July 17th, 1998

Dear Diary,

I'm staying here at Grace's mansion while Daddy is teaching math at college and Mommy is staying home and taking care of Dan, my baby brother. He's only 1, but he cries all the time. I think it's because he doesn't like being born too early, but Mommy says he's fine. Anyway, you wouldn't beleve what happend today! I went with Grace to go swim in one of the beautyfull scenec rivers west of Boston, and all of a suden I had a fish tail instead of legs. I cried and cried but Grace told me that it was a good thing that I got a fish tail. I asked her why and she explained that I am dessended from a long line of mermaids, and that now I have inheritted those skills. I was so happy about it! Grace says she's going to ask Mommy to train me every day during the summer. I can't wait! Thanks for listening Diary.

Love,

Amy Cahill

June 21st, 2000

Dear Diary,

Dan is growing a lot. Mama says that if he keeps growing, he'll be taller than me one day. But I'm still much taller than him, so he has a really long way to go. Ever since I started my training with Grace, I have become better and better every day. But, I fear there is something else going on. Grace keeps getting these strange letters. She won't let me look at them, but yesterday I snuck into her office and looked at one of them. I have that copy right here, even:

Madame Isabel's Academy for Young Mermaids

Dear whomever it is concerned:

Congratulations! Your daughter/granddaughter/niece/cousin has a very talented gift, that of a real, beautiful mermaid! My name is Madame Isabel, and I am a mermaid myself, one very highly suited in our modern day society no less. I would like to invite your daughter/granddaughter/niece/cousin to join my academy, where she will learn how to become a proper mermaid. Being a proper mermaid includes beauty, singing, and most importantly, defense mechanisms that will ensure the safety of your daughter/granddaughter/niece/cousin. However, I only teach in the summertime, so you will be able to see your little mermaid again for the school year. If you would like to enroll, please bring your daughter/granddaughter/etc. to my academy at:

1979 Washington Boulevard, Venice, Los Angeles.

I would ever so love it if you enrolled, so I may train your little mermaid with every bit of knowledge I have. Thank you for your cooperation.

Signed:

Madame Isabel Kabra

Mermaid Extraordinaire

It looks like a lot of rubbish to me. Uh-oh. Grace is looking for me. We haven't finished our daily training today. See you later!

Love,

Amy Cahill

August 1st, 2005

Dear Diary,

Grace took me to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia so that I can meet the Mermaid Parliament of our modern day mermaid society in the mermaid capital of the world, Coral City. Apparently, she's on good terms with the Parliament, except for Madame Isabel Kabra (yes the same Madame from the Academy) who she doesn't like for some reason. I learned a lot about our mermaid government. For instance, our society is like a pyramid, like any other society. At the bottom is the sea creatures. They can't think or speak, but without them we mermaids would never have existed (Grace said she'd explain that to me later) and they're vital to the ocean and its ecosystem (that part I understand). Above the sea creatures is the working mermaids, the ones who work for the higher ranking mermaids. Then, above the working mermaids, is the middle mermaids. They're kind of the middle class of mermaid society. They're not working like the working mermaids below them, but they're not rich like the high mermaids. Up next is the high mermaids (don't really need to explain them), then the Mermaid Parliament, and finally the Magistrate. The Magistrate's identity is actually never revealed to anyone but his/her secretary and can be anyone, even a human. But no human has ever been Magistrate before and hopefully never will, considering what humans have been doing nowadays. Nothing but war. Our society would fall apart. Anyway, this isn't the first time Grace has taken me somewhere exciting. She's been taking me all over the world (underwater of course, only Grace isn't as fast as she used to be). Uh-oh. Dan's about to burst into my room to ask me where I've been. I've got to hide my diary, fast!

August 18th, 2008

Dear Diary,

Grace had more secrets than I thought. Apparently, I'm now related to all of the major names and faces in human history, in the Cahill family. Now, everybody is up to everybody else's throats trying to find some treasure that can be found with 39 clues. Her funeral (and the initiation of this contest) was a few weeks ago, yet Dan and I (we're a team now) have escaped Death nearly 50 times now (I lost count at 20). There's something else too. Before Dan and I started, Grace's old lawyer William McIntyre secretly gave me a letter and instructed me to open it when I was sure I was alone. Well, Dan and Nellie (our au pair) are sleeping now, so I guess now is a good time to read it.

August 19th, 2008

Dear Diary,

You wouldn't believe what Grace wrote to me in her letter. Unfortunately, it's all true, and now I have bigger responsibilites on hand. If I fail at both the 39 clues contest and/or this new responsibility, she wrote, it could mean the end of mermanity and humanity.