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Chapter 6

 

My initial hopes of a step forward seem to have suffered a paradigm shift.

Since our pleasant and engaging chat over malt whisky, my sessions with Christian Grey have been difficult, to say the least. He’s cancelled two appointments without rescheduling, refuses point blank to try using a dream diary, and insisted that I call him ‘Mr Grey’ rather than ‘Christian’. I won’t be the least bit surprised if he decides to end our sessions completely.

It’s a levelling thought, particularly as I’d believed I was beginning to get through to him. I fear I will be closing my case notes on this particular client. He won’t be the first person I’ve been unable to reach or help: some people simply don’t want to be helped. But I can’t stop thinking he will be my greatest failure. Undoubtedly I have been arrogant in my belief that I was helping him move forward.

I read in the papers that he has acquired a shipyard, securing 3,000 jobs for the local economy. It’s quite a departure from his telecoms empire. I was vaguely aware, from my research, that he had bought a ships’ chandlers early in his career, but this seems to be a completely new branch of business. I wonder what has driven this acquisition: I fear I will never know.

I mull over my failings as a therapist whilst listening to the BBC’s World Service internet broadcast, over a roast beef and horseradish sandwich at luncheon.

I am aware, naturally, that a therapist, in any discipline, needs to be able to erect and maintain a thin but invisible barrier between oneself and one’s client – either that or be drawn into their lives in a way that is healthy for neither. There’s no doubt that Mr Grey has piqued more than a professional interest: perhaps it’s as well that he has chosen to keep his distance.

So I’m surprised and delighted when my dear, hard-working and matronly receptionist, Edna, informs me that she’s just made an appointment for the aforementioned Christian Grey: in one hour.

I wonder if it’s worth planning a topic: there are several areas of his life, well, about fifty in fact, that I would like to draw him out on, but I now know him well enough to assume that he’ll drive our discussion. Or not – if it’s one of his incommunicative days; I’ve several possible subjects up my sleeve.

I find myself looking forward to the verbal sparring that is sure to ensue.

At precisely 2pm, the intercom on my desk buzzes.

“Mr Grey to see you, doctor,” Edna informs me.

I stand up to shake hands as he enters the room. He is well dressed, seemingly calm and in control.

“Good afternoon, Dr Flynn.”

“And to you, Mr Grey.”

I wave him to a seat and he sits, an elegant arrangement of Gucci-clad limbs.

“I apologise for cancelling two appointments recently, Dr Flynn,” he states. “I have been otherwise occupied.”

I’m taken aback that he has started our session with an apology: not his usual style at all. If anything, he is usually combative, bordering on aggressive. Sometimes passive aggressive; but this is new.

“To do with your purchase of a shipyard?”

He looks surprised.

“You have been doing your homework, Dr Flynn.”

“Happenstance, Mr Grey: I merely bought a newspaper.”

He seems affable so I’m keen to keep the conversation going.

“Not that I am au fait with your business, but it does seem a change of direction for you?”

His face acquires the blank, impassive look that I’ve come to recognise: he uses it when he wishes to hide his deeper feelings. He stills in his chair, deliberately holding himself in. I’ve struck a nerve: interesting. I decide to pursue this unexpected advantage.

He stares, his eyes locked on mine. It is one of his greatest weapons: utterly unblinking, he seems nerveless. I, however, know better and I can’t help a small smile escaping.

“It is simply a good business decision,” he says at length.

“Yes, indeed, because the shipbuilding economy is booming all over the world,” I nod sagely, more than a soupçon of sarcasm in my voice.

He raises an eyebrow, but that is his only response. I pretend to sigh, “Well, I’m sure if anyone can turn it around you will, Mr Grey, but I understood there was a reason that most heavy manufacturing is moving to the Far East.”

He doesn’t reply or rise to my verbal riposte. It’s going to be one of those sessions.

But then he leans forward and puts his head in his hands. Except for our impromptu meeting when he’d made the tentative and, in my opinion, unproven link to his submissives and his mother, it’s the most vulnerable I’ve seen him. I’m intrigued as to what has brought this on. I sit back, hoping he’ll give me a clue.

