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"The Adventures of Flower Power"


Chapter 1
Introducing Flower Power

By Rasmine

“Put the rose down, lady!” 

Linda Peterson squinted at a...what? It was a flying daisy with a red cape!  She peered closer at the floral insect drifting in front of her eyes.  It can fly!  It even had what looks to be eyes and a mouth.  

“Put down the rose!”

She crinkled up her nose in disbelief, but her hand slowly lowered the plant.  As the plant touched the table, she heard a tiny sigh.  She rubbed her eyes and shook her head when she saw the rose smile up at her. 

"I must be going mad," she uttered quietly.

The daisy landed next to the rose and put a huge leaf onto a petal, and looked up. "I’m Flower Power, here to save and serve all florals in need!” 

The woman put her hands on her hips.  “Well, what were you going to do if I did bring this half-wilted rose plant out to the trash?”

“Um,” Flower Power said, “well…ah….”

“He would save me, Mommy-human.”

She looked down at her plant.  The rose and the leaves perked up and became a younger looking plant. "Okay, I’ll...I'll give you some water, honey.”  She walked away mumbling to herself. 
                             
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“Hi, um…,” Flower Power felt conscientious and felt his face fry with embarrassment, “ah…”

The rose plant smiled at him, her petals trembling with the air coming through the open window.  “My name is Rose.  Mommy-human gave me that name when she came home with me.  I didn’t have a name when I was in the hothouse.”

He trembled as she reached one thorny branch to his leaf and their hearts touched. 
 
 
 

Author Notes Mark, this is for you, and thank you, for your awesome artwork!


Chapter 2
Use Words not Fists

By Rasmine

Warning: The author has noted that this contains the highest level of violence.

Flower Power stood outside the window.  He watched Rose sleep.  Soon she would wake up, so he decided to go.  Maybe he would fly around to make sure that all the innocent floral was being protected.  Flower felt like a superhero today; sometimes he felt as if he were pretending.  But today was a good day.  He looked at her one more time, noticed her eyelids start to flutter, and quickly left. 

He flew over the garden and witnessed the waking up of fellow daisies.  He smiled, but still flew fast over them.  Unlike human beings, he was known to all.  Hopefully, no one saw he sometimes didn't feel like a superhero at all, but just a strange flying flower that could hear and see really good. 

He stopped by Great Grandmother Daisy's. She was known as 'Granny' to all floral life in the garden.  Granny was Flower's real grandmother, but everyone treated her like a wise elder of the daisy world.  Granny had raised him after his parents died.  He wanted to make her proud of him.  He approached her grass house. 

She had told him that she would make a mask that would go with his cape.  He hoped she was awake. She always helped to make him feel good about himself. 

He landed outside her door and knocked but there was no answer.  He decided to wait.  Finally, he decided he would fly by the window and give Rose a friendly wave and then return.

He took off and didn’t notice the blue jay sitting in the elm.  He was looking at Flower and drooling. 

Suddenly, he was between two halves of a beak. Oh, my flower-god, what do I do?  I don’t have experience with this.  He grabbed each side of the beak and pulled it until he got his leaves free.  This thing has a grip on it! 

He flew in front of the hovering bird. 

“What are you doing?"

The blue jay squinted at him.  “What are you?  You aren’t a bug.  Thought you were a strange looking dragonfly.”

He puffed himself up until his leaves were twice in bulk.  “I’m Flower Power, defender of florals everywhere.”

The blue jay laughed so hard until he turned and alighted on a branch.  “You think you are a human being?  Only they are superheroes.”

Flower Power flew next to him, his fragile ego broke in half. They sat side by side.

"I'm still hungry, so excuse me but I am going to keep an eye out for some delicious flies."  Jay looked around for any flying bug and then noticed the down heartened look on his new friend's face. 
 
“Hey, I didn’t mean to burst your bubble, little floral friend, it’s just that you are a flower, what can you really do?”

Flower Power sat there looking at the ground.  Today I felt like a superhero; I guess I'm just a silly daisy after all.  Just because I can fly doesn't mean I'm a superhero.  Then a new emotion emerged.  This must be anger.  Hot red embers glowed in his eyes.  How dare this blue jay say this to him!  I'm a superhero!

