My adversary was a no-show; I worried and tangled myself for nothing.
When I was called (the last case of the day, naturally), the judge greeted me, then asked if I'd seen Ms. or Mr. Defendant, to which I replied I hadn't seen them for MONTHS. I took my oath, stated my case, presented my evidence and won. Just like that.
They have ten days to appeal (not pay, as I thought I heard the clerk say) and, if they don't, I begin to pursue the money. I don't know how complicated this is, so I may seek some legal advice here.
I am soooooooooooo glad this piece is done.
Super-duper never-ending thanks to Mel. Thank you thank you thank you.
14 hours ago