Chapter 52

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Christian returns with a tablet, his easygoing mood shelved for the time being as he swipes through the contents of his inbox to find the digital version of what he tells me is the complete planned look and layout for the article.

He places the tablet on the counter then pulls me into the half-moon of his arms, my back to his chest so he can look over my shoulder. Briefly I wonder if he can hear my drumming heart when he sweeps my hair out of the way, resting his cheek against mine.

With his arm securing me to his form we read Ms. Cameron’s words. Line by line I feel my breath returning, my heart slowing to a comfortable beat as her perfect pitch filters through. It is exactly what I had in mind, only better. It has just the right amount of truth, giving it enough edge to make it feel revealing, intimate, but deliciously titillating, enough to distract your thoughts from the fact that there’s a potential question of darkness that could spell all kinds of trouble for us.

Looking at the accompanying photographs I try to put myself in the reader’s shoes, asking myself what we would look like, how we would come across to them, without the sobering background information I have. This time my skipping heart misses a beat because I feel the tantalizing waves of kinky, sheet clawing sex rolling off the pages, I get drawn in by this power couple that seems to have it all, and ideal for people to live up to, and finally the reality dawning of Christian really being free of this burdensome ticking time bomb.

Any apprehension I had pales compared to the freedom this will buy Christian, and my inner girls are ecstatic, hugging cheek to cheek, jumping up and down on the spot, and reveling in the tactical foresight we had for outmaneuvering any future blackmail attempts.

With a flinch I’m startled from my mental back slapping by Christian’s sudden gritted expletive, “No fucking way! Over my damned dead body!”

Huh?

“What’s wron…” I start, speculating about what I could have missed, and turning to face him.

His angry bark cuts me off, “You’re fucking naked! And you look… You look so, so… Jeez!” He exclaims, clearly riled, rubbing his forehead with his thumb and forefinger.

Gaping I stare, annoyance eating into my joy like a worm, “What do I look like?” I ask incredulously, wondering whether he even noticed that he’s shirtless in more than one of the pictures, his gorgeous, sculpted torso putting Michelangelo’s David to shame; and on full display for the world’s female populace to drool over.

Stepping back from me he fists his hips, a scowl darkening the angry planes of his stunning face, “You look fucking gorgeous!” he spits in disbelief, as if it were an accusation.

“It will be a cold day in hell before I let the world see you like that. Let them see what’s mine! And you’re pregnant for fuck’s sake!”

I gasp, “What does being pregnant have to do with anything?” Stupidly my focus shifts to that tiny point in his argument rather than the larger issue at hand.

Christian blinks at me, still scowling, “You. Are. Naked,” he hisses, ignoring my question and reacting as if he wasn’t with me when the pictures were taken under his exacting, directing standards.

He also seems to be forgetting that I was never nude, not for a single second. The photographer was extremely patient with Christian’s overbearing insistence on my modesty. The poor man must’ve used every trick in the book to create the illusion of my nudity.

Without thinking I roll my eyes, unable to believe that we’re having an argument over a photo shoot that he agreed to, “You know perfectly well I was never naked! It mostly just my back for heaven’s sake! I have dresses that show more skin than this.”

In a long, sure stride his body is against mine, trapping me against the kitchen counter. His hand fists the hair in the nape of my neck, tilting my head up. It’s not painful but such an over-the-top dominant move that my whole world suddenly shrinks to focus sharply on just him. It feels as though my entire being sparks to life, the sub in me instantly recognizing the commanding beast it wants to surrender to.

Holy fuck! I remember this…

He cups my breast, covering my pebbled nipple. Almost immediately the tight tips yearn for the bite of a gentle clamp.

His mouth is inches away from mine, his gaze inked, darkened with possession, “Did you just roll your eyes at me Mrs. Grey?” he coaxes is a panty meltingly low voice, seductive in its deception, hiding the current of anger I sense within him.

I am breathless, lightheaded with shock at my body’s reaction to Dom Christian and utterly unable to reply. Up to this moment, I now realize, we’ve only flirted with our kinky past. We haven’t even scratched the surface of the arresting play we used to have in the Red Room of Pain, and I have all but forgotten the high that comes with submitting to the skill of a man with a firm hand.

He inclines his head to one side, like he wants to kiss me, “Hmmm?” he purrs, “And all because I want to keep what is mine?”

Roughly his hand travels away from my bereft breast, finding the curve of my ass instead that he grips with bruising strength.

I blink, near wild with desire and my lips part as my senses drink in the animal before me, my mind still too caught up in the scene to respond.

