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Ooc: This happens sometime after my current rp at the training grounds and whatever happens next, however not 100% sure on the time.

Metabee walked past the Kido Corps training grounds and reached an area of woods. He looked around and saw no one was here neither could he sense anyone in the vicinity. 'Perfect'. He sat under a tree which provided him with shade and unsheathed his Zanpakuto and put it on his legs. 'Well, Aliza ditched me and Jiro is no where to be found...which means I have to do this' Metabee sighed and closed his eyes as he entered Jinzen.

When he opened his eyes he was inside his inner world. The weather was calm and there was an occasional breeze going by. He looked around for his Zanpakuto and he was there,Acnologia was sleeping at the top of a cliff. His Zanpakuto slightly raised his head as if uninterested 'What do you want?'. Metabee looked at him with a determined look 'Fight me'. Then there was silence between the two until Acnologia gave out a slight chuckle and turned into his human form- something that he is seeing for the first time afterwards his Zanpakuto descended the cliff. Acnologia had black hair and everything in him looked human apart from his eyes which were red and that of a dragon.

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'If you made up your mind I guess I can't turn you down' Acnologia opened his right hand and created a sword which Metabee was surprised to see-it was not their Zanpakuto but something which looked more demonic.

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Metabee unsheathed his Zanpakuto and they looked at each other. There was a stronger breeze which signified the start of the battle. Acnologia stood still while Metabee ran up to him trying to swing his Zanpakuto at Acnologia's torso and their blades clashed.

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Acnologia parried his attack with his blade without making any other movements apart from that he looked at him. This was his first time fighting his Zanpakuto which made him wonder what was the difference between Acnologia and his inner hollow. Which one of them was stronger or were they equal? Metabee slightly backed away before carrying his attack. This time he was attacking in a stabbing manner aiming for Acnologia's left side,right collar bone,left shoulder and neck. Acnologia still stood there and simply shifted the position of his torso to dodge his attacks and then once there was no more attack he himself attacked by swinging his blade vertically. Metabee blocked the attack by holding his Zanpakuto sideways but was pushed back. From that one attack he could understand that Acnologia was way stronger than his inner hollow and it seemed he swapped to the offensive as he was gone. His Zanpakuto spirit appeared in front of him and kneed him in the stomach followed by an elbow to the chest and then to finish Acnologia swung his sword at his right shoulder. Metabee didn't have enough time to react and his shoulder was cut.

'Did you come here without a plan?' Acnologia asked while still maintaining the same uninterested facial expression. The Shinigami went up to attack his Zanpakuto spirit but the spirit kicked him in the legs making him lose his balance and before he could regain it Acnologia hit him with the hilt of his blade in his right side. Metabee quickly regained his ground trying to ignore the pain since hes been through worse. The Shinigami then released his Zanpakuto making it go into Shikai state. Acnologia watched in boredom 'How disappointing...you're better than that' and while saying so he didn't look at him but at the now released Zanpakuto.

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Metabee charged at Acnologia to keep attacking him. Right thigh, left side,right arm,left shoulder and a stab attack to the neck. There were 5 targets and not even one of them has been reached as his Zanpakuto spirit parried all the attacks apart from the last one which he moved his neck to the left and caught his arm with his left hand. Acnologia then hit him in the stomach with the hilt of his blade and then let go of his arm only to send him flying with a roundhouse kick. The spirit looked down on him 'You see that's your problem. Whether you use Shikai or Bankai doesn't matter if your body isn't strong enough and your instincts aren't sharp enough you will die.' Metabee got up but his spirit was already in front of him and hit his Zanpakuto away. But Metabee couldn't stop there he kept going by starting off with a right uppercut followed by a sweep of legs. Afterwards, he elbowed Acnologia in the stomach and once he moved away his right arm he put out his open left palm 'Hado#33 Sokatsui'. The uppercut was blocked with a movement of the head the sweep of the legs with a jump. Lastly, the elbow was dodged by stepping away however the Kido made Acnologia grab his hand and used it to pull himself behind Metabee in order to knee him in the back.Metabee backed away and looked towards where his Zanpakuto was 'Bakudo#4 Hainawa' and used the rope made of Kido to pull it back into his hand.

