Ana's P.O.V

It's been almost a week since the ball and Amy's school starts in two days and I think I'm gonna go crazy in this apartment. I silently walk over to Christian's study and knock.

"Yes?"

I walk inside and see his eyes glued to the computer screen, "Would you stop working please? You've been here for the past… 3 hours. I'm getting bored." I make a gloomy face to make sure I get his attention.

"Bored huh, let's see what I can do about that."

He comes over to me and hugs me from behind, kisses my neck and breathes against it making me shiver with excitement.

"Amy starts school in 2 days and I'm the one who's nervous."

"Why?" he moves his head so he can look at me.

"Because, I don't know if she'll fit in or… you know"

"Hmm" he just snuggles into my neck and closes his eyes.

"Christian, I was thinking of going back to work, applying to SIP and then, I'll see."

"You mean Grey Publishing."

"Yes, Grey Publishing," I said with a slight humor in my voice.

"But why Baby?"

"I'm gonna die of suffocation in this apartment especially after Amy goes to school, I'd be so lonely."

"Your choice baby"

"Phew."

"What?" he says as he frowns.

"Well, I thought you were gonna give me that lecture, of how I need to rest and you're gonna take care of everything."

"Well, I know how you feel about working."

"By the way Christian, did you find out who bid on me on the Ball? It's really freaking me out because Elena…" But before I could finish my sentence Christian put his finger on my lips and gave me a kiss.

"Don't worry your mind with these foolish things. Come, let's have dinner."


Dinner was relatively quiet except for Amy's excitement about returning to school.

The next two days past quickly and before we know it I and Christian are dropping Amy off, to school and unlike most other kids, she is very happy about this. Next stop is 'Grey Publishing'; my first day of work after a long time.

Roach interviewed me yesterday and instead of an 'Assistant' I will be the Editor itself. Christian did suggest that he'd just get me the job and I won't have to do an interview, but I won't listen to any of that nonsense.

I enter the building but not after giving Christian kiss, and am greeted by my assistant Hannah. I enter my office where I see a beautiful bouquet of my favorite flowers. I pick them up and read the note;

"Good Luck on your first day of work… Christian."

I smiled at them and placed back.

"I could get a vase for them."

I nodded at Hannah's suggestion and also requested for tea. I sat down and looked at the stack of manuscripts which told me that today is going to be long day. I turned on my computer and noticed an email from Christian.


From: Christian Grey

Subject: Hungry (for you)

Date: Jan 2nd, 2016

To: Anastasia Steele

Hope you got my flowers Miss. Steele. Right now I'm sitting in a meeting with some Chinese wondering when I'll be able to escape and take you out for lunch.

Christian Grey,

Helpless CEO Grey Enterprises Holdings Inc.


From: Anastasia Steele

Subject: All in good time

Date: Jan 2nd, 2016

To: Christian Grey

Yes, I got the flowers; very pretty. I'm quite busy too, going through my first manuscript, got 3 more. But I really look forward to lunch with you.

Anastasia Steele

Awaiting Editor, Grey Publishing.


From: Christian Grey

Subject: Are you…

Date: Jan 2nd, 2016

To: Anastasia Steele

…throwing your words at me? When shall I pick you up? ;)

Christian Grey,

Amused CEO, Grey Enterprises Holdings Inc.


From: Anastasia Steele

Subject: Maybe

Date: Jan 2nd, 2016

To: Christian Grey

Pick me up at 1:30.

Anastasia Steele

Waiting Editor, Grey Publishing.


I love care-free Christian!


The rest of the day passed quickly and exactly at 1:30 sharp; I got a text message from Christian, saying that he was waiting for me outside the building. I gathered my stuff, exited the building and saw him standing next his car with his elbow resting on the car roof whilst talking on the phone.

I went over behind him and gave him a kiss on the cheek taking him by surprise. He turns around, smiles at me and gives me a kiss on the lips.

"Shall we?" he says whilst opening the passenger door of his car.

We both sit in the car and drive over to the nearby restaurant where we get seated.

"I already ordered; I hope you don't mind?"

I just shake my head, as the waitress comes with a bottle of red wine and pours it in our glasses.

"So how was your first day at work?"

"Good, I'm really happy that I made the decision of coming back to work."

He just nods and we sit in silence until the same waitress returns with our food.

"How was your meeting?"

"It was good. We've really got a good deal there."

I just smiled at that and continued eating. We sat there savoring the taste of the food and no one said anything.

Why is he so quiet?

"Christian", "Ana"

We both addressed each other at same time.

"You go first, Christian."

"I'd prefer, you go first"

"Well, Christian, I've been wondering; what did you do in those past torturous four years?"

"That's actually a very good question."

"Christian, just answer it."

"To be honest, I did nothing, nothing but waiting for you, searching for you. I longed for you every day. You could say I became dysfunctional. I didn't eat, I didn't work; I did nothing. It pained me to know that you were gone, Ana. I… My mom said I became the same Christian that she adopted all those years ago…" That's when he fell silent and swallowed a lump in his throat.

"I'm so sorry for bringing up the subject. What did you want to ask?"

He just shakes his head, "Nothing."

"Christian, please ask me anything you want. Come on."

But before he could speak, my phone buzzed and it was a text message from Hannah saying Roach was calling me. I immediately glanced at the clock and noticed it was quarter to 3.

Shit! I had to be back by two thirty.

"Is everything alright?"

"No, I have to go back, Roach is asking for me. I should've returned fifteen minutes ago."

He quickly pays for the meal and we return back at Grey Publishing.


"See you later," and with that Christian gives me a kiss making me forget everything we talked about earlier.

I was about to deepen the kiss when I phone started ringing.

"You should go."

I nodded, exited the car and as soon as I entered the building Hannah signaled me to go to Roach's office.

I first apologized for being late and then we started discussing one of the manuscripts that I edited earlier. After the meeting I returned back to my office, slumped into the chair and as soon as I opened the next manuscript, my phone started buzzing madly and so did my computer, alerting me that I had new messages and e-mails.

I first attended the phone and saw someone had flooded my inbox. I then diverted my attention towards my computer and same was the case. I went through almost all of the messages and e-mails and all were from an Anonymous person and had the same two words that frightened me.

Prick Tease.


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