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airport.” “What? Can’t Mom do that, or Dad?” “No. Mom called me this morning.” “Then I guess that settles it. You never told me how you got on with Ana? Did you f—” “Good-bye, Elliot.” I hang up. It’s none of his business and there’s an e-mail waiting for me.

From: Anastasia Steele Subject: 2011—Women Can Drive Date: May 24 2011 18:40 To: Christian Grey Sir, I have a car. I can drive. I would prefer to meet you somewhere. Where shall I meet you? At your hotel at 7:00? Ana

How irritating. I write back immediately.

From: Christian Grey Subject: Stubborn Young Women Date: May 24 2011 18:43 To: Anastasia Steele Dear Miss Steele, I refer to my e-mail dated May 24, 2011, sent at 1:27, and the definition contained therein. Do you ever think you’ll be able to do what you’re told? Christian Grey CEO, Grey Enterprises Holdings, Inc.

Her response is slow, which does nothing for my mood.

From: Anastasia Steele Subject: Intractable Men Date: May 24 2011 18:49 To: Christian Grey

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