Mending Dr. Steele: Chapter 72—Think Before You Act

I do not own Fifty Shades Trilogy or the characters. They belong to E. L. James. I am only exercising my right to exploit, abuse, and mangle the characters to MY discretion in MY story in MY interpretation as a fan. I hope you—as a fellow fan—enjoy it, too.

Chapter 72—Think Before You Act

CHRISTIAN

I don’t know how much time has passed before my thoughts are interrupted by a knock at the door. I look up and see Charles looking at me through the glass. I sit up and wave him in.

“Excuse me. Ana wants her phone.” Damn, she won’t even come downstairs to get her phone. I gesture towards the bedroom.

“It’s on the charger… on the floor, near the bed.” He gestures to the bedroom.

“May I?” he asks. I nod. He disappears into the bedroom for a few moments and emerges with Butterfly’s phone. He gives me a tight nod and heads for the door.

“Do I really fuck up that much?” I ask before he gets the chance to close it. He turns around.

“Sir, I’m already skating on thin ice here. I think it’s best that I keep my personal feelings separate from my job. It makes things easier and more professional.”

“Don’t give me that, Charles,” I say with no malice. “You and Ana are friends. She may not tell you her deep, dark secrets, but there are some days where you spend more time with her than I do.” He folds his arms.

“How do you expect me to answer that?” he asks. “You can’t answer that question ‘yes’ or ‘no’ without some kind of explanation. Even if I did have an answer for you, how do you suggest I tell my boss that he fucked up in any way? Man, you fired me—for something that wasn’t even my fault—and I didn’t protest. I just turned around and walked away. Now, I’m waiting to see if I’m still going to be employed when we get back to Seattle…”

“You’re not getting fired, Charles,” I say, exasperated.

“Well, that’s really good to hear because I really like this job, so thank you, sir. Having said that, how do you suggest I handle this particular situation… you know, now that I’ve got my job back and all?”

This man is logical to a fault. He’s right, though. That was a dumb and inappropriate question for me to ask him and I can’t possibly expect him to answer it. I nod and wave him off, dismissing him with Butterfly’s phone and go back to whatever I was looking at on my laptop.

I don’t know how long I sit there trying to work and kicking myself wondering what I can possibly do to fix what I’ve done. There has been no sound from upstairs in the villa after the big “splash” and with everything going on right now, I feel like pure shit that I have made her feel this way… again. I mean, I didn’t do anything again per se, but my prior actions now have future consequences because I wasn’t forthcoming with some very vital information. I’m stiff and I am now sitting here in the dark, so I know that a considerable amount of time has passed and Butterfly refuses to emerge from whatever safe place she has escaped to. I find myself in front of the computer typing out an email.

To: Anastasia Steele-Grey
Subject: Alpha-male, Dominant, Control-freak, Idiot
Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 20:16
From: Christian Grey

I’m so sorry. I’ll never do this again. I hope that I haven’t shaken your trust in me, although I can’t see how it could still be intact after this. I trust you implicitly and I should have proven it better that night. I let my foolish insecurities get in the way and I’m fully aware of the detrimental consequences my actions have had and could have had. I hope in time that you will forgive me and trust that I understand the grave mistake that I made.

Christian Grey, (doesn’t know who he is without you right now)

I put my head down and continue to ponder my current situation. I have no one to blame but myself right now. I raise my head to the screen when I hear the signal that I have an email.

To: Christian Grey
Subject: Pretty Words
Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 20:21
From: Anastasia Steele-Grey

Those are very pretty words, Christian, but they’re doing very little to ease how I’m feeling right now. For the first time, I’m feeling like I don’t know who you are and I don’t know what to do with these feelings. I feel like a specimen in a Petri dish. You keep adding different elements to see how I’m going to react and I can’t take it anymore. I’m all for testing our limits in the bedroom, but you test my limits on every level and I can’t be pulled to the extremes every moment of my life. You’re my husband and I need to find comfort in you, not worry about your motives every time you act. Things are rough right now and they are only going to get rougher, and the one place that I found solace, you took it away.

Dr. Anastasia Steele-Grey, Assistant Director, Helping Hands of Seattle

Her words cut like a knife. I feel a huge lump in my throat and the pygmies are stabbing me in my chest with tiny little spears that shoot pain through to my soul. This is it. This is the thing that I kept seeing. This is me losing her. Jason was right. She’ll never trust me again. I can’t possibly fuck up any bigger than this. This is what I saw. This is what I was worried about that night when we parted right before the bachelor night and instead of avoiding it, I facilitated it. I feel like my throat is closing. I can’t breathe. Why is it that every time I feel like I’m losing Butterfly, I lose my breath? It’s because she is my breath. She’s my life’s blood and I’ve alienated her forever.

What the hell is wrong with me that I can’t seem to leave well enough alone? I go to our bedroom and lie down in the bed, fully-clothed, hoping that sleep will come and get me quickly and chase away the anxiety attack that I feel coming on.

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I’m blessed that sleep found me fairly quickly last night—not so blessed that I awoke in bed alone this morning. I was even more cursed by the nightmares that I had last night. The worst one involved jumping or falling off a cliff. I fell backwards and Butterfly was standing at the top of the cliff watching me fall, her hands to her sides and her blue and white dress blowing in the wind. She has no expression on her face, but tears are streaming down her cheeks. I watch her body at the top of the cliff going further and further away from me as I fall, and I don’t fear dying. I fear seeing the image of her become smaller and smaller until I can’t see her anymore. That’s the image that caused me to wake in the middle of the night in a cold sweat with tears in my eyes, unable to breathe. I don’t even remember if I hit the bottom.

I’m floundering and Butterfly won’t even throw me a bone.

I climb out of bed and relieve myself, then go to the kitchen for coffee. She must have slept in one of the other villas last night since she didn’t come to bed. I have a splitting headache and I don’t know if there’s any ibuprofen in this place. There’s coffee already in the pot. I don’t remember setting the coffee maker last night. I was so wiped out, God only knows. I pour myself a cup and take a drink. I should probably eat. I skipped dinner last night and that could be the cause of my headache.

A flash of movement to my right makes me turn my head, and there she stands. She’s beautiful except… she’s wearing the same dress that she was wearing in my dream!


ANASTASIA

I can’t believe he would stoop so low as to have someone spy on me at my hen party! Has this been the case all this time? Has there been someone watching me all along without my knowledge and reporting my every move back to him? Chuck seemed completely horrified by the idea and by the sound of the screaming that was coming from our villa, I’m certain that Jason had nothing to do with it either. Is that why we have Meathead and Norbert with us, extra eyes for Ana? Shit, how can I believe anything he’s said to me now that I know this?

I read over the email again that he sent me last night. It looks like an apology letter that he would send to one of his companies or clients or something for a clerical error—Do forgive us for charging you $50,000 instead of $5,000. We are terribly sorry and will never make the mistake again. Yeah, right.

I’m going to explore the village a bit today… without His Highness! I’ve seen some beautiful roads and walkways and the architecture is wonderful as well. I just want to walk around and be alone. Chuck and Keri are going with me so that they can spend some time together. That will give me the opportunity to be alone with my thoughts. I’m comfortably dressed in a blue and white chevron strapless maxi dress and a pair of comfy wedges. I have my sneakers in my backpack along with my camera, phone, wallet and water. When I go to the kitchen to get a cup of coffee, I am greeted with an unwelcome surprise.

He looks like hell and he’s wearing the same clothes that he was wearing yesterday. He was burrowed under the blanket when I came in last night to get clothes and toiletries before sleeping in the other master bedroom. He looked like he was freezing and shivering, but I was too pissed off to care—kind of like right now. Well, I’m not really pissed off like I was last night. I’m just hurt, confused, maybe a little angry… but most of all, I feel betrayed.

Fuck the coffee.

“Ana…” He sounds tired and a bit weak. I would normally be a bit concerned, but I don’t want to be concerned right now. I just need to be away from him. I need to be alone to think and I don’t want to say anything to hurt his feelings.

“I need to be away from you right now.” I turn to leave.

“You’re running,” he says impassively. I turn back to face him… so much for not hurting his feelings.

“I am not running!” I hiss through clenched teeth. “And I will not allow you to use that against me when I don’t want to be in your presence!” I glare at him and await his response. It’s easy to see that he immediately sees his mistake and decides to keep quiet. I break my glare from him and march out of the villa and up the stairs to the main floor. As I am walking away, I hear a small crash and I assume that he either dropped his coffee or threw it somewhere. I get to the main floor where Jason, Chuck, and Keri are all waiting for me.

“Uh oh,” Chuck says. “I know that look.”

“There’s no ‘uh oh.’ I’m ready to go when you are.” I turn to Jason. “You might want to go down there and check on your boss. I heard a crash on my way upstairs.” Jason frowns.

“What kind of crash?” he asks.

“A ‘cup hitting the wall’ kind of crash,” I respond. He shakes his head.

“He’s about to spiral,” he says, leaning down to me. “I saw it yesterday and now you’re leaving without him, so I know that things haven’t gotten any better. He’s an asshole, but try not to be too hard on him—not trying to tell you how to feel or anything.” He adds that last part as a defense to his statement.

