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Chapter 7

 

“Dr Flynn, you have five minutes before your next appointment – with Mr Grey. May I get you a cup of tea?”

Dear Edna: she does worry about me. My receptionist takes an almost maternal pride in my work, and is always meticulous in her own. She has a calm and friendly air that has soothed many an agitated soul.

Personally, I cannot bear the type of physician’s receptionist who wields the power of the appointment as a weapon, merely to emphasise the importance of their role – granting access to the hallowed gateway of Hippocrates’ successors, I suppose. No, I far prefer a receptionist who will manage appointments professionally, but who puts the clients’ needs before his or her own sense of identity.

Edna is a real gem, and it has become my mission to show my appreciation for her daily. But today I learned a curious thing about her: although she is thoroughly professional, she has a soft spot for one of my clients. Indeed, her eyes become quite misty when she refers to Christian Grey.

I’m intrigued. And, because I am always in my consulting room, and because I have never seen them interact, I’m very curious as to why this might be. Is it maternal? Is it because he is undoubtedly an astonishingly handsome man, with an almost unearthly beauty? Or is it because she senses he is broken, his sadness worn like a mantle?

So, on this particular day, I have decided to leave my door ajar as I wait for Mr Grey’s appearance.

He is a whole minute early: how unlike him. He is usually more precise in his time-keeping.

“Good afternoon, Mrs Parsons,” he says, his voice soft and polite. Always polite.

“Good afternoon, Mr Grey. Dr Flynn is waiting for you. Please, do go in.”

Is that it?

I’m disappointed: I’d expected some eureka-moment revelation.

Grey strides into my consulting room radiating latent power and carefully controlled energy. He’s in CEO mode. I’ve seen it before in him: it’s what we mere mortals call charisma.

‘Charisma’ has an interesting etymology. There is the theological definition of a divinely conferred power; but the Greek stem means ‘gift of grace’. He’s certainly graceful in his person, but this definition refers to the quality of mercy.

Lord Acton famously said, ‘Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely’. Grey is one of the most powerful men in business in the US today. He is not corrupt: he is a philanthropist and straightforward, if brilliant in his business dealings. Grey, however, would say that he is corrupt.

I want to dig a little deeper into the source of this belief.

One strand, undoubtedly, is the way he was treated as a young child: the child is treated badly and comes to believe that the treatment is deserved because they are inherently ‘bad’, and that the punisher recognises this. But the second strand runs parallel to this: his early seduction by a female dominant. He believes that she ‘recognised’ something repellent in him – the ‘bad’ – and that her ‘punishment’ of him was deserved. His teenage rebellion required punishment and he believes her behaviour was justified and, later, desirable.

I would like him to make the connection himself, between the two types of ‘punishment’ – to see the parallels; so far he has not, or will not, make this leap.

“Good afternoon, Christian.”

“John, good afternoon.”

We shake hands and he sits. Goodness, is this an appointment or a business meeting? I feel I should be laying out my business proposition before him, and hope that he finds it to his liking. Well, that’s an interesting idea. Hmm.

“Well, Christian, I certainly have a topic in mind; but if there’s something you wished to discuss with me first, please, the floor is yours.”

He raises his eyebrows. This is not my usual beginning and I see it has thrown him off stride a little.

“I’m intrigued, John. What has piqued your curiosity?”

Ah, he’s taken the bait.

“I wish to take you back to one of our conversations from a few weeks ago. You began to tell me about the woman who seduced you when you were 15.

“And you count her as a friend today?”

“She knows me better than anyone. I don’t want to talk about her, Dr Flynn. Not now.”

He frowns.

“What do you want to know?”

Everything, of course.

“Let’s start with an introduction: what is her name?”

He shifts slightly on his seat, uncomfortable with my question. But why?

“Surely you can tell me her name? Or, perhaps we could call her… Josephine?”

“No, not tonight, doctor,” he smirks at me, then sighs. “I call her… Elena.”

“And how did you meet Elena?”

He hesitates.

“She was a friend of my parents.”

I’m not surprised: abusers are often closely connected with their victims.

“And you still see her… as a friend?”

“Yes.”

“Do your family still see her?”

