PHASE OUT A TOXIC FRIEND
Don't email back. Got a second message? Wait three days to one week to respond.
Second phase: The "three weeks from Tuesday" evasion
if the offender asks about your dinner plans, say your calendar is packed, but you can meet... then cancel.
Third phase: The "So busy" defense
By now, the offender may be on to you. Say you'll call once your schedule frees up.
Fourth phase: Full disclosure
Should the offender be unable to let go, you'll have to come clean. Really, who would want to still be your friend at that point?