“I love that you care for him so much, but he was so wrong this time. If there was ever any doubt that he was ever wrong about anything that he has ever done before, there’s no doubt here. I can chalk Flynngate up to a bad judgment call. I can even excuse postponing the wedding based on an impulse action and, let’s just say, lack of information. Even his actions on the night of the hen party—even though no one seemed to know that he was there or what he did—I can write off as the actions of the Neanderthal that we all know and love… but this? The spying? Wrong in 10 different ways and unacceptable on every level.” I enforce. Jason gets this look on his face like his stomach is turning. “You knew he was there.” I can tell by the look on his face.

“Hold on there, Killer,” he says, putting his hand up defensively. “I only knew after the fact and not in an official capacity. I only knew in the capacity of the best man who kept asking him if anything had happened that would result in a canceled wedding and he said ‘no.’ I have no idea what happened, nor do I want to know.” I twist my lips at him and he doesn’t budge. Yeah, he’s telling the truth.

“Well, either way, I don’t want to talk about this anymore. I just want to go do a little sightseeing on this lovely island and forget this for one day,” I say. Chuck nods and takes Keri’s hand. As he’s leading her to the door, Jason catches my hand.

“Just remember this,” he says in a low voice as I turn around to face him. “This is your honeymoon, and in all of the years that I’ve known that man, I can say without a doubt that you are his only weakness.”

I twist my lips at his words, not because I don’t believe him, but because that’s not what I wanted to hear right now, leaving the villa without him and seeing him in the state that I saw him in this morning. I wordlessly leave Jason standing in the courtyard and go to join Chuck and Keri.

Although I have seen some of the villages when Christian and I went on our hike on Monday, there’s a lot that I didn’t see. It’s easy to lose yourself in the tiny villages and the landscape, especially since we are sitting on top of a mountain… or a volcano, I should say. We toured a hotel that was once the cave dwellings of the early settlers to Santorini. Christian and I saw some of the original caves during our hike, but these have been redone and completely converted. I even got to see a beautiful sitting room that was once actually a donkey stable. There is a hole in the ceiling—now filled in, of course—where the villagers used to throw the food down to the donkeys to keep from having to walk down the cliff to the stables.

I’ve noticed that except for the opulence of certain areas like our hotel in Athens, living here is very simple and clean. Nothing is really excessive, but everything is very beautiful. There is a lot of climbing on the narrow streets, which is good since I’m particularly fit and really want to burn off a bit of this blubber butt that I’ve acquired. I take pictures of more quaint villas and houses, friendly locals, and spectacular views.

After lunch, we take a bus tour to see some of the highlights of the area. I can see Chuck messaging Jason and in my mind’s eye, I can see Christian having a fucking conniption that I am on a bus in a strange land. Mr. Christian Grey couldn’t be bothered to take a bus tour with the locals. Oh, no, there will be none of that. Well, shove it up your nose, Grey.

During our tour, we see a Greek monastery up on one of the many hills of Santorini. We also see the ruins of Akrotiri. This is not like the Acropolis or even Agora. Akrotiri was once a large city that was buried when the volcano erupted in 1500 B.C. Only a small fraction of the city is unearthed so far, and we got to see many of the original items that we saw in the Archaeological Museum. This is where the colorful frescoes were found.

There are houses and streets and village squares and even a building that historians think is the administrative center of the town according to our tour guide. Some of the houses are two and three stories high covered in ash and pumice released from an explosion that resulted in several months of darkness. Now we get to see the ruins of what some archaeologists believe are the lost city of Atlantis. I personally always thought Atlantis was an underwater city, but hey—who am I to argue with the experts?

Our tour ends at the black beach, which is really black pebbles caused by the volcanic eruptions. Once again, I find myself on an island, temporarily estranged from my boyfriend—well, husband now, looking out at the water that seems to make everything so clear.

I want my aquarium… but I digress.

Why didn’t he trust me? What did he think I would do when his back was turned? Did he really think I was that untrustworthy or that irresponsible that he needed to have someone there spying on me? He knew that it was wrong. That’s why he didn’t involve Chuck or Jason, but that didn’t stop him. He did it even though he knew that it wasn’t right. How can I trust him anymore?

I think that’s the biggest problem for me, the whole sense of betrayal. I didn’t run away screaming either time his subs showed up, or when he told me about the third who offered herself to him on a silver platter. The only other man who really loved me—or so I thought—is behind bars, but he has 12 others that could come out of the woodwork at any time. If anybody should be leery at all about someone’s possible behaviors, I should be more leery about his than him about mine… but I’m not! Why—because I trust him! Why couldn’t he extend that same trust to me?

I told him before any of this happened that I didn’t want to feel like I was on a leash, that I didn’t want to lose my freedom and independence. That’s exactly what he’s trying to do. Now I hear the words of that Ringhold bitch coming back to me from my reception talking about me being Lady Grey and no longer having my own identity. Maybe she really was trying to warn me of events to come. In her bitterness, maybe she really was just trying to tell me to beware of the powerful man who will try to turn you into little wife and take away everything that once made me independent.

That can’t be true. Christian has never tried to squash me or my dreams or anything I believe in—but if that’s the case, then why the spying? I ponder that question as I stand, once again, with my feet in the sea letting the water soothe my aching mind and soul.

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It’s late when we return to the villa after a wonderful dinner at one of the restaurants in Oia. Chuck and Keri cuddled as we watched the sunset and I was glad that someone in our group was able to enjoy the sunset with someone they love. Jason has been a really good sport about this whole thing and I really want to suggest flying Gail in for the last leg of the honeymoon, but I think that may be pushing it. I’m tired and I want to go to sleep, but I’m not sure that I want to face Christian right now. Jason, however, is waiting for us when we get back.

“What’s going on?” I ask him as soon as I see him. He nods to Chuck, who returns his nod before he and Keri retire to his villa.

“You need to talk to him.”

“Jason…” I begin my protest.

“Ana, I’m going to overstep my boundaries, here, but I’m doing this as a friend and I hope you’ll understand and forgive me.” He called me Ana. This is serious. “I don’t know what you’ve done to this man, but he goes into full-blown mourning when he thinks he’s lost you and nobody can stop him. I’ve seen you two argue and go to your corners and come back hours later or days later, work it out, and everything is okay. But when he thinks he’s lost you, he goes from mogul to zero in no time flat. That’s your power over him. It’s the most powerful weapon in your arsenal and it cuts him down to nothing.”

“I… I’ve never used this as a weapon against him! I didn’t even know…”

“Now you do,” he interrupts me, “and whether you intend to use it as a weapon or not, that’s what it is.” He drops his chin to his chest and shakes his head. “Ana, I’ve seen this man cut down more in the last year than in all of the years that I’ve worked for him. I can imagine I would probably feel the same way if I thought that I was losing Gail, but I’ve had my heart broken before and I survived it. I don’t think he could. I think that you two are going to be old birds that stay together forever, then die within a month of each other because you can’t stand to be apart. I’m not telling you to forgive what he’s done and forget it, because I haven’t forgotten it. I am saying that you wield a very powerful sword over a very powerful man, and I just need you to know that.” I sigh heavily and drop my shoulders.

“Why does this responsibility always seem to fall on me?” I ask. “He does something wrong, I get upset, he goes into mourning, and I have to fix it.”

“It’s the nature of the beast,” Jason answers. “When he screws up, you let him know exactly how you feel. You don’t hold anything back, nor should you, but he skipped that part in his mental and emotional development where you take harsh criticism from the woman who you love and the world doesn’t end because of it. I think it’s something that the two of you need to discuss. On his part, he’s going to have to cope with it when he really pisses you off and understand the part that he’s playing in his own breakdown. On your part, you need to understand that he is likely to react this way and either prepare yourself for it or adjust accordingly.” I stare at him. “You’re the doctor here, so maybe I’m not saying that right…”

“No,” I say rolling my eyes a bit. “You said it perfectly. I just get tired of having this conversation or some variation of it with him. He can’t do cruel, mean, or inconsiderate things and then fall apart, using his lack of emotional development as a crutch to get him back into my good graces. It gets old very quickly and it wears you down. He’s not a puppy that accidentally pissed on the carpet. He’s a grown ass man who sent spies to his wife’s bachelor party, then showed up and…”

“I don’t want to know!” he interrupts me before I let the cat out of the bag, which I am glad that he did because I was about to mindlessly do just that.

“He showed up and did something mean, cruel, and inconsiderate without even asking me what happened—all of this stemming from his first mistake of sending spies to his wife’s bachelor party. I just don’t know how much more of this he expects me to take.” Jason cocks his head at me.

Is he losing you, Ana?” he asks, soberly. I sigh.

“No, he’s not losing me, not yet anyway, but if he keeps up this kind of behavior I can’t make any guarantees for the future.” Jason sighs heavily and nods. This is the first time I see how heavily this weighs on Jason as well. Just how bad is Christian doing down there?

“He didn’t eat again today.” Again? Don’t tell me he’s pulling that shit. “It’s not that he’s doing it on purpose,” he replies as if reading my mind for a second time. “He just doesn’t want to. Although I think it may be part of an adult temper tantrum, I also think that he just doesn’t know how to function in a world without you, and the prospect scares him shitless. I know that he was wrong, but you need to talk to him and he needs to hear your voice so… just don’t wait too long.” He looks at me for a moment more before going to his villa. I sigh heavily.

“Damn it, Christian!” I curse under my voice. He doesn’t always manage to get everybody on his side, but when he does… good grief.

He’s such a damn extremist! When I’m wrong, I suck it up. When I alienated him on New Year’s Eve, I accepted that I was wrong and that my childish behavior may have cost me my relationship. True, my immediate plans involved moving to a convent, but that was a combination of things—one of which involved the thought of living without Christian.

