Karen is pit­ted against a shark


Inside Soap - - WELCOME! - Kate White

The Tay­lor fam­ily are on the brink of los­ing ev­ery­thing this week – as Lloyd the loan shark turns up at their home to col­lect what he’s owed.

Karen has been stalling her scary cred­i­tors for ages, try­ing to find some money to start pay­ing them back. Sadly for her fam­ily, there ap­pears to be no way out of her spi­ralling debts, and any cash they have is just a drop in the ocean. With noth­ing to give Lloyd and ev­ery­thing to lose, Karen faces her dark­est hour yet.

“She finds out that Ri­ley and Chatham have been col­lected from school by a strange man,” shares our Easten­ders source. “Karen’s heart stops be­cause she knows that this must have some­thing to do with the money she owes. Sure enough, Lloyd the loan shark is wait­ing for her at home with the boys. He hasn’t hurt them, but it’s a deeply sin­is­ter move. Karen is left in no doubt that she and her fam­ily are in dan­ger.”

Worse still, Lloyd tells Karen that the amount she needs to pay back has gone up. He’s charg­ing her in­ter­est, and the debt is get­ting larger ev­ery pass­ing day. The only op­tion Karen has is to go to the Vic and at­tempt to sell her be­long­ings to raise the money. It’s a hu­mil­i­at­ing or­deal, but what choice does she have?

Un­for­tu­nately for Karen, her ef­forts are in vain, so the next day she de­cides to try a dif­fer­ent tac­tic. Mov­ing her chil­dren out of the house and to safety, she gets ready to deal with Lloyd

her­self and to try to ap­peal to his bet­ter na­ture. What she doesn’t bank on is just how far this wicked money lender is will­ing to go. As the brave Tay­lor squares up to Lloyd, he en­joys be­ing able to crush her – and when Keanu re­turns home, he finds a dev­as­tat­ing sit­u­a­tion wait­ing.

“Lloyd has taken the tele­vi­sion – and some­thing else that is go­ing to hurt the fam­ily deeply,” our snitch tells us. “What he’s done is de­signed to hit the chil­dren hard, and it’s go­ing to make Karen feel un­der even more pres­sure. The heat is on, and she has to cook up a get-richquick scheme fast. But what are her op­tions?”

Watch­ing this hor­ri­ble sit­u­a­tion un­fold is hard for Karen’s close friends and neigh­bours, es­pe­cially Linda, who re­ally feels for the em­bat­tled mum. She begs Mick to step in and help out the Tay­lors – though with their own cash prob­lems, it’s un­re­al­is­tic. Can Karen man­age to find the money, or will the poor kids’ hearts be bro­ken?

Smug Lloyd isn’t in­tim­i­dated when Keanu ar­rives

The Tay­lors find them­selves with an un­wel­come guest

Can Karen find the cash to keep Lloyd the loan shark at bay?

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