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Acnologia came at him with a vertical slash and Metabee blocked it with a shield he created. His opponents attacks were becoming slightly clearer over time but he still couldn't land a hit against his Zanpakuto spirit. The shield shattered in just a few seconds under the force of Acnologia's attack and Metabee retaliated with a horizontal swing which was blocked. Then he put out his left index finger 'Hado#4 Byakurai' which made his opponent step back but the Zanpakuto spirit quickly gave a diagonal slash. The Shinigami parred his attack and then jumped back when in position he brought his right hand to his left shoulder and then brought it down diagonally to release his technique 'Dark storm'. A wave was released which was then split into smaller waves but Acnologia just cut through them or dodged them.

Metabee then created a sword in his left hand and Shunpoed over to his Zanpakuto spirit and gave out a series of attacks. First, a cross slash aimed for the torso followed by a slash to the stomach with his Zanpakuto. Next, a diagonal swing from Acnologia's right shoulder across his torso and to carry out his last attack he did a 360 spin to position his blades horizontally. His opponent blocked his attacks but it seems it wasn't as easy for him since some of the attacks grazed his clothes. Acnologia then gave out a vertical slash and Metabee blocked it by crossing his blades but the sword in his left hand broke and Acnologia's blade dug into his shoulder. Then Metabee was kicked away a few meters and his Zanpakuto spirit was looking at him 'Looks like you still don't understand.' His opponent then appeared in front of him and gave a slash not at him but at his Zanpakuto slicing it in half and breaking it.

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Acnologia knees him in the stomach and then punches him in the face with his left hand followed by a diagonal slash across the torso. After taking all of those hits Metabee tried to punch his opponent in the face but the Zanpakuto spirit dodged it and grabbed him by the face in order to do a take down. The Shinigami tried to get up but Acnologia kicked him in the side. The Zanpakuto spirit turned his back to him and walked away until there was a distance of about 5 meters between them and he turned around and looked at the Shinigami on the ground. 'Why do you fight? What is it that keeps you going?' Metabee looked at him in surprise while trying to get up and that question was something he didn't even have to think about. Now that he was standing he answered in a determined voice 'I fight to protect Sayuri and the rest' his opponent looked at him 'That's right you want to protect her. But aren't you forgetting something? How will you protect her when you hold back most of the time?' Metabee swallowed some blood that was in his throat and he knew how right Acnologia was. There was a short silence.

'Yea you're right I need to get stronger and I won't let anything bad happen to her' His determined look returned and his Zanpakuto spirit kept looking at him 'Do you have that kind of strength?'. 'I do'. Metabee raised his spiritual pressure to the maximum and put his left hand over his face to put on his hollow mask. He imagined two swords in his head and then put spirit energy into his hands in order to create them. He finally learnt how to do it without the help of his Zanpakuto. Acnologia smirked at him which is the first time his facial expression changed during this battle. He now understood that from the beginning this wasn't meant to be a battle of strength but a battle of wills to show him the way.

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Metabee Sonidoed in front of Acnologia and gave out a diagonal slash to his torso with his right sword. The Zanpakuto spirit blocked it but as he did a burst of spiritual pressure appeared from their blades and the Shinigami used his left sword to give out another attack to his opponents side. Acnologia backed away but he kept chasing after the Zanpakuto spirit and did a cross slash which was blocked. Metabee kneed his opponent in the stomach and put more spirit energy into his hands to push back Acnologia's defense. Acnologia ran up to him to try to cut his side but was blocked with the Shinigami's right sword and a counterattack was made with his left sword. The Zanpakuto spirit ignored the attack and tried to punch him in the face but Metabee stabbed his right sword into his opponents left foot and backed away. The Shinigami then put out his right hand and focused hollow spiritual pressure in it 'Cero' and the hollow technique was blocked by Acnologia. Their strengths were temporarily more or less equal however he has less stamina since he was already beaten up by the Zanpakuto spirit but he couldn't give up. Metabee created another sword in his right hand since he lost the other one and they both ran at each other.

