Chapter 7

In Which I Run Out Of Verbs

(AKA Learning the Ropes)

Yay, I'm already starting the third chapter! With spring break, muse is coming in! Sadly, the same can't be said for my other stories… Oh well… I will not be updating over spring break.

-Facepalm- I meant for you guys to read the bold near the top… I should have said that… I'm such an idiot… Sorry for you guys who read the WHOLE THING!!! ^_^" Anyway, the message said 'Computer messed up, I cannot update for awhile.' My poor, poor computer has died, but I managed to transfer Most of my important info to Fanfiction, and then re-copy it to my mom's computer. But… I'M GETTING A BRAND NEW ONE!!! WOOHHH!!! Anyway, enjoy this chapter, because I'm procrastinating on homework to get it done.

Kari Suttle- Yes, amazing that he has a sweet tooth, no? It mentions it in Databook 3 : 'Favorite food: Dango. Hobbies: Visiting Dango/tea shops. Also, in the episode where you first see him, he's eating Dango with Kisame. Annddd… Sasuke looks at the dango when Itachi flees, and assuming it was for him, he said 'I don't like sweets.' XD a fun fact… YAY!

Question of the day: Why did the 9/11 suicide bombers wear helmets?(This will appear every chapter from now on!)


Itachi blinked at the amount of students in the hall. There must have been hundreds! He looked up, and almost flinched at the genjutsu above(a cloudy night), it had not been active over summer. A part of his mind began bringing up ideas to dismantle it in case, but he pushed it away, though it would be an amusing thing to brood on.

"Potter! Granger! I want to see you both!" McGonagall called to the two students. Ron followed them, and, seeing as I had nowhere to go, I followed Ron.

"There's no need to look so worried, I just wanted a word in my office. Move along Weasley, and Uchiha, you'll wait with those first years until Dumbledore addresses you."

I went to stand where she directed, giving a nod to Ron as I left. We had already covered which house I would be going into, but it was best to cover formalities.

The first years were-at most- six inches smaller than me, but I was smaller than most of the children in my age group here… maybe it was the different races?

"Now we will began the sorting!" Dumbledore yelled out.

"Acres, Laura… Ravenclaw!"

It went on, and once Dumbledore finished calling the names, he motioned toward me.

"This is Itachi Uchiha, and he is a transfer student from Japan. Please, Gryffindor, welcome him with open arms!" He spoke, and the table to the far right erupted into cheers. A few students(three of which looked related to Ron, a set of twins and a young girl, along with a tall kid with black hair) began some sort of primitive ceremony –dancing- which was held on the table.

"We've got Uchiha, We've got Uchiha, WE'VE GOT UCHIHA!!!" Itachi walked to the table and sat next to Ron, who was laughing and shouting at the four on the table. At this moment, Harry and Hermione came back, who sat to the right of Ron. The ones dancing on the table jumped back on the ground and returned to their seats, the twins clapping me on the back as they passed.

"Welcome to the best house!" Harry said over Ron, but just as said redhead opened his mouth to ask him something, Dumbledore began speaking again.

"Welcome! Welcome to another year at Hogwarts! I have a few things to say to you all, and as one of them is very serious, I think it is best to get it out of the way before you become befuddled by our excellent feast…" He cleared his throat and continued, "As you will all be aware after their search of the Hogwarts express, our school is presently playing host to some of the dementors of Azkaban, who are here on Ministry of Magic business."

Dumbledore paused for a moment, and Itachi had a feeling that he did not like the fact that those things were here.

"They are stationed at every entrance to the grounds, and while they are with us, I must make it plain that nobody is to leave school without permission. Dementors are not to be fooled by trickery, or even Invisibility Cloaks." He added, and Itachi noticed that Ron and Harry glanced at each other. 'Can invisibility cloaks fool my sharingan?'

"It is not in the nature of a dementor to understand pleading or excuses. I therefore warn each and every one of you to give them no reason to harm you. I look to the prefects, and our new head boy and girl, to make sure that no student runs afoul of the dementors."

"On a happier note, I am pleased to welcome two new teachers to our ranks this year.


Professor Lupin, who has kindly consented to fill the post of Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher."

Not many people applauded, but Itachi did normally. Lupin seemed to know his stuff, but sadly, the other students would likely mock him as he was rather shabby.

Ron ,attempted, to whisper in Harry's ear to look at Snape. Did these people know how to whisper correctly?

Looking at the mentioned professor, Itachi saw that he was glaring at Lupin with an expression of hate, though the thirteen year old had seen worse…

"As to our second new appointment," The headmaster continued as the applause died away. "Well, I am sorry to tell you that Professor Kettleburn, our Care of Magical Creatures, retired at the end of last year in order to enjoy more time with his remaining limbs." 'What could have happened to the man?' Itachi thought. "However, I am delighted to say that his place will be filled by none other than Rubeus Hagrid, who has agreed to take on this teaching job in addition to his gamekeeping duties." Itachi was pleasantly surprised to hear that. Hagrid was a nice man, if a bit clumsy.

"WE should've known!" Ron roared, pounding the table with his fists. "Who else would have assigned us a biting book?"

"Well, I think that's everything of importance," Dumbledore finished. "Let the feast began!"

The plates and goblets suddenly filled up with food, and Itachi was surprised to see Onirigi along with some other Japanese dishes.

"What's that?" Ron asked Weasel.

"Onirigi, sushi, dango…" He named a few other dishes, but Ron began ignoring me in favor of the food, so Itachi began eating.

The food was amazing. There was much to try from, such as 'mashed potatoes', 'turkey', and other foods. He also ate the onirigi("How did he know all the things to put inside?") and dango, which Itachi had five sticks of.

