Silver: First Year
Chapter I: Decision
Disclaimer: I do not own Naruto or Rosario Vampire.
A/N: I know it's been a while since I've updated my other stories, but I've had a serious case of writer's block. Anyway, this story pretty much wrote itself in my head and I just had to type it. This is a Non-Massacre fic. Fugaku will be very OCC. Itachi won't be as cold, but that's mostly because he didn't have to massacre his own family. Also, Itachi hasn't awakened the Mangekyo Sharingan…yet. He possesses no knowledge of Akatsuki or Tobi, but they will play an important role later. Tsukune won't be present in this story. Hope you enjoy!
"Mikoto-chan, could you come here for a minute? I need to show you something!" Fugaku Uchiha yelled eagerly, still reading the small pamphlet handed to him earlier.
"One moment, Fugaku-kun! I'm almost finished with the dishes!" His wife, Mikoto, answered back from the kitchen.
Fugaku couldn't believe his luck. Just when he thought all hopes of his eldest son, Itachi, socializing with other people was lost, a man in strange white robes handed him the pamphlet he was currently holding. It advertised a school, called Yokai Academy, which helped teenagers fit in with the normal world. Of course, had he been paying attention, Fugaku would have noticed that the man possessed glowing white eyes, but in his excitement, hurried home to inform his wife about the wonderful news.
"Okay, Fugaku-kun. What do you need?" Mikoto asked as she stepped into the living room, sitting down next to her husband on the couch. "If it's about your hairline, Fugaku-kun, I already told you it's not receding. It's perfectly normal for an older man's hair to thin out a little." She said, placing a comforting hand on his shoulder. Offering a smile, she added, "You're still the handsome man I married years ago."
Fugaku smiled at his wife, absentmindedly running a hand through his hair.
"Thank you, Mikoto-chan, but that isn't why I called you in here. Take a look at this," He said, handing her the pamphlet. "Remember that conversation we had the other night?"
Mikoto gained a confused look before brightening up immediately.
"Oh, Fugaku-kun! Were finally going on that trip to the beach! I knew mother was wrong about you!" Mikoto squealed in happiness, sighing as she imagined sun bathing near the ocean. "I finally get to use that new bikini you bought me!"
Fugaku literally drooled at the thought of seeing his beautiful wife in a bikini, but immediately snapped out of his stupor. He needed a clear head to explain this to his wife, perverted fantasies set aside for later.
"Not that conversation, Mikoto-chan." Seeing Mikoto's expression darken, he quickly added, "But I will make reservations for that beach side resort you saw on TV. Nothing but the best for my beautiful wife."
"You're the best, Fugaku-kun!" She pressed her lips to his. Pulling back, she smiled at his wide-eyed look. Mikoto then turned her attention to the pamphlet her husband gave her, reading the title out loud, "'Yokai Academy: The Perfect Place for the Teenage Mind'. What is this for, Fugaku-kun?" She asked.
With a smile plastered on his face, Fugaku replied,
"Well, remember when we were talking about how Itachi never socializes with anyone and keeps to himself?" Seeing her nod, he continued, "I was walking home from work, when I met a man who was handing out these pamphlets. He explained to me that Yokai Academy is a school for teenagers, specifically helping them fit in with the normal world. I figured this would be the perfect place for Itachi. He could meet friends his own age, experience life as a normal teenager, and…" He grinned, "…meet girls."
Mikoto narrowed her eyes.
"It sounds nice, but I think Itachi-kun is still too young to be thinking about girls."
"Mikoto-chan…Itachi is fifteen-years-old, the strongest member of the Uchiha clan, and ANBU captain. Don't you think it's about time you stopped being so protective of him?"
Mikoto glared at him, causing Fugaku to scoot back involuntarily.
"I don't care how old he is! Itachi-kun is still my little boy," She continued to glare at him, a fire burning in her eyes, "No hussy is going to take advantage of my son! He's innocent and he's going to stay that way!"
Fugaku nodded furiously, hoping he wouldn't have to sleep on the couch tonight.
'If she's this bad with Itachi, I can't imagine how bad she'll be with Sasuke.' Fugaku thought grimly. 'It's my fault. I passed on my good looks to them.'
