After all of the intensity at the conclusion of book one of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, it was pleasant to have some playfulness occur relatively early on in the second book. Happily back together again following their reconciliation, in Fifty Shades Darker Christian casually asks Ana if she will accompany him to a summer party his father is hosting. Soon Ana would learn that it was more than just a summer party, but a rather lavish charity masquerade ball. While there is never a dull moment in the scenes involving the annual charity function, I decided to focus on a scene leading up to their attendance at the party.
Since the event was a rather formal affair, Ana had to dip into the closet of extravagant clothing that Christian had purchased especially for her. After she had chosen a gown and began to get dressed, Christian enters her room unannounced. He’s in a rather playful mood, and suggests Ana add a certain accessory to her outfit. I thought I would attempt to capture one brief moment from that scene as Christian helped Ana get ready and dressed in his own special way–by adding some final touches to her outfit–both figuratively and literally!
When Christian came up with the idea of incorporating the ben wa balls into Ana’s masquerade ensemble, he thought it would be a fun and exciting way to drive her to distraction. Making sure to suggest it as a challenging game, guaranteed that Ana would not back down from participating. He probably assumed he could just sit back, watch her squirm, then ‘reward’ her later on after he felt she had suffered enough.
But, little did he know that he would also end up driven to distraction and frustration! While he normally adores his younger sister, Mia, her insistence on accompanying Ana everywhere didn’t allow Christian and Ana to be alone at the party–even when Ana needed to use the powder room!
It turned out to be a rather humorous scene to see how the tables were turned on Christian as time after time his attempts to be alone with Ana were thwarted by his beloved little sister. Instead, both he and Ana both ended up thoroughly frustrated! But, as we soon found out, the pair eventually manage to sneak away from the festivities and have a little private party of their own!