His expression is mulish: he really doesn’t want to answer. I’m pleased when he does, because it shows his trust in me is increasing, albeit slowly.

“Yes.”

This is why he didn’t want to give me her name: she is still part of his family’s inner circle. Interesting.

“And they are not aware that you had a sexual relationship with her at any time?”

“Fuck, no!”

No, of course not.

“What do you think your parents would say to you if they found out?”

“They won’t.”

“But if they did?”

“They didn’t find out for the six years we were together: they’re not going to fucking find out now.”

He’s understandably defensive, and it’s classic abused-child behaviour – trying to justify and protect the abuser.

“You don’t have a sexual relationship with her now?”

“No. Just a business one.”

This surprises me – I wouldn’t have guessed he mixed business with… personal matters.

“Oh?”

He sighs.

“I invested in her… business. I’m a silent partner. She’s a very astute business woman in her own right.”

“Yes, I’m sure she is astute: she began a sexual relationship with a minor under his parents’ noses – who were friends of hers – and it was never discovered. I’d say ‘astute’ only begins to cover her… abilities.”

“Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit,” he snarls.

“Indeed: except I wasn’t being sarcastic. Do you accept that the relationship was illegal?”

“Yes, but…”

“Yes or no, Christian. It’s a simple question.”

He frowns, and I see a tightness around his eyes. We have leapt out of his comfort zone into the very heart of his problems – into their depths, you might say.

“Yes, it was illegal in the eyes of the law,” he says at last, “but she helped me. I don’t regret any of it.”

“Yes, I see that. Would you regret it if you parents found out?”

He leans back in his chair, crossing his arms, a look of cold fury on his face.

“They won’t.”

“So you say. Let me put it to you another way, Christian: why do you think the law states that sexual relations for a child under the age of 16 are illegal in Washington State?”

He shrugs. “It’s an arbitrary number: in other states it’s 17 or 18; in France it’s 15. So what?”

“Do you think Elena knew what the age of consent was at the time?”

“I would have thought so.”

“So she knew she was breaking the law. Do you think she betrayed your parents’ trust, by beginning sexual relations with their 15 year old son, who, by his own admission was fucked up at the time?”

She helped me, John! I’ve already told you that!”

“Yes, you have repeated yourself a number of times on that point, Christian, but it would be a pleasant change if you answered the question instead. Would your parents see it as a betrayal of trust?”

“I can’t speak for them,” he snarls.

“You mean you won’t answer because you know that you’ll have to admit the answer is ‘yes’.”

He stands up suddenly.

“This is fucking tedious, John.”

“As I’ve said before, Christian, you’re free to end our meetings at the time of your choosing.”

He runs his hands through his hair in frustration. I’ve deliberately backed him into a corner: I know it and he knows it – and he really doesn’t like it.

“It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks!” he shouts. “Elena helped me – when nothing else could!”

Time to give him some room emotionally.

“Would you say that Elena recognised your loss of control at that time?”

He lets out a long breath through his teeth.

“Yes.”

“Would you say at the time that you had low self-confidence, that you were self-doubting, lacking in confidence and assertiveness, that you were likely to go on the defensive too easily?”

“Yes, all of those things. And your point is?”

“Humour me. And you felt that Elena’s ‘punishment’ was justified?”

“Yes, she stopped me drinking and fucking up my life. If I drank, she made sure I didn’t do it again.”

“Would you say that you became emotionally dependent on her?”

I can see that this is a hard question for him: he doesn’t wish to believe he could be dependent on anyone. I give him some time.

Eventually, he answers.

“At the time, I needed her. I needed what she could give me… she could touch me.”

Interesting.

“What do you mean by that?”

He sighs.

“She knew where she could touch me without… I didn’t think I’d ever be able to experience…”

He pauses, the words sticking in his throat.

“Sex?”

“Yes,” he says, his voice stiff with suppressed emotion. “She gave me a way to cope.”

And now for the punchline.

“Christian, I have just given you six characteristics that you claim for yourself when you were 15. I’ll reiterate: you were naïve sexually and emotionally; you were willing to believe that Elena benefitted you; you agreed you had low self-confidence; you believed you deserved Elena’s punishment; and you agree you were emotionally dependent on her. These are the six markers of how a manipulative person chooses their victim. If you wish, I can lend you George Simon’s excellent book, In Sheep’s Clothing: Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People.”

