AN: hello readers! As promised, I bring you a new chapter … sort of. Naw, this isn't chapter but an interlude. Interludes are still part of the story only the focus isn't in the main character. It more focuses on another's point of view. There will be a few of these so I hope you can enjoy these just as much as if it was another chapter. This interlude will focus on my OC Pema. Please review!

Interlude: Uchiha Pema.

It's been one year since the Kyuubi raid and Uchiha Pema lives out her daily routine of getting ready for school or ninja school. She washes up and adores her casual wear of white training pants and a simple red top. She carries her shuriken holster in her right thigh and places her long hair in a bun. Though she is a tomboy, she does care about appearances as well as first impressions. Today is the day she graduates with one other person at the young age of seven. (I'm sure you know who it is) she wants to look presentable to the other early graduate since her sensei's told her that they would be paired together as a two man squad.

Pema! You're going to be late for your last day of school. You better pace yourself if you don't want to be late. Oh and don't forget that you have to babysit your sister as well as a few others. Kushina and I are going shopping. Take care of her boys and do be careful when taking care of them. I hear they can be quite lively.

Alright mom, I won't forget. Pema replied. After the finishing touches, she dashed out of her room going through the window and headed towards the academy at full speed.

Over the course of one year, Pema trained in rigorous conditions. She oftenly trains with her parents until she became a full blown prodigy. She was usually known for being a crybaby princess considering she was always shy and polite as well as a pacifist but it all changed one year ago. Apparently she was quite talented when she actually applied herself.

Today is the last day. Better make this a memorable one. She said to herself. She went to a halt as she was approaching to the academy doors.

Made it! She said as the bell started to ring. Pema entered her classroom and proceeded to sit in her usual spot in class with her friends. Today she decided to confront her soon to be teammate at lunch. She's heard that he likes to sit alone near a tree relaxing in the shade while eating his lunch. Reason why he sits alone because he apparently has an intimidating aura about him and everybody is too scared to even approach him.

The bell has rung which signaled lunch break and Pema went to go find her soon to be teammate and spotted him in the shade of a tree while munching on an apple and reading a book.

The boy looked up to see a girl about to approach him and glared at her to go away.

Who are you and what do you want? The boy said in a neutral tone.

Umm … my name is Pema and I'm the other student that will be graduating with you. I thought it might be a good idea to get to know each other a little if you don't mind. Pema said.

The boy looked at her a little more and sighed. I wish to be alone if you don't mind. We can exchange pleasantries later when we actually become a team. The boy was surprised that the girl stood her ground and didn't move a muscle. In fact she was glaring at him.

Well that's too bad. I'm not going anywhere. So mind as well give me some information about yourself. We can either be friends or we can either be enemies, so why don't we start with your name or are you so arrogant and conceded enough to think you're too cool to give me your name. Pema said.

He glared at her and decided to show her the Uchiha's sacred Dojutsu, the Sharingan. The boy's eyes flashed red with three tomes in one eye and two in the other to try and scare Pema away but were then surprised to see her also activate the Sharingan with two tomes in both eyes.

You're going to have to do better than that to scare me off. Pema smirked. She then deactivated her Sharingan and offered her hand to him.

Truce? Pema asked. The boy himself deactivated his Sharingan and shook the girl's hand.

Great! Now let's get to know each other a little better shall we. Let's start with your name. Pema said.

The boy was a bit hesitant but replied none the less. Uchiha … Uchiha Itachi.

Itachi huh, well like I said before, my name is Pema and I'm going to be your future teammate. Pema said in a happy tone of voice.

Well … Pema, now that we've introduced ourselves I'll be taking my leave. Itachi said but was then grabbed by the back of his shirt and pulled back before he had a chance to leave.

Oh no you don't, we still haven't said anything about who we are, like our likes, dislikes, hobbies, etc. How about a deal? I ask you one question in which you must reply and you can ask me a question in return in which I have to reply, deal? Pema said.

Itachi sighed but seeing that he can't really escape this, he decided to play her game. If it's necessary.

Great! I'll start first; tell me about your family and friends. Do you have a "special friend"? Pema asked with a sly smirk.

I have one father named Fugaku and one mother named Mikoto as well as a little brother named Sasuke. My best friend's name is Uchiha Shisui and no, I don't have a girlfriend if that's what you're implying. Now it's my turn, and I would like to ask you the same question. Itachi said.

I have one father by the name of Ko and a mother named Xing. And I also have one sister by the name of … Pema said but was then interrupted by Itachi.

Considering the strange names of your parents, I don't really want to know what your little sister's name is. Itachi said

Pema's face formed into a little pout and she frowned at Itachi for telling her that her family has weird names. Suit yourself but you're going to regret not knowing my sister's name. She is just the most absolute adorable baby you will ever see. Pema bragged.

