Adam isn’t the only one who’s life is changing.
Lots of things are the same for Roman. He’s still living int his big house that he bought with his wife, which is now empty except for him. Sometimes he gets so sad, thinking about all the plans he and Irene had together, but he fills up that emptiness with other things.
He’s been hosting club meetings in the house, which is a great boost to his writing career, but also a fantastic way to keep his friends close. He tries to meet with them often so he doesn’t have time to feel lonely.
Some days it’s still hard. He never could bring himself to dispose of Irene’s ashes, even after all this time. She has a place in what used to be Rosemary’s room. Lonely days are still apart of Roman’s life, and he struggles to work through them.
But some things are easier.
He’s keeping up with his physique despite growing out a little as an adult. He’s still a vain sim, and he has someone to look good for.
Things are going extremely well with Payton, and he’s ready for things to get serious. There’s one hurdle he still has to jump, however.
Adam is no longer a mean spirited boy, but he’s never really warmed up to the idea of his dad being in a new relationship. Roman wants him to be open to it, and he’s finally forced his son into a dinner between the three of them. Neutral territory, he decides, in a seafood restaurant, where there’s not so much nostalgia in the way.
It’s Payton’s first time meeting Adam. Roman’s kept her out of the house so long as his son was living there, and since moving out they haven’t gotten together. It’s easy to feel intimidated at this table, as the two men chat like old friends, sharing stories and secrets she still hasn’t pried out of Roman. But she’s gracious and friendly, and she never shows a tremor of nervousness.
It helps that Roman is there. The two really only have eyes for each other. They’re in love, and nothing is going to stop that.
Payton sneaks away to the bathroom, giving both of them a chance to talk. Roman decides to be blunt with his son.
“It’s going well, isn’t it?” he asks.
Adam admits he can’t find a fault here. “She’s great, Dad. Definitely your speed.”
It’s nearly a compliment. Compliment-adjacent. Roman takes victories where he can.
Payton returns to finish her meal, and she chats with Adam.
“You’re a scientist, right?” she asks. “You know where they’re keeping the aliens.”
Adam resists the urge to poke fun at her and instead smiles. “No, but we’re developing some really cool stuff in the lab. Aliens are occasionally involved.”
She looks at Roman. “What did I say?”
He laughs. “I guess you win this one. Aliens are real.”
“It’s really not that exciting,” Adam says. “Mostly taking samples and building stuff.”
“It’s still pretty incredible,” Payton says. “I work with codes and numbers, but you’re doing the actual building.”
“I’m enjoying it a lot.” He gives his dad a smile. “Maybe I can bring you guys something to play with soon.”
Roman pays the bill before it gets too late, and they say goodnight to Adam. Roman’s proud of his boy and happy that tonight went so well.
He kisses Payton goodnight as he heads inside the old house. A lot of things are the same, but he’s planning a big change soon.