A sinful grin tugs his full mouth into a curve, utterly at ease in his role, and acutely aware of my reaction to him, “I may have been a tad distracted during the shoot Mrs. Grey. I had my semi-naked wife in my arms half the time, but now that I’ve seen the results I’m not willing to share,” he informs me, the addition of the word semi his only concession to my argument.

In his arms like this, at his mercy and under his command, I will never win this debate, and despite being enthralled by his little power play, my rational brain is screaming at me to make him see the importance of letting the article go out as is.

Coming back to my senses, I skate my hands up his chest, resting both palms on his pectoral muscles, and close the tiny distance between our heated lips. With every feminine fiber I have I kiss him, tenderly, reverentially, deeply, cajoling his mouth into a gentle meeting of tongues, a kiss filled with love. It only takes a few seconds for him to relax into me, his arms folding around me, and pulling me closer.

When we come up for air the hard line of his shoulders is gone, that breathless predator is calmed and I’m faced with my slightly more reasonable husband looking a little dazed.

I have to hide my smile and the knowledge that I’m beginning to learn how to tame him when necessary, but I can’t deny that a very big part of me is aching to be dragged to the Red Room by my hair, and fucked into submission in every creative and contorting way Christian can come up with, however now is not the time. There is simply too much at stake and I refuse to be out sexed by my own husband, but I make a mental note to return to my Red Room ponderings a little later.

“Mr. Grey, as always you make a very impressive case, but please hear me out,” I’m in full ego-preserving mode, asking rather than demanding because right now the swirl of arousal around us is too volatile for aggression, and I want it to work for me, not against me.

I take his reluctant capitulation when he nods, his expression changing to indulgent, and build my argument with the type of logic that even he couldn’t fault, “Christian, the slant of this is absolutely perfect. It’s precisely what I envisioned the first time I mentioned it to you. The edgy sexiness is vital for the success of the article. It gives the reader just enough wicked juiciness to sink their teeth into. If you remove that aspect you’re left with what will seem like a pompous couple seeking attention for some meaningless altruism. The last thing you want is to antagonize your readers, to give them a reason to cast it into a dirty light, sensationalizing it into something it’s not.”

For a full minute he digests my words, staring at me as if he’s trying to see into my mind, to untangle the threads of my deepest thoughts.

When he speaks it’s with a barrage of fresh points of contention, “But the reporter basically makes it sound like we were flirting, and she’s not shy to admit that the interaction turned her on. Doesn’t that bother you? Fuck knows Anastasia, don’t expect my tolerance for shit like that where you’re concerned. And you look naked!” he counters, but mercifully not dismissing the whole thing, “Hot and naked!” he adds for good measure, fisting his hips once more, annoyance coloring his visage again.

“It would have bothered me very much if I wasn’t there with you, if I was left to wonder about it but like us, she is playing a part in order to convey the mood of the interview, and frankly Christian, a woman would have to be dead not to react to you in some way. I have to deal with that reaction every day when I’m with you. Waitresses, sales staff, even my mother simpers when you’re around. And much as I love and accept being yours in every way, you’re being unreasonable about the pictures. No one is going to look at it and believe that we were actually naked.”

He steps closer to me, brushing my hair behind my ear, and running the back of his knuckles along my jaw.

In that way of his he zeros in on only one tiny detail of my whole statement, always ready to offer every reassurance, “Baby, you know I only see you right?” he asks, his tone gentle, and his gaze soft with concern.

I place my hand over his, leaning into his reverent touch, “I know Christian. That’s precisely why this isn’t a big deal. Don’t forget that this whole thing came from me. I want us to do this. I want what we can gain by putting it out there. It may be a little salacious but it goes with the territory of the context, and it’s a deliciously satisfying read exactly the way it is right now. I want you to give GQ the go ahead and publish it as is.”

He narrows his eyes at me, still not entirely convinced, “You really are okay with it?”

I muster every ounce of radiance, packing it all into my beaming smile, “I’m more than okay with it Christian. I want you to publish it. Let’s be free of this, let’s be done with it.”

Again I get his mind reading stare as he works through whatever possible scenarios his clever head can conjure up.

“Okay,” he finally breathes, nodding his head in a way that makes me think that he’s still not entirely on board.

I broaden my smile, encouraging him, “Yes?” I ask, a little tentatively.

His nod becomes surer as conviction finds purchase in his mind, “Okay, let’s do it but you handle Ms. Cameron and her flirtatious ways from here on out,” he quips, a small grin teasing his mouth.

Giggling I hug him, “Deal!” I cheer, “Thank you Christian, we’re doing the right thing, you’ll see.”

He hugs me back, kissing the top of my head, “I hope you’re right Mrs. Grey. Nothing is worth losing you over.”

