Hi everyone, asking this for a friend, I think she handled it the best way she could,by just being very cordial but I am wondering if it would be helpful for her to say something... she feels so awkward now.
My friend Emma is roommates and kind of seeing John. Emma has worked before with Carol and they all work in the same industry.
So Emma and John get along great, and Carol expresses her need for help in an area that John is great at. She refers John to Carol and they talk business, all is well.
However Carol ends up coming by the house that John and Emma rent together to go over the project.Emma is out running errands and she sends a text to John inquiring about how the meeting went and how she was running late and if she should grab something from the store, since she was nearby for dinner!
John texts back saying Carol and him are going to dinner and asking if she wanted to get picked up, since she was walking, and come with.. Emma says yes but then she gets vibes that thee may be another reason Carol is wanting to have dinner with John.. she is flirting and laughing with Joahn, and then John mentions when Carol is in the bathroom that Carol is treating him to dinner, when she comes back John apologises and said she can pay for Emma. Emma mentions that she has a card and cash and can pay her own way. John and Carol spend the whole dinner talking and getting to know each other... and Emma is sitting there feeling like the third wheel, when the check comes Emma goes to give money and John jokes "oh that is all you have" and Carol says "John I will treat you properly later" while Emma is sitting there dumfounded, excuses herself and goes home.
My friend is pretty embarrassed,she feels like she clearly was the third wheel and feels like she's stumbled upon someone who John is more interested in.. and it was right there in front of her.