“That’s a low, fucking blow, John,” he shouts, fury surging through him.

Perhaps.

“You still see her as your saviour, Christian,” I say quietly, “but by anyone else’s definition she was a predatory paedophile.”

And he reaches his breaking point.

Swearing horribly, he slams out of my consulting rooms.

The silence seems to berate me.

I lean forward on my desk, my head in my hands. Have I pushed him too far? Is his refusal to accept that his so-called control has been an emotional cage of Elena’s construction, too much? Have I taken away his support structure without offering anything to replace it with?

No. He cannot grow and develop emotionally if he does not begin to see the truth.

Even so, I’m not sure how much my probing and pushing have helped him today. And I don’t know if he’ll be coming back.

I am interrupted with my musings on failure by Edna.

“Is everything alright, doctor? Mr Grey left in such a hurry – and before his appointment time was over.”

“A disagreement, Edna. He didn’t like the direction of our discussion.”

“I see,” she says and sighs. “Poor Mr Grey.”

Her tone is so sad, I sit up straight and really look at her.

“You do seem to have a soft spot for our Mr Grey, Edna.”

She meets my gaze. “As do you, doctor.”

I’m taken aback, and then I realise the truth of her words. Yes, Mr Grey has become more than just another client. I’d like to say that the syndrome of doctors treating the symptom rather than the person is dying out. I’d like to say that, but it’s rarely true. Of course, in private practice, one has a certain possibility of indulgence insofar as time, and therefore has a better chance of really getting to know a client.

But, yes, there is something about our Mr Grey. Perhaps it is his refusal to see any goodness in himself, when it’s blindingly apparent to both Edna and myself that goodness and decency shine out of him.

I know there are many, many people who would equate his sexual preferences as depraved and twisted – indeed Mr Grey believes that himself; but I have never known a human being strive so hard to be good.

“You’re right, Edna. I do have a soft spot for Mr Grey. But I’d be intrigued to know why you feel the same?”

Her response surprises me.

“Because he wants to deserve everything he has – so he never stops trying to be a better man.”

Indeed, she’s right, but…

“And you deduce this, how exactly?”

Edna gives me a look.

“It’s written all over his face.”

Ah, it is the looks after all.

She flushes slightly. “Goodness, doctor! Not in that way. I simply mean… he has a way of seeing the best in people…”

Yes, even in that wretched woman, Elena.

“…but he doesn’t see anything good in himself, does he?” continues Edna. “I mean, well, with his money and handsome face, you’d think he’d expect people to fall all over him, and maybe they do, but I’ve noticed that he treats everyone exactly the same. He is always polite – if a little old fashioned. Did I ever tell you my late husband used to mend clocks?”

“I’m sorry, pardon?”

“Yes, it was his hobby: it absorbed him for hours. I couldn’t be bothered myself, all those tiny little cogs and springs. But Mr Grey is like that: he knows that the smallest spring, the tiniest cog, is important. See – he treats everyone equally.”

“Ah, I see. Thank you, Edna.”

How right she is. And that is undoubtedly why Grey’s business is so successful: he values the detail. To use Edna’s metaphor: he sees each cog as essential. Perhaps this is why he thinks so little of himself: he knows he has pieces missing – pieces of his past that he can’t remember; empathy, that he is vaguely aware he lacks.

And, of course, the emotional void that he has filled – that has been filled for him – by the woman who manipulates him still.

He refuses to see it, and I understand why. If he has to admit that ‘Elena’ was a negative influence, then his whole, carefully constructed world will crumble. Unless… unless something – or someone – can replace that.

For the first time in my recent dealings with Christian Grey, I am not hopeful.

Edna turns to leave.

“Oh, by the way, doctor, Mrs Flynn asked me to remind you that you need to collect your tux from the dry cleaners for Saturday.”

“Saturday?”

She rolls her eyes and smiles at me.

“I put in your calendar, Dr Flynn… the fundraiser that Mrs Flynn has become involved with? Something to do with supporting mothers who are drug addicts… er… I think it’s called, now what was it… oh yes, ‘Coping Together’.”

