What did the three letters “YWW” represent?
Ye Wanwan’s eyes glinted. The automatic response in her mind was that it was an acronym of her name in pinyin.
Ye Wanwan’s acronym just happened to be “YWW.”
Could… could this be a coincidence?
Ye Wanwan’s hands clenched slightly. She instantly wanted to attempt to open this briefcase.
However, after trying several sets of passwords, Ye Wanwan still couldn’t open the briefcase.
Ye Wanwan instinctively felt like the contents of this briefcase were related to her… Why did Si Yehan suddenly disappear? Where was that weird phone number from? Also, what was inside this briefcase with its clearly labeled acronym…
Ye Wanwan’s thoughts were in a turmoil, so she forcefully tugged the password lock.
Ye Wanwan was taken back but reflexively looked down at the lock in her hand. She bluntly ripped the lock off…
This lock… appeared to have been touched by someone…
Could it be that someone already decoded the lock…
Ye Wanwan quickly took out the briefcase’s contents before she could think about it more deeply.
There was a thick stack of documents inside the briefcase with a string of foreign language written on it. Ye Wanwan furrowed her brows. These documents recorded everything related to hypnosis and memory.
This included memory masking and memory recombination, as well as the unfamiliar and difficult-to-understand field of genetics.
Ye Wanwan managed to roughly understand the content based on the introduction and abstract of the documents.
It was a theory on the sequence of A+B memory masking.
Basically, the user would erase Person A’s memory and then forcefully mask Person B’s memory over the depths of Person A’s mind with the method of deep hypnosis.
If Person A’s memory was completely erased by the hypnosis method and Person B’s memory was forcefully integrated into Person A, then Person A would theoretically replace Person B and become them; even Person A themself wouldn’t detect it at all.
Ye Wanwan was confused as to why Si Yehan was interested in this subject.
When Ye Wanwan flipped to the next page, she was utterly dumbfounded.
There was a lot of information about countless girls recorded on the following pages. Every girl was deceased already, but everything about them, from their family background to their growing experience, was recorded very meticulously in minute detail.
Ye Wanwan even saw her own information and file in there.
Name: Ye Wanwan
Father: Ye Shaoting
Mother: Liang Wanjun
Grandfather: Ye Hongwei
Grandmother: Tan Yilan
Older Brother: Ye Mufan
Family Background: A daughter of the Ye family in China, died in a terrorist attack abroad at the age of 16.
When Ye Wanwan saw her introduction file, it was a shock to both her eyes and her mind. The file contained a detailed record of her and the final statement enclosed stated she died in the terrorist attack abroad several years ago…
Also, at the very end of the file, there was a remark: “Suitable for memory masking.”
There was a CD placed at the very back of the file.
Ye Wanwan took out the CD and walked back to the desk. She turned on Si Yehan’s computer and placed the CD into the CD drive.
A moment later, a video automatically popped up on the computer screen and started playing.
“Are there any issues?” A man’s icy voice was heard.
Promptly after, an elderly man wearing white clothes appeared in the video.
“Ninth Master, we’ve already studied this project for more than 30 years. There’s an enormous risk if it’s done with the genetics method, but we’ve switched it to the method of deep hypnosis. It can accomplish the same result and absolutely won’t yield any problems.”
“The theory?” the man said.
The elderly man in white nodded and explained, “Deep hypnosis completely destroys the memories of the hypnotized person and everything the hypnotized person experienced will reset. During this period of time, if there aren’t new memories masking over the gap, the hypnotized person will lose their self-identity.”
“However, if we use the hypnosis method and forcefully inject someone else’s memory into the hypnotized person-this action is called memory masking-then the hypnotized person will completely transform into the owner of the memory being injected. Basically, the hypnotized person will undergo drastic changes and completely turn into someone else.” “Is there a suitable candidate?” the man asked.