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After sending Ms. Cameron’s confirmation e-mail along with the signed copy of our release documents I go in search of Chris but run into Gail, “Ah, just the woman I need,” I smile, my voice turning conspiring, “I wonder if I can ask you to help me with a little project I want to start?”

For a few minutes we discuss what I need from her before my ringing phone pulls me away from our conversation, the insistent tone making it impossible to ignore in the echoing confines of the passageway.

I bid Mrs. Taylor a good night before taking my sister-in-law’s call, “Mia! How are you?”

Without a greeting or preamble she starts, her voice threaded with panic, “Ana!” She cries, “I don’t know what to do! Do you think I should go to Kate and Elliot’s function on Saturday knowing that Ethan will be there? What if he brings a date? What if he ignores me?”

“Whoa! Slow down there Mia,” I interrupt, my mind already getting the gist of her problem.

I hear her taking a calming breath, and blowing it out in an attempt to center herself.

Taking the sound as my cue, I interject a good dose of reassurance into my lilt, “Okay, let’s tackle this from a logical angle first,” I suggest while finding a comfortable seat to settle into, and not for the first time since baby making began, long for a glass of cold, crisp wine.

“Firstly, not going is out of the question. Elliot is your brother. If you don’t your absence will be screaming all sorts of messages you don’t necessarily want to send, but I think taking a date would be a very good idea.”

“A date? Really?” she asks, sounding dubious.

“Yes. Not a real date, but a close friend you can trust to talk you off the ledge for the evening. It would be even better if Elliot knew him and the nature of your relationship.”

“Okay,” she breathes, carefully following my pattern of thinking, “I have someone in mind.”

“Good,” I praise, “and are you sure Elliot won’t think that there’s a romantic connection between the two of you?”

Mia laughs, a bubbling giggle, “Yes, I’m positive! Theo might be a guy but he has more estrogen than you and me put together.”

“That’s perfect,” I grin, “give him some background information if he doesn’t already know the story, and make sure he keeps you busy so you don’t feel all wall flower if Ethan does turn up with a date.”

“Check gay date. Check keeping myself out of wallowing pit of self-pity. Right, what else?”

“Aww, there’s the Mia I know and love,” I tease, pleased that she seems to feel better now that we’re talking and coming up with a plan.

After a little pause I continue, “Then get that cute behind of yours waxed, and peeled, and plucked, and looking one hundred and fifty percent gorgeous! Ideally we want Ethan’s jaw to drop. Once we’ve managed to get his eyes glued to you, you mingle in your best I-don’t-need-a-man-to-be-happy way, and be your charming, chirpy self.”

“Look foxy, be charming and chirpy. Got it,” she quips, ticking off items from her mock list.

Again I laugh, enjoying her sense of humor, “That’s your part done. I’ll send Ethan an e-mail to see if I can get a feel for where he is emotionally right now. We can re-strategize when I have more info.”

She lets out another long breath, suddenly turning serious, “Thank you Ana. You’re the best sister-in-law a girl can ask for.”

I blush, touched by her admission and the sincerity ringing through her gratitude, “Oh Mia, you’re welcome but you’d do the same for me. I would love to see you and Ethan together and happy!”

“Me too Ana. Me too.”

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Once Christian and I’ve put Chris to bed I make my way to the library to fire off some e-mails to Kate and Ethan, but just as I start to type the chat bubble of my e-mail program pops up with an instant message from Kate.

Hi Ana. How are you? Elliot is so psyched for the launch. It’s going to be fun!

I smile, feeling the warm glow of friendship in the history that binds us. There is something very precious about not having to explain yourself to someone because they already know the length and the breadth of you, and I have that with Kate.

Hi Kate. All good, looking forward to celebrating with you. I was just about to e-mail you! What’s your take on the Mia/Ethan situation?

Ug! Silly, silly brother of mine and his silly ideas about love. He needs a kick up the behind. Mia is perfect for him! He just needs to pull his head out of his backside to see it! Why do you ask?

You know that Mia still wants him right?

Yeah, I suspected as much. She goes all quiet when I mention him. She should just march her ass over to him and drag him to her bed by his collar!

LOL! Do you think that will work??

It would if he wasn’t such a scaredy cat!

I can’t help but giggle. Only a loving sister can talk about her brother like that, but I think she’s touched on the heart of the matter with Ethan. Since having his heart broken he guards it with a ridiculous fierceness. This whole family thing he pushed Mia away with is just another excuse.

Do you know if he’s bringing a date?

Oh shit! I was supposed to organize someone for him. He’s not seeing anyone but he doesn’t want to go alone. These damn hormones make me so forgetful!

Oops! It’s the day after tomorrow! Do you have someone in mind?

Is Mia bringing someone?