“I’ll tell you what—I’m Flower Power.  I am a superhero!” He balled up his fist and sent a right hook into the side of the bird’s jawbone.

The strength of the blow hit the bird and knocked him on his side on the branch.  Struggling to right himself he realized that this little flower had some magic to him.  The zest this little creature had!  Maybe he could do with more training…hitting was not what a superhero does.

“Who trained you, Flower?  I don't think a superhero punches others that disagree with them.”

Flower looked at him with disdain.  He folded his leaf arms over his stem chest and stuck out his lip.  “I don’t need training, I was a born a superhero.”  But he did feel bad for punching Jay--maybe there was another way to handle this, he just didn't know what it was.

“Okay, but I know a golden dragonfly who is sort of magical.  She gave my friend Mary Lou wings.  Maybe she can give you some pointers and guidelines--like use your words not your fists.  Just some superhero pointers."

Flower’s interest peaked a little, but he didn’t want to seem eager.  He tried to whistle and just look around like he didn’t have a care in the world, but he had to admit this was intriguing.  He stopped whistling when he noticed the blue jay starting to take off. 

“Wait!  What’s his name?  How do I find him?”

Her name is Goldie,” the bird corrected him, “by the way my name is Jay.  I know,” he gave a chuckle, “very original.

“She can be found near the pond in the back of that house,” Jay pointed to the house where Rose resided in the window.  "I need to go now and try to find some breakfast.  Good luck!"

Flower Power looked toward the pond.  He knew the area well.  Great Grandmother Daisy would have to wait.  He had a date to find a dragonfly…   
 
 
 
 

Author Notes Thank you, Mark! Awesome art!

I'm working with MK Flood to write a flower superhero story. He does the artwork and I write the chapters. :) Enjoy it!!

First chapter: Flower saves a rose plant from being thrown out. He becomes enchanted by her.


Chapter 3
Always ask if you are not sure.

By Rasmine

Flower Power flew slowly over the pond.  He looked high and low for Goldie but all he saw were normal dragonflies.  Flying over the water he dipped lower and stuck his stem in the water and took a cool drink.  When he looked over to the land, he noted a glittery oblong object fluttering in the air.  Maybe that is Goldie! Frowning, he flew closer.  Jay had said the golden dragonfly lived on one of the lilypads.  Flower flew slowly searching each one and then stopped.  He found her. 

“Hi…um, hello.”

The dragonfly looked at him and she smiled.  “Hello.  A flying daisy!”

“Um…Jay told me about you.”

She looked over at the water.  “Jay!”

Flower hovered in the air feeling a little scared.  What if she turned me away?  “He thinks I need to be trained.  I fly, I hear good...um...I think I'm a superhero.”

The dragonfly held out a leg, “Pleased to meet you, my name is Goldie. And if you fly, you could be a superhero, please land on my lilypad.”

Flower landed and stuck out his leaf, they shook.  “I’m Flower Power.”

“Aw!  Very good name for a superhero. Let us have a grass water."

They sat down and talked while sipping their grass waters.  
 

Author Notes TY, Mark, for this awesome picture and your ideas. :) This is for you, buddy!

Chapter one: Introduces Flower Power. He saves a rose plant from being discarded and also discovers a friend.
Chapter two: Flower Power runs into 'Jay', who laughs at him. Flower punches him, then realizes that he may need some training to be a superhero because punches are an extreme behavior.


Chapter 4
Flower Power finds compassion

By Rasmine

“First, superheroes never use their fists, they use their words."  The golden dragonfly looked thoughtful.  “What you did to Jay wasn’t very nice.  You could have just told him that what he said hurt your feelings.”  Goldie looked closely at Flower Power.  "Do you think you should apologize?"

Flower sighed and nodded.  He felt bad after Jay told him that a superhero doesn’t punch.  But he didn’t understand because he saw superheroes punching the bad guys in Rose’s mother’s house. 

“But what about human TV shows where superheroes punch the bad guys?”

