Next week on Home and Away in the UK, Felicity gets a text from her attacker threatening to release a video of her assault if she doesn’t hand over $1000.
The attacker returns to haunt Felicity (Jacqui Purvis) in the sickest way just as she is beginning to come to grips with her assault.
Only this past week have things started to get better for Flick. Flick had to accept the reality that many crimes of this sort go unsolved and the perpetrator may never be brought to justice after she and her brother Cash (Nicholas Cartwright) spent hours watching video footage from the Battle of the Bands in search of any clues.
Since then, Flick has attended further counselling sessions. As she’s begun to understand their real purpose, there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel.
Tane finally confessed to Flick about his struggles with understanding what she wanted from him since he felt so useless after spending the entire night in the gym punching a punching bag. He was put on notice by Flick that they were a team and that all she wanted was for him to be her husband.
With their relationship on solid ground, Tane plays the loving husband the following week, going to the other extreme. Tane chooses to come up to Salt with Flick to pick up a coffee after postponing the first morning gym session in order to walk Flick to work, despite the fact that they both work in the same building.
Flick rips Tane out for being so needy as he decides to stay for some food after having just finished breakfast at home.
Flick reassures Tane that she will be OK at work before gently pointing out that they both need to get back to some semblance of normalcy. Tane is forced to admit that he finds it difficult to leave Flick alone so soon after the assault.
Promising to come downstairs if she needs him, Flick eventually convinces Tane to open up the gym.
Yet later that day, Flick receives a text message which makes her blood run cold.
It’s from her attacker, who demands $1000 from Felicity or he will release a video he recorded of the assault!
Tane immediately wants to call Cash after seeing the horrific message that Flick had rushed home to show her. Flick declines, though; having to inform her brother about the assault in the first place was horrible enough without having to expose him to a film of it.
Flick wonders whether it could simply be a scam, but Tane finds it unlikely considering there aren’t many people who know what happened to her.
When Cash gets home, he notices that Flick and Tane are both tense, but they both pretend that nothing is wrong.
Tane advises Flick speak with Rose instead because she feels uncomfortable keeping it a secret from Cash. Flick is adamant that she won’t take any action.
Further tension is created when Xander (Luke Van Os) tells Cash that Flick hurried home from Salt after receiving what appeared to be a troubling text message.
Flick claims that it was only a delivery that she had to handle while Cash meets her at home, handing him her phone as evidence.
As Flick anticipated, Cash declines to look through her phone, and she storms out.
Tane follows, and it’s not long before things escalate further as Flick then receives a second message from the attacker.
The blackmailer threatens her with a photo of Flick asleep after the drink spiked and demands payment if she doesn’t want everyone to see the rest.
Tane and Flick are horrified—the sender is not playing a ruse!
The following morning Tane again begs Flick to call the police, but she explains that once any photographs are online, they are there forever. Even if there was a chance that reporting the communications to the police may result in an arrest, there’s no way she could take that chance.
When Flick gets a third message with the bank information needed to deposit the money at that point, it appears she has made up her mind.
Tane cautions Flick that there is no assurance that doing this will put an end to the situation as she enters the information into her laptop. After she makes the requested payment, the blackmailer might demand more.
Flick knows that, but feels she has no other option. She can see that the decision is killing Tane, but he won’t stand in her way, which she’s appreciative of.
“I know how hard this has been on you too,” Flick tells him. “Knowing you’ve got my back means everything.”
“Always,” Tane replies.
As Flick hovers over the ‘Pay Now’ button, will she really go through with paying money to her attacker?