Yes. I told her to. She’s bringing a gay friend, someone that Ethan also knows.

Ahh. Good plan. Support without the threat! No, I don’t have someone in mind but I think I have an idea!

Great! Tell me! What can I do to help?

Nothing, just backup my story….

Kate…..??

I’m on IVF! If I can’t use crazy hormones as an excuse for now, when will I ever get the chance again??

Katherine Agnes Kavanagh Grey! What unholy thing are you up to?

Aww, these hormones, they make me so forgetful Ethan. I’m so sorry but it completely slipped my mind. You’ll be fine without a date! Oh look, there’s Mia!

I laugh hard, more than a little shocked at her deviousness.

That’s a stunt only a sister can pull and be forgiven for, but I have to admit that it would be perfect!

I’ll handle my brother, you handle Mia. Let’s get this love on the road already.

I second that! Good luck with the arrangements for Saturday and can you clear five minutes for me when we get there? I need to talk to you about something.

Thanks and you betcha! See you Saturday xoxo

See you Kate, and thanks xx

Between us we can at very least create the most ideal situation for Mia and Ethan to rebuild the bridges between them, but what they do with the opportunity will be up to them. Maybe during the night I can have a little word with Ethan about letting love slip through your fingers, share my cautionary tale seeing that I’m the queen of failed starts.

Knowing how anxious Mia must be feeling I type out a quick e-mail for her:

From: Anastasia Grey

Subject: Ethan

Date: 24 November 2016 22:38

To: Mia Grey

Dearest Mia

I’ve enlisted Kate’s help for operation hook-Mia-up. She too is a supporter of the Ethan and Mia alliance. Ethan will not be attending the launch party with a date so you have a clear path for winning him back. I repeat, Ethan will be date-less! Bring your friend as deflection as discussed, and be combat ready in your finest armour.

Let the battle for his heart begin!

We can touch base closer to the time to further discuss strategy.

Anastasia Grey

Lieutenant sister-in-law

I’m excited for them, excited for Elliot and Kate, but I dread telling her about our impending baby joy. I’m sure Christian will share the news with his parents and siblings on Saturday, and I would rather Kate be prepared for the news beforehand.

With my mixed emotions I go to find Christian to drag him to bed with me. After our day, and our news I need to be in my husband’s arms. There is also the steady hum of desire that’s been thrumming through my veins since this afternoon’s close encounter with my real Dom to take care of. Not the watered down version he’s been carefully coddling me with, but the stance-changing, command-barking, super-charged version that I got to know and trust when we first met.

In my mind I’m still trying to find a way to open the door to the Red Room without sending Christian running for the hills in fear of losing me or stirring up old demons that he would rather forget. What was abundantly clear to me from this afternoon’s exchange was that the Dom role is as natural to him as breathing, and that he slipped into it without a second thought if the barrier of his mind didn’t stop him from doing so. To me, that is clear evidence that it’s something he needs even if he’s not prepared to admit it to himself.

True to form Christian is more than happy to accommodate my need but instead of the kinky, lust heated jackhammering I’m after, my husband makes love to me with slow worshipfulness that conveys every ounce of his delight with the pregnancy. His body covers mine in the missionary position, his gaze boring into me, pouring out his love for me, his hands roam with tenderness and adoration, his mouth slants over mine with lazy, deep licks, as he pushes himself into me, slowly swiveling his hips to feel me on all sides, stretching me with his delicious girth, and making me come repeatedly with long drawn out moans of pleasure before allowing himself the ecstasy of release.

Afterwards he pulls me into his arms, twines himself around me like a vine and falls asleep with his hand resting on my belly. Amazing as his bedroom skills are, I miss our serious kinky, and our Red Room fun. I want to coax him back into it sooner rather than later and I can’t think of a better time than now.

With all the newness of finding our way as a fledgling family, and now with the addition of another member, as well as the uncertainties regarding the article, not to mention Jose with all the horrible implications of that situation, I believe that it will cement our relationship even further, deepen the ties that will ultimately help us weather the storms that always seems to be brewing on the horizon of our lives.

Finally I fall asleep with a vague plan for getting Christian to express his kinky self forming in my head, just as my husband’s rhythmic breathing soothes me. Tomorrow will be another big day where we get to confirm my pregnancy with a blood test and maybe even have our first scan. I cannot wait to see Christian’s face when he catches the first glimpse of the precious live we’ve created together.

Be kind and review, please.

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103 thoughts on “Chapter 52

  1. Janien Meissner says:

    Hello Monique! So glad you are back again! And what a great chapter! Ana is getting better all the time, the way she made Christian change his mind…..loved it! You must have had a nice holiday.
    I am still writing on my own story, it is very hard sometimes but I love it.
    Janien xx

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  2. Rina says:

    I’m so glad you are back!!!! Waiting was too much 😉 Great story, great writing. Thank you so much!