“Flower, those shows are for humans, not us.  Plus, they are for entertainment and not for real.  In real life superheroes never resort to violence.  Yes, you do have to defend but only in extreme cases."  Goldie rubbed her temples with her first legs. 

“Now I want to teach you some martial arts, in the case of an extreme situation.  But this is based on peace, harmony, and love for all.  It’s called Aikido.”

“Aikido?”

“Yes.  It is based on principles that will help you with inner peace and decision making utilizing peace, compassion, and love for all—including all involved in extreme settings.”

Flower nodded his head listening to every word.  He was trying to absorb this wisdom. 

“Flower how do you introduce yourself?”

He perked up.  “I am Flower Power, defender of floral everywhere.”

Goldie nodded and frowned.  “How about ‘I’m Flower Power, defender of all life, everywhere?”

Flower nodded.  Maybe I really am a superhero.

Goldie tied a kerchief around her head, then handed one to Flower.  “Now we will meditate on that peace…."
 
 
 
 

Author Notes Thank you, Mark :P Finally found his picture!

This is book four of Flower Power. I'm trying to publish book one, which here is chapter one, MK Flood is my illustrator. He is one awesome illustrator. Check out his art on FanArtReview, listen to his YouTubes--you will not be disappointed. :)


Chapter 5
The Apology

By Rasmine

Flower Power flew across the river to find Jay.  He needed to say he is sorry for punching him, then head back for more lessons.  This was part of the lesson of non-violence.  Flower asked all over if anyone knew the blue jay named ‘Jay’.  He followed leads on where he could be and finally located him in a tree near Rose’s house. 

Before he stayed for training, he let everyone know.  He didn't want everyone to run around frantically looking for him.  Maybe no one would.  "Stop that self!"  One thing that Sensei Goldie taught him was never to doubt yourself.  It was a very difficult thing to do, but he was practicing.

He didn’t run into Jay, though, and since birds don’t really talk to flowers, he didn’t have a way to find out.  Getting to apologize for hurting his friend made him feel good inside, and he wouldn't return to Sensei's until he did so.  He landed on a branch and when he looked down, he spotted his friend. 

“Hey, Jay,” he alighted next to him on a branch, his cape flying among the leaves.  He was visibly more confident and looked more compassionate.  “I’m very sorry for hitting you.  I was angry because I wanted you to see me as a superhero and not laugh at me.  It was hard to feel like a superhero, but I am feeling it now.”

“Flower!!  Good to see you, little floral buddy!”  They hugged warmly like old friends. “Did you meet up with Goldie?”  Jay smiled.  “I know you did.  You look more confident and sure of yourself.”

“Yes, I did.  I stayed there and learned Aikido.”  He looked toward Rose’s window.  He would go say a quick hello before returning to Goldie’s lily pads. "And instead of showing off and wanting people to think I was better than them, I learned I am equal to them.”

Jay winked at him.  “I knew you needed some guidance.  When you are done with everything, you will be able to serve all, including yourself, but not just yourself.”

Flower frowned.  “You sound like Goldie.”

He smiled.  “I should, I trained in Aikido like you did, a year ago with Goldie.”

“Wow, neat!” 

They talked for a while about their experiences learning Aikido.  Then Flower saw it was starting to get dark.  He wanted to say hi to Rose before heading back across the river. 

“Jay, I want to say hello to another friend before I go back to Goldie’s.”

“Okay, little buddy, I need to get home and settle down for the night anyhow.  Mrs. Jay will be upset if I’m late to supper.  Take care, tell Goldie I said hello.”  He flew off into the setting sun. 
 
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Flower flew over to Rose’s windowsill.  He pulled the screen up. 

“Hello, Flower Power!  How was your training?”

“It was great, Rose.  I’m glad I told everyone I was going so they wouldn’t worry.  I haven’t finished my learning, though, so I will be going back for a few weeks."  He smiled and felt his cheeks grow hot.  "Well, you look really good to me.  Rose, I see some new buds.”

“Yeah,” she smiled.  “I’m happy to have siblings.  I guess Mommy-human thought I may be jealous, but it’s best to not be alone.”

