Since Christian went solo in the last illustration, I decided to allow Ana to be the star in her own piece this time!
Ana often possessed more power in her relationship with Christian Grey than either of them probably realized. From the very beginning she exerted this power in little ways here and there, that while seeming to be inconsequential, sometimes packed quite an impact!
During her initial visit to Escala in Fifty Shades of Grey, we were introduced to the first of many ways Ana exerted her feisty nature and showed how much of a challenge she was to Christian. Something he wasn’t used to, and possibly this attracted him even more to her.
After a rather activity-filled evening, Ana was rushing to get dressed before meeting Christian’s mother Grace, and points out that she prefers to wear fresh undies instead of wearing the pair she had on the night before. While that may be true, she was also quite possibly making a statement when she boldly decided to rummage through Christian’s dresser and slip on a pair of his boxer briefs instead! Knowing he was quite the control freak, this was definitely encroaching upon his ‘territory’ and she probably also had an idea that nobody had tried this before with him. But in her own way–being inexperienced and rather innocent–it was her way of showing Christian that she could be daring and racy, and not as pure as he might think.
As for Christian, due to his very tragic and troubling childhood and unconventional (to say the least) adolescence, he had a very unusual way of learning socialization and interacting with others, especially when it came to relationships. They weren’t really relationships, but Dom/Sub arrangements. So, he was accustomed to prearranged agreements and having control over all situations and occurrences.
But with Ana everything was different and new to him. He no longer had total control, and perhaps this was refreshing to him. Ana would occasionally do unexpected things that Christian would never expect from his past partners. If they had attempted to carry out the same things Ana did, they would most definitely be punished for it. It would simply not be tolerated and would have been violating the terms of the agreement. However, it was a completely unique situation with Ana. While initially Christian set out to begin yet another Dom/Sub arrangement, it evolved into something he never would have imagined. Meeting Ana opened a new and unexplored world to him. Essentially, both of them were actually introducing the other to whole new experiences. While it might have caused him discomfort at times (since he did not feel he possessed total control) at the same time it might have excited him and caused him to crave a bit of a taste of more of her impertinence. This new type of interaction was exposing him to a entirely different viewpoint to what relationships encompassed and what promise it could possibly hold for him.
So, while her bold move of helping herself to Christian’s Calvins seemed rather light-hearted and innocent enough, it actually helped initiate the first of numerous changes in Christian that eventually helped him overcome much of the pain of his past and start a new life with Ana.
But this isn’t the only time that Ana’s unmentionables become an issue between the two of them, as we learn later on in the trilogy. There were still further undie adventures yet to come…