Itachi & Sasuke: small print. qualifications & restrictions. deliberate obscurity.
Uchiha Itachi was a child prodigy. You wouldnt know it to look at him these days, because who looks for certifiable geniuses in the back workrooms of public libraries, but it was true.
If one were to compile a file folder of information on the blank-faced Uchiha, (such as the one Pein very well may or may not have tucked away in one of his desk drawers), the information, flat and dull as the expression worn by its subject, would probably be listed as follows:
Uchiha Itachi. Age 20. Graduated (with honours) from secondary school at the age of 13. Top of his class; top marks. Talented musician and artist, and particularly skillful athlete, principle focus in the martial arts
And so on and so forth. It would, however, neglect to mention the fact that all his achievements came to him as effortlessly as breathing, as naturally as swimmi