-Year 3-

Uchiha Shusui stares down at the toddler in front of him.

"Hello," Shusui says politely. Politeness is important, his mother had always said. "Hello," says Itachi, equally as polite, for his mother had also impressed upon him the importance of manners.

Shusui's eyes flicker to the targets scattered throughout the training ground.

"Would you like me to teach you how to throw a kunai?" he offers, hoping that for once an Uchiha child had not been warned off by their parents. "Yes, thank you," Itachi replies.

Shusui smiles, pleasantly surprised, and says, "My name is Uchiha Shisui."

Itachi gives a small smile. "My name is Uchiha Itachi."

"Well, I think this is the start of a great friendship, Itachi-chan," Shusui says, and for the smallest moment his eyes gleam red.