Prologue

A sixteen year old girl sat beside her mother's hospital bed as her mother lay dying, the cancer eating away at her body. The girl's mother sighed and turned her head as best as she could to her teary eyed daughter. "Amelia, my darling little girl, I need you to do something for me" the mother weakly said.

"Anything, mom" the girl named Amelia replied.

"Get my purse for me" the mother instructed. Amelia did as she was told and handed her mother's purse to her and her mother weakly opened up her purse. She rummaged around in her purse for a moment before pulling out a small business card. "Do you remember when you were ten and we had a friend at our place by the name of 'Abe Sapien'?"

"Um… sort of, I remember there being somebody with bright blue eyes. Was that him?"

"Yes dear, he does have very bright blue eyes. I remember whenever he would come over you would beg him for a story and he would tell one no matter what time it was. Now I need you to pay attention, when I am gone…"

"Mom please don't say that! You're going to be fine" Amelia interrupted.

The mother continued, "…When I am gone I want you to take this card, call the number and ask for Abraham Sapien. The last time I saw him he gave me this card and told me to call him if I needed anything at all no matter what it was, I want you to call him and tell him what has happened"

"Mom, please don't talk like that! I don't want you to go!"

"I will never leave you, my dear Amelia"

Amelia nodded and took the card from her mother and she read the card, it said 'Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense'. What did that even mean?

"Mom, I don't understand, what does this card mean?" Amelia asked her mother. The mother reached into her purse again and pulled out a photograph and handed it to Amelia.

"This is our dear friend Abe Sapien" the mother replied. Amelia looked down at the photo and gasped. The picture showed a blue fish-like man with the brightest blue eyes holding in his arms a smiling, happy six year old Amelia.

"This is him?" Amelia said after a moment.

"Yes dear, you loved him like a father when he visited. You called him 'Uncle Abe'"

"I…I remember now. All those stories he told me"

The mother smiled and laughed but it soon turned into a harsh coughing fit. Amelia grabbed a glass of water off of the dresser and brought it to her mother's lips and she lay back down on her pillow.

"Do you understand what you need to do?" the mother asked.

"Yes mom, but that's not going to happen for a long time…right?" Amelia replied.

"Amelia dearest, you know I don't have much time left"

"But… you can fight this! I know you can!"

"Know that I love you very, very much"

The mother closed her eyes and sighed as the pillow seemed to sink just a little further.

"M-mom? Mom!" Amelia cried and her eyes flowed with tears. "Mom no, please! NURSE!"

A nurse immediately ran into the room along with a doctor and a few more nurses. One of the nurses pulled Amelia into her arms and Amelia sobbed on her shoulder.