Anyway, I don't really have a best friend. I do have friends, just a little but I don't have a best friend nor do I have a boyfriend. Now it's my turn again, what are your likes, dislikes and hobbies? Pema asked.

I like … peace and I dislike violence and suffering. Growing up in the third great ninja war, you can tell why I like and dislike these things. My hobbies include collecting paw prints in the game that I play as well as reading and a bit of training. My turn and I would like to ask the same question as well. Itachi said.

Can't you think of your own questions? Pema asked which got no response from the other Uchiha and she sighed.

I like many things. I dislike a few things and my hobbies include playing games and sleeping. Pema said. Itachi glared at her as her answer was a bit vague but she only stuck her tongue at him.

My turn, so anyway Itachi, do you think the Mangekyo Sharingan is real or myth and if it was real, would you pursue it no matter what the cost is? Pema asked.

Itachi had to think real hard on this question but couldn't find an answer.

To be honest, I don't really know. There's not enough information if the Mangekyo is real or not considering no one really has achieved it yet except in myth of Uchiha Madara and his brother but just because there's not enough info on something, doesn't mean it isn't real. If it was real, I would pursue a way to obtain it but if it requires something substantial in order to have the power, then it's a power that I rather not have. Itachi said. Pema nodded in understanding and waited for her question.

My turn, I've heard that you used to have a reputation of being a scaredy cat as well as a weakling crybaby princess but here you are graduating as one of the top student this academy has ever had, what changed that? Itachi asked.

Pema started to fidget with her fingers considering she never told anyone this. Not even to her own parents but rules are rules and she can't break the rules especially since this game was her idea in the first place.

I never really told anyone this so you're only going to hear me say this once and only once, so pay attention. There are actually many reasons why I suddenly had a sudden transformation. The first reason being that I was starting to get tired of what my fellow clansmen started to say about me but I never really applied myself because I actually believed what they were saying was true and the only thing I did was cry myself to sleep, … people can be cruel and when you hear something enough times, you start to believe in it yourself. What officially changed me was the night of the Kyuubi attack one year ago. Do you remember that day Itachi? Pema asked.

Itachi nodded his head in confirmation. What about that day? Itachi asked.

Well, in that day I almost died. Pema said. Itachi had a neutral expression but pressed her to go on.

I was near the place where Kyuubi was attacking and the reason I was there was because I was told to go buy some diapers for my little sister. When I left the shop, it was destroyed from the monster and I tried to run away from it but the destruction the monster was causing, I knew I wouldn't be able to make it out of there alive. Debris and falling rubble almost crushed me if it were not from a certain hero saving my life. The hero was none other than the person who saved Konoha, our savior. Pema said.

Itachi's eyes were then the size of dinner plates hearing what Pema said. You actually met the hero that saved Konoha and defeated the Kyuubi. Itachi incredulously asked. Pema nodded her head.

I never did get his name though and apparently neither did Yondaime-sama. He saved me and took me home safely. It was then that I saw him again fighting Kyuubi all on his own and it looked like he was in control of the fight. He was absolutely amazing. It saddens me that he died saving this village in order to destroy Kyuubi but hearing Yondaime's words of being just like him, to be someone so righteous, kind and self-sacrificing, I decided to do just that. I promised myself to no longer be the crybaby princess everyone thinks of me and prove them wrong. I trained myself rigorously with my parents' help. The unnamed hero as my role model, I never gave up even when I knew my body couldn't take any more pressure or stress and here I stand before you being one the top students this academy has ever had. That concludes my life story. Pema said.

Before Pema could ask her question, lunch break was over and it was time to go back to class. Well for her and Itachi anyway, to go the main office and get there Konoha headbands for early dismissal. Pema grabbed Itachi's hand in which he blushed a little and dragged him along with her to go to the office and get there headbands.

Slow down, our headbands aren't going anywhere. Itachi said but Pema didn't hear him as she laughed and happily ran towards the office.

Hey Itachi, do you have any plans for today? Pema asked and Itachi shook his head.

Well maybe you can bring Sasuke over and we can have a play date. I have to babysit my sister also with two others anyway. I think it's a good idea. Pema said

Why not, my parents are going to a meeting anyway which leaves me in charge of Sasuke. Itachi said.

Pema smiled hearing Itachi was going to come over to her house.

Today is going to be a good day. Pema thought.

An: so what do you guys think? Well this was my first interlude and I hope I get some positive reviews. Anyway I decided to give you this chapter or interlude a little ahead of time. What's going to happen next? Find out in the next chapter of A Hero Once More.