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The weasel managed to free himself of the glass and he turned up the power. The boy he was trying to make suffer so much finally managed to do something, had finally managed to peak the interest of the Hollow, the boy holding a gem that gave off a holy and pure aura. He didn't care to listen to the boy's words but that gem was enough to make him worry, if just a tad. He knew it was created by Cirno, it held her energy, energy that was much like Landen's friend Carter. The beast was surprised her influence would spread so far so fast, she had only started training the new age of heroes. The panther had been listening quietly the night Carter talked about his training with her to Landen.
It remembered the disgust it got from the aura coming off the boy, he had found Carter obnoxious in the past but the energy he asserted now was fearful. A touch of that same energy was coming from the gem the boy had in his possession and he could find that the boy's on energy was growing just from activating it. The power gap between the two was still too vast to cross but it was enough for the panther to decide now he would kill the boy rather than toy with him and afterward he would destroy the gem. A wave of energy assaulted his being from the gem but had no outward affect on the kneeling beast as his hand was still on the girl he had proclaimed to be his new little sister.
A hand would touch Landen's chest in the dark. His eyes would open but he couldn't tell if they were due to how dark it was in this part of his soul, but a voice would reach him, the boy. He was offering to help him, to provide whatever aid he could. Run man... he can't be stopped, you can't beat him. He thought, the words projecting to the kid without the hollow knowing what was taking place, as soon as he issued the warning he felt an energy wash over him that reminded him of his best friend Carter's own. It wasn't the same but it was close and it was seeping into him, as it did he could feel the vines tying him down rot away into nothingness. The claws and fangs dug into his flesh ripped out in pain of the light, from his wounds the light would come out and illuminate the darkness.
On the outside the Hollow would scream in a fury as he began to realize what was happening, the stupid boy had out witted him because of that stupid gem and had managed to give Landen some hope and he hated when that fool had hope, his being would stand and turn, facing the boy he would rush in to him, his feet leaving small fissures in the ground from his force as he moved.
Back in the darkness the light began to grow just enough for Landen to get his bearings and in doing so he saw her, he saw Azai chained down with vines of thorns stabbing into her being from almost every orifice of her being. He rushed over to her, ignoring the fact that with each drop of blood that feel off of his body more light would flood the area, the blood coming out like a droplet of light staining the floor of darkness. He stopped just in front of the spirit of his Zanpakutō and cupped her face in his left hand, her skin feeling cold and clammy to the touch. She was shivering and he could feel her energy being pulled out and down through the vines, her power being abused and twisted in the most disgusting manner. From the start she had warned Landen against this and now she was suffering even worse than himself.
His fingers would wrap around the thorn vines and he would exhale, trying to figure out how to use this light that was still powering him from the boy. when I have to tap into the light and access my angel I find my memories of happiness make it easier. The words of his friend Carter would echo as he recalled the time he asked him how he went angel state.
Figuring it was worth a shot he closed his eyes and thought of his happiest memory, the day he had actually become a shinigami, the day Azai and him became partners. Even then he knew his Zanpakutō had more powers than the others, even then he knew she would make him more powerful than any shinigami no matter how long it would take, not because of her power but because she shared the same will power as him.
A wave of the light burst outward from him and descended down the vines, rotting them away as well, Azai falling, collapsing in Landen's arms. He would kneel down with her and push the light into her as well. He knew she needed it more than him and he could see it course through her, making her light up form the inside and her skin grow. He had finally broke free of his Hollow's clutches but Azai hadn't yet and she needed saved now. "Come on girl, show me why you're such a bad ass." He would whisper into her ear as her eyes opened.
