"Stay away from him," Ricardo replied on the other end of the line, his concern evident in his voice. "He's trouble, Laura."
"Well, yeah, I figured that part out," she replied with a sigh. "He's just been everywhere, Ricky. It seems like, no matter what I'm doing, he's constantly stepping out from behind a building, or through a doorway. I feel like, I don't know... like he's watching me or something."
Ricardo frowned, wishing that he were talking to his sister in person. "I don't like the sounds of that. He acts like that around the coffee girl, too, and it's no secret what he's been doing with her. I don't like this, Laura."
"You think I do?" she asked. "Look, there's got to be something I can do about this. I mean, there's got to be a way that I can ACTUALLY avoid him. I've been trying, but it's not working at all."
Both siblings were silent for a few moments, each pondering the situation.
"What if he had an assistant?" Ricardo asked.
"What do you mean?"
"What if I hired an assistant for him? Someone to do the same sorts of things that you do for Sophia?"
Laura sat up a bit straighter. "But does he need that?"
"Probably not," Ricardo admitted. "But if the assistant is a pretty young thing, he'd be less inclined to spend his time following you around."
"But the pretty young thing would end up the same way as the coffee girl," Laura countered. "Do you know how quickly he'd go through assistants? Faster than Sophia!"
"You're right," Ricardo said with a sigh.
The silence stretched out again, until Laura gasped. "I've got it!"
"Give him a handsome young thing!"
"What?" Ricardo's confusion was clear in his voice.
"Give him a male assistant," Laura clarified. "He'll at least slow down Blake's movements... and if I get along with him, he could probably even actively help me!"
"You know, that's not a bad idea," Ricardo admitted. "If nothing else, Sophia might start hitting on the boy, and give Blake a taste of his own medicine. All right, I'll put out an ad in the morning, and we'll get Mr. Herrington an assistant."
"Great!" Laura replied, grinning. She suddenly felt much more relaxed. "Thanks, Ricky. I feel better now."
"Good. Now go to sleep - we've got another big day in the morning."
"I will. Love you."
"Love you, too, kiddo. Good night."
Laura hung up the phone and settled back against her pillows. She closed her eyes, and a few moments later, she was fast asleep, more relaxed than she had felt in days.