He smiled and bent down.  He planted a kiss on one of her petals. 

“You will still be the most beautiful here, Rose.”

She blushed.  “You’re sweet, Flower.”

Before he flew away, Rose leaned up as best she could and gave him a kiss on the cheek.

“We are friends forever.”
 
 
 
 
 

Author Notes MK Flood is the awesome illustrator who drew that fantastic picture you have seen while reading. He is in FanArtReview and his pictures are to die for! He is illustrating this children's book--each chapter here would actually be a picture book in real life. We are trying to get published. He would make a terrific illustrator for children's books.

Chapter one: Flower Power saves Rose, his love interest, from being thrown out by her owner. He is hesitant, a bit, when asked what he would do to save Rose.
Chapter two: He meets Jay, a blue jay, who laughs at him. He handles this by punching him. Jay sees that he may need some training so he tell him about a golden dragonfly, Goldie, who has some magic.
Chapter three: Flower flies over the pond in search of Goldie. Finally he discovers her and is invited into her home.
Chapter four: Goldie teaches Flower Power Aikido, and why superheroes don't resort to violence.


Chapter 6
First Lesson Mastered! End of Part I

By Rasmine

The pond twinkled up at him and Flower Power waved to all the life he passed.  In return, they waved back.  He thought of what Sensei Goldie said about serving all and not just floral like himself.  

He flew down and landed gracefully on the lily pad next to a sleeping Goldie.  When he ‘silently’ landed, Goldie opened her eyes. 

“Ah, you are back! How was the apology?”

“I felt very good, Sensei.  Thank you.”

“Flower, you have mastered one of the lessons already.”

Flower sat on the floor of her lily pad.  He frowned.  “I did?”

“Yes.  The one where violence is not the answer to hurt feelings.  The answer is ‘use your words not your fists.'

Flower had thought apologizing was just one of the Aikido lessons, but now he got it.  This was the basis for Aikido and one that is taught to all when they are young.  ‘Use words not fists,’ is taught to all life when they are little.  He looked up at Goldie and now understood. 

“I apologized because no one should hurt another when we could say we are hurt with our words.”

“Yes.”

“But,” he got up and raised a leaf, “if it’s something that cannot be stopped with only words, then you use Aikido."

“Yes.  But as a superhero, you will be the one they tell, even if they are bigger than you.”

“Sensei?”

“Like if a human child came up and was crying because someone was being mean to her and said they were going to harm her.  You, as a superhero would go up and talk to the mean person to get them to stop.”

Flower Power sat back down and leaned back on his leaf arms.  He thought about this.  A big human child—they pulled the petals off his friend Scenty. 

“How about if they are hurting another daisy?”

“You would defend using Aikido if words failed, but don’t forget love for all life.”

“What -- how am I supposed to stop a big human, I'm just a daisy.”

"You can make them hurt a little but not a lot.  Just enough for the innocent to get away."

"Okay," said a frowning Flower.  His self-confidence seemed to wan a little, then he brightened.  "Okay, I can only do my best, but always with love." 

"Yes!" 

They sat side by side looking out over the moonlit pond.  Finally, Goldie pointed at Flower Power’s lily pad.  “Now we sleep.”

The daisy hero smiled and leaped over to his pad.  Soon they were both asleep. 
 
 
 

Author Notes MK Flood is the awesome illustrator who drew that fantastic picture you have seen while reading. He is in FanArtReview and his pictures are to die for! He is illustrating this children's book--each chapter here would actually be a picture book in real life. We are trying to get published. He would make a terrific illustrator for children's books.

Chapter one: Flower Power saves Rose, his love interest, from being thrown out by her owner. He is hesitant, a bit, when asked what he would do to save Rose.
Chapter two: He meets Jay, a blue jay, who laughs at him. He handles this by punching him. Jay sees that he may need some training so he tell him about a golden dragonfly, Goldie, who has some magic.
Chapter three: Flower flies over the pond in search of Goldie. Finally he discovers her and is invited into her home.
Chapter four: Goldie teaches Flower Power Aikido, and why superheroes don't resort to violence.
Chapter five: Flower Power finds Jay to apologize to him.
Continued.