Eventually, though, the food disappeared(literally) and Dumbledore announced the end of the feast. Itachi followed Neville toward a marble staircase, then up more and more…

"Coming through, coming through!" Another sibling of Ron called out. "The new password's 'Fortuna Major'!" He looked around, then, once he spotted Itachi, walked toward him. "You'll follow Neville here, and your bed will be in his dorm. I'm Percy Weasley, by the way."

Itachi nodded, and went to follow Neville through the portrait hole, up another staircase, and into a room where there were six beds, one of them pushed in the corner. The sharingan user took it to be his own, as his trunk was next to it.

Reaching down, he quickly took out any necessary items and went to change in the bathroom.


That morning Itachi woke up rather unrested from nightmares, but managed to take a shower early. He went to breakfast much earlier than the others.

'I need to find a place to train…'

"Hello!" A voice greeted, shaking Itachi out of his thoughts. It was one of the twins.

"I'm Gred- I mean, George." Said George.

"And I'm Fred!"

"And we,"

"Are going to,"

Ask you whether,"

"You're skilled,"

"In the fine art of,"

"Pranking!" Fred finished. Hmm…

"Very, I'll help you if you need anything." 'What the hell, sure. Not as if any of the teachers could catch me. It might even help me with stealth…'

"Fred, George, stop pestering the poor third year," The tall dark-haired kid scolded. "I'm Lee Jordan." He reached out and shook Itachi's hand.

"Itachi Uchiha."

"Well, Lee…" Fred started(Itachi could tell the differences in two ways. One, Fred smelled… more strongly of smoke, and two, George was a shade taller, though no one without trained eyes could tell).

"We've got a new partner in crime, just ready to train,"

"And if need be, we'll drop you." The smaller of the twins(Fred) finished with mock seriousness. Lee just chuckled and punched him on the arm.

"My only words to you, Itachi, are good luck. We'd best let him eat." The trio wandered off to eat breakfast, and Itachi went to eat. Slowly, more and more students made their way into the hall.

He noticed Draco Malfoy start to tell a joke to a group of Slytherins. At this moment the trio of friends, Ron, Hermione, and Harry entered. Itachi watched with mild curiosity as they made fun of Harry. 'Really, just because he fainted? One of the ninja would have an excuse to make fun of me, as we're trained for it, but a civilian?'

He zoned out, somewhat paying attention to their conversation. Then, a word caught his attention.

"What is 'quid-itch'?"

"It's pronounced 'quid-idge'. It's the best game ever! It's got the Chasers, who-"

"Ron, calm down. Quidditch is a game played on brooms. There are Chasers, who go after the quaffle and try to get it in the goal, Beaters, who defend those of their team from the bludger, Keepers, who defend the goals, and the seeker, who goes after a tiny ball called the snitch." Hermione explained. Itachi nodded. 'What an odd sport…'

"Woah, Hermione, isn't that too much?" Harry remarked, looking at her schedule. Both Ron and Itachi looked at the paper. There were about ten subjects a day.

'That shouldn't be possible unless one had a shadow-clone or could… mess with time… hmm…' He mused as Hermione and Ron argued about her classes.

Hagrid then came, swinging a dead weasel-like animal(Itachi shuddered internally*).

"All righ?" The large man asked happily. "Yer in my firs' ever lesson! Right after lunch! Bin up since five getting everythin' ready… Hope it's okay… Me, a teacher… hones'ly…" He grinned at the group and walked to the staff table.

"Wonder what he's been getting ready?" Ron said nervously.

The hall was starting to empty as people went to their lessons. Ron checked his schedule.

"We'd better go, look, Divination's at the top of North Tower. It'll take us ten minutes to get their..."

Itachi stood up and looked down at his lessons list, which showed where everything was.

'Simple…' was his only thought of the way to the North Tower.

He walked quickly to the area, bottom of the North Tower's staircases.

'Why not, there's no one around…' Itachi thought, and used chakra powered legs to jump on to the staircase rail, and to the next, and next…

About seven jumps later, the sharingan user came to a hall where there was nothing but a painting.

"Ah! What are you, who are you to come here? You who trespass upon my lands, stand and fight!" The knight yelled.

"I'm sorry; I need to get to class… Maybe another time? Also, could you point me in the direction of the divination classroom?"

"Tis to the port* side, but I will not let you pass without a fight, you dog!" He yelled while pointing to his left.

"I need to get to class…" Itachi said simply, and left in the direction he was pointed toward.

"Come back, back I say!" The man in the painting yelled, but Itachi ignored him. He came to the narrow, winding staircase.

Itachi narrowed his eyes. Should he be like that… green-spandex-wearing… thing… and walk up the staircase rail on his hands, or be normal… hmm…


Gai, who was running five hundred laps around Konoha on his hands, suddenly paused. He sneezed, and burst into tears.

"W-what's up, G-Gai?" A weary Asuma asked him.

"Someone is using my teachings!!! Ohh, the strengths they will attain!!!"

Mass sweat-dropping occurred.


Itachi stopped on the curve before he got to the top, and jumped onto the stairs.

He arrived to find a group of children standing around a trapdoor above. There was a plaque on it which read 'Sybill Trelawney, Divination teacher. Then, the golden trio arrived.

"Sybill Trelawney, Divination teacher? How're we supposed to get up there?" And then the trap door opened and a ladder fell out.

"After you." Ron said, grinning.


Suckish end, I know. Why did I make this chapter so short? Because I lack… Time!

I'm going to Dominican Republic! And WE ARE LEAVING RIGHT NOW!!!

Itachi means weasel. Hagrid was swinging a weasel.

I won't update for at least a week… K, bye!!!