“Damn it!” Fine! I’ll go talk to him…

He’s lying in a semi-fetal position with his back to me when I walk into the room. Maybe he’s asleep, I wish to myself.

“Please just go away,” he says with a shuddering breath. Oh hell, he’s crying.

“If that’s what you want,” I reply. He takes another deep breath, but doesn’t turn around.

“Oh. Hi, Ana.” Oh hi Ana? “I thought it was Jason again.” I see him wipe his face with his hand.

“Nope, it’s me.” I’m still having a hard time mustering up some sympathy for this man, but I really don’t like seeing him like this. “Have you been in bed all day?”

“No,” he says, his voice still cracking and laced with exhaustion. “I took a shower and did a little work…”

“I didn’t hear you mention eating something.” He pauses.

“I did drink some water,” he replies to pacify me. I roll my eyes and sigh. I really want to feel sorry for him right now, but what he did was unacceptable and he needs to know that. There’s no use in rehashing it right now, though. He’s been punishing himself all day and he’s clearly exhausted. I remove my wedges and climb in bed behind him. I move in close to him and put my arm around him.

“I’m sorry, Ana,” he says with a shuddering breath. I roll my eyes again before pulling him close to me.

“Go to sleep,” I respond. He takes another deep breath, releases it, and falls instantly to sleep. A few moments later, I’m right behind him.

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The sun wakes me and my arm is asleep from being in a weird position under my body all night. Christian and I are in the same position we we fell in asleep except that he is clinging to the hand attached to my arm that is wrapped around him. He’s been sweating in his sleep, which means that sometime during the night he had a bad dream, but never changed sleeping positions. His breathing is steady, but not rhythmic. He’s awake, and the squeeze on my hand alerts me that he knows I’m awake, too.

“I dreamed you left me,” he says somberly. “You didn’t walk away or move out, but that’s what the dream meant. I had the same dream again last night.” He had it twice, and he clearly woke up sweating.

“I was here with you last night,” I say. “You don’t usually have bad dreams when I’m here with you.”

“You weren’t here with me last night. You were just in the bed with me. You slept with me to bring me comfort, but you weren’t here.” What can I say? He’s right. I lay in this bed and I fell asleep, but my anger separated us and I still feel it. I broke our rule—twice. Never go to bed angry. “You were wearing the same dress that you’re wearing now. You were standing on a cliff, just looking at me with tears in your eyes.”

“What were you doing?”

“Falling.” What? Did he say falling? Off the cliff?

“I was falling backwards,” he replies. “It was something that I did that made me fall off the cliff, but I don’t know what it was. You were standing dangerously close to the edge, but you didn’t fall. You didn’t reach for me or scream. You just stood there looking down at me with tears in your eyes and on your face… in that same blue and white dress.” Shit! That must have been fucking traumatic for me to come out of the room in that dress after he had just had this dream about it. “I was reaching for you, but you weren’t reaching for me.”

“What were you doing before you fell?” I ask.

“I don’t remember. I only remember falling… losing you… Am I losing you, Ana?” he asks. “Have I fucked up too bad to fix it this time?” I know that’s not true, but right now, he doesn’t.

“No, Christian, you haven’t, but this is big—really, really big.” He rolls over to face me. His eyes tell a story of the internal torment that he suffered for the last two days. I don’t want him to feel this way, but part of me does. Part of me wants him to know just how bad of a fuck-up this is. “Have you heard nothing that I’ve said to you—about not wanting to lose my identity and about how independent I was before we met? You know that. You fell in love with her. How could you possibly think this would be okay on any level?”

“I didn’t,” he says. “I wasn’t thinking about you at all. I was only thinking about what I wanted, what I needed at the time. I couldn’t see past my own feelings because I wasn’t trying to. My bride-to-be was going out to have the ultimate single girls’ night—not her friend’s bachelorette party, her own. As much as I knew I could trust you, my own fear and the impending doom that kept hovering around made me feel like something bad was about to happen.”

“And something bad did happen, Christian. My body was turned on, but my mind and soul felt cheap and dirty and worthless! When it was all said and done, I didn’t know what to do or think or feel. I tried to understand it, to excuse what you did because of who you are, but there’s only so many times that I can do that. On top of that, I counted that bathroom domination as an impulse action when that wasn’t what it was. You knew in advance what was going on when you got there, and you probably had this whole thing planned when you hit the door. I noticed when you walked in that you weren’t wearing your tie…”

“I swear I didn’t plan that!” he interrupts me. “I swear to God, I was only going to check in on you and leave.”

“I don’t know if I can believe you, Christian,” I respond. His whole body drops and he looks crestfallen. “To my knowledge, you’ve never overtly lied to me. You’ve conveniently left some things out before, but you never lied to me. This time, I just don’t know.”

“I… don’t know what to say.” His voice is soft. “I’m not lying.” I roll my eyes. He hasn’t lied to me, but dishonesty and betrayal bring everything you’ve ever said and done to question.

“Which one was it?” I ask.

“I don’t think that’s important,” he replies. I shrug.

“Fine, but know that I’m going to be looking at every new guy you have and everyone that’s not Jason and Chuck because in the back of my mind, I’m going to be wondering if that’s the fucker who spied on me. So you go ahead and keep your little secret if it means that you’re going to be okay with me not cooperating with security. You know they can’t make me do anything that I refuse to do, right?”

“Ana, please don’t be difficult. You have to cooperate with security, now more than ever. You’re a billionairess…”

“And that goes both ways. I will not cooperate with someone that I don’t trust. It’s that simple. So if you’re going to feed mistrust between me and the security detail, then go right ahead. Just know that this is one of the consequences.” He sighs and lays his head on his arm.

“His name is Grant,” he says. “You probably won’t see him again, because Jason won’t even work with him after this. If Jason won’t work with him, no one will.”

“Grant,” I say, trying to remember which one he is. “Grant… oh, yeah… blue suit, brown buzz cut…” He shrugs.

“I couldn’t tell you what he was wearing or what he looked like. The brown buzz cut sounds right, though… How did you remember that?” I frown at him.

“Put a sock in it, Grey!” I say before I have a chance to stop myself. He’s shocked by my reaction. “I remember a whole lot about that night. I remember what Al was wearing, Val and Maxie, and even you.” There’s a slight edge to my voice when I say it, and I immediately get a flashback of that tie, the one that didn’t fit anything that he was wearing and I wonder again if he had this thing planned all along. I better not start thinking that way or I might get angry again.

“I’m sorry. I don’t want to start another fight.”

“Then tread carefully,” I respond. “That is a perfect time to think before you speak. Why did you ask me that question?” He is hesitant to answer. “That’s a valid question. That’s not me picking a fight.”

“I don’t really know,” he says.

“Yes, you do, you just don’t want to tell me.”

“No, I don’t really know,” he repeats. “What I want to say sounds ridiculous even to my ears.”

“Well, say it because I’m very curious,” I press. He pauses, then proceeds against his will.

“I wanted to know what stood out about Grant that made you remember what he looked like,” he admits.

“And why is that?” I ask, already knowing the answer.

“You know why,” he says, matter-of-factly.

“Yes, I do, but I want you to tell me.” He sighs again.

“I wanted to know if you found him attractive.”

“Yes, I did,” I say, quickly. He raises his head from his arm and glares at me. “So, now, what are you going to do about it?” I ask. “I find several men attractive. Jason is attractive. Chuck is attractive. You’re attractive. Phil is attractive. Gary’s attractive. James is attractive and Allen is attractive. I’m only trying to fuck one guy in that whole group. There will be other men that cross my path that I find attractive, and it doesn’t mean shit! Not a damn thing. No matter how badly you may want to put me in a box and lock me away from the world, I’m going to find someone else attractive and someone else is going to find me attractive. How can you not trust my love and loyalty enough to know that I’m not going to do anything stupid?”

“It wasn’t you, Ana,” he says sitting up. “It was me. It was me and my insecurity and my fear of losing you that caused me to take those actions. I was hours away from having you, from you being mine, and all I could see was disaster snatching it all away…”

“…and that’s what almost happened!” I interrupt him, sitting up as well, “not because of disaster, but because of you. What would you have done if I had reacted completely differently to what you did that night? What would you have done if I had felt so cheapened and degraded by what happened in that bathroom that I refused to marry you?” He shivers.

“I actually thought that’s what was going to happen,” he says.

“Yes, after the fact!” I retort. “You didn’t think about that before you came into the bathroom and tied me to the sink! You definitely didn’t think about that before you sent Grant to watch my every move!” He groans loudly with frustration.

“God, I wish I could take this all back!” he grumbles. “If nothing had happened, you would have never known that I was watching you.”

“No, and you would have thought this was all okay,” I respond. “Tell me, Christian. How many times and how many different ways will it take for you to learn this lesson? Will it take losing me for you to understand that this is not okay?”

“I certainly don’t want to lose you, but I need to know what specific lesson I am having to learn all over again… so that I won’t have to learn it all over again.”

“That you are not alone in this anymore; that your actions, or your lack of action, or you reaction no longer only affects you. It affects other people, and most of the time the ‘other people’ is me. I can’t keep feeling this way, Christian. You make me feel like… an afterthought. Nobody deserves to feel that way. You shook my trust in everything I thought I knew about you.” He drops his head.

