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There was an acrid smell in the air following the explosion of Draiden's bomb, and the blast of wind provoked by the vacuum crashed into the wall of Las Noches, finding its way through the open gates of the fortress. The long silver hair of Lurker's Arrancar form was blown in every direction, but he did not move. After the wind died out, the Adjuchas removed the strands of hair in his face and thought what the hell are they doing in there? Well, no matter. We need to go.

 

After a few minutes, Kotaro's familiar silhouette appeared in the giant doorway as he tried to make his first Sonido. As soon as the Vasto Lorde was finally beside Lurker, he asked him: "That wasn't so bad, was it? For the first one, it was pretty good." With a small nod, he added: "You do need to work on the ratio of power you put in each of your legs though." Without giving Kotaro the chance of answering he then said: "Alright, no time to lose. You'll have to learn on the way there. The sooner we depart, the sooner we'll be here." Reitsu dissipates pretty quickly when left alone, to find Monk without even knowing his spiritual signature they will need to stack all the odds in their favor. This means no waste of time.

 

If he were not stopped, Lurker would go toward Monk's last known location with a Sonido similar in speed to Kotaro's hoping he will get faster along the way.

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The first few sonido steps were clumsy and almost made the Vasto Lorde stumble. He had put to much power into it. This is going to take a while to get the hang of... He thought as he tried again. This time he focused a bit less energy into his legs and went slower. It was much faster than normal running, but now was at a manageable speed. Given a minute or so to get to Lurker, Kotaro came to a stop to fast. This caused him to uncontrollably jump with the left over energy. "Ooh! Damn!" He exclaimed as he launched himself. While in the air, he flipped and rolled to come down on his feet. He tried to stop to fast.

With a few breaths, Kotaro listened to Lurker's praise and instruction of his sonido. He nodded his agreement, "Yeah. It feels kind of strange. And, stopping correctly is another thing I need to practice." Standing up, he sighed. Then, Lurker went on with time on his mind. So this time, Kotaro started with a basic run while building up the energy slowly. Soon, he broke into sonido, but even slower. He was trying to get used to the feeling and how to keep track of his surroundings.

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Lurker felt no urge to mock Kotaro on his stumbling; because of the intense and unique training that he did, Sonido was second nature to him, but he had the same struggles for the first few times. A few words later, the two of them departed toward the forest.

Along the way the hollow thought about how they will find their objective. They knew Monk was pretty unstable from the description they received from Absolon, and they also knew he was spotted way beyond the Menos Forest. That is not a lot to go on. There is nothing after the forest; just a giant, endless white hell. It would take a madman to go further without a good reason. We will need manpower, a lot of it, and I know just where to find that.  With a grin, Lurker told the Vasto Lorde "I need to make a quick stop inside the forest to grab a few things; It won't take long."

After their conversation, Lurker chose to stay ahead so that Kotaro could observe his technique as much as he could. The Adjuchas slightly changed his posture and speed with each step so that his friend could learn faster, taking care that he stayed close to him.

 

A few hours passed, and the first of the crystal timbers could be seen from afar. The moon's reflection made them looked like they were glowing and the scene could be called peaceful if it were not of the screams of Menos Grande and hollows in the distance. The forest did not look any different from before, yet a menacing aura seemed to be floating around. If a talented individual were to open his senses to the max, they probably would be able to sense the army under tons and tons of sand, but a Vasto Lorde would only feel an aura of danger lingering. 

Lurker did not slow his pace at all, he knew what's was going on since it was his troops that was giving off that aura, but he left Kotaro in the dark. Why spoil the surprise?

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Kotaro followed close behind Lurker, watching his sonido. As they sped through the hell that was Hueco Mundo, the Vasto Lorde learned quickly. But, there were plenty of points where he stumbled slightly and had to regain his speed. He experimented with energy levels while running. This made him speed past Lurker at the high energy tests, but also loss his footing more often. And, the use of low energy was more controllable, but also had him almost drop out of sonido. 

With time, he found the range of both low and high speed which he could still control his movement. Lurker then told Kotaro he had to detour. The hollow nodded and followed his teammate to the rout. Hours later, the tall rock trees of the Menos Forest came into view. With that place in sight, it brought back memories. Why did I struggle against a low class Menos...? I know there is a reason, but I can't dig it out. As they entered the forest, Kotaro felt the energies of the Menos. However, he wasn't intimidated by them one bit. There was something else nagging his senses, something he couldn't pin down. But, for now, he ran on, following Lurker. His sonido was slowly growing better, but it still felt a bit strange.

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Another two hours passed and they finally entered the forest. Zigzagging through the branches was more natural than the last time he was here, so it took less than 20 minutes until Lurker found what he came for. The Adjuchas stopped abruptly in front of one of the biggest tree in the forest.  It was gigantic, nearly the size of Las Noches' entrance.

He waited for his friend for a bit, then asked him in a cryptic tone "Are you ready to be blown away? It's not as big as Las Noches, but it's something." He waited for an answer then pushed against the tree. At first, nothing happened, but after a few seconds, the outline of a door could be seen. Lurker pushed a little more, and then the shape became a real door that opened like the gate of an old castle. The entrance revealed a giant stairwell that went deep underground. The eerie aura could now easily be perceived, it was a thousand of Lurkers, training intensely.

 

A faint sound of Sonido could be heard while the duo descended. A few kilometers later, the stairs unveiled a giant room illuminated with giant white orbs. Everywhere in the room were hundreds of slimy humanoid fighting and practicing their sonido.

 

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As Lurker went deeper, he said to Kotaro: "This is one of my homes. They're all part of me, and they will help us find Monk." As soon as he reached the floor, he clapped his hands once. Everyone stopped moving immediately. Of course, Lurker did not need to come here nor to clap his hands. That was just for show. Since they're a part of him, he could control them as he wanted from anywhere. "Normally I'd offer you to train your sonido with me here, but we're racing against the clock. Do you have any questions before we head to the surface?"

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