In Fifty Shades Freed, Ana awakens in a bed at the Heathman Hotel on her birthday, but she feels no cause for celebration. Unfortunately she’s wracked with worry over the well-being of her stepdad, Ray.
Although not under the most ideal of circumstances, their stay in Portland reminded Ana and Christian of many ‘firsts.’ Not least of which was the birthday gift that Christian presented Ana that morning as she awoke in their hotel suite. I thought that would be a fitting moment to capture in honor of Ana’s birthday!
While Ana was very understandably upset and preoccupied with worry, leave it to Christian Grey to remedy the situation! Upon waking Ana with a good morning kiss, he then very uncharacteristically timidly asked permission to wish her a happy birthday, being sensitive to the situation at hand, yet eager to greet his new wife on her special day. But he was also quite anxious and excited to present her with a very special gift!
It was quite endearing just how anxious and excited Christian actually was leading up to the moment when he presented his gift to Ana. Much like a small child, Christian couldn’t wait for Ana to open her present, yet seemed to feel a bit of anxiety as to whether she would love and appreciate the gift. There was no need for him to worry, for Ana would adore anything Christian would choose to give her. Of course she loved the very thoughtful gift of the bracelet of ‘firsts’ and again, much like an excited child, proceeded to explain what each charm represented.
Even though the stay in Portland was unexpected, it reinforced the theme of ‘firsts’ that dominated the few days that Ana and Christian had there. It was most definitely not lost on the pair as they noted several on the list during their stay. It seemed as thought the two of them had come full circle. There they were–back at the Heathman where they had first spent the night together–this time however, as man and wife.
Christian’s birthday present to Ana as she awoke that morning was just the first of many surprises and special gifts she would receive for her special day. All of them thoughtfully relating to special moments the two of them had shared. Ana’s initial arrival back to Portland was quite a stressful and agonizing affair, but soon things would take quite a turn for the better for everyone!