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The two blocked each others attacks as they came one by one but that wouldn't lead them anywhere if it kept going he knew he had to get some sort of advantage. He focused spirit energy into each of his attacks trying to break through his opponents defense but that didn't work either. Metabee then barged into the Zanpakuto spirit using his right shoulder and to his surprise it made Acnologia slightly lose his balance. There. That was his opening. He let out a series of attacks: left thigh,right wrist,left side,right shoulder. His attacks made contact apart from the one aimed to his opponents left side he slightly backed away for room. Metabee crossed his twin swords across his torso 'Two sword style: Eclipse'. The twin swords then glowed a purple colour before being cloaked with a fiery looking dark aura then to release the technique the Shingami did a cross slash in the air which launched the dark aura as a mini tornado. The Zanpakuto spirit tried to block it but was pushed back and cut in some places though it was only minor.

Metabee was happy to see that he was finally getting some hits in and he looked at his twin swords. There many small cracks in them but that was to be expected. His sword creation was no where near as good as Acnologia's and the technique he just used weakened them even more. However, he didn't mind because if he didn't go all out he would die and most importantly his reason to fight would lose its meaning. Acnologia looked at him and his opponent didn't show it but he could tell that he was pleased with how things were going.

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The battle continued and his body was the same as his blades meaning it was full of cuts and wounds just like his blades had cracks everywhere. But were they getting any slower? His opponents moves seemed to be getting slower because of the few cuts he had but didn't seem tired. In contrast, the Shinigami did feel tired but even if his lungs burned for oxygen and his limbs cried in pain he knew that there was no room for hesitation. Acnologia started giving swings at his upper body but he parred them and unfortunately his twin blades both shattered at the last vertical attack. The Zanpakuto spirit gave out a left hook and Metabee blocked it using his right forearm before the punch reached his head. As a counterattack the Shinigami elbowed his opponent in the stomach to create another opening and from there he focused his spirit energy in his hands and legs to make his attacks stronger. Using this he gave an uppercut followed by an anti-clockwise 360 spin with a kick to the Zanpakuto spirits left side and both were successful as Acnologia was pushed back.

Well it was time to try something new. He couldn't beat Acnologia with only swords that look like sealed Zanpakutos. He had to create something better. Metabee closed his eyes as he focused on creating his new swords.

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Once they were created he opened his eyes and felt a numbing pain going up his arms. The more swords he created the number his arms became. Metabee had a few practice swings as he wasn't used to fighting with 'short swords' if you could call them that but at the same time he hoped they would make up for some of the speed he has lost.

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His opponent seemed surprised that he could create such swords, well he himself was surprised but this wasn't the time to doubt his skills. Metabee ran at his opponent and they exchanged a few hits. He felt that these short swords were much sturdier and faster than his previous creations but it would take him quite a long time to be able to use them to his full potential. The Shinigami then gave out more swings aiming for four targets: head,right bicep,left side and right thigh. The Zanpakuto spirit tried to par those attacks but it didn't work out as the attacks cut him with the most minor being a small cut to the left cheek. Metabee grinned at him in provocation and his opponent retaliated with swings to his left shoulder joint, stomach and a stab attack to the right lung. The Shinigami deflected the attack to his left shoulder joint using his 'lunar' short sword which was in his right hand followed by a spinning horizontal swing to block the attack to his stomach. Metabee then crossed his short swords to protect his right lung and backed away.