"Whatever you say, Mikoto-chan. I agree with you wholeheartedly." When she smiled at him, he sighed in relief, "Anyway, I think this is a great opportunity for Itachi to experience a normal life. I, for one, will admit that it was my mistake pushing him too hard. He should've had a normal childhood, but my arrogance clouded my judgment," He looked at his wife with sad eyes, "I really want to make it up to him, Mikoto-chan. I've already discussed it with the Hokage. He'll allow Itachi to resign as ANBU captain and leave the village to attend Yokai Academy."
Mikoto couldn't believe what she was hearing. Her husband was pouring out all his guilt and worries to her. She placed her hand on his, gently squeezing it.
"That sounds wonderful, Fugaku-kun. How long will Itachi-kun be away?"
Fugaku smiled gratefully at his wife, appreciating the support.
"Well, he'll spend nine months at the school during the year. During winter, he's allowed a two-week vacation. He's also off during the summer."
"That doesn't sound too bad. He could call or write to us in-between breaks. Oh, Fugaku-kun, Itachi-kun is sure to have a great time! When does he leave?" Though she was sad to see her son leave, Mikoto wanted Itachi to enjoy himself for once without having to worry about his duties as a ninja.
"About a week from now. There is a train scheduled to stop in the closest city to the Academy. From there, Itachi will ride a bus used specifically to transport students to and from the school. I've already taken the liberty of ordering his school uniform and supplies." He explained, pointing to the school's supply list printed on one of the pages, "Also, I have the application already filled out. All I have to do is mail it."
Mikoto nodded again, surprised at how committed her husband was to this.
"Have you mentioned this to Itachi yet?"
Fugaku shook his head.
"I wanted to get your approval before I made any permanent decisions. How do you think he'll react?"
Mikoto took on a thoughtful look, choosing her words carefully before speaking.
"I think…Itachi-kun will be a little hesitant to the idea. He doesn't like change. It took him three months to finally accept he was ANBU captain and he still isn't comfortable with it. What worries me is how Sasuke-kun will react. He idolizes Itachi-kun. I don't know how well he'll take the news that Itachi-kun will be away for a while." She said, worry etched on her beautiful face, "But this decision is about Itachi-kun. Sasuke-kun will just have to understand."
Fugaku placed a hand on his wife's shoulder.
"I'm sure he will. Anyway, where is Itachi? I think we should break the news to him now."
"He should be in his room. Let me call him. Itachi-kun! Could you come in the living room for a minute? Your father and I need to talk to you about something important!" She yelled.
"I'll be right there," A deep, monotonous voice called back.
A few seconds later, a fairly tall young man with onyx eyes and black hair with bangs that framed his face and the rest kept in a ponytail, entered the room. His most distinguishing characteristic was the long pronounced tear troughs under his eyes. He moved gracefully, calculating and scrutinizing every step he took. Though he didn't possess a bulky build, his arms and legs were toned with muscles, a tribute to the countless hours of training he endured every day. He was, by any definition, a very handsome man. Still clad in his ANBU uniform, Itachi Uchiha turned to face his parents, one eyebrow raised in curiosity.
"What is it, Kaa-san? I just arrived back from a mission and would like to get some rest." His voice was elegant, gliding effortlessly through the air to reach the hearer.
Mikoto smiled at her son, taking note that he really needed a haircut.
"Itachi-kun, your father needs to ask you something. Go ahead, Fugaku-kun."
Clearing his throat, Fugaku began to speak.
"I want you to give me a completely honest answer, Itachi. Why don't you hang out with people your own age?" Fugaku asked, watching his son's expression closely.
Itachi's normally blank face took on a look of deep thought.
"I don't know what you mean, Tou-san. I spend time with Shisui-san during my time off." He replied, clearly not understanding the question.
"She doesn't count, Itachi. Shisui is your cousin. Anyone outside the family? Friends? Colleagues? Fellow ANBU members?" He asked.
Itachi shook his head, still confused by the question.
