Dazed, she had agreed to Hubbard's order to go to work, fake the stomach flu and return home with him.
She was huddled over the toilet when her manager, Shea Duymovic, pushed her way into the stall and sat on the floor.
And the day that Hubbard was sentenced to 10 years in prison and the details of Briggs' abuse went on record, Duymovic was there, cheering her on.
As Briggs says today, "Shea was my angel."Duymovic in the United States by someone they're involved with.
"Look at me," Duymovic said, her face next to Briggs'. And I can't stand to see this happen anymore."A moment passed. That day wasn't the first time Duymovic, then 33, had worried about her employee.
When Briggs finally turned, she saw her boss's eyes filled with tears. She'd weathered a violent relationship herself, swept into it young, as Briggs had been.
When she finished, he drove her to the Original Pancake House for her A. Briggs, a freckled, blue-eyed Beatles fan who was studying criminal justice, had first chatted with Matthew Hubbard over Instant Messenger five months earlier.