On the run!
Bethany leaves Weatherfield with Nathan. Will she ever come back?
Now that the Platts have got the measure of him, evil Nathan has decided that Bethany is more trouble than she’s worth, and it’s time to find some new prey to pimp out. But rather than let the schoolgirl stay with her family, he’s hatched a plot to take her overseas, where he can hand her over to an equally twisted contact in exchange for money.
‘Nathan is going to leave her high and dry with a
“friend” of his,’ explains Chris Harper, who plays the sick salon owner. ‘He’s going to wash his hands of her and move on. Bethany’s been a lot of trouble, and this is his last chance to cash in on her.’ Bethany has no idea what her ‘boyfriend’ is really up to as she secretly packs a bag and has a final cuddle with baby brother, Harry. The poor girl thinks Nathan loves her, and they’re eloping together. Can she be convinced otherwise?
Mary has a good try when she calls at No 8 and spots Bethany’s holdall. As the teen confides in her that she’s starting a new life with Nathan abroad, Mary bars her way out. And, likening the situation to her own rape, she begs Bethany to see that the things Nathan makes her do are wrong. But the schoolgirl is having none of it. She pushes the florist aside and Mary watches in horror as Nathan whisks
Bethany off in his car.
Mary reports back to a panic-stricken Sarah, who calls the cops, while Nathan explains to Bethany that they’re headed for Hull, where there’s a boat to Belgium. She sheepishly admits that she doesn’t have a passport and, as Nathan arranges to get a new one, he reveals that he wants her to set sail without him, while he lies low from the police for a little longer.
Alarm bells start ringing for Bethany, who demands to know what his plans are for her on the continent. ‘Nathan is trying to control her through both flattery and fear,’ adds Chris. ‘He thinks that if he keeps tightening his grip, she will comply – but it starts to have the opposite effect.’
As Bethany pushes Nathan for information, slowly but surely his control over her starts to weaken. Can Bethany now find the courage to fight back and escape?
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