Disclaimer- Naruto. Not. Mine.

A/N: Written for Naruto 100's Mother challenge.

Perhaps she had been too underprotective.

Because after all, what kind of mother watches her child as they perform ANBU missions, to burn the flesh of the enemy with Katon techniques taught too young?

Perhaps she should have known. After all, he never once called her "mama", never allowed himself to be called pet names, never once was a normal son.

Uchiha Mikoto idly wondered if she had been a bad mother, as her son -her strange prodigy of a son- killed her with absolutely nothing in his eyes.

She was wrong.

Itachi never had a mother to begin with.