Making it permanent
Steffy IS CONFRONTED WITH HER WORST NIGHTMARE AS Liam MAKES IT CLEAR THAT HE’LL NEVER ACCEPT HER MARRIAGE TO Wyatt
Married life has been one big, uncertain roller-coaster of emotions for Steffy ever since Liam returned from captivity just as she was honeymooning with his brother Wyatt. Despite the inevitable pull she still feels for Liam, Steffy remains committed to her marriage even though she knows Liam won’t give up without a fight.
Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) thinks that the matching wedding band tattoos she and Wyatt (Darin Brooks) have just had done will be enough for Liam (Scott Clifton) to permanently abandon his quest to win back her affections. Unsure of his next move, she confides her angst in Bill (Don Diamont) who advises his new daughter-in-law to hold tight to the values that the tattoo symbolises, her unswerving commitment to Wyatt.
Quite simply, she can’t think about Liam any more. It’s easier said than done for Steffy, though, prompting Bill to warn her that he will not tolerate his sons doing battle over her.
Bill’s sentiment is obviously shared by Wyatt who takes umbrage at Liam’s insistence that his focus in life is on Steffy. Instead of overreacting, Wyatt treads gently, acknowledging his regret at what his mother did to Liam but suggesting that Liam will get past it and find someone else to love because Steffy has moved on.
Upset at the advice, Liam rants that “Steffy and I were robbed” and bitterly declares that it will take more than a wedding-band tattoo for him to stop fighting for her. He will not let the unfair advantage that Quinn (Rena Sofer) gave Wyatt govern his intentions.
Making good on that promise, Liam corrals Steffy into a private talk. Declaring that “I almost lost myself and I don’t want to lose you,” Liam insists that he won’t accept the false pretences under which she married Wyatt.
Steffy is flabbergasted when Liam asks her to “leave Wyatt. Get the tattoo removed. Come home to me.”
Rattled by the notion of throwing her life with Wyatt into chaos, Steffy can’t comprehend the fact the Liam wants her to erase the recent past in the blink of an eye.
She’s unable to commit, prompting Liam to challenge her to reveal her true feelings. Finally, Steffy announces that she’s staying with Wyatt and can’t handle any problems between Liam and her husband. Defeated, Liam promises to try to accept the decision.
Later, Wyatt offers his brother more advice. Suggesting that “you and Steffy were never going to happen”, Wyatt challenges him to consider reconciliation with either Hope or Ivy (Ashleigh Brewer). It’s a thought that Liam can’t even contemplate. For now he just has to learn to live without Steffy.