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  3. ash says:

    Great chapter, Christians reaction to the article is magic, and Ana has worked her charm to go through with it. And then the fixing up of mia and Ethan. Love this story Love reading every chapter.

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  4. Amy says:

    Welcome back!!! I have been having withdrawals!! LOL!! great chapter!! Love it! I can’t wait to see what happens with Mia and Ethan too!! 🙂

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  5. aturner0530 says:

    Yeah! Another great chapter… love the Ana/Kate alliance to get Ethan and Mia back together… it should get interesting.

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  6. Fabulous Monique as usual. Chapters always seem too short! Can’t wait for the next instalment xx

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    • Monique Lain says:

      Hello Jayne, thank you very much! LOL! for short chapters, sometimes they are. They always seem to have a natural break, I don’t generally chase specific number of words when it comes to writing them 😉

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  7. Hazel (South Africa) says:

    Ah our possesive Mr Grey priceless.. Fanning myself so hot!! And all this scheming with Mia for Ethan omg!! I love that you back thank you Monique. Love you!!

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  8. Jenny says:

    Oh how I missed our Christian and Ana! I love the scheming .. Both with the Mia and Ethan situation and getting back into the Red Room of pain !!! I hope you had a great holiday !!! But I’m so excited you are back 😉

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  9. Maggie says:

    Family first, but I’m so very glad you’re back 😉 I do so love how you are showing Ana growing and maturing in her role as Mrs. CG. She does know how to work it with him – looking forward to her plot to get them back into the playroom. So glad that all of the supporting cast is back in play. The GQ article was awesome and the pics were perfect – knew he’d flip out but Ana’s response was perfect! Pregnancy can do fun things with one’s libido…make the most of it, won’t you?!

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  10. Marion Evans says:

    Hi Monique Glad your back Missed you …… And your Christian and Ana
    Loved this Chapter You My dear are a genius

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  11. Mrs. G says:

    And Monique is back! Giving us a chapter filled with two anxious Grey’s – Christian and Mia!! LOVED it as always! I like how a lot of storyline has been introduced and setup in this chapter. Much to look forward to! Oh, and as soon as I read “eye roll” I think my heart skipped a beat! Bring on the Dom!!

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  12. jeangb says:

    Thankyou great chapter, only one complaint, It was over too soon!!!!

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  13. Fiona Fraser says:

    Aaaah Monique, it’s so good to have you back. I was missing my weekly fix!! LOL I hope you had a brilliant, relaxing break. As always, another fabulous chapter especially this set up going on with Mia & Ethan. The poor guy doesn’t stand a chance 😉 I’m anxiously looking forward to the next chapter & can’t wait for them telling everyone their happy news. Ooooooh…Have I told you how happy I am to have you back writing again!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  14. moire says:

    – and Saturday morning is once again as it should be – sigh !!

    It seems the pupil imay be beginning to outsmart the teacher LOL 🙂 Eye roll ?? uh oh !!! so love where this looks to be heading – maybe to the Red Room oh yay —————

    Thank you Monique for your amazing imagination and understanding of your readers – and characters’

    Roll on 53

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  15. Tracie says:

    Another well written segment. I’m thrilled you are back and seriously on your “A” game per usual. Cannot wait to see the pregnancy play out and what the aftermath of the GQ article may entail. I know watching your body change while women oogle your mate is tough for those with ironclad self esteem, so poor Ana better be ready (or have some serious Flynn time booked). It is good to get Kate back in the mix and Mia too. Hopefully befriending Ethan doesn’t make Sir’s blood boil. Great chapter….is it next weekend yet?

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  16. M.A.C. says:

    Back and sassy!! Awww ~ I let out the hugest contentment sigh when I finished #52… Awww ~ you are back, missed you lots. Awww ~ Christian is jealous and that feels more than right! I still cannot believe they are letting all this out…they will not need a “red” room they will need a “panic” room when this hits!! But because I literally found myself running to my laptop from work I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that I more than trust you…I love all the possibilities you put into this chapter and I’ll try not to hyperventilate while I buckle up for the wild ride I know is just on the horizon!! Thank you for coming back and writing for us. You rock!! Now order has been restored to my weekends!! 😉

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    • Monique Lain says:

      LOL! Love it! Aww, you are just to sweet! I’m more than happy to put your weekend into perfect order and I think you can expect a surprise or two to come! 😉 Thank you for an awesome comment! 😉

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  17. Deb says:

