RICK enterers the lobby of a fluorescent-lit courtroom hall, and approaches JAYNE who is sitting on one of the metal benches lining the linoleum floor.
He’s my son, and I’ll be damned if I let a slut like you take full custody from me!
You never see him anyway. Why are you even calling me a slut? If I am one, it’s because you made me that way.
How fucking so?
All the porn you made me watch. Everything was child’s play when we were teenagers, but honestly, when we lived with a baby in our bed, do you really think a naked picture was ok to put on the wall? I cried every night over your obsession. Didn’t you ever think about how it would affect Kenny?
JANET BOLTS UPRIGHT, AND BEGINS TO WALK HEAVILY DOWN THE HALLWAY TOWARD THE CLOSED BROWN DOORS OF A COURTROOM
That’s it’s. You infuriate me in memory. You can’t have him, Rick. It’s not happening. Find some other way to create and destroy another happy family. Somewhere else!
I refuse to give my half of my son to you. Dammit, I insist you surrender him to me. I will make a happy family, with my son!
Can you hear yourself? Surrender? Half of your son? What is he, the baby that nearly got chopped in half? He’s not some prize to be won, Rick. He is a person. He belongs with me.
Oh yeah, that’s real healthy, your parents house. You’ll probably never get out of there. I won’t have my son raised in that calamity.
JANE APPROACHES THE DOOR AND OPENS IT TO ENTER THE COURTROOM.
Fuck you, Rick. I’ll see you inside. You’re going to lose.
RICK FOLLOWS HER, PACING CLOSELY. MOMENTS PASS AND THE DOORS OPEN TO ALLOW A FLOOD OF SUITED EXHAUSTED MEMBERS OF THE COURT AND FAMILIES. THE HEARING IS OVER.
I never would have thought that my mom and dad would be the court’s idea of a “happy family!” Where does that leave me? Rick? What are we to Kenny now?
JAYNE DROPS HER HEAD AND FLOPS ONTO A BENCH, RICK SITS QUIETLY NEXT TO HER
We should have left well enough alone. Or would I be a determinist and assume this would all have come to pass regardless of what you or I did? There is no greater pain than a mother stripped of her child. By her own mother no less!
RICK STANDS ABRUPTLY AND BEGIN TO STORM DOWN THE HALL. HE IS IN A RAGE OF ANGER AND SHOUTS TO ANYONE LISTENING
This isn’t over!
Determinism it is then. The pain cannot possibly be worse if I see it any other way. He will see it in the most self-punishing light possible. That is for certain.
JAYNE WALKS TO HER FOUR YEAR OLD SON AND PICKS UP HIS HAND AND PUTS IT IN HERS. THEY WALK TO WHERE HER PARENTS ARE TALKING FRANTICALLY AND INAUDIBLY ABOUT THE CASE.
Did you understand anything that went on in there?
Do you want to go get some ice cream, then?
KENNY IS QUIET FOR A MOMENT, REFLECTIVELY
We’ll ask mom and dad for ice cream from McDonald’s on the way home. Remember, always wait until the last minute to ask them for stuff. They always say yes.
Ok Mom. Do I still call you that?
I don’t know, little bug. I honestly don’t know anything anymore.
jAYNE AND KENNY WALK TOWARDS THE EXIT AND SWING THEIR ARMS BOTH LOVINGLY AND DEFEATEDLY