“I like building things.”

He speaks so softly I can barely hear him.

Then he leans back and seems to make some sort of internal decision: he begins to talk.

“What do you know about the commodities market, Dr Flynn?”

Oh?

“As I understand it, it’s a way of buying raw materials like coffee or cocoa beans or gold on a fixed contract as a sort of bet against which way the market will go. The aim is to buy at a cheaper price and sell at a better price. It’s a form of gambling because the price can go up or down.”

“Correct, Dr Flynn.”

There’s another pause. Has he really come here to give me a lesson world economics? I must be patient.

“I don’t trade in the commodities or futures market, Dr Flynn. GEH has no interest in that sort of… how did you put it… gambling. I want my company to stand for something more than a way of making money.”

Interesting.

“Go on.”

“It’s possible to make large profits by buying up all the coffee beans, for example, creating a shortage, and waiting for the world price to rise to ensure profits.”

“Indeed.”

“If I liquidated all my assets, I could buy up 17% of the world’s supply of wheat. I alone could force prices to rise to the point where my current wealth would pale into insignificance.”

I’m appalled. Is this his plan? I’m reminded that the definition of a business – to derive the best profit it can, where personal cost or lives destroyed is simply collateral damage and of no interest. It is shockingly similar to the definition of a psychopath:

‘psyche’ from the Ancient Greek for ‘soul or mind’ and ‘pathos’ meaning ‘suffering’ or in medical terms a disease or condition.

The characteristics of a psychopath include: shallow emotions and lack of empathy; cold-heartedness; superficial charm; manipulative qualities and egocentricity.

One might conclude that these can be applied to Mr Grey. But a true psychopath also lacks guilt, is often irresponsible and may display a number of antisocial behaviours. Mr Grey, however, carries more guilt than one person can easily support.

Neither do I believe that his emotions are shallow: in fact I would argue that the opposite is true. He has simply become an expert at hiding his emotions. It is one of his characteristics that must make him a formidable businessman.

He looks up at me and I realise I’m still staring at him.

“And do you plan to buy up 17% of the world’s production of wheat?”

“You can’t eat money, Dr Flynn,” he says, wearily, meeting my eyes.

I admit I’m having some trouble following his chain of thought. I’m not sure Mr Grey has chains of thought: he seems to make leaps of intellect, leaving us lesser mortals to try and catch up.

“Ships deliver food around the world,” he says softly.

And suddenly we’re on the same page.

“You intend for the ships you build to freight food around the world – to help feed people.”

He shrugs, looking uncomfortable again.

“Perhaps. Yes.”

“So… this new business venture is, to use your word, perhaps more to do with a philanthropic ethic?”

He snorts with derision.

“I’m hardly a philanthropist, Dr Flynn. I’m a fucking billionaire! I don’t ‘love humanity’!”

“You’re being disingenuous, Mr Grey. That is one definition of a philanthropist. Another is ‘private initiatives for public good’. That does seem to fit you: and I am aware of your funding of the farming initiatives at WSUV.”

“That’s just good business,” he mutters, defensively.

“How so?”

He gives me his stubborn teenager expression. I hope my own children don’t develop that look or I’ll be the one in therapy.

“Why does it bother you that I see some of your work as philanthropic?”

“Because that’s bullshit.”

“How so?” I repeat my question, and he narrows his eyes, refusing to answer.

Well, I’m not letting go this time: he’s here for a reason and I shall get to the bottom of it if it’s the last thing I do, which, looking at the expression on his face, may well be the case.

“You are a philanthropist, Mr Grey. Please tell me how you will use this fact to self-flagellate yourself this time?”

His mouth drops open in surprise but then he presses his lips together and grasps the arms of his chair tightly.

“Cargo ships can carry a great many things around the world – not just food. And yet it is food that is your primary concern. Believe me, Mr Grey, I didn’t train for seven years without being able to make the blindingly obvious assumption that this goes back to your formative years when access to food was not always consistent. You don’t wish others to suffer what you suffered: this is the very essence of philanthropy. Why are you so reluctant to recognise that fact?”

