It’s been three days since the breakup and Ana is grateful for her first day of work. She can’t eat. Yep she’s definitely a skinny girl. When I’m depressed all I want to do is eat. In fact, pre-baby, one of my favorite comfort meals after a hard day was a family-sized can of Spaghettios with meatballs and a bottle of Merlot. Just in case you’re wondering: yes, the entire bottle.
While at work she receives long-stemmed, white roses from Mr. Grey with a card wishing her good luck on her first day. Then the email banter begins with an innocent question. Mr. Grey would like to know if she needs a ride to Portland for Jose’s gallery showing.
Of course she does! Why? Because she no longer has her Beetle and she gave the keys for the Audi back to Mr. Grey at the end of book 1.
She replies back and then continues on with her day trying not to feel the heebeejeebies vibe that she’s getting from her boss, Mr. Jack Hyde.
On her way out the door to meet Mr. Grey she takes a look in the mirror and describes herself as “gaunt with dark circles” around her eyes and pale.
She briefly comments that she wishes she knew how to wear makeup, implying, perhaps that she doesn’t wear makeup but then she pulls out mascara and eyeliner and begins applying them. It would have been really funny if, in her distraught and confused state, she used the mascara as eyeliner and eyeliner as mascara but she doesn’t. Clearly she knows how to apply makeup.
When she greets Mr. Grey he takes one look at her and immediately scowls at her apparently emaciated appearance. Way to sweep a girl off of her feet! Especially when you’re trying to win her back.
Turn page. The conversation about her not eating continues.
Turn page. Now the conversation is more about his obsession over her eating habits.
Turn page. Oh look, they made up! What a shocker!
Turn page. Ana promises Mr. Grey that she’ll eat.
Turn page. Turn Page. Turn page.
They arrive at Jose’s art gallery. When Jose greets Ana the first thing he says is, “Have you lost weight?”
For the love of rice cakes, people! IT HAS ONLY BEEN 3 DAYS! Seriously! How much weight could she possibly have lost?
Three days of the stomach flu and the most I lose is about three pounds.
Sigh. Back to Jose’s art showing. His collection of photographs is impressive. Of course it’s impressive. I have yet to read a novel featuring an artist who’s collection isn’t impressive. Just once it would be nice to read: