"Pink flowers?" she says, observing the wallpaper.
Thornton laughs, "I bought it as is, I haven't had the time to redecorate. Maybe you coold help me with that?"
"What is this about, Thornton?" Eleanor asks, "You gave up a penthouse with an amazing view to live here? Moving in next to me like this, it verges on creepy stalker territory."
"You've been so busy lately, helping your brother with his grief, helping him with his child. We don't get to see each other as much. This will make it easier for you...whenever you need me, I'll be here."
"You didn't have to rearrange your whole life just to be near me," Eleanor sighs.
"I'm serious about us, Eleanor. I did what I had to do to make it work."
It's true, Eleanor thinks, she's been coming home straight after work lately to be with Hawke, and to sit with Li Feng while he's working. She'd always left Amelia with a sitter in the evenings when she wanted to go out, but Hawke insists on not doing that with Li Feng. "So, you wouldn't mind me creeping in to your bed late at night when Hawke gets home from work?" she asks.
"I'll give you my key," Thornton says, smiling, "Let me show your where my bed is. So you don't get lost."
With Prom coming up, Amelia calls on her old friend Byron, intending to ask him. Since she started high school, she's developed a bit of a crush on him.
Byron is aloof and difficult to read. He's dated a few girls, but has never gotten serious or gone steady. And all the girls he has flirted with have graduated already, so Amelia feels she might have a chance. She's certainly willing to risk embarrassment and ask.
"Prom is on Wednesday," she says, "I was hoping you'd got with me?"
"Sure," Byron says, "It will be fun."
"Is it true? You're going to the prom with Byron?"
"Yes, it's true," Amelia says, a little sadly, wishing she had considered her other options.
"Have you kissed him?"
"No," Amelia admits, "We haven't even held hands."
Amelia doesn't know what to say to that. Thierry was still a child when she asked Byron, and she hadn't thought about the fact that he'd be in high school by the time prom arrived. Nor was she even thinking about him romantically at the time. Byron, however, had been in her sights since she started high school.
"I'm sorry, Thierry," she says, "I didn't mean to hurt you."
"You only broke my heart, Amelia," Thierry admonishes.
Thierry leaves Amelia distraught and confused. Her crush on Byron remains undiminished, and now she has Thierry on her romantic horizon as well.
"Do you miss her at all?" Eleanor asks, "Do you still have feelings for her?"
Thornton shakes his head, "What I remember most is the fighting," he says, "As soon as we were married, we discovered that we didn't want to live the same life. She's got what she wanted now, a husband and a house full of children."
"And you?" Eleanor can't help but ask, "Have you got what you wanted?"
"I did," Thornton says, his smile wry, "But my goal posts move with every achievement."
"Do you regret leaving your daughter behind?"
Thornton sighs, "Morgana and I didn't belong together. We should never have had a child. But, we did, at her insistence. When I left, she did everything she could to keep Meredith out of my life. And I let her, because I felt that having a child would just hamper me. I don't regret the divorce, but, in retrospect, I regret that I don't know my own daughter, that another man is more father to her than I will ever be."
"Zhenzhen," Li Feng answers.
"Your doll?" Hawke asks, looking around but not seeing it anywhere near.
"She's not just a doll, she's real," Li Feng insists, "She says Mama sent her to watch over me."
In the kitchen, Thornton watches the father-daughter exchange with his own pang of grief. He never wanted children, but that was no excuse to fail so miserably with the one he had.
"Marriage?" Eleanor asks bluntly.
"Yes," Thornton says, "That's the next step, isn't it?"
"The timing isn't right. I can't leave Hawke right now, and I don't want to uproot Amelia. Not even to move in next door. But after she graduates...that would be the time."
She was as business-like about his proposal as he expected. Her directness is one of the qualities he loves in her.
SP moved Thornton in to the house next to the Romans. I would never have moved him out of his penthouse apartment on my own, but having him next door has made things a lot more convenient for Eleanor's relationship with him.
Amelia's first kiss with Thierry was actually autonomous on his part. Amelia's generation is a single parent roll. I don't have a story in mind yet, and I've been testing the waters for potential father(s) for her children. Byron Goth was my early favorite because I like the way he looks. (He's the son of Don Lothario and Cassandra Goth). I also have a sentimental attachment as in my Sims 2 game, Cassandra had an out of wedlock son with Don that I named Byron, and he was one of my favorite Sims to play. But he's been very resistant to attempts at flirting by Amelia.
Then, right after Thierry became a teen, Amelia rolls a wish to have a first kiss with him. So I invite him over, and right after she invites him in, she has 'be smooched' in her queue, and, bam, he's all over her. Not even a shy first kiss deal, he completely went for it.