He looked at Acnologia and sighed then he pointed his short swords in opposite directions. 'Two sword style: Over edge' He channeled more spirit energy into his short swords causing them to extend in length and something which looked like thorns grew out of the sides of the blades. Metabee then Shunpoed in front of Acnologia and gave out two vertical slashes and the Zanpakuto spirit tried to react fast to completely block it but ended up with two cuts going from his shoulders to the end of his ribs. The two short swords shattered and the Shinigami backed away. Afterwards, Metabee fell to one knee and coughed up blood which showed him his body was at its limits. He felt that he could only create two more sets of swords. He stood back up and recreated the short swords. Well, now it was only one more set.

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Acnologia came at him being sure he could easily finish him off but the Shinigami stood his ground and kept parring but he couldn't stay on the defensive he had to counter attack. Metabee gave a diagonal swing across the left side of the Zanpakuto spirit's torso with his lunar short sword and with his solar short sword he swung at Acnologia's right shoulder joint. Then he spun around to position his twin short swords in a horizontal position to slash at his opponent's stomach followed by a cross slash aimed for the chest. His opponent managed to block two of his attacks but was caught by the cross slash and Metabee saw this as an opportunity to which he started aiming for the vital points in a dance of blades. The Zanpakuto spirit parried the attacks and as he did the twin short swords were beginning to wear down and cracks started appearing which made his opponent retaliate: right kidney,liver, left lung,heart,neck. The Shinigami tried to par them as best as possible but only managed to redirect the attacks so they avoided his vital parts.

A crack. His eyes widened and his opponent smiled. The crack wasn't in his short swords but in his hollow mask. Metabee's hollow mask broke and he backed away quickly as his lungs burned for oxygen. As the Shinigami tried to regain his breath his twin short swords crumbled away. His opponent looked at him 'Is that all?'. Metabee knew he couldn't re-use his mask so he just had to keep going with all that he had left in him. He looked at the Zanpakuto spirit 'Lets finish this' his opponent closed his eyes and black scales appeared along his cheeks and hands as his spiritual pressure increased and Acnologia spoke up with a devilish smile 'Yes,lets'. Metabee closed his eyes to focus on creating his last set of swords but this time they wouldn't be short swords as he wanted something the length of his Zanpakuto since he was the most comfortable with it.

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He reopened his eyes and it seemed the swords he made really came to his liking as they more or less represented him: the white sword reflected his good personality while the dark sword represented his dark Zanpakuto elemented. Furthermore, the pure white sword reminded him of Sayuri which gave him the strength to keep going. Acnologia or him, one of them will fall within the next few attacks and the battle will be decided.

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Metabee went at his opponent and gave out a few swings but the Zanpakuto spirit intercepted them. Great. That boost just lowered his chances of winning but it also gave him hope since if he went as far as to use it it mean Acnologia was tired. His opponent gave out a swing to his left side but he blocked it with his dark sword and gave a swing to Acnologia's left shoulder joint with his light sword. The attack was successful so he continued with a knee to the stomach followed by an anti-clockwise spin to strike with his dark sword. Acnologia was stunned by the kick but the sword attack was blocked due to the position of the demonic blade and the Zanpakuto spirit retaliated by giving a few stabbing attacks. The Shinigami parred them by crossing his blades but the attacks were getting too close for comfort. His eyesight was becoming blurry but as long as he was close to his opponent it didn't cause him a problem. While they were still close Metabee gave a swing to Acnologia's left knee with his dark sword and then using footwork and shifting of the torso he gave a diagonal swing at the torso with his light sword. The Zanpakuto spirit reduced the damage by getting his thigh cut instead of knee and was pushed back by the swing.