“Because it’s not a fucking fact! It’s business: that’s all! Don’t fucking patronise me!”

His face is a mask of anger.

“Don’t patronise me, Mr Grey,” I retort, letting some of my ire show. “There’s a link, you know, and the reason you obstinately refuse to see it is because you’re determined to believe that you don’t have a humane bone in your body. Well, frankly, Mr Grey, that’s bullshit – and you’re full of it.”

He gapes at me, for once, silenced. He leans back in his chair and stares at me doubtfully.

I speak more calmly.

“Well, I’m sorry, Christian, but you’ll just have to face the truth: you’re a good man.”

It takes several attempts for him to try to speak.

“I was born a bastard, Dr Flynn, and now I’m a bigger one.”

“So you want me to believe that your good deeds are entirely accidental?”

“I’m not trying to buy my way into Heaven, Dr Flynn. I’m already damned.”

“Then perhaps you should see a priest and not a therapist,” I reply, calmly. “Really, Christian, whilst I do enjoy a little theatre, your cup does seem to be rather overflowing with a touch of the melodramatics at the moment.”

He stares at me and, to tell the truth, he looks a little wounded. But then he raises an eyebrow and I see a small smile on his lips.

“Melodramatic? I haven’t been called that before.”

“Oh, I’m pretty sure you have, just not to your face.”

This time he laughs out loud.

“Well, that might be true.”

His body relaxes and he loosens his tie slightly.

“So, other than making multimillion dollar purchases of heavy industry, what else have you been up to?”

“Oh, the usual, Dr Flynn: whipping, fucking, making donations to charity.”

“In that order?”

He smiles.

“Not particularly, although the whipping and fucking generally go together… not so much the other.”

“Do whipping and fucking always go together, in your experience?”

The smile vanishes like mist on a summer morning.

“That’s the way I like it.”

“I’m curious: have you ever had sexual intercourse with any of your submissives, or indeed when you yourself were a submissive, that didn’t involve corporal punishment?”

“I see where you’re going with this, Dr Flynn.”

“How delightful: does that mean you’ll answer my question?”

He scowls.

Oh, we’re back to the surly teenager – he’s never far away.

“No, Doctor Flynn, I haven’t.”

“Doesn’t that strike you as… a little limited, when it comes to exploring your own sexuality, putting aside that of your submissives for a moment?”

“Limited! Dr Flynn, I’ve fucked more women, in more ways, for longer periods of time, than you can possibly imagine. I think I’ve explored fucking pretty fucking thoroughly.”

“Well, lucky for me, Christian, that I have quite a wide bandwidth when it comes to feats of the imagination. But you’re deliberately misunderstanding me – again. How do you know that you wouldn’t enjoy – what is your term – vanilla sex – if you haven’t tried it?”

“We’ve been over this before, Dr Flynn.”

“Yes, indeed: and you avoided answering me then, too.”

His impassive, blank look is back.

“Perhaps you would consider it – as an experiment?”

“No, Dr Flynn, I wouldn’t.”

“Why not?”

“Because!” He pauses. “Because I need it.”

At last – we’re getting somewhere.

I can tell he’s distressed again because he’s using his trademark ‘tell’ of running his hands through his hair.

“Why?”

“Because I do!”

“But why?”

“Because I can’t punish her!

He screams the words at me, suddenly standing, and all the blood has drained from his face.

“Thank you for telling me, Christian. Please sit: take a moment.”

His eyes are those of a wild animal in a trap; he’s utterly vulnerable. I must choose my words very carefully.

“I’ve pushed you a lot this afternoon, Christian. It seems to me that you understand more about your self than anyone: more than me, more than any number of the therapists you’ve seen over the years. But allowing yourself to say it out loud, to sort out the tangle of thoughts and ungovernable feelings: that’s a step forwards, believe me. To use a rather trite metaphor: I can show you the path, but you’re the one who has to walk it.