Yes, I vaguely remember: one of Rhian’s new charities that she’s picked up. I hate these events: lots of rich people flashing their cash. Tedium ad nauseum with a bloody cherry on top. It’s enough to drive a man to drink.

“Thank you, Edna. What would I do without you?”

“Miss a lot of appointments, doctor,” she says, with a smile.

~~o~~

93 Comments Post a comment
  1. 11/6/2012
    anan8808

    Truly enjoyed this. I like the banter and the relationship Christian has with Flynn

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    • 11/6/2012
      Jane H-B

      Yeah, banter that is always in danger of spilling over into something sharper… I hope!

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  2. 11/6/2012
    Née

    I am so ready to see the changes in Christian from Flynn’s POV when Ana finally comes into the picture! Looking forward to the next chapter 🙂

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    • 11/6/2012
      Jane H-B

      Ana is a long way off yet – 18 months in Christian’s life. But they’ll be talking about her in due course. Oh yes!

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  3. 11/6/2012
    Daiseree

    will it be the Masquerade for the next chapter?oh my!hopefully!

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    • 11/6/2012
      Jane H-B

      It’ll be a fundraiser for Coping Together, but Ana is still a long way in the future.

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  4. 11/6/2012

    Thank you! I was hoping for a new chapter. You never fail. Good Job, excellent writing.

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    • 11/6/2012
      Jane H-B

      Thanks, S. Glad you enjoyed it. I felt very guilty leaving Flynn in his box for so long.

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  5. 11/6/2012
    claire

    Awww wow, I am loving a bit of Edna, especially as she see’s who christian is. -I cant wait until Ana is introduced.
    I am so looking forward to the next chapter – I wonder whats going to happen at the ball?
    More Flynn please 😀

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    • 11/6/2012
      Jane H-B

      Yes, Edna is lovely. But it’s a different ball. Sorry to disappoint!

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  6. 11/6/2012
    Roxanne

    I can’t remember, is Ana in the picture already in this story, this fund raiser sounds like the one where he bid against Christian for the first dance with Ana. So the good doctor may get to meet Ana in a chapter or two. This chapter was fun to read as we get to see how Dr Flynn is treating Christian and how Dr Flynn may alter his approach to the Elena problem in future conversations. Love your stories. Thanks for this chapter

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    • 11/6/2012
      jhen

      Hi Roxanne,
      As you can see, Dr Flynn has no idea that Coping Together Charity is the Charity of Christian parents, It was clearly mentioned above that it was Rhian (Dr. Flynn wife) is the one who picked-up the event. 🙂 He will not meet Anasthasia in this charity because Ana and Christian haven’t met yet. I’m sure it will take more Chapters before Ana will be introduce to Dr. Flynn point of views. Dr. Flynn and Christian just met recently and in the stage of getting to know and they just started to discuss how Christian went into Dom-Sub relationship.
      Hope this will though i’m sure Jane will explain more.. 🙂 XOXO-jhen

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      • 11/6/2012
        Jane H-B

        Ah, you got it, honey. That’s right. Ana is a way aways yet.

    • 11/6/2012
      Jane H-B

      Hiya, no, different ball. Flynn and Christian have only been working together about 6 months at his point.

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  7. 11/6/2012
    claire

    Hey roxanne, there is no mention of Ana yet, I think he has a lot more issues to face b4 that happens.

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    • 11/6/2012
      Jane H-B

      Phew! Thanks, Claire.

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  8. 11/6/2012
    Chantel

    Can’t wait till the event….good angles in this tale.

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    • 11/6/2012
      Jane H-B

      Thanks, Chantel. It’ll be a chance for Flynn to see Christian interacting with his family and other people.

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  9. 11/6/2012
    Dina

    WOW you never disappoint!!! Thank you for this chapter…..it was deep! And I love how Flynn didn’t give up or stop the session because Christian was getting upset. Great job!!!!!!
    More please!!!!

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    • 11/6/2012
      Jane H-B

      Thanks, Dina. I really enjoyed writing that. Must let Flynn out more often.