    So happy you are back, dear friend….
    As well as having another chapter of Christian and Ana.
    Where you are with them, right now, makes me believe they are forever….you have given them the cement to bind them together to infinity…..
    The love they have for each other, the love you have for them. The love you give us is all encompassing….
    This journey has taken me to a place of joy, love and commitment that only your words can….
    I have missed Christian and Ana, but I have missed your words more….
    Your talent, your detail, your passion ……warms my soul.
    You have such a keen understanding of the human spirit..you have made them both real….no little feat….it’s your words…..your heart….it’s your talent that makes them alive, to me..
    As a child, imagination was encouraged, for good play time, to dream ….to believe…..as an adult…imagination is a place to go to escape, heal, reflect…..
    You have helped me regain my imagination….my place of healing..
    Your words have helped me so much….my love for Christian and Ana…….give me hope…….
    I loved this chapter…..can not wait for more of them…more of you…
    xxxxx
    Deb

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    • Monique Lain says:

      Ah Deb, as always searing words that make my heart swell and clench at the same time. Swell with pride that I can touch you in your world in a positive way and clench because I feel your ache friend. I hope the joy outweighs the trails that lay before you, brings sweet healing, memories fading of hurting times 😉 A beautiful review, thank you! x

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  18. Valerie says:

    Great chapter! And I feel that the next one will be even better; I’m so excited to see what happens at the event with any possible pregnancy announcement and things heating up between Mia and Ethan. I love the devious matchmaking!

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  19. Donnie says:

    What more can I say but “AWESOME”. I can’t wait for the next chapter and look forward to the possible return of some kinky fuckery.

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  20. Denise says:

    I’m really enjoying this story its a great read

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  21. Chloe Watret says:

    Awwwww!!! The fact that Kate and Ana are on the route to match making for Mia and Ethan! HELL YES! Loved this chapter! Cannot wait till chapter 53 😀 eeeeek!!

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  22. CMS says:

    Great to have you back! Hope you had a well earned rest. Can’t wait for the next chapter, you keep me intrigued as always.

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  23. Sheila H says:

    Like everyone else I have missed you and your lovely writing, I too was missing my Christian and Ana fix. Ana trying to get back into the playroom – the minx 😉 Another great chapter, looking forward to Mia and Ethan getting together, but not so sure how Kate and her hormones will react to Ana being pregnant.
    Hope you are well Monique, thank you for this lovely chapter.

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  24. Barb says:

    Hope you enjoyed your time off and away. I sure missed your update but was thrilled to see the most recent appear in my email and was even more thrilled to read it. There is so much going on and you handle all the transitions with ease. I’d never heard of the fingerprint ring but what an everlasting symbol of to express her commitment to him and them. Can’t wait for the next update, only six days now 🙂

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  25. sharon metcalf says:

    Dearest Monique

    I am so happy you are back! I kept checking my laptop for your return. As always, your story is so wonderful. I was really missing Ana and Christian and this wonderful continuation of 50 shades. PLEASE keep up the good work.

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  26. CG obsessed says:

    Great chapter. Lots of interesting developments with the other characters. I love how CG is very protective of Ana’s pictures and wants to have her deal with the reporter who has flirty with him so as not to create any unnecessary problems in their relationship. I love how he is gentle in the love making with her though she seems to want the kinky stuff! I dont understand why she wants that Dom in him back! It was something that Elena taught him to desire and it seems he doesnt need it to enjoy their loving relationship. He doesnt need to dominate her or possess her, they are equal partners so why would she want him to go back to his old ways? This CG is so awesome, Ana should just enjoy him as he is and quit trying to get him back into the Red room. He falls back into the Dom mode because it was all he knew for years. He is better off without needing to get sexual gratification thru domination. Ana needs to just appreciate the real manly CG who loves her and wants to make love without weird toys of pain inflictions. Her warped desires to be submissive is not love, it brings women back to the days of torture and 2nd class citizens. Yuk!

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    • Monique Lain says:

      I hear you. I think there will be a very fine line to tread here. I hope I’m able to do this but I think from the outset I’d like to be clear on the point you make here. Though there are certain aspects to the BDSM word that seem very repressive to non practising folks, and some BDSM folks that practice the scene from very dark places, with Christian it is not the case. During the original series he realised in the end that his BDSM ties were because of his fear of being touched (ergo had to have women tied up so they wouldn’t if he wanted to have something as naturally tactile as sex), and working through the pain and anger he felt from being let down in such a spectacular manner by his birth mother. BDSM gave him both those tools and because it suited him he never questioned them, his partners were consenting women after all. I do not think Ana is seeking a Dom in the sense that she wants to be repressed but Christian being the experienced lover that he is comes with an alter ego that can bring a large spectrum of pleasure to their sex life. Couple that with the inherent erotic nature of being utterly vulnerable (like when you are tied up or blind folded), and you have the makings of a spicy love life with variance. The red room will never be a room of pain again, but like Christian said in the article, it is about the sensory aspect of BDSM play, engaging every sense and then stringing it out to delay gratification, which in turn makes gratification more. Even in Christian’s Dom hey-day, he never thought of women as seconds class citizens, BDSM was a means to an end for him. I think he respected his subs, as subs, women and human beings. Hope that helps xx