The Hollow would bring the Zanpakutō down aiming to cleave the boy open from his right shoulder down to his waist. Right before contact with the boy the snake like sword did a 180, the blade slashing into the mask of the Hollow before coming and wrapping around his neck and sword arm, holding his actions down while again his right arm worked against him and came to the mask, his fingers snaking under the rim and pulling upward, he would howl in anger, he had come so far, had managed such utter control only for a boy to ruin it all. "I will kill you for this." it warned, defying the attempt at freedom from Landen and his Zanpakutō, he still had his cero, so he would open his mouth and began to charge one of immense power, the black orb crackling with red pulsating energy, the ground under the two would compact just form the force of the building energy alone.
Together on the inside Landen had taken control of part of his body, enough to work his hand under the mask while Azai fought back, taking her own form back entirely. In his soul Landen would duck as the panther came out of the shadow's, it was still fighting on the outside but it had split itself to quell Landen's resistance. The Panther would hiss, the bone like face of the beast opening wide to show rows of razor sharp teeth. The Hollow panther was intent on smashing him down once and for all. Landen was ready for this, it had been a long time coming, he had held off the hollow for many years and hadn't trained to control it like he should have. The beast lunged at him and he jumped toward it, his arms wrapping around its powerful neck as it latched its mouth onto his side, aiming to crunch his rips to dust. He would squeeze tighter, feeling the bones in the Hollows neck begin to pop as fissures appeared along it's white face.
He needed more power, he needed something to give him an edge, he needed his Zanpakutō. The thought was enough, the pure desperation of the need was great enough for it to manifest in his left hand. Pulling back he would slide backward to prevent the Hollow from swiping at him when he let it free. More blood the color of white light dripped from his side, staining more and more of the ground. The light was beginning to show things in the darkness, trees, thick moss, vines every where and it finally dawned on him that the Hollow hadn't locked him in his own mind but had trapped him in a section of his own inner world he hadn't been in before, the Hollow's part. It was a twilight forest, a dark rain forest. In a way he was surprised of this, the Hollow had so much in common with both him and Azai. As if in response it would speak, "Does it surprise you? You're in your own world, because I'm a piece of you. But I'm sick of this neglect and now you will suffer." It roared before leaping toward him again, Landen would feel pity for it.
The creature wanted to be noticed, wanted to be apart of the being that was neglecting him, wanted to be a piece of the trio that was itself, Landen, and Azai. It was Landen and Azai's own fear of its power that made it evil, the fear of it taking over turned it dark. He would have to fix it later but for now he needed to break free of the damned thing. As it came at him he would slice his blade downward int he dark forest, aiming to cleave the mask of the Hollow in half.
In the next moment the mask broke in the real world, a sturdy stick smashing into the weakened mask. Landen blinked as the sun light hit his eyes, together with this boy's power and his own he had managed to fight the beast but it was the stupid stick of the girl that had pushed it over the edge, together Landen and Steiner had been enough to halt the beast but not for Landen to break through all the way, just enough to weaken it for any real hit to shatter the mask and the girl had done it, albeit she didn't mean to do it but she still freed the man, his brown hair cascading down over his forehead, the spikyness gone from all the sweat. He would look at the girl, "You need clothes sister." The word sister still sticking around, the defeated panther whispering it in his mind.
Landen had hurt the beast by making it feel alone and it found some sort of connection to this little girl so he wouldn't cut the connection, not if he was going to make an effort to welcome the hollow into his being. His right hand would pat the little girl's head again, being mindful of her horns, "You might be a demon but a demon can still catch cold." he said with a smile before looking at Steiner.
"I really worked you over huh?" he'd ask awkwardly, a smile coming to his face as if to apologize. "I didn't think this would happen, but if not for you and that gem that gives off Cirno's energy I would be dead. You must be one of her new heroes. Already saving the day it seems."
His left hand would feel the tremble of Azai as she pushed remorse into his soul, her too feeling guilty for hurting the kid and as well for ignoring the Hollow. He thought she would berate him for letting it out and causing this whole mess but instead she felt guilty and he knew she would help him in the future to advance the relationship between the three that shared one soul.
"How about I help you fix your camp?" He offered before looking to his new little sister, "You can pitch in too." He added.