"You already know, Seth," said Katie. "Think about your dreams."
"So you think they really are repressed memories?"
"Not merely repressed," she responded. "I think maybe LaBelle intentionally deleted some of your memories."
"But, why? And how?"
"I'm not sure about the how of it, but I'd guess the why has to do with the fact that they canceled the tests. Well, that and the secret and probably illegal nature of the whole program."
"You mean this TIER thing?" Lewis asked. "Why didn't they wipe my memories, then? And why don't I remember this O'Keefe guy at all? Oh, wait … " His voice faltered.
"You two have probably never even met before now," replied Katie. "I doubt they bothered with your memories, Wright. You were only involved in one small, failed trial. Seth was recruited for the larger program—Strange Animal, I mean—not just TIER."
"So what is Strange Animal?"
"It's an enhanced combination of two other programs. TIER was one of them. The other was called WEIRD."
"Weird Tier," interjected Mary. "'Tier' is German for 'animal', so …"
"Exactly," said Katie, though she pointedly refused to look at Mary. She was focused on Seth. "The government has a funny sense of humor when it comes to naming black-box projects. And they love acronyms."
"So what, exactly," asked Mary, "was WEIRD all about?"
"Warfighter Enhancement Incorporating Recombinant DNA."