Now that he thought about it the power boost should of also given his opponent better defense so his attacks were probably doing less damage. Black spiritual pressure cloaked Acnologia as he was focusing all his spiritual pressure into the next attack. This was going to be their final attack. Metabee also focused all the spiritual pressure he had left into his final attack. The Shinigami crossed the blades over his chest and the area around them went grey and the occasional breezes of wind stopped.'Two sword style: Endless sky'. They lunged at each other and as their attacks clashed there was an explosion of spiritual pressure coming from their blades. Silence. Metabee staggered forward and Acnologia was now behind him but they didn't turn back to each other. The Shinigami's dark sword shattered and he used his light sword as support to prevent himself from falling over. He coughed up blood and there was a large and deep cut going from his right shoulder to his left hip. Acnologia broke the silence with his loud laughter. Blood gushed out of his opponents upper body and his demonic sword broke and he fell to the ground. The one left standing was the winner. Covered in blood and cuts Metabee raised his pure white sword into the air as a symbol of victory and let out a loud roar. His voice echoed throughout the wasteland.

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The whole inner world turned into darkness and Metabee opened his eyes. He was back in the woods behind Kido Corps. The Shinigami tried to get up but fell back down instantly and noticed there was a pool of blood where he was sitting and he saw that the places in which there were meant to be wounds there were black scales. Metabee was lying on the ground unable to move and looked at the sky with a smile 'He was talking about me holding back yet he was protecting me throughout the whole battle'. Well his wounds weren't hurting but his limbs were still numb. He then summoned a hell butterfly 'Go to squad 4 and give them this message: Metabee of the Kido Corps requesting healing, I'm in the woods behind the Kido Corps and send someone experienced'. The hell butterfly then flew off and went to squad 4 area and after around 30 minutes of waiting a squad 4 member came to him. Those 30 minutes seemed way longer to him since he couldn't do anything apart from looking at the sky but the weather was nice so it was relaxing. As Metabee was getting healed the black scales started disappearing off his body and he was able to move again as his limbs were healed but he could tell they haven't completely recovered. He slowly got up and picked up his Zanpakuto so he could sheath it. 'You should take it easy for the next few days' and he nodded at the squad 4 member's words 'Thanks, you're free to go' then he turned around. Metabee put up his right hand into the sky with his palm open and then closed it as if grabbing something. He had a bright smile on his face and quietly said to himself 'I'll fight for our future'

Ooc: So that would be it for this solo rp. I enjoyed writing it so I hope you guys liked reading it :P

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Ooc: This happens during the time the Kido Corps barracks are being rebuilt

Suddenly Metabee found himself inside his inner world even though just a second ago he was sitting in the cooking tent in the Kido Corps area. It has been a bit more than two months since they have started rebuilding the barracks and even this became quite an often occurrence but none of the previous times have given him anything worthwhile. During the previous times, he was just brought here and then sent back after a few minutes without even a single word of conversation or meeting with his Zanpakuto spirit. Out of habit he looked up to the highest cliff in the inner world in hopes of seeing his spirit this time around but that hope was quickly turned to disappointment. Once again, the spirit wasn't there even though that was his favourite spot. Metabee then felt a hand being placed on his shoulder but he didn't jump out of surprise or anything. This was his inner world so there was only 2 possibilities of who that was.

Once he turned around he looked at the being before him. The same as always uninterested facial expression with the same red eyes which had vertical pupils looked at him. It was his Zanpakuto spirit, Acnologia. Not expecting the spirit to start the conversation Metabee spoke up first 'Why do you keep bringing me here? Do you miss me or something?' he asked seriously but at the same time teasing the spirit. Acnologia chuckled and responded 'You wish that was the reason.' The red eyes moved to look at his right arm and then the sheath of his Zanpakuto 'You've recovered already have you not? Take off the bandages and unseal your blade. We are going to spar.' The Shinigami was taken aback by this unusual order 'Is this all you wanted? You could have asked you know instead of dragging me here.' The spirit sharpened his gaze 'I'm not going to wait until you are comfortable with the time. You might be training some members in your spare time but that is not enough. You will become rusty at this rate and that's the exact opposite of your goal is it not? First, we will work on your style a bit. Now, get ready before I beat you before we even start.'

