Emmerdale teacher Maya Stepney oversteps with teenager Jacob Gallagher, who has revealed he has feelings for her, by kissing him – is it a mistake or is she toying with the youngster’s affections?
Ever since young Jacob Gallagher (Joe-Warren Plant) admitted to his Dad’s girlfriend that he had feelings for her after making an ill-timed pass, Maya Stepney (Louisa Clein) has been keeping him at arms length. But that hasn’t stopped her interfering since Jacob revealed he was actually sleeping with Liv Flaherty (Isobel Steele) – which is a complete lie!
Trying to make Maya jealous, Jacob has told Maya and his dad David Metcalfe (Matthew Wolfenden) that not only is Liv his girlfriend but they are also having a sexual relationship. But when David tries to have a word with Liv about the ‘birds and the bees’, Liv is mortified by Jacob’s lies – especially as brother Aaron Dingle (Danny Miller) hears the lot!
Liv tells David and Aaron that her and Jacob are nothing more than friends and insists to Aaron that Jacob is lying. Angry at her friend’s betrayal, Liv and Aaron confront Jacob who admits he lied about his relationship with Liv and is mortified when David continues to question him.
Jacob storms off and a suspicious Maya offers to talk to him. Maya asks Jacob if he lied to make her jealous. He avoids her gaze and Maya senses she has hit the nail on the head.
When Jacob admits the truth, Maya tells him she’s flattered but ends up kissing him! She soon pulls away and leaves confused and horrified at what she’s initiated.
The next day, Maya is desperate to keep the kiss a secret and tells Jacob they can’t tell anyone what happened. She makes it clear she could lose her job if anyone found out they kissed, leaving Jacob with conflicting emotions.
To make matter worse, Maya decides to move out leaving Jacob is wracked with guilt when he sees how upset David is. He tells Maya how guilty he feels and she agrees that David deserves to know the truth.
But will Maya really tell David about their kiss and is Maya as innocent as she makes out. She’s been very touchy feely with Jacob, despite knowing how he feels. Is she just loving the attention or is she in fact grooming him in some way? Stay tuned to find out…