“There is one. It’s the person you picked earlier-Ye Wanwan. We’ve studied her. Although the two people have an age difference, Ye Wanwan’s face bears more than 90% similarity to her face. Her family background is also satisfactory, and Ye Wanwan previously died in a terrorist attack abroad,” the elderly man in white replied.
“Alright, what do I need to do?”
“Ninth Master, you just need to use your methods to wipe away the death of Ye Wanwan and keep it from her family. At that time, she will completely replace Ye Wanwan. She will become Ye Wanwan and possess all of Ye Wanwan’s memories from when she was alive,” the elderly man said.
Then the scene changed, and the backdrop of the video turned into a research facility.
A woman was laying on the bed with a pained expression. Si Yehan was kneeling next to her and occasionally caressed her hair with a turmoiled expression.
“The news has been sealed, and no one knows about Ye Wanwan’s death. You can begin.” Si Yehan looked at the elderly man.
“Ninth Master, are you certain? Once memory recombination through deep hypnosis is conducted, this girl’s original memories will be utterly destroyed. Her memory won’t recover no matter what method you use. She’ll turn into an individual with completely new memories forever. She’ll become the deceased Ye Wanwan…” The elderly man sought confirmation again.
“Begin,” Si Yehan succinctly repeated.
After obtaining confirmation from Si Ye Han, the elderly man in white nodded at his assistants and began to initiate deep hypnosis with the woman on the bed.
The video ended there.
In the study, Ye Wanwan was brimming with shock, her eyes pervaded by disbelief. She was trembling slightly and cold sweat drenched her forehead. That girl laying on the bed in the research facility was none other than herself…
The amount of information enclosed in this video was overwhelming, so Ye Wanwan was unable to process and accept it immediately.
An unknown amount of time passed before Ye Wanwan forcefully recollected her thoughts.
According to the video, Ye Wanwan died in a terrorist attack outside the country when she was 16 years old. As for herself, she was forcefully injected with all of Ye Wanwan’s memories through the method of deep hypnosis so that she could become Ye Wanwan.
Ye Wanwan’s death was locked down by Si Yehan, so no one knew. That elderly man also said that her and Ye Wanwan’s appearance was more than 90% similar.
In other words, I’m not Ye Wanwan…
But if I’m not Ye Wanwan… who am I?!
“That’s… that’s impossible…” Ye Wanwan took a deep breath, still entrenched in disbelief.
Her parents, her family… All of her memories were forcefully injected into her… None of it belonged to her…
If she wasn’t Ye Wanwan, then who in the world was she? Who was her father, who was her mother… More than that, where did she come from?!
Why did Si Yehan destroy all of her memories and forcefully mask them with someone else’s memory so that she could take on Ye Wanwan’s identity?!
Ye Wanwan didn’t wholeheartedly believe the video yet.
Because her memories were so real. Her entire life, her dozens of years of memories-she personally experienced them herself! How could they be someone else’s memories?!
However, the events of the video were so realistic. Both Si Yehan’s tone and attitude didn’t seem fake, and Ye Wanwan also believed the girl laying on the bed of the research facility was herself… However, she didn’t have this chunk of memory. She didn’t know Si Yehan at all at that age, so why would she lay on that bed and be injected with someone else’s memory after her memory was wiped clean through deep hypnosis?
Ye Wanwan felt her head swelling into a giant balloon. An intense lost feeling enveloped her.
Ye Wanwan could barely handle Si Yehan’s disappearance already. Now, she appeared to have discovered the secret behind her identity in Si Yehan’s study and the mastermind behind everything was none other than Si Yehan…
If the contents of the video weren’t a joke and she really wasn’t Ye Wanwan, then who was she…?
The video might look realistic, but the memories entrenched in her mind were also very realistic. Every memory from childhood to now was personally experienced by her. How could her extremely precious memories become another person’s property all of a sudden…
Ye Wanwan immediately took a deep breath and restrained her emotions. She sat behind the desk and used Si Yehan’s computer to look into everything about memory masking.