“But to take those steps you need to understand the direction you want to go. I believe you can choose to be happy. That is the fundamental at the heart of my therapy. Decide where you want to be in life, Christian. You have already chosen to be a good man. You now need to allow yourself to choose to be happy, too.”

His face morphs from anguish to defeat.

“I don’t know how to,” he says.

 

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  1. 09/5/2012
    Bing

    Oooh, this is sooo gooood! I love the way Flynn answers back to Christian. And the insight he has in Christian’s mind is right on the ball. Wonderful chapter! Please, Ma’am, may I have some – more?

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  2. 09/5/2012
    Nan Virden

    Beautiful chapter. Such good men Flynn and Christian are. Flynn trying to prove that Christian is truly good and Christian unwilling to accept the fact that he is. Awesome writing too. I can see more of Flynns character. Who knew he’d talk back to Christian like that! Cool! And the ‘Heart of Stone’ that is Christian pre-Ana. Don’t you just want to make all his pain go away? Brilliant piece of work.

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    • 09/5/2012
      sunandsurf

      Cor, thanks, Nan! I was trying to show the ‘shell of a man’ that he thinks he is, that he describes to Ana. Yes, if only a big hug could solve everything.

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      • 09/5/2012
        Nan Virden

        You’re right! Come to think of it ‘shell of a man’ is a better definition. With an outward ‘heart of stone’? 😀

      • 09/5/2012
        sunandsurf

        Yes, he controls those emotions on the outside very tightly.

  3. 09/5/2012
    christina

    Its great to hear from the wise and charming Dr. Quinn. We could all use a Dr. Flynn at some point in our lives. Enjoyed, the chapter immensely but anxiously await book two of fso Taylor. However, no pressure, I appreciate your hard work entertaining the masses. Thanks, love your writing.

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    • 09/5/2012
      sunandsurf

      Hiya, promise I’ll be doing the BIG Taylor chapter next week.

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      • 09/5/2012
        Née

        That definitely put a smile on my face!

      • 09/6/2012
        sunandsurf

        Glad to hear it! Thank you, Née.

  4. 09/5/2012
    Gypsy Kay

    Lovely. You always leave me wanting more! I hope the issue with the one shot is cleared up soon. Thank you for sharing your imaginative talent. 🙂

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    • 09/5/2012
      sunandsurf

      Thanks, Gypsy. Yes, my gal Amy in Seattle has come up trumps. The one-shot will be with you soon.

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  5. 09/5/2012
    Kath

    Excellent as usual, can’t wait for the next chapter

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    • 09/5/2012
      sunandsurf

      Oh, Kath! May I sleep first? Pretty please? You’re a hard taskmaster than our Christian! 😉

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  6. 09/5/2012
    Carol

    Oh poor Fifty. I am teary eyed right now over this deeply troubled man. He just needs some TLC. Another beautifully written story. Thank you. xxoo

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    • 09/5/2012
      sunandsurf

      Thank you, Carol. Yes, so much hurt beneath his stony surface.

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  7. 09/5/2012
    Jennifer

    Another great chapter as always!!! I wonder if Taylor will ever have a session with Flynn…

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    • 09/5/2012
      sunandsurf

      If he works with Christian much longer, he’ll need it!

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  8. 09/5/2012
    claire

    Love it – I cant wait till you get to the issue of b***h troll, I am really looking forward to what view Flynn has on her and weather he points out the issue that she is a child molester! More please.

    It would be interesting to see Taylor and Flynn have some interaction, but I cant imagine them having a sit down discussion, I only really see a short discussion happening after Ana left!

    Claire 😀

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    • 09/5/2012
      sunandsurf

      Oh, there’ll definitely be plenty for the good doctor to say about Mrs Lincoln!