“Ana, I’m so sorry,” he says, shaking his head. “That’s the last thing in the world that I want you to feel. You’re everything and I can’t stand that I made you feel that way, that I tested and almost lost your trust. I’m sorry,” he says, tears flowing freely down his cheeks. “I know how it feels not to trust. I know what it means. I can’t bear the thought of you not trusting me. I can’t stand it. I swear I’ll do anything to win it back… anything you ask.” I still don’t think he gets it.

I fight to find the words that I want to say to him to get him to understand what’s going on and how to prevent the impending doom that he’s feeling. I’m not trying to twist the knife, but I only know how to give it to him straight.

“You have to trust me, way deep down in here,” I put my fist on my chest. “Way deep down in here where you don’t let anyone else go. I have to be there. I have to be there all the time, because if I’m not, you’re just going to keep doing things like this. You’re going to keep acting without thinking, being the Neanderthal and the inconsiderate control freak—and I’m going to let you do it. I’m going to run out of the will to keep telling you what you’re doing wrong. I don’t want us to be those people. I don’t want us to be the Ringholds…” His eyes widen.

“Is that what you see? Is that the future you see for us—that money-hungry philanderer and his bitter old wife in a loveless marriage? That’s what you see?” I drop my head and sigh. This is the moment of truth.

“Yes, Christian. If you don’t rethink some things, that’s exactly what I see.” I look up at him and I can see in his eyes that he doesn’t know how to interpret what I’m saying and finally, I’m breaking inside. “I understand what she was feeling and thinking even if I didn’t agree at the time. I can completely understand not wanting to leave, but not having the will to fight anymore. For her, I don’t know if it’s love or money that keeps her in that hell, but for me… it’s love.” I finally shed my first tear.

“No…” he breathes. “No, no, no, no…” He’s back on the bed and I am in his arms. I don’t want to be in his arms. I want to talk about this. I want to straighten this out. “No, Ana, no. I never want you to feel that way, ever. I’ll put a rein on my reactions, I swear to God. I’ll show you, Baby. I’ll show you… I’ll think before I make decisions. Please, Baby…”

I try to resist him, but I melt a little in his arms. I love it when he holds me, I can’t deny that. His face is buried in my neck as he begs for my forgiveness and swears to put more thought into his actions. His contrition is a bit of a turn-on even though it shouldn’t be. When he appears to have apologized forever, even though it was probably only a couple of minutes, I finally speak.

“Okay, Christian. We’ll see.” He pulls back and looks at me for a few moments with sad, gray eyes. He nods and puts his forehead on mine.

“Yes,” he whispers with his eyes closed. “You’ll see.”

“I have to pee,” I say. He nods again without opening his eyes and releases me. I go to the en suite and relieve myself. I throw my panties in our dirty clothes. No use putting those back on. I guess I might as well get ready for the day. After I wash my hands, I come back to the bedroom to find Christian lying on his back on the bed with his arm over his eyes. He’s going to sulk all day again, I know it. Even lying on his back, I can tell that he feels defeated. I’m not used to this and although I want him to see and feel just how serious this is, I still love him very much and don’t want to see him hurt. I climb back onto the bed.

“Christian?”

“Yes?” His voice is cracking and he doesn’t move his arm from his face. I roll over on top of him and begin to rub his chest through his open shirt. His breath catches and his response is immediate. His chest rises and falls under my hands as he fights to control his breathing. I quickly slide down and undo his pants and reveal his rising erection, but he grabs my hands and stops my assault.

“No. Ana, don’t. It feels too much like ‘goodbye.’” I frown.

“’Goodbye?’” Where’d he get that? He nods.

“Yes—like ‘one last round for old times’ sake.’ I can’t do it.” Damn, he’s beaten himself up worse than I could ever do it. I nod.

“Okay,” I respond. “May I just kiss you, then?” He looks at me tentatively, his eyes a piercing silver-gray, then he nods. I climb back up his body, allowing my naked sex to touch his. He gasps, but doesn’t take his eyes off mine. I take his face in both my hands before kissing him softly. His breath is short and soft as I kiss him again, and again. I can feel the heat rising in his body, and I press my tongue to his lips. He grants me entry and I caress his tongue deliciously with mine. His breath is heavier, but he won’t touch me. As I work my way to his ears, his neck and his chest, I notice that his hands are flat on the bed next to him.

He’s resisting me. Let’s see how long that lasts.

I can feel his erection rising hot and hard as I slide down his body. His breath is quickening again and I think of something that I told him a few days ago…

It’s the emotion. You’re loving me with your dick and with your soul. Your dick knows the difference.

My lips get to his stomach and the head invites me to kiss, so I do. I kiss gently down the underside of his penis and back up again and softly lick the frenelum before I gently suck just the hood into my mouth. He hisses loudly and instinctively raise his hips to meet my mouth. I seize the opportunity and pull his shorts and boxer briefs from his hips before he drops them back on the bed in an unsuccessful attempt to halt my progress. I think I hear him protesting, but I still have his head in my mouth as I quickly work his bottoms off with my hands and then my feet.

I release the head and slowly run my tongue over his balls. His fists clench as he grabs the sheets and his dick starts to rise from his body and stand up. I continue to lick then move my tongue up to the base of his shaft. The move causes his erection to jerk about a bit and he takes in two quick breaths, releasing them with an almost inaudible grunt as a small bit of precum breaches the head of his dick. He is so ready.

I run my tongue up that magnificent creation again, peppering it with open-mouthed kisses to match Christian’s open-mouthed breathing. I finally take the head in my mouth once more and caress it with my lips and tongue. His head falls back and his look is mournful as his thigh muscles tighten. I quickly climb back on top of him and slide down his erection. He gasps and groans, his body bucking a bit before he protests my stroke without touching me.

“Ana… Baby, no… please…” His eyes are full of need and lust, and fear.

“Are you going to deny me, Christian?” I breathe, rising higher and higher as I ride him. He’s doing his best to resist, but I feel him growing inside me.

“No,” he pants, “No, Baby… I won’t.”

“Good,” I groan as I roll my hips to feel him on all walls. “Oh, God,” I moan as he fills me. Fuck, he feels so good. I look down at him and he is gritting his teeth, almost like he’s in pain. His eyes are closed and his fists are gripping the sheets. He still won’t even touch me. To test my theory, I plant my hands on his chest and dig my nails in. His lips part with a fierce tremble before his tongue caresses his top lip in ecstasy. Enough of this shit.

“Look at me!” I command him. His eyes shoot open and meet mine immediately. “Rip it off of me.” His pupils dilate as my command has broken his concentration. He pushes his hips up into me once and exhales sharply, but his hands are still gripping those fucking sheets! I glare into his piercing gray eyes and dig my nails into his chest again. He gasps loudly, thrusts again and nearly tears the sheets.

“Rip. It. Off. Of. Me!” I growl. His glare changes and he releases the sheets. Grabbing the dress at the hem, he grips it like he just had the sheets and rips. The dress rips like paper towel in his hands and threatens to protest when the material reaches the elastic in the waistband, but it’s no match for a horny Christian Grey. He adjusts his grip and turns that thing into a useless blue and white scrap of material. My breast spring free and he captures them in his hands immediately. The feel of his hands on my skin ignites me further.

“Mmmmm!” I groan as I roll harder on him. He matches my groan with one of his own as his hips rise to meet mine. Fuck, this is so good! I look down at him and he is lost in what he is feeling. His mouth is open and his hands are holding sensually onto my breasts, like he’s memorizing the feel of them in his hands. His hips rise and fall fractionally to meet my thrusts and rolls. It feels good to him, but he’s committing it to memory. I know my man. I roll harder to break his concentration, but it backfires. His dick swells inside of me and I feel it hitting every part of my pussy—every part!

“Christian!” I squeal as my body erupts into orgasm. My nails dig into his chest for support as my arms tremble and my body quakes, my core pulsing with pleasure around his rod. I hear his teeth grinding and I keep pumping as I ride out my orgasm, using his hard body and dick to make it last as long as possible. It’s hard to keep moving when it finally wanes, but I do because I feel him thumping inside of me—aching to release. I lean down to him and bring my mouth to his ear. He wraps his arms around me and continues short thrusts to match my hip rolls.

“I belong to you,” I tell him before licking the shell of his ear. He takes in a deep breath and holds it, replacing his arms with his hands on my back.

“I am Mrs. Grey. I am yours.” His hands are tight on my back now and he is matching every hip roll with a short thrust and withdraw.

“You… only you, Christian…” I breathe as I feel myself rising again. I grab his hair and press my lips against his again. He grabs my hips and allows them to roll over him as he matches the passion of my kiss. I roll and grind, roll and grind, roll and grind until I feel the pleasure threatening to release again.

“Fuck,” he whispers against my lips. “Yes, Baby, yes. Fuck me. Yes, Baby.” The grind and friction is so good that he instinctively takes over, stroking from all directions and grasping my hips while he controls the variation and intensity of the strokes.

“My God, Christian,” I whimper and he is now in control of where we are going. I relent and let him drive as he moves my body and sexes me from the bottom from all directions. He slides me a bit to the left, holds up my right knee and drills up into me from that angle. Then changes over to the right side and the left knee and repeats. He finally positions me back on top and center and he is masterfully driving me from all directions.

