FINALLY. I took my niece to the zoo yesterday and called my cousin C to see if she wanted to go too. She does hair and had appointments but said she would call later as she had some things to tell me. Turns out, she had a heck of a night Friday night. A little back story first. C and her husband A have been married 19 years and started dating in middle school. A just turned 40, C is 39 and has been with A since she was 14. A was a bad boy of sorts....kind of rough and partied a lot. He's had arrests over the years that were drug and/or alcohol related but somehow, hasn't been charged/convicted of a felony....in our state anyway. He has a felony conviction in Florida but somehow that never was added to his file here as he has a legal gun permit. C has ....I don't know if I want to say stood by him but she's hung in there. As she said last night, you get married for better and for worse and she kept waiting on the better. A is without a doubt a difficult child. As I said, drinking, drugs of all kinds and he has been known to deal before. On the other hand though, he's NEVER laid a hand on C, ever. They have 3 boys (16, 13 and 10) and A is very involved in Scouts with them, takes them fishing, camping, etc., he's one that will help anyone and has a knack for coming across abused or neglected dogs and bringing them home. On yet another hand, even sober, he can be a walking rectum. Anyhoo....last night, A had been somewhere, we don't know where, and got drunk. He showed up to the Moose lodge drunk and on his motorcycle and hung out with his brother in law D for awhile. When he tried to leave, D, being responsible, wouldn't let him and at some point popped the plugs out of A's bike so he couldn't leave. He was just entirely too drunk to walk let alone drive his cycle home. He called C to come get him and when she got there, people were holding onto A. Turns out he was trying to go after D because D wouldn't let him leave on his own. They finally get A into the car and C starts to drive home, which as it turns out, was only about 5 minutes from the Moose. A is cussing about God knows what the whole way and at one point tells C that she's not driving fast enough even though the speed limit there was 25 or 30 and that's what she was doing. They get almost home when A decides he's had enough and jumps out of the car but forgets to let go. He got drug a bit until C could get the car stopped but apparently it didn't hurt him. She got into the house before him, told the 2 boys who were home to take the dogs and go upstairs because A was really drunk and it wasn't going to be pretty. A comes into the house, still going off about D, went into their room and got a gun out. Fortunately C had known for weeks that something was going to happen and had unloaded the gun and hid all of the bullets. While she was trying to text Dan to tell him not to come (he was bringing A's motorcycle home) he pulled up. A tears out of the house with C on his heels and before she can do anything, A is in D's face, has the gun pointed at him and PULLS THE TRIGGER. C is yelling that the gun wasn't loaded but I'm sure D still about ruined his shorts. D wrestled the gun away from A and wound up leaving, taking it with him. A goes back into the house and pulls out ANOTHER gun that C didn't even know he had. THIS one WAS loaded. As she's trying to block his way out, he pushes her up against the wall and points the gun at her while saying that she doesn't want to mess with him and needs to get out of his way. She has one hand on his gun hand, her cell in the other and is dialing 911. At some poing, A shot the gun twice in the house, once when C had her hand on it pushing it up away from her head. SHe's fine other than a powder burn on her hand from the first shot. A winds up back outside but fortunately for him, has thrown the gun into the neighbor's bushes before the police got there. He's now in jail and she's done. She had decided about 6 weeks ago and started looking for a full time job...she does hair and works at her church part time as the accounting person. C said she thought he would have just crashed/hit bottom but didn't see that whole incident coming at all. He'll have his initial court tomorrow and hopefully won't get bailed out. There's an automatic 30 day restraining order in effect and when he is out and comes to get his clothes, he will be escorted by officers. I think C though will have his suitcase packed and on the front porch so she doesn't have to let him in. If you could send some good thoughts her way I would appreciate it. I took her out last night to hear my dad's band play and we had a good time. I know though....the next who knows how long is going to be rough for her and the kids.