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Her response is a relief. Miss Steele has put some thought into this, more so than anyone else I’ve dealt with over this contract. She’s really engaged. She seems to be taking it seriously and we’ll have much to discuss on Wednesday. The uncertainty that I felt when leaving her apartment this evening recedes. There’s hope for our relationship, but first—she needs to sleep.

From: Christian Grey Subject: Issues Date: May 24 2011 00:07 To: Anastasia Steele Miss Steele, That’s a long list. Why are you still up? Christian Grey CEO, Grey Enterprises Holdings, Inc.

A few minutes later her answer is in my inbox.

From: Anastasia Steele Subject: Burning the Midnight Oil Date: May 24 2011 00:10 To: Christian Grey Sir, If you recall, I was going through this list when I was distracted and bedded by a passing control freak. Good night. Ana

Her e-mail makes me laugh out loud but it irritates me in equal measure. She’s much more sassy in print and she has a great sense of humor, but the woman needs sleep.

From: Christian Grey Subject: Stop Burning the Midnight Oil Date: May 24 2011 00:12 To: Anastasia Steele GO TO BED, ANASTASIA. Christian Grey CEO & Control Freak, Grey Enterprises Holdings, Inc.

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