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I want her. I want her submission…badly. She swallows, glancing nervously up at me. How can I persuade her to give this a try? I should reassure her, show her that I’m capable of caring. “Is there anything you’d like to add?” Deep down I hope she won’t add anything. I want carte blanche with her. She stares at me, still at a loss for words. It’s irritating. I’m not used to waiting for answers. “Is there anything you won’t do?” I prompt. “I don’t know.” Not the response I was expecting. “What do you mean you don’t know?” She shifts in her seat, looking uncomfortable, her teeth toying with her bottom lip. Again. “I’ve never done anything like this.” Hell, of course she hasn’t. Patience, Grey. For fuck’s sake. You’ve thrown a great deal of information at her. I continue my gentle approach. It’s novel. “Well, when you’ve had sex, was there anything that you didn’t like doing?” And I’m reminded of the photographer fumbling all over her yesterday. She flushes and my interest is piqued. What has she done that she didn’t like? Is she adventurous in bed? She seems so—innocent. Normally I don’t find that attractive. “You can tell me, Anastasia. We have to be honest with each other or this isn’t going to work.” I really have to encourage her to loosen up—she won’t even talk about sex. She’s squirming again and staring at her fingers. Come on, Ana. “Tell me,” I order. Sweet Lord, she’s frustrating. “Well, I’ve not had sex before, so I don’t know,” she whispers. The earth stops spinning. I don’t fucking believe it. How? Why? Fuck! “Never?” I’m incredulous. She shakes her head, eyes wide. “You’re a virgin?” I don’t believe it. She nods, embarrassed. I close my eyes. I can’t look at her. How the hell did I get this so wrong? Anger lances through me. What can I do with a virgin? I glare at her as fury surges through my body. “Why the fuck didn’t you tell me?” I growl, and start pacing my study. What do I want with a virgin? She shrugs apologetically, at a loss for words. “I don’t understand why you didn’t tell me.” The exasperation is clear in my voice.

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