Chapter 7
Do not hurt feelings!

By Rasmine


We ate supper on the shore one night. The stars shone beautifully all around us giving a fantasy feel to the air.

"Flower, do you know that eating vegetables and fruit are good for you? They make you strong." Goldie held up her leg and made a muscle.

Flower copied her and made a muscle using both leaves.

They both laughed and ate their last bite. Then they drank their milk.

"Milk is also good for you. Makes your bones and teeth strong." She bared her teeth and they both laughed. "You have a milk mustache."

Flower Power laughed. "So, do you!" He said this while wiping his off.

"You know we will use this for a lesson. If you laugh at me for having a milk mustache, you may have one yourself. So, maybe you should look in a mirror before laughing at someone else. Do you know why?"

He put his napkin down and frowned. "You mean look in a mirror before laughing at another being?"

The golden dragonfly shook her head. "No, I mean look at yourself inside, because you may make fun of someone else when it is you also." She held up one of her legs. "I could point, but when my claw points at you, the little leg spurs point back at me. So, when you point at someone and laugh with your leaf, the points on the leaf point at you."

Flower Power pointed his leaf at Sensei and saw that the lines in the leaf pointed right back at him. He slowly nodded.

"Unless the laughter is by both, it could hurt someone's feelings. For example, if you do not look like others and they laugh at you because of something you cannot change, your feelings may be hurt. Do you see?"

Flower Power looked down. The last thing he wanted to do was hurt someone's feelings. "I'm sorry, Sensei, for laughing cause you had a milk mustache."

Goldie laughed. "I am not hurt, but it could hurt another if it was for some other reason, like if someone does not have a mother or father."

Flower looked up at all the twinkling lights in the sky and frowned. That would be awful to be laughed at--it would hurt. "I see, Sensei."

"Now time for dessert," Goldie said.


Author Notes MKFlood will be back in a few chapters.

Chapter one: Flower Power saves Rose, his love interest, from being thrown out by her owner. He is hesitant, a bit when asked what he would do to save Rose.
Chapter two: He meets Jay, a blue jay, who laughs at him. He handles this by punching him. Jay sees that he may need some training so he tells him about a golden dragonfly, Goldie, who has some magic.
Chapter three: Flower flies over the pond in search of Goldie. Finally, he discovers her and is invited into her home.
Chapter four: Goldie teaches Flower Power Aikido, and why superheroes don't resort to violence.
Chapter five: (missing chapter--if any of you find it please let me know where in my portfolio it is. Thank you.)


Chapter 8
Clean can be fun!

By Rasmine

“Flower, did you take a shower today?”

“Yes,” he frowned.  What lesson was this about?

“It is very good to be clean.  To clean your body at least every other day.  I’m wondering if you cleaned your lily pad?”

Flower looked back at the lily pad he had been using for a room while learning from Goldie.  It was a bit of a mess.  He hadn’t thought it was important.

“It is important to keep clean in everything you do.”

“Yes, Sensei.”

“If you go to someone’s house, and you make a mess, you clean it up.”

Flower smiled.  He knew that Goldie was right on that.  When he was younger, his friend Scenty came over and knocked over the milk.  He didn’t clean it up, but Flower's mother had.  Later that night, Scenty came back with his mother.  She made her son say he was sorry, and finish the dishes. 

“Okay, Sensei."  He picked up a broom that Hoppy, the frog servant, handed him.  Then he flew over to his pad and got busy. 
                                                                                                                    ***
After dusting, sweeping, making the bed, and putting the trash where it was supposed to go, he sat down.  He smiled at his clean lily pad.  The cleaning wasn’t a lot of fun, but the results were.  He felt happy now that it was clean, but now he smelled bad.  Ugh! Now he needed a shower.   

He lay down for a few seconds after his shower.  He wouldn’t want to get his bed dirty.  He sat up when Goldie hovered over his pad. 

“May I land on your pad?”

“Sure, you don’t have to ask.”