Metabee obediently started taking off the bandages. His arm was healed only thanks to Sayuri's care and his Zanpakuto was back in one piece so there was no reason to wait. Once he was done, he took out his sheathed Zanpakuto from his belt and looked at it 'Is there something wrong with my fighting style?' he asked and undid the Kido on the sheath. The Zanpakuto stood there waiting 'Not necessarily, but there is always room for improvement. You can't improve by training the weaker members and both you and Sayuri are busy most of the time so I am trying to help you. Sometimes you can be a bit stiff on your legs so I will show you how to move better by improving things like your side steps and show you how to do better pirouettes in battle.' Metabee unsheathed his Zanpakuto and he knew his spirit was right but couldn't help but ask 'Do I look like a ballerina to you?' The spirit instantly put on an evil smile 'Oh, I don't know let me have a closer look: an ugly mug and a wardrobe full of dark clothes. You fail as a ballerina.' The Shinigami then grinned in a teasing way 'Not like your fashion style is any better.' Acnologia kept his evil smile on his face and answered 'And who am I meant to impress with my clothes? That freeloader near the cliff?' he said as he pointed at the inner hollow. An instant response could be heard 'I heard that one' which made Metabee facepalm. It was always like this. Every time it ended in silly insults and arguments even after all of them being on the brink of death two months ago this hasn't changed. Acnologia's expression then returned to normal and the spirit drew his blade and it seemed this time he decided to use the Shikai they both shared and asked 'Let's begin shall we? I don't plan on going easy on you even if this is a spar.'

 

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The Zanpakuto spirit didn't lie as he didn't hold back one bit which proved to be troublesome for the Shinigami. Looking at his footwork,trying to copy it, watching his blade and trying to avoid it all at the same time. Metabee had good perception and reflexes but that didn't matter as Acnologia didn't give him much reaction time in the first place and he hasn't fought all out in two months. The spar consisted of many short rounds so that the Shinigami can get used to it faster but even these short rounds took a lot of his energy. At times he did lose his cool in frustration which quickly ended with a kick to the face from the spirit but luckily his nose hasn't been broken yet. The inner hollow also kept watching their spars but hasn't said a word since they have started and even this was quite unusual since the hollow preferred not to show himself.

Acnologia swung his blade at the Shinigami aiming for his right arm. Metabee quickly dodge rolled to the spirit's right side and slashed at it but his sword was intercepted and his opponent starting putting more force into it which made it hard to keep balance as he wasn't standing up. While trying to overpower him the Zanpakuto spirit tried to knee him in the face but the Shinigami did another dodge roll which was more clumsy than the first one. This time he got to his feet and blocked the attack that was coming at him which would of hit him if his timing was off by a second. With clashing blades Metabee attempted to kick the spirit's left side with his right leg but his opponent took two steps back to avoid the kick before closing in again. This was to be expected which is why before the spirit lunged at him the Shinigami did a clockwise pirouette and launched an attack at Acnologia. His attack had more momentum behind it but it was still parred and his opponent followed up with a left hook which Metabee avoided by stepping backwards and retaliating by barging the spirit with his right shoulder making lose his balance. Using this opportunity he diagonally slashed at Acnologia's torso and made contact which made the Zanpakuto create distance between them 'Better, but still not enough. Have a break for now.'

They both sheathed their swords and the Shinigami sat on the ground looking up at the sky while the spirit was mending his wound. He was also full of cuts but it wasn't anything too major so he would heal it himself later since it wasn't worth asking Sayuri to do it. His Zanpakuto was quite ruthless in battle but there was always a meaning behind it so Metabee was used to it by now. He knew that Acnologia preferred to teach things the hard way because that was the most effective. He wondered how much time passed by since he came here because it was pretty hard to tell the time from the inner world. The spirit looked at him with red eyes 'On another thought, you should go back. You have things to do and we will continue tomorrow.' The Shinigami nodded 'Alright, next time maybe give me a warning before you drag me here?' and Acnologia responded with 'I will think about it.' Then Metabee disappeared as he left the inner world and the inner hollow came to sit beside the spirit 'So, what do you think?' The Zanpakuto spirit looked at the wound on his torso which still hasn't been mended 'He certainly did last longer than last time. However, he won't become strong in just a few hours. This is just the beginning. His moves are still awkward since they are copied but then again that is his specialty. He just needs to get a feel for them until they are ingrained in his mind.' Acnologia then got to his feet and looked up at the highest cliff 'Now, it is time for my nap. You go and freeload like usual.' With that the spirit went up to the cliff before the hollow had any chance to say anything.

