Background:

Last Night (Chapters 9 and 10 of '50 Shades Freed') Ana decided to give in to Kate and go to a bar against the wishes of her security detail. In doing so she is breaking the promise she made to Christian while he is away on business in New York. She drank too much in response to Kate's revelations about Christian tightening up security for the whole Grey family. She feels patronised being kept in the dark. She is angry.

On arriving home, Jack Hyde has broken in, and in a foiled attempt to kidnap her, been caught and arrested. While Ana slept, Christian returned from New York in response to Ana's defiance in going to the bar, and has been shaken to the core when on arrival home, he learned about Hyde. He has never been so furious, or so scared. He was distant and cold this morning and struggled with his urge to "beat the shit out of her". Ana went to work. Christian and Ana had a heated email exchange about the reasons for Christians return from New York during the day, and have agreed to discuss it this evening.

My story starts just before she leaves work. (last few paragraphs of Ch 10.)

I'm not ready to go home and face Christian yet. I skipped lunch, too mad to eat. That will not go down well. Why did I have to think about that? Now I feel a little guilty. I head to the office kitchen to make myself a cup of tea and search for something to eat. I find one large, stale chocolate chip cookie at the bottom of the jar and it will have to do. I'm going to need every bit of energy before I confront my husband.

I sit back at my desk and decide to email him. The best defence is offence! A pre-emptive strike; that is what this calls for.

From: Anastasia Grey

Subject: Feeling the chill

Date: August 26 2011 5.01pm

To: Christian Grey

Christian,

I have a few things to finish up here so will be a little late home. I am telling you this so as to avoid another MASSIVE OVEREACTION.

I am pissed off with your frigid responses to me today. After last night, the last thing I want or need is a fight.

Your meltdown over my cocktail consumption seems to have blotted out the relief you SHOULD feel that we are safe and that Hyde is behind bars.

Your coldness towards me has in turn 'blotted out' any guilt I might have felt about changing my plans last night! I don't think I committed the crime of the century and I think you should be happy I'm safe, so don't start on me about the cocktails!

Ana

From: Christian Grey

Subject: Fight Night

Date: August 26 2011 5.09

To: Christian Grey

Anastasia,

We have a lot to discuss; and I don't want you feeling chilly.

You should probably take note of the following:

i) My relief at your surviving last night unharmed and with minimal trauma, (no thanks to your thoughtless disregard for my instructions) is unquantifiable.

ii) I am of course also relieved that Jack Hyde is off the streets- for now at least.

iii) Regardless, my fury at your behaviour is undiminished. You were, from what I hear, somewhat anesthetised from the full horror of last night events, with alcohol.

I had no such anaesthetic. I was going through all kinds of hell from the moment Sawyer told me you were at the Zig Zag Cafe.

It has taken me some time to recover my equilibrium.

I am now calm and see no reason to fight. You have however earned a serious talking to, which I intend to deliver this evening.

Would you mind letting me know what time I can expect you home?

Christian Grey

CEO, Grey Enterprises Holdings, Inc.

From: Anastasia Grey

Subject: Are you fucking kidding?

Date: August 26 2011 5.17pm

To: Christian Grey

You seriously think you're going to give me a 'talking to'?

Have you lost your mind? Do you think I'm 6 years old?

I have a more age appropriate suggestion. I propose a meeting this evening allowing us to CALMLY discuss YOUR issues, as ONE ADULT TO ANOTHER. Call it an enquiry if you prefer.

To Mr Christian Grey

You are cordially invited to attend the 'Cocktail-gate Enquiry'

Venue: home

Time: this evening.

Attendees: Mr C. Grey and Mrs A. Grey

I will forward an agenda in due course!

Anastasia Grey (21 YEARS OLD)

From: Christian Grey

Subject: Do I ever...

Date: August 26 2011 5.28

To: Anastasia Grey

... kid?

(And you would do well to watch your language. You are making my palm twitch.)

Re: your questions. You will be pleased to hear I have regained control of my mind after losing it for a while last night and I am fully aware of your age. Your youth and inexperience always show in your lack of judgement with regard to risk Mrs Grey.

Re: 'Cocktail-gate Enquiry'

I am prepared to accept your invitation on condition that I chair the meeting.

This is not negotiable.

I look forward you approving the agenda.

You haven't answered my question. When will you be home?

Christian Grey

CEO and Husband only barely restraining his twitchy palms, Grey Enterprises Holdings, Inc.

From: Anastasia Grey

Subject: Agenda

Date: August 26 2011 5.42pm

To: Christian Grey

Mr Chairman,

I will be home at about 7pm I guess.

I will accept your condition - of chairing the meeting - as I know your control freakery is currently running away with itself! (Maybe chairing this enquiry will help quench your thirst for total domination!)

I have put together the following agenda. I trust you will find nothing to disapprove of. I need some answers. Please review it and prepare your responses.