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  10. 11/6/2012
    jhen

    Hi Jane..nice chapter…can’t wait for the next chapter were Christian inform Dr. Flynn that he met Ana..
    BTW, i miss Taylor, hope u will post new chapter too… hug & kisses…jhen ❤

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    • 11/6/2012
      Jane H-B

      Going to do a Dark Christian first 😉

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      • 11/6/2012
        n-boston

        Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. Love Flynn and Taylor but -Oh! that Young, Dark Christian is where I return again and again.
        Ta Jane.

  11. 11/6/2012
    Nan Virden

    Great chapter! That Edna’s a hoot! Her own assessment of Christian’s mental state of well been sounds spot on… and she’s not the shrink! Hey Edna you’re not alone. Millions of us are smitten with Mr. Grey.

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    • 11/6/2012
      Jane H-B

      Absolutely! I imagine women like Edna become very canny when it comes to working with clients and how to treat them when they come in, possibly distressed. You can’t underestimate a good receptionist, although she’s really so much more than that.

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  12. 11/6/2012
    Tammy

    That was quite brilliant, really clever. Poor Christian, he really is such a vulnerable young man. I with Edna ;))

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  13. 11/6/2012

    It was a nice and welcome surprise when i received the notification of this new Flynn chapter 🙂 i really like how you introduced Edna and her POV into the story its really great how you incorporate other characters in the book into your own story it gives it a greater and deeper meaning ,Reminds me of how you can be to close to someone ( in this case Flynn) until someone on the outside (Edna) gives her perspective on how she and Flynn really see Christian. Anyway enough of my waffling Thanks for the chapter i needed it

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  14. 11/6/2012
    Chris L

    First rule of organizational sucess be good to the person at the desk.

    I doubt Christian will be happy to encounter Dr. Flynn at his parents fundraiser for a charity that is about children with birth mothers like his own. Christian likely will be more unset if Elena is present or donates something to the auction. Dr. flynn will have a field day with the name of the spa chain Elena and Christian own together especially if he learns that Christian’s subs are cared for at the spa. Jane that you choose Rhian as Dr. Flynn’s entry into Coping Together and Christian’s parents is interesting/surprising. I suppose you needed a way around the compartmentalization of Christian’s life. His separation of the personal form the professional, sex from relationship, family from self, etc.

    I think the selection the Celtic names Flynn (Irish) and Rhian (Welsh) given their traditional meanings was very deliberate by EL James.

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    • 11/6/2012

      WOW. Shit. CL. That was way too meaningful for TBM to handle.
      Keep it simple please: you lost me on ‘First rule’. 🙂

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  15. 11/6/2012
    Chris L

    Sorry TBM! What can I say in my own defense, I just seem to be built that way. My Mom used to say that I always had spoken in paragraphs rather than sentences. Ana’s not the only person who can overthink. Christian’s not the only person who sees wheels within wheels trying to figure out how each peice fits and why each peice matters.

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    • 11/6/2012

      Again CL, you have me spinning. It might have something to do with the strawberry daiquiris I’ve been drinking this evening.
      Please keep it simple for TBM.

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      • 11/7/2012
        Chris L

        Interested in sharing those daiquiris? As to keeping it simple I will try.

  16. 11/6/2012
    Lillimarlene

    What an interesting chapter. Christian is still so defensive. It got me wondering how different CG’s history would have been if Elena had showed him a little affection. I suspect that he would probably have gone on to form a longer term relationship with one of the 15. We the readers know from Red,Red,Red that she withheld any affection and tenderness. I wonder if Elena has a shrink of her own? The case notes would be fascinating.

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    • 11/20/2012
      Chris L

      I doubt Elena has a shrink. She clearly believes she has the answers at least for herself and Christian. Why would she pay to engage in an inquiry into her own life?

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      • 11/21/2012
        Jane H-B

        I agree. She seems to utterly lack introspection.