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  27. tracy says:

    To begin with, I’m driving down the highway when I realize, shit, it’s Friday and Monique is back! Gotta get home and see if ch. 52 is there! (My 25 yr old son thinks I have a problem…lol…do I ?) Yes, it’s there! I begin reading…First I’m grinning real wide looking around to see if anyone notices me. Then my heart’s racing. Then I’m stomping my feet in frustration. Last I’m giggling! Why??? Because Monique made me think we were going back in the red room and I momentarily forgot how much she likes to tease us! Silly me. Absolutely LOVED it! I actually enjoyed the tease…(If my son knew that, he’d really think I’m nuts!) 😉 Obviously Ana is up to something…can’t wait to see what. Love the “inner girls” and the Ana, Kate and Mia friendship. How could I forget, LOVE the Dom too! Something tells me we’ll be seeing him soon too! Thank you… 😉

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    • Monique Lain says:

      LOVE the review Tracy! So funny! Yes, you know me too well! It’s all about the tease baby! 😉 Pft! What do son’s know of these things?? LOL! Some things are better left as mommy’s special, juicy secret! 😉 Thank you very much!

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  28. Connie Wilder says:

    Good to have you back and writing! Enjoyed the new chapter but I still get the sense that Kate and Ana are still not back on good terms(my thoughts). I understand Ana wanting to go back to the Red Room of Pain because obviously this experience with Christian has awakened something in her. 🙂

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  29. fanny rebellon says:

    Hola monique bienvenida de tus vacaciones me imagino y con las pilas puestas, me encanta el contenido pero no lo entendi mucho, el traductor geogle es espantoso, y no te he podido conseguir quien te lo traduzca pues la gente de sirocco 968 hantenido muchos plagios y estan haciendo arreglos para que no vuelva a suceder, pienso que en un tiempo tu deberias ponerte en contacto con ellas de pronto las convences, de todas manera averiguare por otro lado, seria feliz poder leerlo a mia anchas todo en español gracias un beso .

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    • Monique Lain says:

      Hello Fanny, again I understood very little of that message because google translator is no good. I will try to find a Spanish speaking someone, though it might take some time.

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  30. Marjorie says:

    Amazing writing!!So inlove with this story.Hope there’s no ending in site!

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  31. samantha says:

    great chapter but it felt a bit short for me

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  32. me123456 says:

    And she’s back!!1 TADA!!!! With her is another great form of heart stopping, breath taking and combusting art 🙂 I want more!!!! Hope you had fun from your break! I bet all other readers are so hungry for your work xoxoxox Once again, GREAt CHAPTER!

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  33. Vicki says:

    Monique,

    Yet another fabulous chapter! I love how Ana and Kate have gotten right back into their former rhythm. They each need a female confidant, especially now that Ana is pregnant. I can’t wait to see how Ana handles this pregnancy. Thank you!

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  34. Elle says:

    Hi Monique, Missed you, hope you had a relaxing holiday. Loved your new chapter, can’t wait to find out how Ana gets Christain back in the Red Room of Pain. The plans for the Ethan and Mia reconnection will be fun. I’m sure you have something unexpected in mind. Thank you again for continuation of this wonderful story I look forward to Chapter 53!
    Elle

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  35. Anita knowles says:

    Well hello there again! I hope your holiday is going well for you! Your writing is as gr8 as ever and you are so thoughtful to write whilst away for us poor mortals awaiting anxiously for any tidbits you may throw our way of the delectable Mr. Grey!!! Thanx you’ve made my day yet again! Sooo hope they pick the right guy for the part… It’s gonna be sooo hard trying to please us all as we’ve all got our own take on who we picture as Christian huh??
    Have a wonderful week and thanx again! Xx

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  36. HenryCavill4Fifty says:

    In a long, sure stride his body is against mine, trapping me against the kitchen counter. His hand fists the hair in the nape of my neck, tilting my head up. It’s not painful but such an over-the-top dominant move that my whole world suddenly shrinks to focus sharply on just him. It feels as though my entire being sparks to life, the sub in me instantly recognizing the commanding beast it wants to surrender to.

    You know how I LOVE LOVE LOVE your writing and a jealous CG — recipe for success.

