Abi’s be­trayal

The venge­ful blonde tells Steven about sis­ter Lauren’s abor­tion

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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?

Baby talk: Abi tells Steven Lauren’s se­cret

How will Steven re­act to the news about Lauren?

Just good lens? Lauren is shocked to find Josh is wait­ing for her

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