The trial lasted exactly one week. It was determined that Alan was indeed the better parent and he got custody of Jake. Judith was allowed visitations. She was allowed to see him 3 times a week; Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. She was pissed as all heck about losing custody of her child but she knew there was nothing she could do about it. Jake was kind of excited about it. He got to stay at the beach house and he and his dad got along great.
Sure there were times they would argue. That was few and far between however. For the first six weeks everything seemed fine. Then one Friday it fell apart. Alan dropped Jake off and he could tell right off the bat that Judith was drinking. She wasn't just drinking. She was drunk.
"Hey Jake," Alan said, "Buddy why don't you go play your video games. I need to have a talk with your mom."
"Are you gonna get mad at her," Jake asked
"Actually," Alan said, "Yeah I am. Go play your video games."
"COOL," Jake said running off.
Alan waited until Jake was out of an earshot then lit into Judith.
"What the HELL are you thinking," Alan demanded firmly emphasizing his point.
"Alan who sasasays you can gegegeget mad at me," Judith slurred.
"How DARE you get drunk when JAKE IS WITH YOU," Alan scolded continuing to chide her.
"I'm not drunk. I'm just buzzed," Judith said.
"WHAT YOU DID WAS UNACCEPTABLE," he said, "I'm going to have to be really severe with you."
"You are being," Judith said.
"Oh no I'm not," Alan said, "This is a walk in the park. Starting right now... you're... you're grounded from seeing Jake for the next six months!"
"THAT IS SO UNFAIR," Judith screamed.
"Unfair? UNFAIR! Our daughter DIED because you were drunk," Alan said because more and more angry.
"OH THAT'S RIGHT ALAN," Judith snapped, "BRING THAT UP AGAIN LIKE I DON'T FEEL GUILTY ENOUGH THAT I'M RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATH OF OUR FIRSTBORN!"
Alan calmed down and finished. His tone changed.
"Look Judith," he said, "I love you and I love Jake and I'm not about to let anything happen again. Yes it may seem like I'm being unfair but I'm doing what I have to do. I don't like doing this but I will not let Jake's life be put at risk and if you think I'm going to let you become a lush again you have another think coming. This grounding will teach you not to put Jake or yourself at risk. I'm sorry but I will not back down."
Judith was too drunk to cry. She was too drunk to think straight.
"Look," Judith said, "I'm sorsorsorry. I shouldna drinkin' but you're bein' harsh"
"I am NOT being harsh," Alan said, "I'm doing what I have to do. You are not allowed to see Jake for six months and that's final. Jake," he called, "Come on Buddy; we're going to the arcade."