If she was going to totally honest with you, Janine didn’t know exactly how she did what she did either. She was a skilled hypnotist, sure, but she had still been somewhat inexperienced when she met her girlfriend. She had certainly never brainwashed anyone before. If you had asked her at the time they met, she would have probably even told you that brainwashing wasn’t real.
But when she and Bre started dating, their connection was electric. It was like they had known each other their whole lives, like they were two parts of a same whole. Kink was part of their relationship pretty immediately. Janine was identifying as a switch at the time but she fell naturally into the dominant role with Bre. Bre had told her she could be a difficult subject and Janine was intimidated by this at first but- honestly, Janine had found Bre the softest of touches. Something about their relationship must have helped them both fall more easily into their roles as hypnotist and subject. Janine sometimes started to feel like she really did have magical powers- that anything she suggested in trance would be easily believed and accepted by Bre. So did Bre.
It was incredibly hot. Neither of them had experienced anything like it before.
Janine had been nervous about Bre’s brainwashing obsession, though. While Janine had developed some interest in it in response to Bre’s excited rambling on the subject, brainwashing had never been a primary kinky interest of hers. Bre also apparently had an extreme brainwashing fantasy- she wanted to be unmade and recreated in whatever image Janine wished for her to fit. She wanted no control over what happened to her or who she became.
That made Janine nervous. What Bre wanted was a lot of responsibility on her. Janine didn’t even want kids- there was no way she wanted to remake an entire person (even if that was possible, which she also wasn’t sure about). Plus, she loved Bre the way she was. Why would she want to totally change someone who she cared for so much?
Over time as the relationship deepened, though, Bre had managed to infect Janine with some of her brainwashing interest. Janine thought the idea of giving Bre a psychological collar, for example, had been pretty clever if she did say so herself. She was certainly unopposed to heightening Bre’s sex drive and her submissiveness in certain situations. And Janine had fun reading up on conditioning and programming Bre in little small ways- changing her favorite TV program to Janine’s favorite, for example. It wasn’t harmful and it didn’t fundamentally change the Bre that Janine loved.
One thing they had both worked on together was amnesia. That was a mutual strong interest in making Bre forget things at the beginning of their relationship. They had researched and practiced various techniques until eventually Bre could forget almost anything on command, at least for a short while. Once that was mastered, their play had become much more creative in general.
Janine was talking with some other hypnotists at a convention about amnesia one day when another hypnotist mentioned an interesting idea. His boyfriend had struggled with amnesia for a while. They were getting some partial successes but not quite what they were looking for. That all changed, though, when he had started being a bit more ambiguous. Instead of making it clear what his boyfriend was supposed to forget and trying lots of different techniques, he had worked on making the hypnosis sessions themselves feel fuzzy and distant and hinting to his boyfriend that he had perhaps forgotten more than he had realized. The hypnotist mixed in partial successes with these broader suggestions that his boyfriend was forgetting or misremembering even more things than he was aware of. He also cleverly tied in his boyfriend’s natural forgetfulness in certain areas (like his inability to remember their car plate number). His boyfriend may had realized that some of what he was being told wasn’t entirely true- they had negotiated for this after all- but nonetheless his confidence in his ability grew and grew until actual amnesia became much easier for him.
This gave Janine an idea. She had been thinking about her brainwashing dilemma all wrong. She didn’t need to actually recreate Bre from the ground up. Not only was that potentially impossible, it’s not what Janine wanted. And, she suspected, even as interested in brainwashing as she became, it wasn’t something she would ever want. What was really important, she thought, was that Bre believed that she may have been taken apart and reconstructed. That way, she would be able to live out her fantasy and Janine would get to keep her wonderful girlfriend mostly the way she was.
Once Janine had this breakthrough, the actual process of creating this reality for Bre wasn’t difficult at all. Bre had become so good at amnesia that she could forget and remember and falsely remember almost anything on command. Janine continued conditioning some small shifts of interest in Bre- some that she would allow Bre to remember and some she purposefully wouldn’t. But, more importantly, she began to broadly hint that Bre had already shifted in more fundamental ways. She also took time every trance to emphasize to Bre’s hypnotized mind about how important and hot it was that Bre’s conscious self could never quite know how much she had been brainwashed. She could think about and enjoy the possibility that she had already been destroyed and recreated by Janine, maybe even several times. Janine encouraged that she could always be uncertain about how deeply she had been conditioned and that any certainty she felt could trigger a suspicious feeling that she was misremembering. Under this, Janine had also put a little lockbox in Bre’s mind that held all of the accurate information about what had and hadn’t actually happened- to be opened in cases of emergencies.
Bre had taken to these suggestions like a fish to water. Occasionally she would look over at Janine in awe and Janine would know exactly what she was thinking about. "You're so mindfucked," Janine would lean over and whisper in her ear, placing the endearment there gently like a kiss.
Bre’s favorite color really had always been red. Janine had thought of changing it to green (which was Janine’s favorite color) but- then again, she had sentimental attachment to red. (Bre had been wearing a cute red top when they first met and that was what initially had caught Janine's attention.) Janine ultimately didn’t want to change that much about Bre. It was fun to do, but she appreciated their differences. She truly loved Bre exactly as she was.
But Bre didn’t need to know that.