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  9. 09/5/2012
    Roxanne

    I”m so glad Christian found Dr Flynn as he appears to be the only professional that has been able to make a dent in Christians’a armor to the point where he can help him see and help him recognize he’s more of a person than he thinks he is. The future bears that out but there is so much that has to be broched before he gets to that time in his life. thanks for this new chapter. It’s a joy to find a new chapter in any of your stories and I am following them all. Thanks again FriendOfMags /Roxanne

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    • 09/5/2012
      sunandsurf

      Aha! Your alter-ego! Nice to hear from you again.

      Yes, Flynn is the perfect mix of wisdom, knowledge, kindness and strength of character to take on our Christian.

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  10. 09/5/2012
    Brooke

    I have missed Flynn, thanks for the chapter. It was very well written as usual and it sucked me right in. I like how Flynn is trying to get Christian to realize he is a good man. Can’t wait for more from Flynn. Thanks again.

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    • 09/5/2012
      sunandsurf

      Hiya, glad you liked it. ‘Twas a wait, indeed!

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  11. 09/5/2012

    I really enjoyed this chapter. Your writing is superb, top notch. Just loved the combacks and banter.

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    • 09/6/2012
      sunandsurf

      Ah, thank you. I do enjoy a bit of Flynnisms.

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  12. 09/5/2012
    Candy

    Thank goodness for Flynn being back. I know your readers love the Taylor IFC, but this one is so telling and therapeutic. It’s incredible. Same for Fifty Twentys. This was a great look in understanding the weave that is Christian Grey.

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    • 09/6/2012
      sunandsurf

      Oh, Candy, I don’t have a schedule, as such. Or perhaps I just prefer to keep you in suspense! All I can say is I promise not to abandon Flynn. He’ll be quietly working in the background.

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  13. 09/5/2012
    Candy

    PS its too much time between your chapters. What’s your schedule. I’m so anxious for your next chapters. Thanks btw.

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  14. 09/5/2012
    shabz

    What a nice surprise I had when I got home from work and checked my inbox to find the news of ‘Paging Dr Flynn chapter 6’ it was along wait and well worth it,cant wait for the next chapter of this story and all the others,Thank you.:)

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    • 09/6/2012
      sunandsurf

      You’re welcome, Shabz. Yes, sorry it was a long wait. More soon…ish!

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  15. 09/5/2012
    Lillimarlene

    Ah, the World Service, friend of expats everywhere. This is so good, Flynn really challenges CG but it’s a real struggle to unpick the layers of his favourite patients neuroses. Well done.

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    • 09/6/2012
      sunandsurf

      Thanks, Lil. I suspect Dr Flynn will have a patient for life.

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  16. 09/5/2012
    Susan

    My goodness. You have such a perfect beam into Flynn. I too would like to see new chapters every day, but it is so obvious how much time, thought, craft and research you do that you cannot rush. It is somewhat like going to a good restaurant where the menu states: we cook to order,please be patient. You know you are going to be treated to something worth the wait! So thank you. While reading this it dawned on me that Flynn is much like the therapist in The Kings Speech. Just perfect for this patient.

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    • 09/6/2012
      sunandsurf

      Susan, thank you! What a lovely analogy! I shall certainly use that again. Yes, Dr Flynn is cooking to order! I really like that. And yes again, I see the parallels between Flynn and Logue. Good call.

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  17. 09/6/2012
    Vicki

    THANKYOU ……..THANKYOU…………THANKYOU so much ,Once agaqin you never cease to amaze me by letting me get lost in your writing expalining the Christian in Flynn,Gail’s and Taylors eyes its mesmerizing if you ever decide you could put a novel together on this please give me the oppurtunity to purchase it, Maybe you could call it 50 BA!!! I love your work all of it…I can barely wait now for Ana to come into the picture and how Flynn helps Christian when they break up!!!!

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    • 09/6/2012
      sunandsurf

      I think E L James’ lawyers would squash me flatter than a bug on a windscreen, but thanks for the support! Christian is still only 25 in the Flynn series, so a way to go yet.

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  18. 09/6/2012
    N*na

    Wonderfully written! I love the sparring between Christian and Flynn. And you really captured his anguish at the end. Now I see how Flynn helps Christian with Ana. Wonderful! Thank you for writing!

