Eventually, it was time for Jonah to come home. He'd had a great adventure, but he was looking forward to seeing his wife, son, and cats again.
It was like he'd never left in the first place, to his relief. In fact, it even seemed like Kylie and Zachary were still having the same conversation.
The next morning, some young man neither Kylie nor Jonah had ever met before wandered into the house. He came into Zachary's room, greeted Kylie, and then just walked off.
Seeing a cat in the Attaway household was not unusual, but seeing this particular cat most certainly was. Did the man leave her here? Kylie ran outside to talk to him about it, but he'd already driven off. Whether they liked it or not, the cat was their's.
When he came back, a surprise for Kylie awaited. More co-workers!
Kylie droned on for quite a while, but her co-worker and the random paparazzi who'd followed him in didn't seem to mind.
One of her other co-workers was a vampire, so Kylie decided to stay a good length away from her to talk. It didn't occur to her that this might be a bit presumptuous - this lady was quite friendly, for a vampire, and wasn't going to bite her.
Eventually, the time came for Zachary to grow into a teenager. This time, his parents wanted him to have a party and a celebration with all of his friends, so they threw a birthday party for him. It also happened to be Kylie's birthday, so they invited her co-workers too. Between the invited guests, the uninvited party crashers, and five cats, it was pretty hard to get around.
"Yeah, happy birthday!"
Meanwhile, Zachary's imaginary friend got jealous of the attention Zachary was giving to this other girl (who's name I've forgotten) and sulked.
While the two children were talking in his bedroom, all of the other guests left. They only realised this when it was time to grow up.
And then, the worst nightmare of any simmer happened.
I saved and quit the game after their birthdays because it was getting late and I wanted to sleep. When I woke up the next morning and loaded the game again...
I played ahead back to their birthdays, but this time - no party. By the way, Zachary's friend now no longer exists.
With Zachary no longer being a child that needs to play with toys, his room got rearranged.
The next morning was Spooky Day, so Zachary decided to partake in an activity he'd missed out on as a child - trick-or-treating.
That would have to wait, though, as the Attaway family decided to go visit the Autumn festival.
Zachary and Kylie decided to try out that haunted house.
"I-I think I left the kitchen tap on!" He shouted suddenly, running off home to clean himself up and make sure he hadn't flooded the house.
"How many other people have stuck their faces in that water? And who knows how old those apples are. Come on, let's play something sensible like chess instead."
It wasn't until he was sitting right across from her that Jonah realised just how old his wife was getting. She'd aged well.
No, not just Kylie. Jonah was getting old too. He hadn't realised it for such a long time, since he was so busy looking after his son and going out on adventures, but time was taking its toll on the both of them.
I'm currently as far as the beginning of generation two as of writing this, oops.
Extra images, as per usual -
Zachary's first day of school
The kid has a healthy imagination
Does his fair share of chores, too, which is more then can be said for a lot of kids his age
Jonah likes to read pregnancy books while doing his laundry, despite nobody being pregnant.
Taiga brought in a rare bug, which is now being displayed in Zachary's room.
Jonah helping his son with his homework
Girl, the door is right there. You don't need to be shown the way out.
The garden is getting pretty full
Some random guy decided to dance with Kylie. It doesn't count as cheating apparently, but still. She's married. Bro. Stop.
Bro, you're not even inside the damn house. Just walk away.
You see this big house? All of the windows caught fire at some point. All of them. It took forever to put them all out.
YOU'RE A FIREFIGHTER. DON'T JUST STAND THERE AND FREAK OUT, HELP KYLIE WITH THIS MASSIVE FIRE
Zachary's birthday 2.0
Kylie's birthday 2.0
The mascot got attacked by a zombie. That was satisfying.