  17. 11/6/2012
    Em

    Awesome chapter keep up the great writing

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  18. 11/6/2012
    grublue

    Wonderful chapter, Jane! I love the way you write Flynn and I really admire his patience with Christian.
    Flynn tells him the truth, but there’s still a long way until Christian can accept this truth. By the way, thank you for the book advise. 🙂

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  19. 11/6/2012
    Katherine

    Really enjoyed this – Even though I adore the Taylor stories I really like this one and also Twenty as it is something completely different
    Well done on another amazing update

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  20. 11/6/2012
    Brooke

    I think that was the best Flynn chapter yet. It was nice to see an update here. As usual, I can’t wait for more of everything. 🙂 Also I am anxious to find out what we are waiting so patiently to hear. Can’t wait for that either.

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  21. 11/6/2012
    Brooke

    Jane, after reading through the comments, it seems you will need to do another Flynn chapter really, really soon. 🙂 (fingers crossed) Because everyone seems to think that this is the ball where he takes Ana. But that seems to soon yet. But I can’t wait to see how this ball unfolds with Flynn, Christians family and hopefully Elena all come together in one area. This is going to be intriguing. Hope you’re writing. (No pressure!) 🙂

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  22. 11/6/2012
    Meredith Ulino

    I love Dr. Flynn, and getting some “behind the scenes” moments is great. I really like Edna, and how astute she is to see the good in Christian. I look forwad to seeing updates in my inbox that a new chapter is ready – thank you!!

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    • 11/7/2012
      Jane H-B

      Yes, Edna is a treasure. I won’t make you wait quite so long again for an update.

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  23. 11/6/2012
    Sarah

    I really enjoyed this one; but I enjoy them all! It was great to have Flynn gain more insight from his receptionist. I love their conversation about CG. Please write more from Flynn. This is a great POV! Thank you so much!

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    • 11/7/2012
      Jane H-B

      Will do, Sarah 😉

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  24. 11/6/2012
    Kristy

    Well worth the wait……….loved every minute of reading it. Thank you…….until the next chapter

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    • 11/7/2012
      Jane H-B

      Ah, thank you, Kristy. Glad you don’t mind waiting. heh heh!

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  25. 11/6/2012
    Elle

    So excited for the next chapter

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    • 11/7/2012
      Jane H-B

      It won’t be THE ball, but hopefully you’ll enjoy it.

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  26. 11/6/2012
    Jo Ann

    I really enjoy reading Dr. Flynn’s point of view. Keep up the good work!!!

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    • 11/7/2012
      Jane H-B

      Thanks, Jo Ann. I’ll certainly try to…

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  27. 11/6/2012
    Leah

    Love this, as always! Can’t wait until Flynn finds out the fundraiser is held by the Grey’s. Should be an interesting introduction to Christian’s family and Elena.

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    • 11/7/2012
      Jane H-B

      Oh definitely! And seeing his client interacting with everyone. I’m really looking forward to writing that.

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  28. 11/6/2012
    Marta

    Just amazing as ever! Looking forward for the next chapter:)

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    • 11/7/2012
      Jane H-B

      Thanks, Marta.

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  29. 11/7/2012
    Tina B

    I wonder if Flynn will observe Elena at the ball? Or if he is too interested in Ana to look around for more pieces.

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    • 11/7/2012
      Leah

      From what I understand above, this is suppose to be the ball before Christian knew Ana 🙂 I can’t wait for Flynn to meet the Grey’s and Elena, going to be a great chapter!!

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      • 11/7/2012
        Jane H-B

        You’re right, Leah. Christian is just a couple of weeks before his 26th birthday at this point, so it’s nearly 2 years before he meets Ana. I’m looking forward to the next chapter, too!

  30. 11/7/2012
    Claudia Saeva

    Thank you!
    The reflection on Grey’s need to find someone to fill /replace Elena in his life is a prelude to Anastasia’s coming…. Jane, it is painful to get this piecemeal. But every time a new installment comes out, I go back and I read the whole series. I do hope your work on 50 will later come out as a ebook and an audiobook; I’ll buy both. Looking forward your surprise later this month. Thank you for this treat from Dr. Flynn

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    • 11/7/2012
      Jane H-B

      Thank you, Claudia. My friend Rog is definitely going to do the voice recordings for us. I’d never be allowed to sell these fan fiction stories as an e-book because of EL James’ copyright. Writing fanfic is allowable if you don’t sell it. But no reason why you shouldn’t turn into a file for your Kindle 🙂

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  31. 11/7/2012
    Gunchsmom

    Jane, as always, you never disappoint. I was thrilled to get a Flynn update. You write him so well that i sometimes feel like an intruder on Christian’s sessions (of course, i suppose that’s why i love this story, huh?) ….are you sure you aren’t a therapist, or were one in a previous life? 😉 I loved meeting Edna too, quite an astute POV of her own. Hope there’s not too much of a wait until the next update!!

