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A few minutes pass and once I’m convinced she’s gone to bed, persuaded by my capital letters, I head into my bedroom. I take my laptop just in case she replies again. Once in bed, I grab my book and read. After half an hour I give up. I can’t concentrate; my mind keeps straying to Ana, how she was this evening, and her e-mail. I need to remind her of what I expect from our relationship. I don’t want her getting the wrong idea. I’ve strayed too far from my goal. “Are you going to come and help Ana with the move?” Kavanagh’s words remind me that unrealistic expectations have been set. Perhaps I could help them move? No. Stop now, Grey. Opening my laptop, I read through her “Issues” e-mail again. I need to manage her expectations and try to find the right words to express how I feel. Finally, I’m inspired.

From: Christian Grey Subject: Your Issues Date: May 24 2011 01:27 To: Anastasia Steele Dear Miss Steele, Following my more thorough examination of your issues, may I bring to your attention the definition of submissive. submissive [suhb-mis-iv]—adjective 1. inclined or ready to submit; unresistingly or humbly obedient: submissive servants. 2. marked by or indicating submission: a submissive reply. Origin: 1580–90; submiss + -ive Synonyms: 1. tractable, compliant, pliant, amenable. 2. passive, resigned, patient, docile, tame, subdued. Antonyms: 1. rebellious, disobedient. Please bear this in mind for our meeting on Wednesday. Christian Grey CEO, Grey Enterprises Holdings, Inc.

That’s it. I hope she’ll find it amusing, but it gets my point across. With that thought, I switch off my bedside light and fall asleep and dream. His name is Lelliot. He’s bigger than me. He laughs. And smiles. And shouts. And talks all the time. He talks all the time to Mommy and Daddy. He is my brother. Why don’t you

E l james grey  

Fifty Shades of Grey

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