Chapter 857 Another Hypnosis Session
When they arrived at Tiffany’s house, Amelia decided to cut to the chase. “Tiff, I’m planning to go overseas.”
Tiffany shuddered. She was carrying Tony in her arms, so it was fortunate that she recovered very quickly. Otherwise, Tony would have been dropped to the floor.
She put him down carefully on the ground. After calming herself, she said, “Are you going to give up on Oscar?”
“No, because I plan to appear before him once again but with a better identity. Look at me now. Even though he’s in trouble, I can’t do anything about it. I want to present a new image to attract him. If I have the chance to bring him to the places where we’ve spent time together, I believe that he will eventually remember me,” Amelia uttered with determination.
It was not a surprise that Tiffany hated Isabella so much. The former knew that if it was not because of Isabella, Amelia’s marriage would not crumble. If Oscar had really cheated on Amelia during their marriage, then they would gladly not have anything to do with each other after their divorce. However, the reality was that they were very much in love, only that someone had tricked him into forgetting all about her. If they were separated under such circumstances, they would do so with reluctance. They would still constantly be thinking about each other.
Tiffany lowered her gaze and was in deep thought. Then, she ventured, “Babe, have you ever considered that Oscar and Isabella could be putting on a show?”
Amelia flashed her a half smile. “Tiff, do you think that he needs to go so far just to get a divorce?”
Tiffany was rendered speechless. All right. I admit I just can’t stand the current Oscar and want to take a jab at him badly.
Subsequently, she sat on the couch as a frown appeared on her face. After thinking it through, she said, “The screenwriters’ group has also offered an opportunity to further studies abroad. Where do you want to go? I’ll go with you. After all, Derrick and I have divorced. If I had to stay and watch Crystal giving birth to his child, I’d surely be irritated.”
Warmth filled Amelia’s heart. “Are you sure you want to go with me?”
With a shrug, Tiffany said nonchalantly, “There’s nothing that I would miss in this place. Moreover, if I were to go overseas with you, I can see the world and meet other people. But I haven’t spoken Erihalese in so long that I don’t know if the foreigners will understand me or not.”
Her past experience was eerily similar to Amelia’s. Thus, when Amelia mentioned that she wanted to further her studies abroad, Tiffany decided to follow her without further thought. After all, Tiffany was already divorced from Derrick, and she did not care about anyone in her family. Therefore, she planned not to come back to the country anymore after she left this time around.
“All right. Let’s go overseas together,” Amelia replied with a smile.
Tiffany stood up and got ready to pack her stuff. However, Amelia quickly stopped her. “Tiff, there’s no need to rush. I need to contact Mr. Rice first. After all, I don’t know if he still wants to accept a dispirited student like me.”
“If he rejects you, let’s become self-funded students.”
Amelia shook her head. “No. The reason I want to further my studies abroad is that I want to use him as my stepping stone to boost myself to the top of the design industry. If we become self-funded students, I won’t be able to achieve my goal.”
Upon hearing that, Tiffany flicked her on the forehead and smiled before saying, “You’ve become such a cunning woman. But I like it.”
Amelia merely chuckled in response.
She had been too merciful toward Isabella previously, leading to the latter doing everything she could to snatch Oscar away from her. Now, Amelia decided to improve herself and appear before him again with a different identity. She wanted to claim back what was rightfully hers from Isabella.
Oscar had become an inseparable part of her. She would never allow anything to occur that could prevent him from being in her future.
“Babe, don’t think too much about it. Oscar will definitely remember you,” said Tiffany after sitting next to her.
Amelia forced a smile. “Tiff, he didn’t lose his memory. Currently, no one knows the method that Isabella used to make him forget the love of his life. To be honest, I’m not worried about anything other than the fact that her method might possibly harm his life.”
Tiffany’s expression darkened.
“If that’s the case, why are you planning to go abroad?”
“Even if I stay here, I can’t do anything for Oscar. Furthermore, my presence might make Isabella even warier. I can’t imagine what will happen if she decides to harm him again.”
As her words sank in, Tiffany finally understood her concerns.
“Babe, are you planning to go abroad to have her let her guard down?”
Amelia frowned. “Yes, that’s exactly what I plan to do. I’ll also instruct Hugo to keep an eye on her discreetly.”
Afterward, Amelia took out Teddy’s business card and dialed the numbers listed on it. No one answered the call at first, but it was answered the second time.
“Hello, is that you, Ms. Winters?” Teddy said excitedly.
“Yes, it’s me. Mr. Rice, I’ve decided to further my studies abroad. Do you still want to take me as your student?” Amelia asked nervously. She had declined Teddy’s offer previously without giving it a second thought. This time around, she had called him to tell him that she would go abroad. It was the reason why she was not confident if he still wanted her. After all, he was a famous designer in Erihal. There was no reason for him to keep an interest in a foreigner like her.
Nonetheless, she did not expect him to become so excited.