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Just like promised the next day Metabee was brought to his inner world and without a warning like usual. However, this time things were different as this time the one in front of him was his inner hollow while Acnologia was the one standing by the cliff. The hollow spoke up first 'Sup? Today I will be the one training you.' This surprised the Captain as the one who always trained him was his Zanpakuto spirit so he asked 'How come?' The hollow let out a sigh 'Well, we figured since we have plenty of time he will train you in zanjutsu and I will train you in your hollow side. That will be the most useful for you.' The Shinigami also agreed with this but at the same time he also had his doubts. This was because it was his inner hollow that will be training him. The one that tried to possess him at any given chance. So, the question was could he trust him? He quickly came to the conclusion that he should not be asking himself that. While it is true that in the past the hollow tried to possess him but ever since being subdued he didn't try anything once and didn't bear any hatred towards him. Metabee spoke to the hollow 'Alright then, where do we begin? By the way what should I call you?' The hollow answered only to the second question 'Teacher or Master is fine.' This made the Shinigami chuckled and answered 'Freeloader it is.' This made the hollow frown and pretend he is sulking 'I hate you guys...'

However, this quickly ended 'I need to explain before we start. Obviously, it's unavoidable that you are a Vizard but I don't want you to rely on that mask of yours too much. I'm not saying its wrong to use it by any means. The mask makes you stronger but I would call that a 'fake' strength. We want to make you stronger so instead of relying on the mask strength you can fight with your own strength too. I will also train your stamina so that you will be able to keep it on for longer. I doubt you would be able to defeat someone stronger than you in a mere 3 minutes. So, the ground rule is don't use your mask until I say you can.' The Captain listened to the hollow and nodded along at some points 'I understand. Lets begin.' He wondered what kind of a trainer his inner hollow was as he only fought him once before and was never trained by him. In a way one could say that Acnologia and the hollow were like two sides of a coin. The hollow wanted to do things that he found fun and be able to let loose while the spirit was always a serious and collected being who cherished his peace. At the end of the day, both of them had traits of the Shinigami so he didn't mind their differences. The inner hollow nodded and agreed 'Lets start with push ups and running from one cliff to the other. Hmm...those two.' He said as he pointed to two cliffs which luckily had a distance of around 500 metres between them and thus beginning the training.

The Shinigami wasn't given a specific number so he kept going until he was told to stop. Once the inner hollow was satisfied he told him to come over and so he did before being told his next task 'Now, put your mask on. We will be sparring.' Metabee put his left hand over his face and summoned his mask followed by unsheathing his Zanpakuto. The spar started quickly afterwards and only last 3 minutes since he couldn't hold his mask on for any longer. During the spar the Shinigami thought that it felt much different from the time he was subduing the hollow. This time the hollow emitted less murderous intent but was still serious when fighting him even though his moves focused mostly on tiring the Captain out. Those activities formed a cycle which was then repeated another four times. During the first cycle he thought it wouldn't be this hard but as soon as his mask broke on the fifth cycle Metabee collapsed to the ground. He was breathing heavily and his body was completely numb so he couldn't move an inch 'I'm exhausted...I need to rest...' The inner hollow sat down beside him and smiled 'Alright, but it's still to early to send you back so we will continue when you can move again.'