If I could see my pussy lips right now, I’m sure that they would be wrapped around his cock, sucking feverishly as if they were attached to my mouth as he shifts and slides, going in and out of my from several directions—round and round, in and out, up and down. My clit is my tongue, licking hot and hard up and down his hard shaft, tasting our combined juices. My pussy spits on him as he grips my ass, controlling this astronomical stroke as he declares how wet and tight it is. The tremble starts again and I feel it in my whole body, even my lips—both sets.

The tingle starts in my feet and my core. He never changes the stroke… round and round, left and right, in and out and he’s still gripping my ass, guiding me down onto his thickening erection on this stroke and holding me still while he drives me on that one. I can’t even think, it feels so good. The tingle moves up my legs and into my thighs. I whimper a bit as it intensifies in my core. My fingers are in his hair now and I am panting wildly, as is he. Neither of us says anything; we are both lost in this stroke. His hands tighten on my ass a bit, but he still doesn’t change his stroke… roll and guide, roll and guide.

The tingle quickly climbs up my thighs, into my pelvis and meets the one in my core, sparking a ginormous flame and causing an incredible burn. I bury my face in his neck and scream through the inferno as my lips and clit continue to suck and lick his dick. Merciful heavens, I’m going to combust and incinerate! I grip his hair as my pussy pulses magnificently through this orgasm. His stroke changes only minutely as he draws me out and begins to grunt, no doubt feeling his own orgasm on the rise. I burn through the eternal climax, still grasping his hair as I ride out delicious mini-gasms and after shocks while he continues to roll and guide.

A few minutes later, he is grunting loudly, fighting to keep the pace he has maintained throughout before he follows my lead and buries his face in my neck. He cries out into my hair, still stroking and now digging his fingers into my ass meat, sparking me into more delicious aftershocks. I whimper and surrender to his grasp and strength as he now grunts loudly with each stroke, pushing his undoubtedly tender head into my core and against my still-throbbing vaginal walls and squirting with each thrust. His eyes are screwed shut and he’s drawing out each debilitating drop of cum from himself. It must be agony at this point. He releases his eyes but doesn’t open them as one hand travels up my back and his fingers sink into the opposite shoulder, holding me against him so that I can’t move. The other hand is still guiding my hips.

“Please tell me this is make-up sex,” he pants.

“This is make-up sex,” I wheeze.

“Good,” and he’s kissing me… hungry… nasty… and even though we both just came, he doesn’t stop stroking. With me on top, one hand fiercely gripping my hair, the other gripping my ass and masterfully guiding my hips as he devours my mouth with his, he is fucking me again… and again… and again…


CHRISTIAN

“I don’t know what to do, Baby.” We have fucked for hours. I have no idea what time it is or how many meals we’ve missed. We are lying in the bed on top of the covers and sheets, naked as the day we were born. She’s in my arms and we are gently caressing each other’s skin. We are in a perfect little cocoon of sensual exhaustion and soreness as I broach this important topic.

“What to do about what?” she asks.

“About my thoughts, my reactions… I thought I was getting better. These things are in my nature—they seem so normal to me, but they’re not. When I turn into the possessive jungle man or the control freak who waves his hand and people get followed, these are things that I’ve done all of my adult life. I hold lives in my hands—thousands of them. One wrong move and a factory shuts down in a small town somewhere. With it goes that town’s economy and all of the jobs that sustained the community. That’s a lot of power for one man to have and I know that, but whenever I make these decisions that I have made for years, you end up getting hurt. I don’t want that. I don’t want to lose you, but I don’t know what to do.” She sighs.

“’With great power comes great responsibility,’” she says. “It’s not just you anymore, Christian. You have to find a way. You have to understand that your action can, do, and always will affect me in some way because I’m your wife now. We are one person and it’s just that simple. This means that you have to think before you act. This means that you have to consider the consequences of your actions before you take them. You’re a master at separating your business life from your personal life. I’ve seen you do it, but when it comes down to something that you want or need, they blend. The lines become blurred and you’re Mr. CEO all over again. You can’t be Mr. CEO with me. You’re Christian. You’re my husband, and you have to think before you act.

“No amount of therapy is going to correct this, Baby. You have to just know before you make a decision how far-reaching the consequences are. This is inbred in you. You’ve been this person for years. You’ve functioned all of this time as a loner. You’re not a loner anymore. There’s another part of you now that feels what you feel and wants what you want. She’s also affected by most of what you do and say, and that means that you need to change your way of thinking. Sure, you can talk about this until your face turns blue, but until you take the necessary actions and make the necessary moves to make the changes in your personality and decision-making processes, all that talk is just that—nothing but talk. It’s going to take thinking before you act, burying those impulses that could have disastrous outcomes, and truly understanding what can come from your decisions. It’s going to take some practice and you’re going to fuck up some more. As long as I can see that you are trying, I can wait, but I can’t keep going on and on with you refusing to see what your actions do to me.”

“It’s not that I refuse to see, Baby,” I tell her. “Sometimes, I just can’t see until it’s too late.”

“Then that’s something else that you need to fix,” she responds. “You see, to you, ‘too late’ means it’s already been done and you can’t take it back. To me, ‘too late’ means I’m tired of this and I can’t take it anymore. When you do something, it’s big. You don’t know how to go small. You ‘go big or go home.’ You’ve got to find a way to curb that urge to act before you think. It’s the only way, Christian. There’s only so much that I can overlook.” Shit, I better find a way to put a leash on this or I’m going to lose my wife. She says therapy won’t help. I have to talk to someone… but who?

“I promise, Baby, I’ll work on it.”

“I appreciate that, Christian, and I’m glad that you said you would work on it instead of saying you would never do it again or you would fix it, because we both know that it’s not that easy. Make no mistake, I’m still going to give you hell when you fuck up, but as long as I can see you trying and consistently improving, that’s all I can ask… and no more of this spying on me shit. That’s a deal-breaker. If you can’t trust me, then we don’t need to be together.”

Well, that’s the last thing in the world that I want to hear.

“No more spying, I swear,” and I mean it. “Just don’t go all supernova if you end up with covert surveillance or another person on your personal protection team. I wasn’t kidding when I said that you are a billionairess now and you have to be careful.” She nods.

“I understand. You work with me and I’ll work with you. Deal?” She looks at me with guileless blue eyes.

“Deal.” I lean over and kiss her gently on the lips.

“Why didn’t you want to come?” she asks while we start to caress each other again.

“What?”

“Why didn’t you want to come? I know your body just like you know mine. I know that you were ready to come just after the first time that I came, but you resisted. Why?” I have to think about that. That was at least six combined orgasms ago.

“If… I was losing you, if you were leaving me, I didn’t want that to be the memory of my last orgasm inside of you.” It’s the truth. She frowns.

“How can you possibly control something like that?” she asks. “I could walk outside and get hit by a bus! How can you possibly control what orgasm will be the last?”

“You can’t, that’s why you have to make each one count—make each one astronomical. That way, no matter which one is the last, it will always be a great memory.” She shakes her head.

“That’s sweet and morbid at the same time,” she says, her brow furrowed.

“Don’t try to figure it out,” I say. “For a long time, sex was as close to affection as I ever got—rough, hard, and fast. No emotion, no making love and holding each other, no kissing and gazing into anyone’s eyes… just the act of mating without reproducing. Clinical, mechanical, necessary. When and if I ever think of my past subs, I only think of them in terms of how their contracts ended. There are no playroom sessions that stand out in my mind which is why I only used the cameras once. The result was pretty disastrous and I never wanted to use them again…”

“What happened?” I shake my head.

“Don’t ask,” I tell her. It’s something that I’ll never talk about because it was terrible even to me. “It’s something that I try very hard to forget and I don’t want to talk about it. Let’s just say that it’s one of the only times that I ever questioned being a Dom.” She looks at me and shivers.

“That’s serious,” she says, waiting for a reaction. Not receiving one, she says, “Okay, I won’t ask.” I twist my lips and continue.

“I never wanted to remember anything—remember what anything felt like—until I met you. Before you, it was release, relax, and continue with life. Now, I don’t want to blink, because I might miss something.” She smiles a small smile.

“I love you, Christian,” she says softly.

“I love you, too, Butterfly.” She snuggles into me. “You safeworded.” I feel her freeze in my arms, then take a deep breath.

“Yes,” she says, her voice small like a child.

“I hoped I would never hear that from you,” I admit. “I made it my business to never push you to safeword. Even that brutal session in Anguilla, you never safeworded. I suspended you in a corset and fucked you from every angle and you never safeworded. I’ve flogged you, spanked you, clamped you, driven you to forced orgasms…” I close my eyes for a moment. Hearing those things out loud are a bit overwhelming, but still she never safeworded. That moment was horrible for me. Something that I did to her caused her to safeword, not once, but repeatedly. We both lay there silently for several moments. I think we are both trying to figure out what to say next.

“I had reached my limit,” she says, breaking the silence with a soft voice. “I couldn’t take anymore and I needed it to stop.” I look into her eyes and she looks sad. I pull her closer into my arms and kiss her forehead.

“I’m sorry, Baby,” I tell her. “I’m so, so sorry.” I don’t know what else to say. I throw my arm over my eyes and for a brief moment, I wish I could just disappear.

“Sit up,” she says, rising to her knees. I move my arms from my eyes.

“Huh?”

“Sit up.” I follow her instruction and sit up. “Straight. Get comfortable.” Okay, I cross my legs in front of me and sit comfortably. She immediately crawls into my lap, facing me.

