Chapter 3

How did I get here? I'm sitting in my car, in front of Grace's home.

*TAP TAP TAP*

Christian? I roll down my window.

"Forget something?" He says.

"Thanks?" I grab the bag from him. Our hands touch again and then a flash.

What the hell? I'm laying back, propped up on my forearms, on the hood of the black R8. Christian is standing in front of me.

"I want you, Anastasia. Here. Right now." Christian growls. He has a hungry look on his face and I'm his main course. He licks his lips as he loosens his tie and starts to unbutton his shirt, pulling it wide open. I can see his chiseled body.

Damn, he's sexy. Wait, what are you thinking Ana? Snap out of it. You're with Jose and you love him. I want to run, get out of here. But I can't move.

He starts to pull down his pants, then his boxers. He looks down and smirks. He's hard and ready. I look down at my body and I'm naked. When did this happen? He lowers himself and he's on top of me.

"I'm going to fuck you, hard, Anastasia." I feel him at my entrance and I moan. "Ready baby?" His warm breath is tickling my ear. He slowly starts to sink himself into me.

"Shit." I sit up fast. I'm back in my bed. Thank God! I can make out Jose's body sleeping next to me. It was a dream. Why the fuck am I dreaming about Christian? I look at the clock on my bedside table. It's still early, 6:15. I lay back down and wrap my arm around Jose. He stirs and starts to turn around to face me. I am met with hypnotic grey eyes.

"Christian? How did you get in here? Where's Jose?" I'm so confused.

"Anastasia, I told you i was going to fuck you." Our faces are close enough that the tip of our noses are touching. He licks my lips.

"Babe, wake up. You overslept." I can feel Jose shaking me. "You're going to be late for work."

"Huh." My eyes fly open. Jose is sitting on the edge of the bed, staring at me.

"Get up and get ready for work." He stands up. "I made some breakfast for you. So hurry up." He walks out of the room.

All I can do is lay there, covering my face with my arms. That was one hell of a dream. It felt so real. But it wasn't. You shouldn't be thinking about Christian, let alone dreaming about him. I throw my arms down beside me on the bed. I grab the blanket and throw it off of me, get up and head into the bathroom.

...

"Thanks. That was delicious, babe." I look at my watch to check the time, 7:30. Ray gave me this watch when I graduated high school. It's old and a knock off Rolex, but I love it. "Shit, I gotta run." I get up and kiss Jose. "See ya."


I make it with a minute to spare. I turn on my computer and put away my purse. I decide to grab a cup of tea before Matt gets in. I hear my phone beep just as I'm about to go to the coffee room for my tea.

-I'm in the area today
lunch?

-sure, I would love
to

-I'll wait for you in
front. 12?

-perfect. see ya
then :)

-see ya ;)

I am so excited to see her. I can't wait till lunch time. It's been a while. I fill my cup with hot water, grab a tea packet and head back to my desk.

Matt has arrived and is already in his office. I put down my cup and packet on my desk. I grab the manuscript and his messages and peek into his office.

"Morning Matt." He doesn't answer. His chair is turned, facing the window. "Matt!" I say a little louder. He probably didn't hear me the first time.

"I'm sorry Ana banana." He spins around in his chair. "How are ya this morning?" He still has that solemn look on his face from yesterday before I left. I place everything on his desk in front of him. "Thanks."

"What's wrong?" I'm really concerned. I've never seen him this upset before. Two days in a row.

He motions me to close the door and take a seat. This can't be good. He stands up and starts to pace the room. I follow him around with my eyes, trying to figure out what's eating him. He sighs and starts to speak.

"I received an email this morning from Frank." Frank is Matt's boss. "Seems as though the rumors were true. The company has been bought out. We have a meeting next Wednesday with the new owner."

"So what's the problem?"

"I don't know what's going to be said at this meeting. I'm just worried, that's all."

"I think you're taking it too serious. Don't worry, if they decide to give me your job, I'll turn them down." I giggle.

"Ha ha. Funny. Get back to work." He points to the door.

"Fine. I was going to do that anyway." I smile and he finally has a genuine smile on his face.

...

Today has been much busier then yesterday. Matt has been receiving a lot more calls. I can only assume to talk to him about the new change in ownership. So to lighten up his workload he's been emailing me a few more pages to edit for him.

I'm in the middle of editing a page when I hear my phone beep.

-ready?

I didn't realize how late it was. I must have really been on a roll with all the work.

-I'll be out. Give me
2 min's

-k, hurry up
:p

I throw my phone into my purse and sling it over my shoulder. I knock on Matt's door.

"Yes."

I open the door and Matt has his phone to his ear.

"Hold on a sec. Yeah Ana?" He asks.

"I'm stepping out for lunch today. I'll be back in an hour. Will you be ok without me?"

"Yeah, yeah. Just hurry back." He grins.


"Hey, I've missed you." I hug Kate tight.

"Me too." She holds me at an arms length. "Domestic life suits you Steele. Jose's made an honest woman out of you." She teases.

"Thanks. You don't look so bad yourself." She's dressed casual for our lunch date. Jeans and a black, form fitted, cotton long sleeve shirt, and some black flats. Usually she would be in a pant suit or pencil skirt and blouse and some killer heels. The life of a journalist. "What do you feel like eating?"

"Let's just go to the cafe across the street." She loops her arm through mine and cross the street.

We grab a corner booth and order our food.

"What's new?" She props her elbow on the table and rests her chin in her palm. I know what she's getting ready to do. Interrogate me. Typical Kate.

"Nothing much. You know me. I live a boring life." I looking every where but at her. If I do, she's going to know something is up. She always has a way of knowing when something is wrong with me. Even if I act normal. "What's new with you?"

