Charity is to have her worst fears realised next week when she discovers that she's pregnant. After vowing that she never wanted to have another child, she now has to deal with this shock boyfriend. But will she end up revealing all to boyfriend Declan (Jason Merrells)? And will she keep the baby? Actress Emma Atkins tells us all about the latest twists and turns:
How does Charity feel about the prospect of being pregnant?
She’s horrified. She didn’t ever mean to get pregnant. She takes the pill religiously to stop that from happening. So she almost doesn’t know how it happened – she’s assuming that she forgot to take it on a morning that she was maybe hungover. So it’s a huge error. She’s absolutely gobsmacked. All this time, she’s been vowing not to have another child and now she’s in this predicament. She’s feeling vulnerable and sickened that she’s got herself into this situation.
She hides the information from Declan and ends up confiding in Debbie, who’s appalled. At first, Charity decides that she wants an abortion and runs to Debbie for help. And Debbie says, “Well, what does Declan think?” And, of course, Declan doesn’t know. So Debbie’s furious that Charity isn’t even willing to share this with someone she supposedly loves.
Does Declan end up finding out?
He stops her in the street as she’s about to get the abortion. He knows she’s been throwing up for a few days and he works it out. She’s been suddenly avoiding Declan and he clocks her strange behaviour. So that causes another hellish situation! He tells her he loves her – so the whole situation with Declan is becoming more complicated than Charity ever believed it would be. He’s desperate for a child because he lost his own daughter. So Charity’s pregnancy is a flicker of hope for Declan; he has a chance to be the father he always wanted to be. He wants this fabulous idea to blossom.
And what’s Charity’s reaction to this?
Charity tells her that she can’t even look after herself. She tells him that she’s so self-absorbed that she can’t have a child. She’s brutally honest with him!
And then he clumsily proposes to her…
Yes, it’s part of the fallout from the situation. Charity tells him that actions should speak louder than words and he ends up proposing. At the time, she doesn’t say yes. But already said to Debbie that she wants to test Declan to see how far he’ll go for her. She’s being quite devious. She wants to know whether he wants to be with her as well as her unborn baby. So Charity chucks Declan out but she’s very thoughtful about it all after he’s gone. She wants to see whether he’ll come back for more!