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Soapbox: Shell-shocked!

Byline: Tony Stewart


That compulsive gambler Vik has lost the shirt off his back so many times that the only winning streak he's likely to experience is if he ran stark naked down the Street. But a chance encounter at a local casino convinces him he's found a way to dig himself out of a hole so deep the only people he's bumped into recently are potholers.

Spotting Peter "draped all over" his mistress Lucy, Vik can't believe his luck. "A bit awkward this," he smugly tells the bookie. "I've never blackmailed anyone before." And the stakes are high. Peter has to write off Vik's pounds 1,000 debt... or he'll tell his girlfriend he's cheating on her. Peter calls his bluff and Vik's scam spectacularly backfires when he reveals all to Shelley in the Rovers. She's shocked, but only because of what her boyfriend does next...

Perhaps the thrill of the chase is contagious in the bookie's because even bride-to-be Sally is ready for the off with decorator Alex. One glance at his emulsion colour chart has her fetlocks trembling. A bit of stripping in the front room results in some heavy panting. Then a visit to a DIY store raises such a rush of lust that she reins him in for a passionate kiss. Alex doesn't get further than her top coat, but it'll take some strong adhesive to paper over the cracks in her relationship with Kevin now.

With Corrie getting better by the week, there's still the intrigue of Audrey foiling Richard's murderous plans and the secret of the Nelsons' past. A knock at the front door has Angie fearfully hiding behind the sofa. Well, it is nosy parkers Maxine and her daft mum Doreen paying a neighbourly visit.

Wouldn't that be enough to scare you?


BLACKMAIL: Vik threatens to tell Shelley of Peter's affair with Lucy after spotting them at the local casino (inset); SMACKER: Silly Sally moves in on Alex
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 23, 2002
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