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    • 11/7/2012
      Jane H-B

      I’ll try not to make it so long next time. Promise! Nope, not a therapist in a previous life, as far as I know! Ha ha!

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  32. 11/7/2012

    As much as I love Taylor, Flynn is fantasic – anyone that can push Christian like that and have him comming back again is great.

    Plus he’s a Brit…lol

    Thanks again Jane, love it

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    • 11/8/2012
      Jane H-B

      Yes! I don’t have to check the spelling 🙂

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  33. 11/8/2012

    Have to agree with mstwiney. I just love the way you get Flynn to push Christian’s buttons. The dialogue is so sharp and the background research woven through is really stunning. Can’t believe that I have only just got on to your work. It has taken less than half a day to become a big fan (great way to spend annual leave). Thanks.

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    • 11/8/2012

      I’m thinking you’re from Down Under – we’re just about the only one’s that use ‘annual leave’!

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      • 11/8/2012

        Damn! Outed myself again! 🙂

      • 11/8/2012

        Don’t worry honey, you’re in good company here – The Blog Master lives in Brissie (ex Perth).

    • 11/8/2012
      Jane H-B

      Thank you very much, and for your comment on ff, too. How nice to hear from you, having just finished Investing Elliot last night which I thoroughly enjoyed (and have favourited 🙂

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  34. 11/8/2012
    Dw

    Flynnin’ heck! I go away for a few days and what do I find on my return? PHEW! What a session! HEA-VY-YY!… Dr Flynn, I do understand CG needs to be pushed and you really are concerned for the well-being of your client, but I must say – you are one brave and courageous individual. Kudos for making him hear some home truths, but for your safety, please remember that while he may not be carrying a portable pocket whip, his palms get twitchy very quickly… I wonder what will it take to get our entrepreneur back to the consulting rooms of our good doctor…

    I also liked the clock worker analogy (though I find CG’s musings on business much more eloquent) and the way you worked in “the bridge” (Coping Together Ball) which will allow Dr Flynn to observe CG social interactions outside his practice rooms. The good doctor may find this time the cherry on top less tedious than with other fundraisers. 😉
    Now, Edna… Edna requires a separate comment, if I may….

    Dw (Dorota)

    Reply
    • 11/8/2012
      Jane H-B

      Ah, yes, the little bridge. It’ll be interesting to have that interaction out of the consulting rooms. They did manage a quick whiskey together, but this will be different. And I wonder what Rhian’s take will be… and what will Grace and Carrick make of the good doctor? Hmm…

      Reply
  35. 11/8/2012
    Dw

    Jane – this is a tribute to Edna, the waitress from Betty’s Tea Room, Hank & Adele and other of your original characters as well as “peripheral” characters from ELJ’s original books such as Claude, Andrea, Ros, Barney and others (even Olivia ;)).
    In you tales somewhat “by design” Taylor, Gail and Flynn acquire deeper personalities, gain multi-layered features and their POVs give us more insight to Christian and Ana’s story. But your attention to detail and ability to bring the minor characters to life in such vibrant colours, add so much more to the Fifty Shades Saga that it is a real delight to read.

    So, yeah … a tribute to them and chapeau bas to you, Jane.
    Dw (Dorota)

    Reply
    • 11/8/2012
      Jane H-B

      Thanks, hon. I do love these characters. They all have something to add to the big picture that is our Christian. I must do a one-shot for Ros sooon.

      Reply
  36. 11/8/2012
    greysdoll

    Love it. More please 🙂

    Reply
    • 11/8/2012
      Jane H-B

      I’ll get around to it. Promise!

      Reply
  37. 11/8/2012
    Rose Grey

    Great chapter. Well done. Can’t wait for time to fast forward and Ana to be introduced.

