Who’s HURT­ING Hope?


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Since re­turn­ing to LA in Jan­uary, Hope hasn’t wasted any time in un­veil­ing a bold new at­ti­tude. Aban­don­ing her old sunny de­meanour, Hope ap­pears stronger and surer, with de­ci­sive stances to­wards every­thing that’s around her.

Most re­cently, Hope (An­nika Noelle) played hard­ball when she heard about Maya’s (Karla Mosley) de­ci­sion to sack new in­tern Emma (Nia Sioux). She’d ap­par­ently found her sneak­ing about, en­gag­ing in cor­po­rate es­pi­onage by pho­tograph­ing the de­signs from the Hope for the Fu­ture col­lec­tion! De­spite agree­ing with Maya that sneaky spy­ing has long been a threat to For­rester Cre­ations, and that she doesn’t trust the fact that Emma’s Justin Bar­ber’s (Aaron D. Spears) niece, Hope even­tu­ally over­turned Maya’s de­ci­sion and re­in­stated Emma, bluntly telling Maya that she over­stepped her au­thor­ity in sack­ing the girl. She also added a warn­ing for Emma that she’ll be watch­ing her be­cause she trusts no­body as­so­ci­ated with Bill (Don Di­a­mont). In the process, Hope didn’t re­alise she’d deeply of­fended Maya and Emma, who both felt she was try­ing to con­trol them.

What’s more, Hope soon man­ages to of­fend others when the ever-vig­i­lant Pam (Al­ley Mills) and Char­lie (Dick Christie) spy her in in­ti­mate con­ver­sa­tion with Liam. Af­ter

eaves­drop­ping on what’s be­ing said, it’s clear to Pam that Hope is bla­tantly try­ing to sab­o­tage Liam (Scott Clifton) and St­effy’s (Jac­que­line MacInnes Wood) re­union – and she won’t stand for it, telling Char­lie she’s dis­mayed at Hope’s be­hav­iour and how un­trust­wor­thy she’s turn­ing out. With Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) and St­effy also be­com­ing in­creas­ingly up­set by Hope’s con­tin­ued in­volve­ment with Liam, it’s plainly ob­vi­ous that Hope’s un­know­ingly up­set­ting those around her at an alarm­ing rate.

That con­tin­ues dur­ing a staff meet­ing at For­rester Cre­ations called af­ter Hope hires Sally (Court­ney Hope) to work on her col­lec­tion with her. In­stead of ef­fu­sively wel­com­ing Sally to the team, Hope only suc­ceeds in un­nerv­ing her staff when she warns them to keep close watch on Sally and Emma for any signs of cor­po­rate skull­dug­gery!

With Hope un­aware of the of­fence she’s caus­ing, one uniden­ti­fied but ag­grieved party soon strikes out, send­ing her a threat­en­ing mes­sage on the Hope for the Fu­ture web­site. Soon see­ing the mes­sage while re­view­ing the web­site with Thorne (Ingo Rademacher), a shaken Liam swings into ac­tion and deletes the acer­bic note, brain­storm­ing with Thorne ways to deal with the sit­u­a­tion and pro­tect her. Be­fore long they’re com­pil­ing a list of pos­si­ble per­pe­tra­tors, with a wor­ried Thorne ze­ro­ing in on Maya when he catches her an­grily rant­ing about Hope. Thorne calms her down, not want­ing to be­lieve his sis­ter-in-law could do Hope any harm.

An­other pos­si­ble sus­pect emerges in Sally when she vents her frus­tra­tions about Hope to Wy­att (Darin Brooks), cat­tily com­plain­ing that it’s ob­vi­ous Hope doesn’t like her or trust her. Like Thorne, Wy­att ap­peases Sally for now... but it’s clear her anger won’t be as­suaged eas­ily.

Who­ever’s tar­get­ing Hope, they’ve made their griev­ances with her pub­lic by throw­ing down the gaunt­let, leav­ing a po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous threat hang­ing over her head!

“A shaken Liam swings into ac­tion… to find ways to pro­tect Hope.”

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