The vengeful blonde tells Steven about sister Lauren’s abortion
Steven is horrified and can't get his head around it
There was once a time when Abi Branning was about as threatening as Dot, but the sweet girl who fussed over Marge the guinea pig and Tramp the dog is long gone.
The vet’s receptionist has turned to the dark side – as she demonstrates when she betrays Lauren by telling Steven that her sister aborted his baby.
It all stems from jealousy. Lauren’s got it all – a boyfriend, a baby and a career – while Abi’s stuck in that grim, shared house with Ben, Jay and yogurt-snatcher Donna. And time and time again, she feels pushed aside by her glossyhaired sibling. At the start of the week, she’s left seething when, as she enjoys some one-on-one time with Max, her dad asks Lauren to join them. Her rage intensifies when Lauren then arranges a Father’s Day surprise for her dad, and doesn’t think to involve her.
Fed up, Abi storms off, and ends up talking to Steven, who has his own problems. He feels rejected by Ian, who’s struggling to celebrate Father’s Day without Peter and Lucy.
‘Ian is making Steven feel that he’s not a “proper” son to him like Peter is. And then Ted Murray goes and makes a comment that leaves him feeling even worse,’ explains our Eastenders source.
As Abi tries to support Steven, her resentment towards Lauren boils over. And she decides to get her revenge by telling him all about the secret termination. ‘Steven is horrified’, adds our source, ‘and can’t get his head around it.’
A nervous Abi wonders what he’ll do or say to her sister. She’s shocked when Steven goes for her and gives her some harsh home truths.
An oblivious Lauren has other things on her mind, namely Josh. She’s been avoiding her boss since Max’s revelation last week, and is thrown to find him waiting for her. Lauren agrees to talk to him, and the pair put their differences aside. But when Steven spots them together he’s livid, and gives Josh a stern warning.
With secrets, lies and sexual tension rife, it all makes for an interesting atmosphere at Abi’s 21st birthday party, where she, Lauren, Steven and Josh are thrown together. Needless to say, the evening doesn’t go to plan. Is Steven and Lauren’s relationship about to go pop?
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