiha Fugaku towered over Itachi's shoulder, reading as well.

Uchiha Itachi-san,

In accordance to the agreement of Konoha spanning three years, I would like to ask for your services as an undercover operative/bodyguard to keep my students safe because of the rising dark forces and because of the recent sudden change in management of my school, I need a person who I can trust implicitly under a contract and who will not stick out like a sore thumb in a school to keep an eye on the new arrival and make sure that my students are not abused. That would imply a child, or a teenager of studying age. Since you fit all parameters stated, I would like to ask you to accept this proposition.

Konoha and your family will be compensated handsomely should you undertake this mission. Should you choose to accept, please contact me in the Hokage's Office tomorrow?

Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to meeting you in person.

Sincerely,

Albus Dumbledore

Headmaster, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Uchiha Itachi folded it shut and looked at his father. Fugaku seemed to think for a moment before nodding.

"Take it. It'll do you good."

Itachi didn't look too convinced. "I want some time alone with my brother later. We have a lot to catch up on before I go. I may try to bring him back a surprise or two. I hear they have very good sweets where I'm going, according to Kakashi-sempai."

Fugaku snorted. "Him? Don't believe him. He's a liar and a thief."

So you think. Itachi thought darkly. He's still better than any single one of you that I could name and if Uncle Obito still lived, I'm sure he would deny the theft. It was a gift, you pompous bastard.

Smiling so sweetly that Fugaku felt the chill run up his spine, Itachi bowed before leaving.