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  37. Deanna says:

    It’s good to have you back Mo! Loving the things to come with these story lines. I sense lots of activity coming soon …….. cannot wait!

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  38. Diana says:

    Hi Monique, WooHoo…..you are my savior!!! First welcome back friend and I hope you had a nice getaway!! BTW, thanks for another fantastic chapter!!!!
    Where to start (?), umhhh, lol!!!!! Okay..I love how you allowed to show the utmost jealousy that CG has where Ana is concerned …about the GQ article, lol Loved it!! The way Ana has just the right amount of control over her hot hubby!! Lol, I love it, they’re more compatible now then ever! There use to be the intimidation, where Ana would not speak of how she feels as much as she does now!
    As far as Christian goes, I love how he totally loves & cherishes his wife’s body!!!! They are just like bread & butter in how they mesh so well together!! It’s so hard to remember where they started 😉
    You’ve made me so happy that you are bring Kate & Ana the BFF’s back together like never before.
    I just want to thank you for all the flavor you brought into this chapter with all the key players. I anxiously await the response that will follow from all family members when they are made aware that Ana is preggers!!!!!! Even Lil’ Chris’ response! I never knew that Vanilla Sex would be so exciting & oh so damn sexy when it comes to C & A…
    I would like to see them get back in to the RROP!!!!
    Thank you for an excellent Chapter Monique……..you sure do know how to make a sex scene just so damn HOT!!! lol
    I’ll anxiously await the response that will be coming from the GQ article, Ana’s pregnancy, Ethan & Mia’s status……..so what I’m saying is this Monique, I cannot wait until you put Pen to Paper again for the next chapter……………………….so luscious…….Hugs & ♥ my friend 😉

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    • Monique Lain says:

      Helloooo! I’m sorry I’ve been so slow to reply. My plate is so very full and I’ve fallen behind. As always your reviews blow me away but I love the point you make, that it is hard to remember where they started, that there has been a journey for our two fav characters and that we’ve walked it with them. Thank you Diana, as always! 😉

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  39. kerecb says:

    I loved it!!! Can’t wait for next chapter, would be lovely to see Chris reaction to the new addition in Grey’s family (Being a big brother when he suppost to be the center of all the attention)…
    xx
    Lot of Love from Venezuela…
    laters baby…

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  40. lIZ says:

    Lol, she “handles” him well. I love the different aspect of your chapters, keep ’em coming… PLEEEEEEEASE

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  41. Tarsha says:

    Monique,
    I am so sad! I have no more chapters waiting for me :(. I am not sure how I will be able to wait week to week. I just completed all chapters I started a week and a half ago. It has been great! Thanks so much for keeping the CG & AG love story alive….I did not like the start because they were apart but I have enjoyed the journey. I so loved the fact that you do not miss a beat with their personalities they are the same CG & AG I fell in love with in FSOG. You have just taken them to another level. Great Job! Keep up the good work. I can not put into words how excited I am about reading the next chapter……..yes my name is Tarsha and I am a FSOGandmorecoholic!

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    • Monique Lain says:

      You are so welcome! I know, it;s a touch place to start, trust me I was crying when I wrote the first chapter. LOL! Love the name! Hi Tarsha, you are in good company here! 😉

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  42. stephanie says:

    When will chapter 53 be available?

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  43. Aaliyah says:

    Great chapter, when can we expect chapter 53?

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  44. Wendy LeGrand says:

    Hi Monique – I’m just rereading the chapter while we all wait for the next chapter. I first went back and read the GQ article before reading this chapter again. A thought just popped in my head, an ugly thought actually because I can’t stand the bitch troll but I suddenly wondered if the release of the article would bring Elena out of the woodwork. Since Christian comments on how he got involved at an early age it made me think that this may have Elena thinking she can use this article to weasel her way back into Christian’s life since she was the one that got him started. It would certainly cause a lot of drama!

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  45. Sakeenah says:

    I really enjoyed this

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  46. Ava says:

    I love this story! Will Jose be making an appearance soon?

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  47. Aaliyah says:

    I’m so impatient! Sorry loving ur story can not get enough of Ana and Christian! Is 53 gna be available today?

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  48. Christian obsessed says:

    It’s always great to read… But Anna’s and Mia’s talk is not that clear..in regards of the gay-date… At first Mia confirms that Elliott knows him but later when she talks to Kate she says that Ethan knows him…

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  49. Tanya Wood says:

    wow Monique your writing skills are do amazing I haven’t been able to focus on anything else since I started reading.

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  50. Monique ,,,,exqusite ,,,,,,,what else can i say you go girl , and keep up the excellent work , more books please your biggest fan

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