“Really? That’s good news! I’ve been keeping a position open for you.” Then, he added exuberantly, “When will you be here? I can arrange for someone to pick you up.”
“Probably in another ten days. Do you think it’s too rushed, Mr. Rice?”
“Not at all. I’ll get someone to arrange it. I can promise you that you’ll become an outstanding designer in one or two years’ time.” Teddy grinned.
“Thank you for giving me this chance, Mr. Rice,” Amelia said sincerely.
“Don’t mention it. I chose you because I don’t want you to waste your talent. Moreover, I’ve set my eyes on the huge market in Zarain. When you can stand on your own, I want to appoint you to be the spokesperson for our branch in Zarain.” It was what Teddy had planned all along.
Amelia was surprised. She did not expect Teddy to think that highly of her. Nevertheless, it was exactly what she wanted. Previously, she only wanted a place to call home. As for now, she wanted to become stronger so she could have the chance to stand next to the man whom she had always thought of as being outstanding. She did not want to be forced to go away after having her husband snatched from her.
“Mr. Rice, thank you for the appreciation. I’ll not let you down. However, I want to ask a question. Why me?” Amelia asked calmly.
At first, Teddy replied solemnly, “Because the company has been looking for someone who can become a spokesperson in Astoria and your image fits the bill. In addition, you have great talent in design. I don’t want to let your talent go to waste.” The next moment, he changed the topic abruptly. “Ms. Winters, can I ask you a question? What made you change your mind in such a short time? I remember that Oscar is a jealous man and very possessive.”
Amelia fell silent.
“What’s the matter? Can’t you talk about it?”
“It’s not that, but it’s my personal matter. I hope that you can understand, Mr. Rice.”
“My apologies. I won’t ask again.”
“Mr. Rice, thank you for being understanding. I’ll give you a call before going there.”
“All right. Let’s talk another time. Goodbye.”
After Amelia ended the call, Tiffany shuffled closer to her and asked, “Did he agree to it?”
“Yes, he did.”
Tiffany was a proactive person. “I’ll go pack my stuff then! All that’s left is to wait for the time to leave.”
This time, Amelia did not stop her.
Instead, she walked toward Tony and leaned down to meet his eyes. With a gentle voice, she said, “Tony, will you be scared that we’ll be going overseas to live?”
“Mommy, I won’t be afraid. I want to help you to win Big Meanie back.”
When she heard his words, she felt sad and pleased at the same time.
The reason for her sadness was that Tony had to witness everything that had happened at such a young age. On the contrary, she was pleased that he never once complained. Moreover, he had never mentioned that he was frightened.
Pulling him into a hug, she continued, “Tony, I’m so thankful that I gave birth to you. You’re my angel. With you by my side, I’m not afraid of anything. I promise that I will get your father back, and we’ll be together once again as a family.”
Tony buried his head in her embrace. He still could not understand the reason for Oscar’s sudden change.
As a matter of fact, he was still worried. “Mommy, will Big Meanie treat me as well as before?”
Despite his young age, he still understood that Oscar had been treating him well.
“Of course. He’s been harmed by a bad person, but he’ll recover soon. You just have to remember that he’s your father and a man who loves you very much.”
She picked him up and placed him on her lap. Then, she took out her phone and clicked on the phone album. Pointing at the pictures one by one, she said, “Tony, I know that you’re smart, so no matter what your father does to you in the future, you have to remember that he didn’t mean to do it. You shouldn’t disobey him or be hostile. Instead, you need to try and get closer to him in his current state. Perhaps he’ll recover his memory because of your support.”
There was a sudden flash of determination in her eyes while she was caressing his head.
Meanwhile, the man that they had been talking about, Oscar, was leaving the Clinton residence with Isabella. She had requested to go to Bernard’s office. Before they left, she used the excuse of being injured and informed him that she did not want his bodyguards to follow them. He agreed after looking at her pitiful expression. After all, it was indeed his bodyguards who were at fault.
He instructed Jolin and the others to go back and decided that he would lecture them after he was finished with his business.
Even though Hugo and Jolin were worried, they did not dare to disobey Oscar’s instructions. Thus, they left the place gloomily and headed back to the office.
When Isabella led him to a huge counseling office, Oscar scrutinized it discreetly.
Bernard appeared suddenly. After glancing at Oscar, he looked at Isabella amicably, saying, “Isabella, has your sleep quality gotten any better after such a long time of counseling?”
“Professor Zabinski, I’ve become so much better. Thank you for your counseling sessions. My relationship with Oscar has also improved. Before I met you, I was always paranoid, which put a strain on my relationship with him. Now that I’m getting better, Oscar has decided to get back with me,” Isabella explained politely.
Afterward, Bernard invited the two people to go into his office. Then, he personally poured two cups of coffee for them.
“Oscar, please have a sip. Professor Zabinski makes excellent coffee. You’ll definitely want another cup after finishing with the first.” Isabella smiled.
