Once, when they were younger, Sasuke went with Itachi to one of his training sessions. Impressed by Itachi’s skills, Sasuke asked him to teach him something, but Itachi, as usual, refused, poking him in the forehead and promising to help him later. When they returned home, they met with their father, Fugaku, and he spoke to Itachi about the upcoming mission. Itachi declined to participate, wanting to go with Sasuke to the Academy for the opening ceremony. Seeing that Itachi was determined, Fugaku volunteered to go in his place.