"Then listen up, sister! You know Denny is as good as dead, don't you? Go ahead! Save it for marriage and be a fool! Either way, you know you won't be able to save him!"
"Whether he or I live or die, I won't yield! And what do you know of Denny?"
"I know that he's wanted! Keep building new family for yourself, Missy! But my masters will always find a way to take it away from you! Just like we took your sister!!!"
Candi's resolve grew weaker as Kimi's assaults kept coming.
"What do they know of my relationship with him?"
"Nothing! That's the beauty of it! I don't want them to destroy you, or else I'd tell them! I want to save you all for myself!!! I don't know his last name!
Some strange force is blocking that from my mind even as you think up the answer! But I will always find you! I just hope you survive your suffering long enough to not deny me the pleasure of the final victory!"
Candi didn't realize it, but she was about to play right into the menace's hands.
"Then...I'll delay my destiny! I'll move away from this pit when I graduate! You can't kill what you can't find!"
"I'm linked to your mind! I'll get you no matter what you do to stop me! Sooner or later, your creativity will run out!!!"
Desperately, she searched for an answer to the menace. But what kind of come back would work? As she thought about it, she realized that she was standing behind a church building!
"Then it's a good thing I have a friend in Christ! Even if I'm not good to him, and take your advice on Denny; I know He won't abandon me to you forever!"
Candi continued to walk on, the voice and sensation of Kimi's presence growing gradually dimmer.
As Kimi's projection weakened, she knew she had discouraged Candi's moral resolve ever so slightly. She still failed to topple Candi's faith, in spite being assisted by the hatred and lies Nolle had spread.
Kimi would not fade away feeling completely defeated. After all; it would take Wilbur's direct investigation into the matter several months later for Candi to be exonerated.
In the mean time, Candi didn't feel safe going to church; but held devotions periodically with a wishy-washy Denny.
If Kimiyato had any reassurance in her defeat, it was that she at least planted conflicts of interest in Candi deeper than they had already been. Even so, would it be enough to lead to Candi's ultimate undoing?