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After resting for quite a while Metabee got up and stretched out. His body was still a bit numb but he was fine enough to keep sparring so the hollow stood up noticing this and asked 'You ready to keep going?' The Shinigami nodded in response and they both took their positions and stances 'You've done quite a lot today so lets just spar for a bit longer. I'll let you decide when to use your mask and I'll just adjust to it.' The Captain began the spar by Shunpoing in front of the hollow and slashing at his neck expecting this attack to be intercepted. He used this opportunity to spin and launch a roundhouse kick at the hollows left side but this was also blocked with the hollow's left forearm. His opponent then counterattacked by swinging his sword at his torso and Metabee parred this at the last instant while being slightly pushed back. The Shinigami then jumped back to create more distance between them and fired a Sokatsui at his opponent. The inner hollow fired a Cero to intercept the Kido but surprisingly the Sokatsui was easily destroyed and the Cero now headed for Metabee. The Captain dodge rolled out of the way to the right just in the nick of time but his left leg was grazed by the technique. Why? This doesn't usually happen. Usually the two would cancel each other out but it didn't look like the hollow put any more spiritual pressure into it than usual.

The spar continued for quite some time but the Shinigami was struggling through the duration of it. There was only one question in mind. Why was it so hard? His opponent was releasing the same amount of spiritual pressure as usual and Metabee wasn't trying to hold back either so why? Was he really that exhausted from the previous training? Was that the reason why? He continued sparring wondering about this but didn't let it get to him as he had to focus on his opponents movements. He decided that now would be a good time to use his mask so he put his left hand over his face and summoned it before his next attack which was done by a small leap into the air and swinging downwards. It felt much better now but something was still not right. His responses and force behind his attacks were faster and stronger but they still weren't at the level they should be. Suddenly, everything in front of his eyes slowly started going black as if he was about to pass out.

'Did I overdo it?' The inner hollow thought. While sparring he could easily see that Metabee's movements were quite sluggish and not as strong as usual but he was tired so that was to be expected. Most importantly, his spiritual pressure is all over the place as if he isn't controlling it. Didn't the Shinigami notice that at all? Maybe I was too harsh on him after all. He has used his mask so many times in one day it had to be taxing on his body and mind. Should I stop the spar before it's too late? It was then that he saw his opponent summon his mask. Now it was definitely too late and he should prepare for a lecture afterwards. His attacks became stronger and wilder. No, not more hollow like but wilder as if he wasn't even thinking about the move he is going to make. This time the mask didn't even last 3 minutes and when it broke Metabee's spiritual pressure went berserk but he didn't stop instead he just charged forward and lashed out attacks at him one after another 'Hey, stop! You're going to hurt yourself like this. Control your spiritual pressure!' However, that fell on deaf ears since Metabee was out of control and behaving like he was possessed. The inner hollow was then pushed back quite a good distance by an attack from the Captain.

That was when Acnologia decided to step in and instantly appeared before the berserk Shinigami. First, he used hand to hand combat to subdue him: one hit to each shoulder joints, an elbow to the stomach followed by an open palm hit to the chin. This raised Metabee off the ground and the spirit used this opportunity to disarm him while he was stunned. While he was was still in the air, Acnologia raised his right index finger which made chains appear out of thin air that restrained the Shinigami. Although he was writhing about he wouldn't be able to break out of them and they subdued his spiritual pressure which when finally back under control made him pass out. When he regained consciousness, Metabee looked around and saw that he was laying on the ground while Acnologia and his inner hollow were sitting beside him healing him 'What happened?' The inner hollow sighed at the question 'You lost control of your spiritual pressure and went berserk. My training was too harsh for you, I'm sorry...' His spirit then spoke up 'Is that not what you were always scared of? Losing control? Make sure that never happens in a battle otherwise you will end up dead. Now your job is to rest up. You are exhausted from overusing your mask.' The atmosphere was really tense for the remainder of the time that he was healed and once that was done he was sent back.

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