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Rest­less, Mariah ap­pears to be fall­ing in love with Tessa. Plus: Same-sex rocky roads.

Mariah knows she may be be­tray­ing Devon but feels pow­er­less to stop the con­nec­tion be­tween her and Tessa.

Mariah says she is happy with her life but what she says and what she’s think­ing ap­pear to be two very dif­fer­ent things. She says she’s en­joy­ing her blos­som­ing ro­mance with Devon but re­cently con ded to a sym­pa­thetic Tessa that she’s not sure ex­actly what she wants out of life.

Buoyed by mem­o­ries of a pre­vi­ous close en­counter with Tessa (Cait Fair­banks), Mariah (Cam­ryn Grimes) has been rat­tled by an un­ex­pected wave of ro­man­tic feel­ings for her new best friend and dur­ing a trip to San Fran­cisco with Devon (Bry­ton James) and Tessa’s boyfriend Noah (Robert Adam­son), Mariah found her­self re­act­ing awk­wardly to Tessa and Noah’s pub­lic dis­plays of af­fec­tion. Fi­nally, alone with Tessa, Mariah con­fessed that while she liked Devon, she was strug­gling with who she was and what she wanted. In­di­cat­ing that she’s wrestling with her sex­u­al­ity, Mariah an­swered Tessa’s prom­ise to help her any way she could by ten­derly ca­ress­ing and kiss­ing Tessa.

De­spite Mariah’s sub­se­quent awk­ward re­ac­tion, Tessa as­sured her she wasn’t both­ered by the mo­ment and, re­mind­ing her that they’re with two great guys, sug­gested they lock away the kiss and forget about it.

Mariah tried to do just that when she told Devon she loved him and se­duced him but now she’s back in Genoa City, she’s be­come ir­re­sistibly drawn to Tessa, whose own feel­ings for Mariah are also grow­ing. The sit­u­a­tion has left both girls feel­ing ner­vous, es­pe­cially when Devon caught them hold­ing hands. Un­sure of what was hap­pen­ing be­tween them, the women brushed off Devon’s ques­tions, with Mariah later as­sur­ing her boyfriend that she was com­mit­ted to him and there was no­body else in her life.

Con­tin­u­ing to ner­vously watch Tessa and Noah shar­ing in­ti­mate mo­ments, Mariah knows she may be be­tray­ing Devon but feels pow­er­less to stop the con­nec­tion be­tween her and Tessa.

If the women even­tu­ally forge a ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship, Mariah will be risk­ing not only hurt­ing Devon but also dam­ag­ing the strong bond they’ve de­vel­oped.

Tessa also risks hurt­ing Noah and this could pave the way for in­cur­ring Vic­tor’s (Eric Brae­den) wrath, some­thing Tessa has se­cretly dreaded from the mo­ment she met the con­trol­ling tyrant.

Tessa may also ruin other re­la­tion­ships she’s de­vel­oped, due to her se­crecy, and both women know they’ll have to an­swer a lot of un­easy ques­tions if they choose to progress their re­la­tion­ship. All of which could be cru­cial if they want to forge a path towards their own hap­pi­ness. TVS

Week­days 12.20pm on ARENA TORN Mariah (Cam­ryn Grimes) is ques­tion­ing her sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion. While she likes Devon (Bry­ton James), she’s very drawn to Tessa (Cait Fair­banks).



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