Brother Against Brother (Part 2)
“Is that the trade-off for the power to control the nine-tails?” Sasuke asked.
Itachi sounded pleased, “You did as I instructed? Read the lithograph in the meeting room?”
“Madara… Exactly who and what is he?”
“The first one ever to use that eye to tame the nine-tails. An immortal man who is both my partner and my mentor…” You heard the footsteps of Itachi walking towards Sasuke. “And the only one to uncover the other secret of the Mangekyo Sharingan. That… is Madara Uchiha.”
You heard the curiosity in Sasuke’s voice, “The other secret…? It has another ocular power besides taming the Nine-Tails?”
“Yes… One more secret. The most important secret.” Sasuke shouted at his brother to tell him, to answer him, but Itachi remained quiet for a while. Then, just before Sasuke’s anger reached its peak, “Let me tell you a little about the past. It concerns the history of the Uchiha.” Itachi paused a moment, “Long ago, Madara had a brother... A younger brother.
“Madara Uchiha and his younger brother… From the time they were little, they honed their skill and competed with each other. The Mangekyo Sharingan awakened in them both… and in time, they were considered special by their clan. Both sought to sharpen their ocular powers and compete against each other. And the brothers… They killed off those important to them and finally awakened the Mangekyo Sharingan. It had never before been seen among the Uchiha. The brothers used their ocular powers to take control and Madara became the leader. However, a change began to occur in Madara who had been physically fine. As I mentioned earlier, this eye is special. The more you use it, the more it is sealed…until you end up with total darkness. That is the ultimate fate of the Mangekyo Sharingan. The price of gaining power is destroying it yourself, losing its light. In order to regain his sight, Madara tried every means possible… yet nothing worked. He was in despair… Madara became haunted by the Mangekyo Sharingan and sought light.
“He took both eyes from his younger brother. Madara now possessed new light. And… never again did the light fade from his eyes. And eternal Mangekyo Sharingan! It is said that his younger brother’s eyes gained eternal light when they found a new host… And it triggered a change. A new, unique ocular jutsu was born in those eyes. However, the exchange of eyes can only be conducted among clan members. Furthermore, not everyone can attain new powers from this method. That is the historical fact that remains after countless were sacrificed.
“That is the other secret of this eye… Madara used his power and took control of one ninja clan after another. Ultimately, he formed an alliance with the Senju Clan of the Forest, which was touted as the strongest ninja clan and established a new organization. Later, he clashed with the leader of the Senju Clan, the future first Hokage, about the course the village would take. He lost the battle over leadership, but Madara still lives with his ocular powers intact. He formed a new organization called the Akatsuki and hides himself in its shadows.
“Sixteen years ago, Madara instigated the Nine-Tails’ attack on the Hidden Leaf Village. But that too was foiled by the Fourth Hokage. In short… Madara is a bitter, defeated loser… He is not worthy of becoming the best among the Uchiha. I am the one… who shall defeat Madara and become the ultimate ninja!
“And now! I can finally obtain power that exceeds Madara’s! Sasuke! You are my new light! You have my spare eyes!
The fight began once again. You felt the power of all the chakra spill out around you and burn your skin. You wished you could see what was going on. The intensity of it all forced you to move further and further away as Sasuke and Itachi leveled out the trees and created a large, barren clearing in the middle of the forest. The area they leveled was so large that the canopy of trees didn’t shield out the wind anymore and you felt the breeze caress your face.
There was shouting, the chirp of Sasuke’s chidori, the wave of Sasuke’s chakra as he transformed using his curse mark to take on his brother with greater power, and the sweltering heat of Itachi’s Amaterasu as the black flames tried to consume Sasuke.
In the end, everything resorted to Sasuke using Orochimaru’s Eight-Headed Serpent jutsu he had obtained in defeating the Snake but it was thwarted as the Totsuka Blade--also known as the Sakegari Blade--Itachi had hidden away, consumed and sealed the jutsu, and what remained of Orochimaru, away in a genjutsu world of drunken stupor for the rest of eternity.
Itachi thought he won, Sasuke was exhausted and had no chakra left at this point that you could feel, but then you heard Itachi’s violent coughing and the sound of blood coming out of his mouth as he did so.
The sound of fighting died away and it started to rain. Later, Sasuke would tell you the last words Itachi said to him before he died, tapping him on the head one last time as well:
“Forgive me Sasuke, there won’t be a next time…”