Better to think of it as the creative force that has lurked behind the last 999 of them.
If this comes to pass, the question that has lurked beneath the crisis will rush to the surface: Who or what will fill the vacuum?
King dwells on "the darker city that lurked behind the enlightened one" a bit much for my taste.
No doubt she had been unaware of my identity as his visitor, or she would never dared to have lurked there.
Margaret was again puzzled with the fun that lurked in the eye and lip.
Sometimes I lurked gloomy in a corner, disliking the public display of Helen that the party implied.
He turned to the west, where for so long behind the mountains had lurked an enemy.
What dangers have lurked for man and for most wild things in the dark!
Gerard, who lurked in the shadow, would presently call her from one of these.
How he must have hated women as he lurked in the doubtful ambush of that corner.
c.1300, lurken "to hide, lie hidden," probably from Scandinavian (cf. dialectal Norwegian lurka "to sneak away," dialectal Swedish lurka "to be slow in one's work"), perhaps ultimately related to Middle English luren "to frown, lurk" (see lower (v.2)). Related: Lurked; lurking.