“Flower Power, it is good to ask, because what if you were still in the shower?”

The daisy thought about this.  “Yes, I see.”

Goldie smiled and looked around.  “You did a good job!  This is even cleaner than when you first came.  Thank you.”  Goldie bowed. 

Flower bowed back.  They smiled at each other.
 

Author Notes Chapter one: Flower Power saves Rose, his love interest, from being thrown out by her owner. He is hesitant, a bit when asked what he would do to save Rose.
Chapter two: He meets Jay, a blue jay, who laughs at him. He handles this by punching him. Jay sees that he may need some training so he tells him about a golden dragonfly, Goldie, who has some magic.
Chapter three: Flower flies over the pond in search of Goldie. Finally, he discovers her and is invited into her home.
Chapter four: Goldie teaches Flower Power Aikido, and why superheroes don't resort to violence.
Chapter five: (missing chapter--if any of you find it please let me know where in my portfolio it is. Thank you.) Flower Power apologizes to Jay.
Chapter six: Flys back to Goldie for more training.
Chapter seven: Flower Power gets lesson in not hurting anyone's feelings and why.
Continued.


Chapter 9
Differences are beautiful!

By Rasmine

“Flower, there are differences all over, and it is so beautiful.”

“Differences?”

“Yes.”

Flower thought about these words as he walked around the pond for exercise.  His leg-leaves needed exercise as well as all of him.  Sensei Goldie says exercise and playing are good for living beings. 

He noted some odd-looking daisies on the side of the pond.  He decided to introduce himself and walked over, his cape flying in the wind. 

“Hello, I haven’t noticed you before.  I’m Flower Power, pleased to meet you.”  He was curious to why they had yellow petals and a brown face.  He was eager to learn about all life and to enjoy all the differences.

“Hi.  I’m Leonora, and this is Simone.”  She jangled her bracelets and twisted her necklace. 

He frowned.  “I’m a daisy, but I never met other daisies with yellow petals before.”

Simone piped up.  “We aren’t daisies!  We are black-eyed-Susans.”

He wanted to protect all floral – no, all life.  Did it matter that they were a different color? No! He stuck out a leaf. 

“Pleased to meet you.”

They all shook leaves. 

“Why do you wear a cape?  You don’t need a cape, it’s not even cold out.”

He puffed up his chest and started to tell them who he is.  “I’m a su –.“  The words of Sensei Goldie had him stop.  It wasn’t nice to brag about how good you are.  He didn’t need others to praise him anymore. 

“It’s just a cape, that’s all.”

Leonora and Simone exchanged glances and then both burst out laughing. 

“Are you a superhero or something?” Leonora asked.

Simone leaned close to her friend, “He will probably say ‘yes’.” 

They both laughed again. 

Flower smiled at them, and noticed he didn’t even feel angry.  He shook his head.  “Not nice to make fun of another being.  I have to be going.”  Nodding politely, he walked off. 

The sun shone down on him and he smiled at Paddy Frog jumping by with two of his babies hopping behind him.  He nodded with a smile.  They had just emerged from the water and were learning to hop. 

“Goldie is looking for you, Flower.”  Paddy Frog croaked back on the breeze. 

Oh no!  He was supposed to have a lesson.  He would fly back across the pond.  He bent down and jumped off the ground, flying right over the two black-eyed Susans.  He didn’t want to try to show-off, but if they needed help with anything ....  He sunk back to the ground in front of Leonora and Simone. 

“Flower Power at your service.  If you need me, just call.  I’ll hear you.”  He bent back down and took off heading to Goldie’s lily pad.  


 
 

Author Notes Chapter one: Flower Power saves Rose, his love interest, from being thrown out by her owner. He is hesitant, a bit when asked what he would do to save Rose.
Chapter two: He meets Jay, a blue jay, who laughs at him. He handles this by punching him. Jay sees that he may need some training so he tells him about a golden dragonfly, Goldie, who has some magic.
Chapter three: Flower flies over the pond in search of Goldie. Finally, he discovers her and is invited into her home.
Chapter four: Goldie teaches Flower Power Aikido, and why superheroes don't resort to violence.
Chapter five: (missing chapter--if any of you find it please let me know where in my portfolio it is. Thank you.) Flower Power apologizes to Jay.
Chapter six: Flys back to Goldie for more training.
Chapter seven: Flower Power gets lesson in not hurting anyone's feelings and why.
Chapter eight: Flower Power learns the lessons of personal hygiene, and keeping your living space clean.
Continued.