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    • 09/6/2012
      sunandsurf

      Thanks, N*na. Christian is wary of any sort of intimacy, even with his shrink. It will take time.

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  19. 09/6/2012
    Karena

    Awwwwwwwwww, well worth the wait!! You’re writing pulls me right into the scene!! Kudos..meant wait till for more…

    Reply
    • 09/6/2012
      sunandsurf

      Karena, you’re welcome! That’s the ultimate aim, to forget you’re reading and to just BE there!

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  20. 09/6/2012
    Wendy

    That chapter was wonderful! So much insight!! I love how Dr. Flynn doesn’t back down from Christian. He has such a tortured soul….can’t wait for more chapters!!

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    • 09/6/2012
      sunandsurf

      No, Dr Flynn doesn’t back down: he knows Christian needs to be challenged – in all things. That is why Ana is such a draw for him, I guess.

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  21. 09/6/2012
    SarahB

    A pleasant surprise tonight that kept me up late – but entirely worth it. I rather like that Flynn challenged Christian directly. One of my peeves of the original FSoG is that everyone ‘simpers’ away when he growls. In reality, there must be some who stand up to him beyond just Ana. I’ve meet a number of intimidating, smart men in my life and there’s almost always a few people who put them to task.

    Enjoyed it quite a bit. Thank you –

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    • 09/6/2012
      sunandsurf

      SarahB, how fascinating! Did you stand up to the growlers? I’d cower in a corner – unless they picked on Jane Austen, in which case I’d put them in their place! Ros stands up to Christian, so does Claude and Mac, too. I suppose that’s why these are the closest he has to friends. And, I suspect with Ana’s influence, they will truly be friends.

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  22. 09/6/2012
    Nanette

    WOW! very well written! thank you very much!
    *standing ovation and clapping so hard my hand hurts!*

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    • 09/7/2012
      sunandsurf

      You are most welcome, milady!

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  23. 09/6/2012
    Mir

    I love your dr Flynn POV. It is great to see solution focused therapy in your writings. Dr. Flynn is perhaps a bit to analytic for a sfbt-therapist, but I love it anyway. I wonder what kind of client Christian is, I think he shifts from complainant to visitor to customer and back. If I were Flynn I would be thrilled to find out that when Christian met Ana he is finally able to visualize a future in which he might be happy. Can’t wait 🙂

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    • 09/7/2012
      sunandsurf

      Very interesting thoughts, Mir. Christian certainly shifts about in his behaviours: about fifty shades. Right now he has no idea what constitutes a happy future for him: he can’t imagine and wouldn’t think he deserved it if he could. Just the lovin’ of a good woman!

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  24. 09/6/2012
    Kay

    When I first stumbled across your blog via fanfiction, I thought ‘Oh great. Not another one.’ BUT. Your characterization of Christian is AMAZING. There were a couple chapters I read in the “After Harvard” set that made me tear up. And let me tell you, getting any emotion out of me while reading a book is difficult. Your style of writing is refreshing, and I’m definitely hooked! Can’t wait for the next update!

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    • 09/7/2012
      sunandsurf

      Thank you very much, Kay. It’s really good to read what you’ve written. Sincere thanks.

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  25. 09/7/2012
    sashai

    THAnkyou for the update!! totally loving it.

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  26. 09/7/2012
    Jamoca

    Please never give up on Flynn……It is as honest as Christian will ever get……..

    Reply
    • 09/8/2012
      sunandsurf

      I adore writing Flynn, so you’ll get your wish. Promise!

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      • 09/9/2012
        Jamoca

        Ta!

  27. 09/8/2012
    Hapijuliet18

    You write real well. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with us. I look forward to all your stories especially on how you exceptionally capture each and every one of the FSOG characters. I must admit, I enjoy your writing a whole lot more than that of the books! Thanks for making each one of these worth the wait :)))))

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    • 09/8/2012
      sunandsurf

      Thanks a lot, HJ. That’s a marvellous compliment. Yep, I’m actually blushing.

