Thanks for the advice, welcomes––and especially for the vote of confidence that my friend may even get out of this, unscathed. I certainly hope so. Do keep her (let's call her 'Kate' I guess...might as well, since this is all so stealthy) in your thoughts over the next few days, yes? Kate's employer rescheduled their meeting, this afternoon, suddenly--without cause--and has now left her several strangely-worded, oddly aggressive phone messages since she requested this conference with them. Naturally, waiting this out is pretty hard for her... she wants it done, but wants to be compliant.
Oh, and one more question:
Kate got this job during the heart of the recession, so she was one of zillions of other applicants, and wasn't quite as accomplished as some of the others she spoke with (during the strange 'cattle call' style interview...filled with lots of test taking and such), yet she was hired and working within three days. Any idea why they chose her? She's now all the more interested in why she was picked. It's definitely not family finances. Kate's concerned that she's somehow attractive to them... and now that they've turned weird on her so suddenly (after they had what, she thought, was a decent relationship) she would just like to be as 'unattractive' to them as possible. She would like to get to that 'postcard' stage..
Any advice would be appreciated.
Thank you all, again.