However, she only managed to find a very limited amount of information. With current technology, erasing the memory of an adult could be accomplished, but injecting another person’s memory wasn’t too realistic.
Any perfect, flawless memory injection was accompanied by an extremely large risk, and these injected memories would also have an immense bug.
If a person were to be injected with fake memories, then that person could find the holes and clues fairly easily, unless they were memories that belonged to the person themselves.
Unless the person injected with the fake memories never suspected themselves, it wouldn’t be difficult for the person to discover their fake memories the moment they started being suspicious.
There was only one plausible method to control the injected person from ever suspecting their identity: “Deep hypnosis.”
Deep hypnosis would also require “sensory memory,” “long-term memory,” as well as strong automatic mental cues, etc. If an error occurred in any of the segments, there was a large probability it would lead to the collapse of the patient’s psychological mind. It was difficult to accomplish with current technology, but theoretically, there was a larger possibility of success with deep hypnosis.
Once the deeply hypnotized person was done having their memory erased and the new memories were injected, the person absolutely wouldn’t have any suspicions about their brand new memories due to the psychological effects of the automatic cues embedded deep inside their consciousness.
Ye Wanwan felt a cold sweat drenching her entire body. If this was true, then theoretically speaking, it was entirely possible that she was merely the possessor of Ye Wanwan’s memories but wasn’t Ye Wanwan herself…
A moment later, Ye Wanwan shut the laptop.
Even if it was deep hypnosis, if the hypnotized person started being suspicious about their own identity, there would still be holes for them to find.
If she truly wasn’t Ye Wanwan, and all of her memories were forcefully injected into her through deep hypnosis under Si Yehan’s orders, there would definitely be a gigantic gap somewhere.
After all, Si Yehan and the hypnotist couldn’t possibly know every single detail about Ye Wanwan. Amongst all of the experiences in each stage of Ye Wanwan’s life, the easiest stage for a bug to be found would be her childhood memories. This included Ye Wanwan’s most favorite toy and possible crushes and so on when she was a child. No one but Ye Wanwan herself and the people closest to her would know about these kinds of matters.
If she really wasn’t Ye Wanwan, then she could definitely find a logical gap! Ye Wanwan had a deep frown on her face as her mind kept recalling all her childhood memories.
However, everything that happened in her childhood had already become deep in the recess of her mind, as though someone placed a giant lock on it. Except for significant events like how Ye Mufan accidentally pushed her into a lime pond while playing with a young Ye Wanwan and she nearly drowned or how she was nearly kidnapped when she was young…
Ye Wanwan couldn’t recall any typical, everyday matters no matter how much she dug through her mind.
She could remember her classmates from preschool, elementary school, and junior high, but the number didn’t surpass 20. Her clearest memory was about her teachers…
A moment later, Ye Wanwan called Ye Mufan.
“I haven’t found anything about the number you just gave me. I’ll tell you as soon as I get anything.” Ye Mufan’s voice traveled from the other end of the phone.
“Brother, I need to talk to you about something. Let’s meet at the coffee shop near the office in half an hour.” Ye Wanwan hung up once she finished speaking, and she stood up and walked out of the study.
After leaving the Si residence, Ye Wanwan drove to the cafĂ© near the office.
Half an hour later, Ye Mufan arrived at the meeting spot in a whirlwind fashion. A glance later, he found Ye Wanwan and walked toward her.
“What’s up?” Ye Mufan sat down in front of Ye Wanwan and put on a workaholic act. “I still have business to attend to at the office!”
Ye Wanwan glanced at Ye Mufan and chuckled lightly. “We haven’t sat down to have a peaceful conversation in a while.”
“Huh?” Ye Mufan was dumbfounded. Ye Wanwan sought him out so urgently to… talk?!
“Oh, right, what’s going on with the phone number you wanted me to look into?” Ye Mufan curiously looked at her.
What did the three letters “YWW” represent?