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  28. 09/9/2012
    Elody

    Powerful!
    I absolutely agree with ‘hapijuliet18’..you are indeed a highly skillful writer who portrays the very essence of the ALL characters!!
    You make us hungry (greedy for more…

    Looking forward to some more Taylor & Christian POV’s

    Elody (UK)

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    • 09/10/2012
      sunandsurf

      Thanks, Elody. Hope you liked the good doctor’s English spelling, too! Phew! Don’t have to get that checked (much).

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  29. 09/10/2012
    linda d

    Flynn’s story is my absolute favorite, and I’ve missed it. Thank you! for updating. Poor, sad Christian… Again, I will wait for the next installment. You are a great writer!

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  30. 09/11/2012

    Great to be the ‘fly the wall’ with 50 & Dr. F. Can’t thank you enuf for this insight!

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    • 09/11/2012
      sunandsurf

      I really enjoy writing the good doctor, so thanks for that.

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  31. 09/11/2012
    Kt

    So very good, Dr. Flynn will be the one to help him see that he can be happy with Ana. That permission to be a “happy” man is just what Christian needs.

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    • 09/11/2012
      sunandsurf

      Oh, indeed. But such a long road to travel first.

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  32. 09/12/2012
    kathy

    need more flynn more 50 more taylor….. more more more more please please please.x.x.x.x. there all so good and well written keep up the good work.x.x.x.

    Reply
    • 09/13/2012
      sunandsurf

      Oh, Kathy, always wanting more! I’ll see what I can do. 😉

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  33. 09/12/2012
    Claudia Saeva

    Trying to avoid refining a presentation for next week, i
    I escaped to your blog and I found Dr. Flynn #6. Surprise!
    Thanks for a third treat this week (with Bastille and Well of Loneliness).

    I started Exposure last night. Helena and Charles are flying to Scottland (I think). Interesting chemistry seems to be
    brewing there….

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    • 09/13/2012
      sunandsurf

      Oh, thank you so much, Claudia! Hope you enjoy the ride, er, so to speak 😉

      Reply
  34. 09/13/2012
    Melanie

    Am I missing something again? Are there only 6 chapters or am I missing the other chapters? HELP!!

    Reply
    • 09/13/2012
      sunandsurf

      Only 6 so far, honey.

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  35. 09/20/2012
    Hannah

    Fantastic reading, beyond captivating.
    To be honest, I was a bit reluctant to start reading the Dr Flynn-stories. I’ve enjoyed Twenty en Taylor immensely. However, when I saw you’d done a Dr Flynn-series too, I kind of thought: ‘Oh, come on, there’s only so much spin-offs one can make…’.
    But they absolutely blew me away. More than the others combined. Witty, intelligent, insightful, and above all: very moving, Thank you very much.
    And: please, please, more!

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    • 09/20/2012
      sunandsurf

      Ah, then that is just what I love to hear. Thanks, Hannah.

      Reply
  36. 09/20/2012
    Theresa

    so love Dr Flynn’s story. It gives us a further insight to Christian. So looking forward to the rest.

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  37. 09/21/2012
    Anna

    Thank youuuu love it, You are very good it was perfect

    Reply
    • 09/21/2012
      sunandsurf

      Perfect?! Wow! I’ll take that!

      Reply
  38. 09/22/2012
    claire

    when are you up dating Dr Flynn? I enjoy reading his perspective?
    please say soon.

    Reply
  39. 09/23/2012
    Dw

    What I like about this chapter most how Flynn shows CG that words can have more than one meaning (or definition, as he puts it). I like to think this is one of the ‘foundations’ Flynn laid for Ana’s ‘magic’ later – the note about ‘happy times’ she left with the glider being a perfect example.

