Ben & Lau­ren in­ves­ti­gate!

BEN AND LAU­REN EN­TER VERY DAN­GER­OUS TER­RI­TORY…

Inside Soap - - WELCOME! - Kate White

The ter­ri­ble truth about Will­mott-brown’s scam is close to be­ing un­earthed by Lau­ren and Ben this week, as they ques­tion Wey­land & Co’s busi­ness deal­ings.

Will­mott-brown is us­ing son Luke to ma­nip­u­late smitten Ben and his best mate Jay, but the boys are far smarter than he gives them credit for. It doesn’t help that Luke’s not as care­ful as he could be, and makes the big mis­take of leav­ing his wal­let at Ben’s flat. Look­ing through it to find out if it’s Luke’s prop­erty, Ben comes across some­thing that wor­ries him. Has Luke ac­ci­den­tally blown the scheme apart?

“Ben is smart, and his in­stincts tell him some­thing is wrong here, but he has such strong feel­ings for Luke that he doesn’t want to be­lieve it,” sighs our Easten­ders in­sider. “He knows Luke was in prison for fraud – and while he con­sid­ers that to be small-fry crime, it means that when he sees some­thing sus­pi­cious in Luke’s wal­let, he can’t ig­nore it. The prob­lem is that ask­ing Luke is a risky step to take.”

Mean­while, Lau­ren has an epiphany about what is ac­tu­ally go­ing on at Wey­land & Co af­ter she re­turns to work. De­ter­mined to put the past be­hind her, Lau­ren tries to get back to busi­ness, but can’t ig­nore her at­trac­tion to boss Josh. He feels the same, and it’s not long be­fore the pas­sion­ate pair kiss. Lau­ren soon re­grets her hasty ac­tions – though her ro­man­tic prob­lems pale into in­signif­i­cance when Jay quizzes Lau­ren about what’s go­ing on in the com­pany.

Wor­ried by what Jay in­sin­u­ates, Lau­ren con­fronts Josh and asks him about the projects they are work­ing on. Josh is con­fused and goes to Luke, in­tent on get­ting the full story. It should be a sim­ple thing, but Luke shuts down Josh im­me­di­ately – a re­ac­tion that gets Lau­ren think­ing. With Josh draw­ing a blank, she de­cides to dig deeper her­self.

“Lau­ren has no idea about what ex­actly she’s get­ting

Ben is smart – his in­stincts tell him that some­thing is wrong”

her­self into,” warns our spy. “This fam­ily is poi­son, and there are peo­ple in­volved with them who would think noth­ing of at­tack­ing her. What she knows so far should be giv­ing Lau­ren pause for thought, and her dad Max’s shady be­hav­iour ought to be ring­ing alarm bells as well. How­ever, given that she has a young son to worry about and no one to back her up, Lau­ren needs to tread care­fully.”

In­deed, Lau­ren may live to re­gret her in­quis­i­tive na­ture when she goes on to make a sur­prise dis­cov­ery at the of­fice that deeply alarms her. Will she keep what she’s learned to her­self – or face the pos­si­ble con­se­quences of re­veal­ing the se­cret she’s un­cov­ered?

Lau­ren grows sus­pi­cious af­ter re­turn­ing to work at Wey­land & Co

Ben and Jay are keen to find out more af­ter their shock­ing dis­cov­ery

Luke re­fuses to an­swer any of Josh’s ques­tions

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