Whoa. This could get hot… or not. It could just get intimate.

She wraps her legs around me and they fall on the bed behind me. Then she wraps her arms around me under my arms so that her hands are at the small of my back. I feel her tiny hands caressing me there. I don’t think she has ever caressed me in the small of my back. Has she ever even touched me there? I don’t know. I don’t remember.

Her eyes lock on mine and she examines me, like she’s looking through me. I can’t look away, not that a want to. I see my whole life in her eyes, my entire future…

Our home…
Our children…
Our families…

All of my success and fortunes have brought me to this point, and they are nothing without her.

I instinctively wrap my arms around her and put my hands in the same place on her as hers are on me. I just hold her there. I don’t move my hands. Her breath quickens a bit and she closes her eyes. Bringing her face to mine, she gently caresses my nose with hers. I’m feeling comfort and safety in her arms, so I close my eyes and concentrate on every part of our bodies that is touching. She turns her head and gently rubs her cheek against mine, and again, I’m finding it hard to breathe. She caresses every part of my face with every part of hers, except her lips. Her skin touches every part of my skin—my ears, my eyelids, my chin—but she never kisses me and she never breaks our embrace… and she doesn’t speak.

I’m kind of loopy and dizzy again, drunk on the closeness and the intimacy. This feeling that she evokes from me—connected, but not aroused… not sexual in any way—I don’t know where it comes from. I’ve never felt like this before in my life with anyone else, ever! I can’t explain it. It’s like there’s a common thread between us, holding us together by… what? I don’t know. Our hearts? Our souls? Our minds? All of them? What?

I’m only semi-conscious of the fact that we are rocking in sync again, and I know that whatever this is, it’s bigger than I am. I don’t know how she takes me here, what she does to get us to this point. All I know is that this is one of the times in our relationship where I have to let her lead, because I don’t know the steps to this dance. I’m floating in comfort and I don’t dare open my eyes for fear that I may wake up from this beautiful dream. I’m finding it easier to breathe now, but my body feels heavy, like I could fall asleep… or not…

When I come back to myself, I am lying on Butterfly’s shoulder and she is lying on mine. Our bodies are still in motion. We are still entwined in one another, still sitting in the middle of the bed. Did I actually fall asleep? I don’t move, but I do wonder what brought me out of my Nirvanic state in Butterfly’s arms. I get my answer when I hear knocking at one of the far doors of the villa.

“We should answer that,” she says, not moving her head from my shoulder.

“Um-hmm,” I respond, still rocking with her. We’ve only done this twice and I hardly remember the last time—only the intensity of it—but I love when we do this. We connect on a level that I can’t explain. It’s soothing and reassuring. It truly makes us one person.

And there’s that damn knock again. Butterfly sighs.

“Jason’s clearing his throat, Christian,” she says softly. I frown. What does she mean?

“Hmm?” I say, still rocking and trying not to break our bubble.

“That’s Jason. He’s clearing his throat.” It takes only a moment for me to realize what she’s saying. When Jason’s walking into the great room at Escala and we’re making out, he clears his throat when he has to tell me something. We’ve been in this room all day at the very least. We haven’t even emerged to eat. He knows that we’ve been fucking… and he’s knocking.

Jason’s clearing his throat.


A/N: I’m having horrible writer’s block while trying to get this story finished. Luckily, you guys know that I write a few chapters in advance, so I have a few already done. If the story falls dead in the water after those chapters are done, you’ll know why. Sorry...

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60 thoughts on “Mending Dr. Steele: Chapter 72—Think Before You Act

  1. lovesfiftyshades says:

    That felt like a big step forward…Please Christian, lean to control some of your fifty shades! Wonder why Jason is knocking…and clearing his throat??? Thanks for the update…Until next time…

  2. that’s was lovely
    but now what happen with Jason coming in the room

  3. Michelle B says:

    Seems like Christian is always begging Ana for forgiveness And she stays mad at him for days when she messed up he was only mad for a few hours too she needs to talk to someone too about how long she stay mad at him Ana really got on my nerves in this is one they are like two five year old kids that Jason has to teach them how to act towards each other seems like Kerri and chuck are enjoying their free honeymoon maybe they should be banned from vacations for life they don’t know how to act on one

  4. seralynsmom says:

    I hope we can help you kick your muse into shape! Lol. Wonder what Jason had to tell them? It has to be urgent or he wouldn’t be interrupting because he knows they needed this time together. And I think that’s what scares me. It can be mildly annoying, or extremely bad. I’m afraid it’ll be the extremely bad.

    I’m glad Christian is going to work on things, but she’s going to have to remember that it won’t be easy. He skipped that whole moment in development in life that we have when learning how to have human interactions and to feel human emotions. He went from being treated as if he was nothing, to feeling like he should be nothing, to again being treated like his emotions didn’t matter. Elena taught him that love was for fools. That as a Dom you just don’t feel those types of emotions. Then one day he’s completely steamrolled by this brilliant woman who won’t take his shit. But their courtship was so fast that the emotions of it all have been a whirlwind swirling around and around and they haven’t come to a full stop and settled yet. He’s going to have to use the CEO to help him in situations like the spying. She wants him to leave him in the office but he’s actually the thing that’ll help him. When he sits down and looks at the next company or whatever he’s going to purchase he comes at it from every angle. He debates and he argues and he looks at every possible outcome. He needs to do that every time he considers something with regards to Ana. He has to think, is this a smart thing to do or will this hurt us in the long run. It’s going to suck to pretty much have to analyze every thing he does in regards to her but it’s necessary to do so in order to keep from having another incident like the hen night.

    I’m glad Jason is willing to lay it out there for them both because I think she would have continued to ignore him and be angry and lord knows what the outcome of that would have been. Lol

  5. leoedi0306 says:

    That was written exactly how I thought it should go – no promise not to do it again, but to work on it. He has already begun to work on it. The make-up sex was fantastic. The rest of the honeymoon should proceed without a hitch.

  6. Annette Tomplait says:

    That little boy in Christian is always just one layer under. Sad when Christian lets his jealousy take over. It’s just like Jason said, it all goes back to his formative years. However Ana is helping him. He has it in him to change for “his” Ana. She loves him too much to let him flounder out there with his emotions. The Dr. In her will always be there to help him understand, make him understand. He just really needs try harder. He has it in him. Great make-up sex. Sexy, alluring and gentile all in one. Now let’s see what Jason was needing. Anxious for next weeks update. I’m sure with all you have written with that beautiful mind of yours that you will find a way to keep this going. There is still so much to be told of their lives.

  7. westie80 says:

    Great chapter. So glad they made up. when is Ana going to get pregnant lol

  8. Darcy says:

    First of all, I absolutely loved this chapter.
    I thought that the discussion between Ana and Christian was absolutely beautiful and was incredibly mature and a really good step in the right direction.
    My absolute favorite part of the entire chapter was the discussion that they had after the make-up sex. I think that discussion showed just how mature both people were and really showcased what both were thinking and how they wanted to solve this for future problems. Overall, it was an intelligent and well-thought out discussion that I loved reading.
    Although, I really loved Jason in this chapter as well. I am immensely glad that he talked to Ana because sometimes I feel like she doesn’t really understand what her actions may do to Christian, no matter who is at fault int their disagreement. But after the discussion with Jason, I think she had finally realized that without her, Christian is nothing and that he is emotionally dependent on her and truly cannot function without her.
    However, I was a little confused by a few things in the chapter. It seems that in almost every argument, Ana says something about how she can’t take this or maybe she won’t be there in the future if this continues. By saying this constantly, it seems to me almost as if Ana has already given up on their relationship by talking about leaving already? Because in marrying him, isn’t she saying that she is going to stay long-term and that she loves him flaws and all, but by saying these things, doesn’t it seem like she has already given up?
    But she already knew who she married, so I am just a little confused?
    As I am also a little confused about the whole independence issue. Because Ana says that she is worried about losing her Independence, but I am curious as to where these fears came from, because as she mentioned in this chapter, Christian has never squashed her dreams?
    FINALLY (Sorry), but I was also a little confused about the whole “flynngate” thing. That has been brought up a lot in the last couple chapters, and I honestly don’t remember why Ana was so hurt in that incidence. And pleae don’t take this the wrong way, but I remember reading it and it was somehing about how Christian thought Flynn may have been right about something and then Ana didn’t talk to him for like a week, so I don’t really remember why that particular fight was such a big deal to Ana?
    (And again, I am saying not trying to be rude or offensive, I am mostly trying to understand what happened in that argument?)

    Overall, that was an absolutely beautiful chapter and thank you so much for writing it. I can only hope that in the future it is more Ana and Christian against the world, because we all know the couple needs some couple love! 😉

    But thank you again for writing this amazing story and I hope your writers block gets better because I never want this story to end!

    Thanks!

    • First question: You don’t have to have given up on a relationship to be tired of someone doing something over and over again. My husband well knows that if he does something repeatedly that gets on my nerves, I’m going to let him know. If he keeps doing it and I STOP talking about it, that’s when he should be worried. Most people know that when a woman STOPS talking, that’s when the clock has struck twelve and time has run out. So when Christian does something that will likely push Ana away, she’s going to tell him. When she STOPS telling him, that’s when she’s given up and it’s too late.

      Second question: Although Christian may have never squashed her dreams, put yourself in Ana’s shoes. If you think someone is spying on your every move, do you really feel independent? She HAS given up her independence whether she wants to or not, because she can’t go anywhere alone. On top of that, he’s spying on her–you really have to ask a question about her independence when he’s spying on her?

