This week Fiona Grew, head Fixer-Upper at Fictional Fix-Ups Dating Agency, introduced Christian Grey to Jane Eyre. In honour of Valentine’s Day, Christian took Jane for dinner at Nobu on Park Lane. Here’s what they had to say…
I have never had champagne, of which Christian procured an unnecessarily large bottle, or sushi before, so the evening was full of new experiences for me. It was also, in actual fact, the first time I have used the agency and I must admit to being very nervous before I met Christian at the bar.
He, on the other hand, did not seem to suffer from nerves at all and I think this rather contributed to my agitation rather than being a reassurance. He is obviously a very successful man but there was something quite distant about him and I felt very unsure about what impression I was making on him.
There was just one moment when I felt he let his guard down which was whilst I was recounting a story about being locked in the Red Room as a child, it was clear the story held significance for him in some personal way and I rather hope that, if we see one another again, he will speak more openly with me about it.
Jane was clearly nervous but I enjoyed taking her for dinner on Saturday evening. She is an interesting young woman and I admire her greatly for her obvious dedication to teaching and, in general, hard work. She was frank and open about her childhood, which I understood to not have been a particularly enjoyable one, and I respected her ability to be so. Nobu is a favourite restaurant of mine and, since it was Jane’s first visit, I was able to choose a variety of dishes for us both, which was great. I am hoping I will see Jane again as her quiet but kind personality appealed to me; I would like to get to know her further and explore more of my preferred London haunts together.