The worst happened in last night’s Coronation Street: Nathan Curtis proposed to Bethany Platt, and she accepted.
Viewers were horrified, but there might be a glimmer of hope for the teen’s rescue. However it lies in the hands of her mum, Sarah Platt, who so far, hasn’t been exactly putting her foot down about her daughter’s romance.
After Bethany was forced into sleeping with Nathan’s vile mate Neil, she’s been feeling upset and confused – especially because Nathan’s been so cool about it.
He even turned things round and made her feel like she was being childish for worrying about what had happened and when Mel said the same thing, Bethany started to believe what happened was normal for an adult relationship.
As Mel showed her an engagement ring and revealed Nathan was planning to propose, Bethany couldn’t have felt worse.
So when Nathan returned home, she desperately tried to make it up to him. He wound the knife in even further when he spun her some sob story about an ex-girlfriend of his, Angela, who jilted him at the alter.
Bethany fell for every lying word, hook line and sinker, and ended up promising that she’d never leave him.
He then got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. We didn’t see Bethany answer, and fans were quick to Tweet what they thought Bethany should say.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't do it Bethany 😮😮😮😮 #Corrie
— Andy Bigh Hargreaves (@therealbig_h) May 3, 2017
But alas, later on, Gary Windass with with Sarah in the kitchen at the Platts’ and noticed Bethany had changed her relationship status on social media.
She now listed herself as engaged, and Sarah was as horrified as we are.
Tweeting what everyone else was thinking, @ShakyWoon said: “Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo [sic]”.
However, there might not be any need to buy our hats just yet – there is one thing stopping Nathan and Bethany getting married.
Bethany can’t wed her fella until she’s 18, unless Sarah gives her permission. Could Sarah put a stop to this?
Bethany can't get married without Sarah's consent as she's only 16 #Corrie
— Grianne Doherty (@GrianneDoherty7) May 3, 2017
Folks Bethany can't get married without parental permission since she isn't 18+ #Corrie
— Allie (@MarvelousAllie) May 3, 2017
Thing is Bethany can't get married until 18 without Sarah's permission #corrie
— Caz (@CazKooke) May 3, 2017
Sarah you can stop this,Bethany is under age #Corrie
— Cirah (@Cirah_TV) May 3, 2017
Given that Sarah’s been pretty ineffectual so far, we don’t hold out much hope that she’ll step in and forbid this from going ahead.
But she could be Bethany’s only shot at being rescued. What will it take to make Sarah see she needs to step in, and fast?