      Third question: Christian didn’t just “think Flynn was right about something.” Flynn gave Christian a distorted interpretation of something that Ana said. Christian subsequently came home and attacked Ana based on the one-sided information that Flynn gave him, accusing her of being deceitful and manipulative based on what Flynn said without even asking her for her side yet. His exact words to her were “Exactly how did you plan to explain to me that you went to my shrink to get him to manipulate me for whatever your purposes are?” Are you honestly saying that if your significant other walked into your home and said something like that to you that you would be cool with someone questioning why it was “such a big deal” to you? It was a big enough deal for Christian to go back and fire Flynn, not because of how Ana felt about him, but because of how Flynn presented the story to Christian. I did make that whole situation very clear, so you might need to go back and read it. It’s in chapter 2.

      I say “if my husband had done this” or “if your significant other had done that” because I try to put people in the place of my characters because my characters are in my head. When I was reading the original books, I used to scream at the pages asking, “Why are you getting upset because he’s buying you shit? You’re dating a fucking billionaire!” Then I realized that everybody doesn’t have the same reaction–that this wasn’t her boyfriend (yet), this was her Dom and the gifts made her feel like a whore. I was looking at the situation through the eyes of a mature woman, mother, and grandmother who would have taken that poor fellow for every dime that he had! I wasn’t looking at it through the eyes of a young, impressionable college student who had no worldly experience and basically only knew of the world through the romantic classics. Riveting though they may be, a lot of them are either idealized or highly dramatic, and that’s all she has to base her expectations upon. So, I had to put myself into the box of the idealizing college student and stop screaming at E. L. James’ Ana.

      I realize that’s why people are probably screaming at my Ana, because although people try to wrap their minds around it, some folks really don’t understand who my Ana is and what she’s been through. If they did, I wouldn’t get the questions, statements, and comments that I get. To that end, I try to tell folks to step back and put themselves in Ana’s shoes. There’s a lot of things that she’s just now figuring out for the first time and then there’s other things that she has a grip on and she wants Christian to get a grip on it too.

      • Darcy says:

        Thank you so much for replying to me and answering my questions!

        And with the Flynn question, I honestly didn’t mean to belittle the argument or what Christian had done, I just honestly couldn’t remember what had happened and I am glad you explained it to me and told me what chapter it was in. Because at the time reading it, I remember being disgusted with Christian but then upset with Ana that they took to long to reconcile, but it has been so long since I’ve read it that I was fuzzy on the details. So thank you!!!

        And I completely understand what you mean about yelling at the characters. There were so many times I wanted to throw the books across the room because I didn’t understand why the characters were doing that and the same thing goes for your books. As much as I love your story and try and understand it, the only person who truly knows why the characters are the way they are and why they act certain ways is you. And I think that your story is fantastically written and incredibly compelling and I find myself coming back every week with excitement and anticipation, waiting to see what you will throw at us next.

        But thank you so much for the clarification, because as you said, as much as I try and understand Ana, I will probably never fully understand her because I am not her and I have not lived through er experiences. But thank you so much for being patient and explaining some things to me.

        I cannot wait to read more and thank you again! 🙂

  9. Alondra Gastelum says:

    Omg!!! I love the chapter and how well written it is 🙂 great job! I can’t wait for the next chapter… I’m scared to find out why Jason interrupted when he only does that when it’s an emergency…. Oh no…… Don’t keep us waiting too long please!!!
    Also please let us now when you’re final chapter is done and you’ll no longer write! Which sucks because I wish you could continue for ever lol I love this and I’m sad it’s almost the end 😦

  10. Georgie Pickle says:

    You do such a great job at allowing us to feel the love they share that sometimes I feel like I’m intruding on their private moments. I have no doubt that Christian and Ana will not let your creative well run dry. Maybe you just need a vacation from your own creative mind. You are always so loyal to us, your readers, maybe it is time we show you our application and support for your job well done. I raise my wine glass for a toast to you, Lynn, thank you for sharing your talent with us. And I’m sure we would all wait for your muse to come back, if not we’ll help you hunt her down.

  11. darla says:

    Very well written

  12. sclark14320 says:

    Again another beautiful chapter…. But what the hell does Jason want… Hopefully not more shit hitting the fan. 🙂

  13. lyrabae says:

    Sometimes it’s good to step back and take a break when your mind is blocked, maybe see if there is a definite direction you want the story to end in, or if you want to change it. I’m sure it will disappear soon, I really adore the story no matter where you decide to take it I’ll follow.

    I’m so happy for Ana and how she handled him, she always pulls out some inner strength and takes care of both of them no matter what, so does he, when he isn’t the one sulking. Fifty, Fifty…

    I loved the intimacy and the after talk, they needed it and Jason is right they will be those old birds that will live happily ever after but not without one another. Now I’m just curious about that throat clearing…it could be nothing and it could be….well, we’ll see! Hopefully soon. xx

  14. Chrissy says:

    Well written, and a great chapter.
    I wonder what Jason had to tell them that he had to interrupt them as after sex?…
    When is Ana gonna get pregnant? Lol…

    • leoedi0306 says:

      I hope Taylor has ordered them food, realizing they haven’t eaten all day. Ana will get pregnant when she gets pregnant. Don’t rush the story or the writer.

  15. Cécile says:

    God, I love you and your writing! Glad Ana gave Christian a chance and came back to him. Their reuniting was out of this world! I’m glad Jason was in his corner even when he knows how much of a hardheaded fool he can be.
    I don’t know how you manage to write such depths of character but it blows my mind every time…
    Loved every part, as always.
    You are one amazing woman.

  16. Alana says:

    Amazing chapter. I have feltabit bogged down with all of the history you’ve been adding, but that’s just me. This chapter felt more “normal” to me, more Ana and Christian and less History of Greece class. Their intimacy is epic. Way to leave us with a big fat greek cliffhanger! Jason would only interrupt if something serious happened. Next weekend seems like an eternity now. Don’t worry too much about writers block. I have no doubt you will find your muse soon, all writers need a break every now and then.

  17. yogamom says:

    What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. He needed this. As always, another great chapter. Your fans will wait on pins and needles. Have a great week. Thanks

  18. Christian618 says:

    Well another amazing chapter as always. Well now that they have communicated some more, they will learn not to push the other one out anymore. Christian is learning some valuable lessons here and hopefully he could learn from these mistakes! This wAs very scary but I think she has gotten rheu him!

  19. Mar says:

    That was a really deep chapter learning new shade of our beloved Christian I hope that he does learn his lesson this time around..
    Nice cliff hanger why is Jason clearing his throat??
    Can’t wait for next week chapter and see how our love birds are doing
    Have a great week

  20. Mar says:

    That was a deep chapter that show a new shade of Christian I hope he truly learns his lesson and learns how to manage all of his thoughts.
    Nice cliff hanger Jason clearing his throat??

  21. They both sulk quite a bit and are very stubborn too. I hope he takes notice of what Ana said and learn to kerb his ways or she will be gone. and I cant blame her, I know what its was liked to be lost because of a man who needed control. I hope your writers block clears for you hun. I know its demanding to keep all your fans happy. Take care x

  22. Alicia says:

    Great chapter BG! Although I’m happy that they are not letting their fights linger, and therefore making them worse than they have to be. However, why did Ana jump right into having sex with Christian? I’m not one to hold back sex as punishment, I never thought that solved anything and creates animosity. Can you explain to me Ana’s motive as to why she thought sex after such a betrayal was her way of solving the matter? Just trying to understand her mind set at the time and her reasoning behind it. Also, I hope Christian starts giving Ana some credit, she’s a resilient woman who has been through hell, fought her way out, and prospered even though all odds were against her. No, she can’t handle every threat that comes her way, but lying to her about her security detail is insulting. Especially, to someone like Ana who can yield a gun like a modern day Annie Oakley while wearing five inch louboutins. Please, give the woman some credit CG. Also, he should know he can trust her by now. Trust is like the foundation of a relationship, without it the whole thing will come crashing down. He needs to remember who Ana is and what he means to her and what she means to him, before his butterfly spreads her wings and flies away.
    -Alicia

    • I guess that depends on how you look at it. If you really think that Ana used sex as a way of solving this very serious problem, well then I guess she is pretty damn stupid, isn’t she?

      On the contrary, that’s not what she did. If that had been what she did, they would have had sex the night before. She comforted him–or so she thought–so that he could get some sleep and when they woke up the next morning, they talked about it. He apologized profusely for what he had done and he even mulled over it enough to tell her that he wasn’t going to get it right and she would have to be patient with him… not in those words, but in so many words.

      In terms of why THEY had sex, that’s a two-parter. First, Ana and Christian are very sexual creatures. Though she established when she came back from Montana that sex was not the answer and they couldn’t “fuck their problems away,” once they talked and understood the issue, they had sex! He was in the hospital after the “Elliot” issue and she jacked him off before he even got out of the bathtub. They talked about the issue as much as they could because he had no voice, and then there was a sexual exchange. They had a slight differing of perceptions on the split-apart/soul mate issue and after they came to terms about it, there was a sexual exchange. Every time there has been a difference of opinion or argument between these two, once there was a reconciliation, there was a sexual exchange. If you continue to read my stories, whenever there is a difference of opinion, somewhere thereafter–a moment, a day, a week–there’s going to be a sexual exchange.

