Hopefully you held on to recent correspondence and/or receipts. One of these will make the difference between paying and being paid today.
All you have to go on is someone else’s word. This doesn’t inspire confidence, but others make do with less. Proceed.
The fact that your hands are tied is good. You’ve knocked yourself out trying to solve a problem on your own. It’s time for a superior to step up to the plate.
Either you’re getting used to life under pressure or you’re actually starting to see the faint lines of greater design at work. Then again maybe it’s both.
Peoples’ histrionics are spent, so you can look forward to a little down time. Pursue diversions. Things look less dire after some R&R.
The best way to make your point is not to respond. You may have to sit through some desperate sounding voicemails, but the tone will mellow.