Left in the lurch

Felic­ity’s back in Hill­side for Christ­mas, but will she and her step­son Willem rec­on­cile?

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Af­ter her hus­band Her­man (Deon Coetzee) and step­son Louis (Les­lie van Wyk) died in a car crash on Fri­day 23 Oc­to­ber, an emo­tion­ally crushed Felic­ity (Me­lanie du Bois) skipped Hill­side for some TLC from her mom in Mos­sel Bay on Thurs­day 5 Novem­ber. “She needed time to mourn and clear her head,” Me­lanie ex­plains. Es­pe­cially af­ter she’d jumped into bed with Her­man’s other step­son Willem (Markus Hay­wood). On Tues­day 22 De­cem­ber, Felic­ity re­turns but she walks into a house in sham­bles – it looks like Willem’s lost his mind while she was away. Des­per­ate to make things up to him, she sug­gests on Wed­nes­day 23 De­cem­ber that they spend Christ­mas to­gether. But it’s not go­ing to be a time of fes­tive cheer for the pair…


Markus says that Willem feels snubbed. “He was re­jected his en­tire life. Firstly by his bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther, who aban­doned his fam­ily, and then by one of his mom Elana’s (Joanie Com­brink) friends whom he dated in the Cape be­fore he came to Hill­side in April.” Her­man and Louis’s deaths were un­ex­pected and the only woman he felt he could share his pain with is Felic­ity, but she left him too. On Wed­nes­day 23 De­cem­ber, Felic­ity con­fronts Willem about the urn with Her­man’s ashes ly­ing shat­tered on the ground. Show­ing no re­morse, he says that it hap­pened dur­ing a wild house party. “He’s an­gry and makes it clear that she hurt him be­cause he was alone,” Markus says. Me­lanie adds that Felic­ity feels guilty. “She un­der­stands and re­grets what she put him through. She was self­ish to flee but had to get away or she’d have lost her mind.” With both hav­ing vented, they make up that night, only for Diederik (Hen­nie Ja­cobs) to de­rail the peace.


On Christ­mas Eve, Thurs­day 24 De­cem­ber, Diedie runs into Felic­ity, who tells him that she’s re­turn­ing to Mos­sel Bay af­ter Christ­mas. Later that day, while hav­ing a drink with Willem, Diederik ca­su­ally men­tions Felic­ity’s plans, caus­ing Willem to flip out again. “He’s still smit­ten with Felic­ity and when they made up the pre­vi­ous day, he’d hoped that they’d get back to­gether, but he’s re­al­is­ing that it will never hap­pen.”

It’s Christ­mas Day on Fri­day 25 De­cem­ber and while Felic­ity’s look­ing for­ward to a day with Willem, he gives her the cold shoul­der. “He cuts her out his life com­pletely,” Markus says. He tells her that he knows about her plans and that he’d rather not have any­thing to do with her. Me­lanie says that Felic­ity’s now the one who feels ex­cluded. “Willem ig­nores her for the rest of the day and she de­cides to pack her bags, only to re­turn on Tues­day 19 Jan­uary.

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