Chapter 10
Be proud of who you are!

By Rasmine

Flower Power told Goldie all about the Black-eyed Susans. Then he told her how he landed in front of them and introduced himself even though they laughed at him.

“That is good Flower, you did not brag, but you also let them know you can help them.  And you did not get upset when they laughed at you.”  She rubbed her chin, then continued.  “You know you are different.  You did not lie to them; you can hear them better than others.  You can zero in and see better than others.  Your senses are more developed than other beings.  It is stronger in you, and you can fly!  Do you know any other daisies that can fly?”

“No.”  He always felt different from others, and he felt like hiding.  But if he could help…. He grinned at Sensei.  “Sometimes I felt very strange and wanted to hide.”

“No, Flower, no one should ever hide who they are.  But you are different, too, and in a good way.  You can help others.  You are truly a superhero.”

“I always thought there was something wrong with me.”

Goldie smiled sadly.  “Yes, many beings think that they are weird because they are different, but that is what makes them special!  You thought you were not good enough because you could fly.”

“Yes, I did.  Until I flew and brought Scenty to the hospital when the human child pulled off his petals.  He was fine, by the way.  They reattached them.”

“Good for him.  It was good that you were there, and you used your special talent to help him.”

Flower Power smiled feeling good about himself and how he could help other beings.

“Never use this power to hurt others or to make yourself look better than others.”

“Yes, Sensei.”

Goldie smiled and waved a wing across the pond.  “And you can help to bring out others' talents in them so everyone feels good about themselves.”

“Yeah.”  He felt excited about this. 

Sensei Goldie and Flower Power sat in silence and happiness watching the life all around them.
 
 
 

Author Notes Chapter one: Flower Power saves Rose, his love interest, from being thrown out by her owner. He is hesitant, a bit when asked what he would do to save Rose.
Chapter two: He meets Jay, a blue jay, who laughs at him. He handles this by punching him. Jay sees that he may need some training so he tells him about a golden dragonfly, Goldie, who has some magic.
Chapter three: Flower flies over the pond in search of Goldie. Finally, he discovers her and is invited into her home.
Chapter four: Goldie teaches Flower Power Aikido, and why superheroes don't resort to violence.
Chapter five: (missing chapter--if any of you find it please let me know where in my portfolio it is. Thank you.) Flower Power apologizes to Jay.
Chapter six: Flys back to Goldie for more training.
Chapter seven: Flower Power gets lesson in not hurting anyone's feelings and why.
Chapter eight: Flower Power learns the lessons of personal hygiene, and keeping your living space clean.
Chapter nine: Flower Power meets Black-eyes Susan's.
Continued.


Chapter 11
Everyone deserves respect.

By Rasmine

Sensei Goldie, a golden dragonfly, and Flower Power, a superhero daisy, sit and overlook the pond.  

“Flower, there are many differences in the world.”

“Yes, you have told me.” 

“But there is one I did not tell you about.  You can walk, talk, bend down, and sit.  Some cannot do this.”

Flower Power looked at his teacher with a frown.  “But Sensei Goldie, I have never seen this, just difference in the bodies.”

“Well, this is different, Flower.  Their bodies do not work the same way as others.  Some cannot walk well, or at all.  They walk with sticks or ride in special chairs.”

The daisy looked sad.  “Oh.”

“Even floral do, people, insects, and fish.”  Goldie indicated the pond. 

Flower followed her hand.  Suddenly the pond water divided in half and Flower saw a large gold fish.  His or her bottom half was in a kind of chair with fins for a fish to use to propel through the water.  Then the water closed. 

Drawing in a breath, Flower looked at Goldie. 

The golden dragonfly pointed.  “Look!”