    Reply
    • 11/8/2012
      Jane H-B

      I know what you mean, but I fast forwarded through Taylor’s story and sort of regretted it afterwards. Ana will appear in this story in about 22 months, so hang on in there…!

      Reply
  38. 11/10/2012
    claire

    I love your stories but Flynn is my overall favourite. I think his character was under valued in the books and I always wanted more insight, s0 please write more soon. 😀

    Love some interaction between Flynn and Elena, I wonder how that would go down….Hmmm would he keep his professional poker face or would he somewhat say it as he sees it?

    Reply
    • 11/11/2012
      Jane H-B

      Oh, yes. You’ll get some Flynn/Elena action next time.

      Reply
  39. 11/10/2012

    Cheers! About time someone other than Ana tells it like it is. Elena was and is a predatory paedophile. I wished the books would have included a chapter in which Dr. Flynn would have elavorated more on the evils of that troll bitch. Well done.

    Reply
  40. 11/11/2012

    Loving Dr Flynn, can’t wait till next week. Thanks and keep up the good work!

    Reply
    • 11/12/2012
      Jane H-B

      Thanks! I’ll try.

      Reply
  41. 11/14/2012
    Franne Demetrician

    Love the way this relationship is unfolding. Dr. Flynn is a master therapist, and a brave one too. Not easy working with a guy like our Christian. Looking forward to seeing this continue. Ana is just a gleam in our eyes right now. Christian isn’t quite ready yet!!

    Reply
    • 11/14/2012
      Jane H-B

      You’re so right. And the good doctor has his work cut out, although he always said that he saw more progress when Ana arrived than in 2 years of therapy. Possibly disingenuous – he’s been preparing the ground well…

      Reply
  42. 11/16/2012
    linda d

    Can’t wait for Flynn’s first impressions of Elena at the Coping Together fundraiser….

    Reply
    • 11/16/2012

      Me too – even TBM is powerless to find out theses things. Miss Jane even keeps me in suspense when it comes to her story-lines.
      But I’m thinking Flynn is a little while off. Jane’s doing a big ‘Twenty’ chapter now and I suspect she’ll be doing ‘Taylor’ next.
      Here’s a heads up. Jane’s writing of her FF is pretty well much dictated by her own moods. She knows she’s got several blog ‘books’ to maintain, and keep going, but it’s Flynn and Twenty that can take a bit out of her.
      She always runs back to Taylor to get cheered up. You could say Jane has a split personality. One day she’s Taylor (fun), another day Twenty (dark) and more rarely Flynn (well, Flynn just does my head in) – so depending on what day she wakes up as depends on what chapter you get next.
      But Flynn is very technically difficult to write and you’ve got to be in the right head-space to write that one.
      Personally, I think she’s a genius to be able to switch hats the way she does. I suppose its exactly for that reason that we have the writers and why we have the readers. I’m both immensely proud of Jane but also very jealous – my life without Jane’s imagination and creativity would be very boring, dull and tedious. I would kill for an ounce of her imagination.

      Reply
  43. 11/17/2012
    Joanne

    Flynn’s POV is great fun-and I’m enjoying that we are so far in advance of Anna’s arrival on the scene. To feel that Flynn layed out exactly what/who Elena really is gives me a sense of justice. 🙂 Another piece of the puzzle! Thank you!

    Reply
    • 11/18/2012
      Jane H-B

      Thank you so much. I do love writing Flynn – he’s so direct with Christian.

      Reply
  44. 12/9/2012
    Odessa

    Ready and waiting for chapter 8. Loving this ❤

    Reply
    • 01/5/2013
      claire

      when can we see a Flynn update??

      Reply
      • 01/10/2013
        Jane H-B

        Your wish is my command. Tomorrow 🙂

  45. 12/22/2012
    A

    when will we get more??? I need more, please!

    Reply
  46. 01/8/2013
    B

    Will there be more? Now I know how Dr. Flynn sees Christian. I want to see what he thinks of Ana. I’m guessing Ana is already in Christian’s life?! Please, write more of everything!!!!!

    Reply
    • 01/10/2013
      Jane H-B

      It’s been a while, but a new chapter of Flynn will be with you tomorrow.

      Reply

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