    Yes – CG here is a ‘husk of a man’ – a man Elena helped to shape.
    A quote springs to my mind: “A man seems to have, apart from physical, five basic needs: to BE someone, to HAVE something, to DO something, to KNOW something and to FEEL something”. Through her schooling him to shut down his feelings, to ‘avoid extreme emotions’ (as he himself says in FSoG), she reduced him to finding only a fleeting pleasure in his search of happiness… And: “Pleasure to happiness is like a tree to a park: there is no park without trees, but trees alone, even in great number, do not make a park” .
    Nomen Omen – both quotes come from a treatise called “On Happiness” (well, “Analysis of Happiness” to the English spoken world, but I prefer the direct translation of the title) – shall I send it to CG? I even have a first edition , but in Polish… 😉

    Dw (Dorota)
    PS
    I’m glad CG is not Polish. The word ‘szczęście’ in PL means not only ‘happiness’ but also ‘luck’. I cannot imagine the work Flynn would have cut out if Elena substituted ‘lucky bastard’ with ‘happy bastard’ in CGs mind… 😛

    Reply
    • 09/24/2012

      Hey Dw,
      The ‘Chapter 5’ thing has been fixed.
      TBM

      Reply
      • 09/24/2012
        Dw

        TG(reyt)BMThanx 😉 xxx

      • 09/24/2012
        Dw

        TG(reyt)BM, Thanx 😉 x /Dw

  40. 10/7/2012
    Elle

    Wow every time I’m more impressed by your writing and attention to detail. You have me intrigued and wanting “More”… Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us.

    Obsessed & Waiting in Anticipation
    Elle

    Reply
    • 10/8/2012
      Jane H-B

      Thanks so much, Elle. I agree: the detail is so important, it’s what builds the overall picture – like a mosaic, imo.

      Reply
  41. 10/8/2012
    Em

    Keep up the great work looking forward to more

    Reply
    • 10/9/2012
      Jane H-B

      Aw, will do! Thanks, Em.

      Reply
  42. 10/10/2012
    Marta

    Sooo nice! Love the way Flynn answers Christian, in my opinion is what C needs. Please write more, I am addicted:)

    Reply
    • 10/11/2012
      Jane H-B

      I will. Soon. Promise 😉

      Reply
  43. 10/11/2012

    Jane, I’m so impressed with your writing; it leads me to believe you have a background, such as the good doctor, in this field. It’s a brilliant take on what goes on in Christian’s head and why he does what he does. I cannot get Christian’s and Ana’s story out of my head. It has touched me in a way no other romance novel has and I thank you for adding to my enjoyment. I look forward to many more of your chapters. All the best!

    Ellie T.
    The Villages, Florida

    Reply
    • 10/12/2012
      Jane H-B

      That is a wonderful, marvellous comment. Thank you, Ellie. That’s the writer’s job, though, to get inside people’s heads and make it seem real. It’s also why I don’t update Flynn very often because I do want to get the structure as accurate as possible within a fictional framework. Thank you again.

      Reply
  44. 03/22/2013

    When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and
    now each time a comment is added I get four emails with the same
    comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that
    service? Thank you!

    Reply
    • 03/25/2013

      Unfortunately I can’t do anything for you this end.
      I know this is a long winded way to solve your problem but I can see how this would work:
      First, ‘unsubscribe’ from the email service (you should be able to use the unsubscribe function next time you get an email notification); and then
      Second, subscribe again and not check ‘notify new comments’.

      Reply
  45. 05/7/2013

    Its such as you learn my thoughts! You seem to understand a lot approximately
    this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I believe that you just could do with a few % to pressure
    the message house a bit, but instead of that, that is
    wonderful blog. A great read. I’ll definitely be back.

    Reply
    • 05/8/2013
      Jane H-B

      : ) Thank you! jx

      Reply
  46. 12/30/2013
    Michelle C

    Can we have a one shot for Edna’s POV and her side from the desk? Please pritty please

    Reply
    • 01/1/2014
      Jane H-B

      Oh, that could be interesting. She’d certainly see some things – and probably knows Taylor quite well… never say never! jx

      Reply
  47. 01/2/2014
    Michelle C

    🙂 that would be good if you deside to do one. Iv been re reading again,

    Reply
    • 01/15/2014
      Jane H-B

      Thank you! jx

      Reply

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