Oscar glanced at the coffee in front of him. With a darkened gaze, he looked at it quietly. It seemed as if Isabella knew his concerns. Thus, she lifted her cup and took a sip. “Oscar, please have a taste. There’s no poison inside.”
He looked at her intently. Then, he lifted his cup without any expression and took a sip. He thought that it tasted good and continued with a second sip.
“Oscar, please have more.” Isabella finished her coffee in one gulp. “It tastes better when drunk this way. You can try it yourself.”
Under Isabella’s hopeful gaze, there was nothing that Oscar could do other than follow her movement and finish the coffee in one gulp.
A smile curled the corners of her mouth while she played with the watch in her hand. Soon, Oscar’s gaze turned blank.
Gently, she said, “Oscar, please cooperate in doing a test later. We can go back home after it’s finished.”
He merely nodded blankly.
Bernard said, “Isabella, there are unforeseen side effects that come from consuming too much of the drug and having too many hypnosis sessions. Maybe he might recover his old memories. Perhaps he would become an idiot. Are you sure you want to continue with it?”
Isabella hesitated for a short while. Then, a flash of grim determination appeared in her eyes. She nodded before saying, “Professor Zabinski, please do as I told you before. I want him to hate Amelia completely. I want him to remember her as a vicious woman who would do anything to get what she wants. I also want him to remember me as his beloved woman who Amelia is always hurting. I don’t believe that the love he has for her is so strong that he won’t be affected by the drug.”
Bernard nodded. “As you wish. Regardless, I’ll give you a fair warning in advance. When hypnosis is used too much, it will trigger a person’s subconscious mind to resist. Moreover, Mr. Clinton here has a very strong will. There’s a possibility that he might snap out of it one day. When that happens, he will remember everything that you have done to him.”
Hearing that, Isabella frowned. She knew that there was no way out as she had burned so many bridges that it was impossible for her to go back. Thus, she had to keep him by her side, no matter what.
“Professor Zabinski, I can’t turn back anymore. Besides, we’re currently in the same boat. Do you think that you can get away if he finds out about it? He’s the heir to Clinton Corporations. If you don’t want him to get revenge, you have to help me.”
“No, no. Even if he remembers everything, he won’t come after me. Obviously, I have the means to protect myself. After all, I developed the drug.” Bernard gave a soft chuckle after speaking.
Gritting her teeth, Isabella said, “You’re a despicable person, Professor Zabinski.”
“I have no other choice. After all, everything that I’ve done is for my noble research. It’s getting nearer to becoming a success.”
She glared at him viciously.
“Professor Zabinski, I don’t want to listen to you talking about your dream. I need you to hypnotize him right now.”
Bernard shrugged in response.
With that, she stood up and walked out. She continued to pace around outside the room anxiously.
After two hours had passed, Oscar walked out of the room. His face was pale, and he looked very tired.
Isabella acted as if she had only come out of the restroom. She gave him a hand and said, “Oscar, why did you come out?”
He shook his head before saying, “Where did you go?”
Instead of giving him an answer to his question, she asked cautiously, “Do you still remember Amelia?”
He frowned. “Did she trouble you again?”
Deep inside, she was pleased. She knew from his response that the hypnosis session was a success.
“No. I have you to protect me. No one can bully me so easily,” she answered sweetly.
Forcing out a laugh, he raised his hand and massaged his temples. “That’s good to hear. Let’s go back. My head hurts so much that I want to get some sleep.”
She helped him to walk outside. After they climbed into the car, she massaged his temples for him. “Oscar, why don’t you take a nap while I drive? I’ll wake you up when we reach home.”
He nodded before shutting his eyes obediently. Soon, he was asleep.
She lowered her head to look at him for a moment before moving to sit in the driver’s seat. Starting up the engine, she drove slowly and steadily.
When they arrived at the neighborhood where Oscar and Amelia stayed, Isabella did not have the heart to wake him up. Therefore, she climbed out of the car and headed off to one side to call Bernard.
“Professor Zabinski, your hypnosis session was a success. Am I right?”
“So far, it’s a success. But his subconscious mind is starting to show signs of resistance. If he has another session, he might recover his memory. You have to be careful,” Bernard replied.
Isabella pursed her lips as her expression darkened.
“Understood. Let’s talk another time.” Having said that, she hung up immediately.
Upon returning to the car, she stared at Oscar quietly, an obsessive and crazed look in her eyes.
“Oscar, please don’t blame me. It’s just that I love you so much that I can’t bear to have you leave me. If you can forget about Amelia, I promise I won’t drug you anymore.”
However, there was no reply from him other than his breathing growing even steadier.
Isabella knew that he was tired as the drug and hypnosis were enough to exhaust Oscar’s energy. Nevertheless, she had no other choice. It was the only way that he could be hers completely. Even though their relationship was one that she had tricked him into and was not based on true feelings, she was still willing to have it. After all, so long as Oscar stayed with her, she knew that she had won.