Agenda:

1) Charges:

What are they charging Hyde with?

2) Patronising levels of secrecy:

What do you know of Hyde's beef with your family and why don't I know about it? I am NOT A BABY

3) Turns out my thirst for a cocktail ENSURED my SAFETY more effectively than your grounding me!:

Being away from the apartment in fact saved me and Kate from God knows what ... Are you so determined to wallow in your control freakish rage at my 'disobedience' that you cannot acknowledge this fact? Give me a break... I never promised to obey - you know this!

4) Decision making:

Do you think it's reasonable to expect an educated, professional, grown up woman, to make her own decisions re 'having a cocktail', in a public bar, with 2 security personnel present? I do. Do you think it will help me make good decisions by keeping the full facts from me? Or do you think me so incapable, weak and bone headed that you need to make all my decisions for me?

5) Obedience & Forgiveness:

I needed you this morning. You were stone cold. Will you get over yourself and prove your love isn't conditional on how obedient I am?

If you hadn't been such a shit, maybe I'd have let you ease that perpetually twitchy palm of yours this evening in the bedroom and you could have taken out some of that frustration on my behind. I know you would have enjoyed that.

The way I'm feeling now, you'll be lucky to catch a GLIMPSE of my behind this side of Christmas!

6) What did you mean:

When you said I was making you question your judgement? Marrying me? Loving me? In choosing 'more'? I need to know.

7) Language:

When I see evidence that you respect my intelligence enough to equip me with the facts pertaining to OUR LIFE, perhaps the urge to use expletives will be diminished. Until that time, I will remain fucking pissed with you!

Any additions to the agenda should be submitted, in writing, no later than 6.25pm

Anastasia

From: Christian Grey

Subject: Cocktail-gate Enquiry - amendments to agenda

Date: August 26 2011 5.57

To: Anastasia Grey

I will expect you no later than 7pm and I advise you not to test me on this. Sawyer will be waiting for you.

Re: Agenda. As ever, your thoughts are forthright and enlightening however I do have comments.

Let me give you some notes to consider:

Agenda:

1) Charges:

What are they charging Hyde with? We can deal with this tonight

2) Patronising levels of secrecy:

What do you know of Hyde's beef with your family and why don't I know about it? I am NOT A BABY

I am aware you are not a baby Ana. I will explain tonight. Meantime, you've already acknowledged your behaviour was childish. Think about that Ana.

3) Turns out my thirst for a cocktail ENSURED my SAFETY more effectively than your grounding me!:

Being away from the apartment in fact saved me and Kate from God knows what ... Are you so determined to wallow in your control freakish rage at my 'disobedience' that you cannot acknowledge this fact? Give me a break... I never promised to obey - you know this!

I beg to differ!

4) Decision making:

Do you think it's reasonable to expect an educated, professional, mature woman, to make her own decisions re 'having a cocktail', in a public bar, with 2 security personel present? I do. Do you think it will help me make good decisions by keeping the facts from me? Or do you think me so incapable, weak and bone headed that you need to make all my decisions for me?

You are strong, capable and intelligent. The mind therefore boggles at lack of consideration, judgement and maturity last night and your failure to understand now why I deemed it necessary to fly home early. Incidentally, thank God I did!

5) Obedience & Forgiveness:See footnote below *

I needed you this morning when I was shocked and frightened. You were nasty. Will you get over yourself and show me you love me or is that conditional on how obedient I am?

If you hadn't been such a shit maybe I'd have let you ease that perpetually twitchy palm of yours this evening and we could have got over this by having a little fun together. The way I'm feeling now, if I don't get one hell of an apology from you, you'll be lucky to catch a GLIMPSE of my behind this side of Christmas!

Expecting obedience and TRUSTING that when you make a promise you intend to keep it, are not the same thing.

It was not disobedience that drove me home - YOU BROKE MY TRUST.

6) What did you mean:

when you said I was making you question your judgement? Marrying me? Loving me? In choosing 'more'?

I love you unconditionally. Being married to you IS my life - I can't bare to imagine our life before more. If these things were not true, I would not be feeling what I am feeling; the old Christian would simply be disciplining you without explanation.

7) Language:

When I see evidence that you respect my intelligence enough to equip me with the facts pertaining to OUR LIFE, perhaps the urge to use expletives will be diminished. Until that time, I with remain fucking pissed with you!

Your intelligence has never been in doubt, just your common sense, your judgement and your maturity in matters of your own wellbeing. Your flagrant use of bad language in your recent exchanges with me serves to illustrate the issues you are having with judgement and maturity. You are certainly risking the wellbeing of your behind.

* Footnote:

I suggest we strike 5) Obedience & Forgiveness

and replace with: 5) Misbehaviour and Your Behind

I look forward to our meeting Anastasia.

Christian Grey

CEO, and Chairman of the "Cocktail-gate Enquiry" Grey Enterprises Holdings, Inc.