The young lad, having been spotted in the company of a young woman earlier this week, allowed Emma and Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) to believe that he was being unfaithful.
Steve, however, knew there was more to it than just that, and therefore he had another word with Curtis, who at last opened up about identity of the lady he had dinner with, not to mention the secret he’s been keeping.
Danielle, the woman from the bistro, is from his terminal illness support group. Curtis has a life-threatening heart condition, telling Steve that he could quite literally drop dead at any second.
The reason he’s kept shtum is that he didn’t want Emma to feel pressured into staying with him. Steve, meanwhile, offered support, and promised to keep Emma in the dark.
But tonight’s (July 21) double-bill of the ITV soap saw Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford) spot the cabbie in Curtis’ company, as they headed off to the hospital together.
Believing Curtis to be a cheat, Tracy was livid, and subsequently relayed her discovery to Emma, who later demanded answers.
Unwilling to let Steve take the heat, Curtis decided to come clean to Emma, revealing the truth about his illness, a revelation which left the barmaid stunned.
Emma wanted to know more, prompting Curtis to open up about when he first found out about his heart-condition.
‘I was in school,’ he said. ‘I was playing rugby. I was running after the ball, and then suddenly I wasn’t.
‘Next thing [I knew], I was in hospital, recovering from the operation,’ he added, unbuttoning his shirt to reveal a scar on his chest.
‘I were only 15,’ he continued. ‘My heart just stopped.’
‘I collapsed not that long ago. The doctors thought it was the same thing that my dad died of. HCM. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
‘After the doctors ran some tests, they found some other symptoms that weren’t anything to do with HCM. Symptoms that they don’t understand. And more importantly, don’t know how to treat.’
Emma struggled to process all of this information, but the one thing she was certain of is that she couldn’t forgive Curtis for lying to her, and therefore she told him to leave her alone.
And with that, Curtis booked a cab, determined to give Emma her wish, as he resolved to leave Weatherfield.
Steve, however, knew Emma was being hasty in her decision, and he subsequently offered her some advice, making her understand Curtis’ motivations in trying to protect her.
The young woman came to the realisation that life is simply too short and, without wasting a moment, she headed to Street Cars to reunite with her beau.
But Curtis had left!
Steve, the old romantic, came up with an idea, as Emma spoke into the switch, which was admittedly on the fritz, revealing her true feelings for Curtis, hoping that he could hear her.
‘I’m like a good cup of tea,’ she said, tears streaming down her face. ‘You’ve got to let me stew for a bit. Let the bag brew. Not that I’m a bag!
‘I need to think about stuff. I need to let it settle, before I say what I feel. But when I do. When I let the tea brew, and my thoughts get all lined up, I can say what I mean. What I really mean. It’ll be the honest truth.
‘So my honest truth is: Don’t go! Please. I know you didn’t trick me, or lie to get me into… your affections! I can’t even begin to imagine how hard it is for you to talk about your stuff, and I know that ending it with me was to protect me.’
Afterwards, all Emma could do was hope. And just as she’d given up, Curtis walked through the doors of the Rovers!
‘I’m sorry I left before I let the tea brew,’ he said, bless him!
Emma was overjoyed, telling him that she wants them to give it another shot. Curtis felt the same, and before long, the two lovers reunited.
No, you’re crying!
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