      Second, she came out of the bathroom and she saw her husband still mournful over the situation. Although she certainly doesn’t want him to forget or brush over the situation, she certainly doesn’t want him to continually mourn over it. So she chose to connect with him in one of the basic ways that they know how. He knew the situation was serious, which is why he was initially trepidatious, but eventually he used that magic phrase…

      MAKE-UP SEX!<

      Have you never had make-up sex before (not being sarcastic… That's an honest question)? If you've ever had make up sex before, you know how primal and instinctual it is. You that it's explosive and it drives you and it's one of the most wonderfully barbaric experiences that you'll every have in your life! Don't try to logicalize make-up sex; there's nothing logical about it (drool! drool!) LOL.

      If you've never had make-up sex yet, I'll just say that you have a fantastic experience ahead of you when it does happen.

      There's also a third part. You said that you're not one to hold back sex as punishment, so I have to ask. Exactly how long after they had talked and come to a cease-fire should Ana have waited to continue have sex with her husband on her honeymoon? Again, not being sarcastic–I'm just trying to figure out how Ana deciding to move on from the issue at hand and continue to have sex with her husband translated for you into her using sex to solve the problem. Although the animal sex was a by-product of the fight, it certainly wasn't a solution to the problem, so I guess I'm a little lost.

      In terms of Christian's perception of Ana, I think you're spot on with that. He does need to give her a little more credit. His own insecurities about whether or not he deserves love is something that he will be working on for quite some time, but Ana is just the one to help him get over them. 😉

  23. Michelle Cheri says:

    I love this chapter! I am soooo happy you had Jason speak to Ana as well. Due to all of the storyline that includes the history of Greece and the Greek Islands… I now have them and Paris on my bucket list of places to visit.
    P.s. I really missed a mid-week chapter … Yes call me spoiled!

  24. Shannon says:

    Another fabulous chapter with their growing relationship. I was hoping that the honeymoon would be mostly drama free but alas 🙂 your characters will do what they want to do. I like the growth though. Very well written and obviously something huge-ish happened for Jason to actually be bothering them especially since they’re making up. Well until next time. Don’t let the writers block get you down. It’s hits all of us 🙂

  25. 1962 says:

    Loved how they are working to resolve this issue. And it will be an on going thing. Loved the last couple of chapters. I’m not worried about your muse she probably just taking a little breather she has been working hard. By the time you get the next couple of chapters up she’ll be back ready to go! Hope everything is going good in RL? Sending good thoughts your way!

  26. valentinesgenie says:

    Hi Lynn just wanted to say I pray you get past your writers block and find your muse We as your fans need you I have been reading your story from chapter 1 of Paging Dr Steele I may not always agree with what you write but I always read it I want to let you know you brought back a passion that had long died for me and that was reading now since I read your first ch of your first story I haven’t stop reading please find your muse I can’t speak for anyone else but I need your writing in my life .The chapter was very good please take care see you next time.

  27. I am exhausted! Maybe that’s why I never married. The deep commitment, total trust that I would require is just not in the cards for some folks. Ana and Christian are so brave for putting it all out there for each other to look at when both their backgrounds would give a lot of couples pause to stay together. I have very much enjoyed the descriptive travels in Paris and Greece. Wonder what Jason wants? Family news from Seattle?
    Lynn, 2014 was a very big year for you. Can you take a mini-vacation and leave your Muse behind?

  28. Jackie says:

    Great chapter. Christian will probably keep f-cking up for a while as will Ana. None of us are perfect and there are always hiccups in a relationship, especially at the beginning. It would be a very boring life if everything ran smoothly and lived up to our expectations with nothing ever going wrong. Most importantly Lynn, take care of yourself and let things go where you want them to.

  29. Julie says:

    Love your work! Hope this writers block is temporary… But no stress if it’s not.

  30. VRB Mariposa (Vanessa) says:

    Thanks for the updated chapter and the entertainment. I don’t know what to say about either of them. 😀

  31. rayraybxcx says:

    Brilliant can’t wait for the next

  32. nedbella says:

    Amazing. Very deep and thought provoking. Seriously, you need to write a book on relationships or something. I have to say that this chapter has been the most emotionally draining one so far for me. I know there have been many before this, but I actually feel tired right now. LOL. Well, now that I have slapped on my Ana and Christian patches, i am well prepped to wait for the next chapter. Not sure what Jason is going to tell them, but it can’t be good. It has to be something BIG. He wouldn’t interupt them with food as they can come out anytime and get food, or send a text to have something be prepared. Nah, I think it’s something humongously serious. Excellent chapter Bronzie.

  33. angalarte says:

    Omg redds77, r u sure Ur reading d same story? Ur interpretation is sooo off!!!
    Thanks BG, for another action packed emotional chapter, now why is Taylor interrupting them? X x

    • Sheree says:

      Lol. Yes! I’m reason the same Story I can say the same thing about your interpretation, but I won’t because that’s your opinion. Until Later’s;)

  34. Georgie Pickle says:

    I think many people have strong feelings and opinions about this story, but remember no one is forcing you to read it.

    • I deleted that original comment, Georgie. I think I read the first line and just deleted the whole thing because I’m fighting with who the characters should be throughout the entire story and the last thing I need is someone bashing the characters and the books while I and my Muse are having this battle. Thanks for your support… I didn’t want you to think you were crazy when you saw your comment just kinda hanging out there by itself, lol. 😉

      • Sheree says:

        I thought I was free to voice my opinion about the story. Yes I’m aware that I do not have to read it , it’s my my choice as well as my choice to review it. It’s a conversation between me and the writer, or whoever else wants to join in, not a bashing. What’s the point of reviewing if I’m just to kiss ass and not say what I’m really thinking. There was no need to erase it nor get defensive or bent out of shape. I have read many stories on Fifty Shades Of Grey and reviewed them, which I received a response from authors who opened my eyes where I can see there point or direction of the character. Sometimes I see/get it or not, but it does not change my way of thinking it’s still a conversation between author and the reader. It’s like being in a book club everyone has an opinion , it’s a discussion that’s why I thought the idea of a review came in. What’s the point of a story that doesn’t get Hype or Passionate about the characters where your telling your friends omg you have to read this one” clearly I need to tell them not to review. Really? O Well. Until Later’s ;).

      • Sheree, it wasn’t the review. I have people who don’t agree with what I do. That’s fine, their comments stay. It wasn’t that, it was the fact that you have done something that I have clearly asked my readers not to do and that is insult my characters. You went on a total tirade in one line insulting Ana and you really think that’s okay? People are always free to disagree–they are just not free to insult my characters. If you are interested at all in the full response, please read https://butterflysaga.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/my-first-deleted-commentreview/

        You may also want to read https://butterflysaga.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/disagree-but-dont-attack/ which is something that I actually posted last year on this very topic.

        I’m not squashing your freedom of speech no more than you can squash mine, but I will delete blatant insults against my characters. I’m really sorry if you don’t like that.

  35. Sara says:

    Whoopps I didn’t keep my promise about comenting 😫 Anyways, I loooved the bonus chapter & so proud I guessed correcty. I should have known happiness wouldn’t last long … Can’t wait to see how this book ends, though the wait for next one will kill me! 😊

  36. Adri says:

    Great chapter! Always so precious Jason…Great moment of forgiveness from Ana: hope Chris has learned his lesson now. Will he?

  37. jjgoldmann says:

    Awesome. They do know how to communicate on so many levels.

  38. Chanty says:

    That’s a very good thing they had this discussion. But we all know Christian and he surely will make another mistake. And Ana will forgive him again. Im’ sure Jason is here to make sure they did’nt kill each other! 😉

  39. CTHEWOODS says:

    Again for about the fifth time in your butterfly saga, I’ve felt the need to say “WTF is wrong with some people?” Why do they constantly feel the need to TEAR DOWN and BITCH about a fiction story that someone is putting their TIME and effort in to???? There is sooo much need to bitch with some people….”Christian’s too much of a Dom” ….. “Can’t they hurry up and get married…get pregnant” ….Anas a selfish bitch…..or “Christian crys to much”. BIG FUCKIN EYE ROLL ON ALL OF THEM!! People, we live in America, is the story is stressing you out where you feel the need to bitch about the author/story/characters/plot—then simply find ANOTHER STORY!!! Quit reading this one. Show some etiquette, manners, or just plain common sense and don’t take these stories so seriously …like they’re the Constitution or some shit. These people aren’t real!!! Now, I’ll agree that Bronze Goddess can paint you a picture that’s so real and make you feel like you just fucked by Christian, but these people and this story is fiction! There is no need to be mean and take it out on another human being that is just trying to give a little pleasure to others with their God-given talent. So lighten the hell up and go away!
    And BG, although I know this a year or two after all this happened and know that you are too talented a writer for your inner muse to leave you forever, so I do so hope that you will continue to tell these ignorant assed people to F-off and let their total lack of sanity roll off your back!

    • I just got to the point earlier this year or maybe late last year where I finally said that I was just going to start deleting people and their comments. I understand that people may not agree with the story. Sometimes it makes them downright angry Anise that’s okay, but some of them fail to recall that the judgmental shit is why I left Fanfiction I the first place and then they bring that shit over here and have the nerve to chastise me for speaking up for myself… AGAIN!!! So I resolved to just delete the really disrespectful ones. It’s like I said… Disagree, but don’t attack. 😉

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