"Plain old work. You know how that goes." She raises an eyebrow. "How are you and Jose doing?"

"We're doing great. I think the move has brought us even closer together. I like being able to wake up next to him." I take a sip of my water.

"Mhmm. Like? Don't you mean love being able to wake up next to him?"

"Are we having a bff lunch or an interrogation?" I snap at her.

"Hey Steele, I was just asking. Don't get all defensive." She raises her arms in defeat. "I just want to know how you two are doing. That's all." She leans in closer. "Are you sure nothing else is bothering you? We are best friends. You know you can always tell me anything, right?"

She can always find a way to make me feel guilty. "Yes, I know Kate. It's just that..." I don't know if I should mention to her anything about Christian. "It's nothing. Everything is great. I'm just happy to be here having lunch with you." I offer her a half smile.

"Anastasia Rose Steele. If I didn't know any better, there's something you're hiding from me. You better tell me. Right now!" She's giving me the Kate stare down. I know she means business.

"Fine Kate. But I'm telling you, it's nothing." I lean back into the booth. "Last Saturday, Jose had a job. It was for Dr. Trevelyan Grey's charity..." Kate cuts me off.

"Coping Together. He landed that?" I nod. "Wow. Good for Jose." I give her my can-I-continue-face. "Sorry. Go on." She picks up her sandwich and takes a bite. Her eyes are glued to me.

"You know I help him out when he needs it. So I tagged along. To get to the point of this story, Christian, Grace's son, bumped into me and I fell. He helped me up and this weird feeling shot through me. But I was a bitch to him and he was sort of a jerk to me."

"Christian? As in Christian Grey. The Christian Grey, billionaire?"

"Yes, that one." I roll my eyes. "Then yesterday I went back to Grace's to pick up Jose's camera bag. He forgotten it on Saturday. But when I went back to my car, of course I forgot to get it. So Grace had Christian bring it out to me." I stop and she's staring at me to continue.

"And.."

"Well, our hands touched and the same feeling spread throughout my whole body. I can't explain it." I shake my head, confused. "There's more."

"Spit it out."

"I had a sex dream about him this morning." I'm embarrassed to tell her. I can feel myself blushing in front of her. I look down at my knotted fingers.

"Really? That's hot. Was it good at least?" She laughs.

"Whatever. What do you think it means?" I ask her, hoping she can give me the answer.

"I don't know what to tell you Steele. I've never had anything like that happen to me before. Especially with a billionaire."

"I just met this guy... and I..." My eyes are starting to get teary. "I feel so bad for even thinking about him, Kate. I love Jose..." I bury my face into my hands. I feel her sit next to me, wrapping her arms around me.

"Hey, Ana. It's ok. You didn't do anything bad. It's not like you cheated on Jose. Thinking and doing are two different things." Her voice is soothing.

I pull back and look at her. "You're right. I'm never going to see him again anyways. I sniffle. "Thanks. You always know how to make me feel better."

"That's what I'm here for. Now, let's talk about something else." She smiles, wiping a tear away from my cheek with a napkin.

...

"We have to do this again soon Steele." We're walking back across the street.

"Of course Kavanagh." We hug. I stand there and watch her walk to her car. She turns and I wave. "Bye." I mouth. She gets in her car and drives off.

I hear a beep. Of course it's my phone. I check it while walking back to my office.

-Ana, u never

texted me when u

went 2 lunch

-sorry. had lunch

with Kate.

-how is she?

-good. I'll tell u

about it when I

get home. back

at work.

-ok. love u :*

-u too :*


Today has been exhausting. Pages upon pages of editing at work and more to take home. Also, lunch with Kate was draining. But I'm glad to get everything I was feeling off my chest. I could never tell Jose any of what I told Kate.

All I want to do is get home and snuggle on the couch with Jose. That should make me feel better.

When I get home, I notice his car is not in his usual parking spot.

"Jose, you home?" I say walking into the apartment. No answer.

I decide to change into some sweats and a shirt and get dinner ready when he gets home. Grilled lemon pepper chicken breast, mashed potatoes and some steamed broccoli.

When I come out of our room, I hear a ping from my phone in my purse. It's an email, most likely Matt. No one emails me unless its work. I get my phone out and check who it is. What the hell? How did he get my email? Before I can open it and read it, I feel strong arms wrap around my waist.

"Ahh!" I yelp.

"Hey sexy. It's just me." Jose whispers into my ear. "What are you doing?" I close down my email, to read it later placing it face down on the counter. I wiggle myself out of his arms.

"Nothing. I was just about to start dinner. Where have you been?" I walk over to the refrigerator to pull out everything I need.

"Well, Grace called me for a little meeting at her home today."

"Oh, what did she want?" I ask curiously.

"She's having a surprise party in 3 weeks. And guess who she asked to be the photographer for the party?" He says arrogantly.

"You?"

"Yup. Me!" He's beaming. "And Grace wants you to come too. Not as my assistant though. She wants you as a guest."

"That's great. How fun." I act excited. "Is it Carrick's birthday?"

"No, it's Christian's." He leans down, giving me a kiss. "I'm going to go change. When I come back, I'll tell you all the details." And he walks to the bedroom.

"Ah shit." I murmur.


A/N: Hey guys! Hope you like this new chapter. Let me know what you think. You guys are great! Thanks guys!

And also...

Rachel, I think it's possible for Ana to feel something with Christian even though she loves Jose. You could probably feel it in real life. It might not be how the books describe it, but it can be close to it.

egyptianeyes, thank you for asking about Kate. Helped me to write out this chapter! ;)