"I spend most of my spare time with Shisui-san and Sasuke. During missions, I rarely associate with any of the ANBU under my command, save for giving them the necessary orders required to complete the mission. I don't have time to waste on friends, Tou-san," Itachi replied, "I'm perfectly fine without them."
Both parents' heart nearly broke upon hearing his declaration. Undaunted, Fugaku pressed ahead.
"You can't really mean that, Itachi. Everyone needs friends," He said, looking straight at Itachi, "That's why I wanted to talk with you. Read this," He handed the pamphlet to Itachi.
Itachi took the pamphlet, studying the title with a critical eye. Activating his Sharingan, Itachi quickly skimmed through the small booklet, memorizing every paragraph and sentence. His parents watched as his expression changed from confusion, disbelief, to finally understanding. His eyes returning to obsidian black, Itachi spoke,
"So…You both want me to attend this 'Yokai Academy' in hopes of me making friends and socializing with people my own age?" Seeing their nods, he continued, "What about my duties as ANBU captain? Hokage-sama would never allow me to leave for this long period of time."
"I've already taken care of that. The Hokage has agreed to give you some time off, with pay. I'm sure Shisui won't mind filling in as ANBU captain for her favorite cousin."
Itachi's eyes widened.
"But…But…I…Sasuke!" He stammered out, "I can't leave Sasuke behind! I care too much for my little brother to abandon him for months."
Mikoto joined in the conversation.
"I'm sure he'll understand, Itachi-kun. He's got plenty of friends from the Ninja Academy to play with. Anymore excuses?" She finished with a smile.
Itachi looked like a cornered animal, desperately trying to come up with another excuse.
"I…" Itachi closed his eyes, sighing in submission, "Fine. I'll go."
Mikoto jumped up for joy, flinging her arms around her surprised son.
"Oh, Itachi-kun, you'll have a great time!" She ran her hands through his long hair, "We need to get you a haircut! You'll have to look your best for your first day!"
Itachi forced a smile.
"Of course, Kaa-san."
Mikoto beamed at her son.
"I'll call right now to make an appointment for you!" Giving him a kiss on the cheek, she hurried to the kitchen.
When she left the room, Fugaku stood up and placed a hand on his son's shoulder.
"I know this will be hard at first, Itachi, but I'm positive that Yokai Academy will be a great place for you," Seeing the uncertainity on his face, he added, "How about this. If your first year isn't so great, you can resume your duties as ANBU captain and never have to return to Yokai Academy. All I ask is that you try to have fun. Deal?"
Itachi stared at his father for a few seconds before nodding slowly.
"Great! Now get some rest, son. I know you've had a rough day," Giving his son a reassuring smile, Fugaku followed Mikoto into the kitchen, hopes of midnight relations fresh in his mind.
For several minutes, Itachi just stood there, thinking about everything that just transpired.
'That was…unexpected,' Itachi stared at the pamphlet in his hand, 'Yokai Academy…Maybe I will enjoy myself. It might be nice taking a break from all my responsibilities.' Feeling the fatigue from the day wear on him, Itachi silently walked down the hallway to his room.
His room was simple. A queen-sized bed pushed against the wall, a desk adjacent to the bed, and a cabinet parallel to the bed where he kept most of his clothes and ninja equipment. A small closet was attached to the room; near empty except for a few of his civilian clothes and shoes. The walls were painted light silver, his favorite color. A window was situated above the desk, a beautiful view of the lake behind their house present. Above the bed was a single picture of his family, taken a few years ago.
Shrugging his ANBU armor and pants off and letting them fall to the floor, Itachi stared at the view his window provided for him, clad only in his muscle shirt and boxers. He enjoyed watching the moon's reflection sparkle against the calm waters of the lake, sometimes gazing at it for hours on end. Stifling a yawn, Itachi pulled back the sheets and climbed into bed, gently laying his head down on the pillow. Closing his eyes, Itachi could not help but wonder what Yokai Academy would be like, before succumbing to sleep.
If only he knew how much it would change his life.
A/N: Hope you enjoyed it. This will probably be the shortest chapter. Yeah, I made Shisui a girl, but only because it suits the plot better. Naruto might make an appearance, but not in the near foreseeable future. Thank you for reading and, as always, reviews would be much appreciated.