Three teens have a tough time


Inside Soap - - CONTENTS - Laura Hef­fer­nan

Yasmine and Peri make a shock­ing dis­cov­ery this week, when they wit­ness Lily self-harm­ing.

As the three girls com­pete to win a much-sought-after in­tern­ship in a jour­nal­ism com­pe­ti­tion, Peri and Yasmine start to ques­tion their chances at vic­tory when they learn that stu­dious Lily in­tends to write an ar­ti­cle about Scott. How­ever, when the two best friends try to get one over on their ri­val, they’re hor­ri­fied by what they see her do­ing…

“Peri and Yasmine think that Lily is get­ting changed in the toi­lets, so they plan to hu­mil­i­ate her by tak­ing a pic­ture of her scar and show­ing it to the whole school,” ex­plains ac­tress Ruby O’don­nell, who plays Peri.

“But when they go to take the pic­ture, they spot that she’s ac­tu­ally self-harm­ing. Peri is shocked to see that this per­fect girl has a darker side, and in­trigued at the same time. She’s keen to know why Lily is do­ing this.”

Al­though the girls are taken aback by their en­counter with vul­ner­a­ble Lily, they de­cide to use her ex­pe­ri­ence to their ad­van­tage, and write their com­pe­ti­tion ar­ti­cle about her! In the end, Yasmine al­ters the story to make Lily anony­mous – but when her piece wins the grand prize, Mrs St Claire is wor­ried by its con­tent. Call­ing all three teens – as well as Leela, Mis­bah and Diane – into her of­fice, Sally drops the bomb­shell that she be­lieves one of the girls is self-harm­ing.

“None of the teens ex­pect this when they en­ter the of­fice, so ev­ery­one is pan­ick­ing,” re­veals Ruby. “It’s all very high ten­sion, and then Peri cov­ers for Lily and blurts out that the story was all fic­tion. I think Peri reck­ons this could be the start of some­thing big. She sees a chance to build a friend­ship over this shared se­cret be­tween these three girls.”

With all the adults taken in by Peri’s lie, Mis­bah, Leela and Diane later re­con­vene and are re­lieved that none of their girls are harm­ing them­selves. But the day marks a turn­ing point for Lily, Peri and Yasmine. As the trio hang out in Lily’s room, it’s clear that they have all de­vel­oped a strong bond.

“It changes from Peri and Yasmine gang­ing up on Lily, to all of them be­ing best friends,” Ruby tells us. “There’s this huge se­cret be­tween them that they feel the need to hold to­gether, and as a re­sult the girls all be­come much closer.”

Lily’s se­cret has a big ef­fect on Peri and Yasmine. But now all the girls know how Lily has been cop­ing with her pain, what will they de­cide to do next?

“Peri is shocked to see that this per­fect girl has a darker side”

Peri isn’t pre­pared for what she learns about trou­bled Lily

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