Flower Power glanced quickly and saw an army of ants marching by on the opposite shore.  He used his special sight to see this far.  One of the ants was missing some legs.  The ant was being pushed by another ant in a chair with wheels, not unlike the goldfish's chair.  Flower looked sadly at his sensei. 

“Some have disabilities that we can see, and other have them that we cannot see, like a sick heart or lungs.  They deserve to be treated like everyone else.  Also, no feeling sorry for them.  They are very strong to live with disabilities.”

Flower got an image in his head at that point.  In the image, he was handing a sugar cube to the ant in a wheelchair.  They both smiled at each other.
 

Author Notes Chapter one: Flower Power saves Rose, his love interest, from being thrown out by her owner. He is hesitant, a bit when asked what he would do to save Rose.
Chapter two: He meets Jay, a blue jay, who laughs at him. He handles this by punching him. Jay sees that he may need some training so he tells him about a golden dragonfly, Goldie, who has some magic.
Chapter three: Flower flies over the pond in search of Goldie. Finally, he discovers her and is invited into her home.
Chapter four: Goldie teaches Flower Power Aikido, and why superheroes don't resort to violence.
Chapter five: (missing chapter--if any of you find it please let me know where in my portfolio it is. Thank you.) Flower Power apologizes to Jay.
Chapter six: Flys back to Goldie for more training.
Chapter seven: Flower Power gets a lesson in not hurting anyone's feelings and why.
Chapter eight: Flower Power learns the lessons of personal hygiene, and keeping your living space clean.
Chapter nine: Flower Power meets Black-eyed Susan's.
Chapter ten: Sensei Goldie talks with Flower about why he is a superhero.
Continued.


Chapter 12
Flower Power, superhero to all!

By Rasmine

“Okay, Flower, you are done with your lessons."

Flower Power stood there.  He swallowed and felt tears spring to his eyes.  I can't be done, what was Sensei talking about?

“Your lessons here are complete.  You are ready for your mission of superhero, now.”

The daisy sat down on his lily pad.  It's not mine, anymore.  He looked up at his teacher.

“It’s time for me to go?”

“Yes, Flower.  You know the basic lessons of love, now it is time for you to go and help others."

He took in a deep breath and swallowed.  What am I to do?  “How?”

“Why don’t you go to Grandmother Daisy and get your mask? It may help you to be more confident if no one knows who you are.”

Flower smiled and stood up.  He stood more proudly than he did when he first came.  I am so much more than I was before.  Flower Power looked fondly at his Sensei.  A large smile came over his face, and he pulled Goldie into a huge hug. 

"I will never forget your teachings, Sensei."

“Please, come and visit, Flower, anytime.”  Goldie had tears in her eyes that matched his. 

He turned and got ready to leave the pond.  I am Flower Power, superhero to all!
 

Author Notes Chapter one: Flower Power saves Rose, his love interest, from being thrown out by her owner. He is hesitant, a bit when asked what he would do to save Rose.
Chapter two: He meets Jay, a blue jay, who laughs at him. He handles this by punching him. Jay sees that he may need some training so he tells him about a golden dragonfly, Goldie, who has some magic.
Chapter three: Flower flies over the pond in search of Goldie. Finally, he discovers her and is invited into her home.
Chapter four: Goldie teaches Flower Power Aikido, and why superheroes don't resort to violence.
Chapter five: (missing chapter--if any of you find it please let me know where in my portfolio it is. Thank you.) Flower Power apologizes to Jay.
Chapter six: Flys back to Goldie for more training.
Chapter seven: Flower Power gets a lesson in not hurting anyone's feelings and why.
Chapter eight: Flower Power learns the lessons of personal hygiene, and keeping your living space clean.
Chapter nine: Flower Power meets Black-eyed Susan's.
Chapter ten: Sensei Goldie talks with Flower about why he is a superhero.
Chapter eleven: Sensei Goldie talks with Flower about disabilities.
Continued.


Chapter 13
To blow away a tornado

By Rasmine

End of last chapter:

Flower smiled and stood up.  He stood more proudly than he did when he first came.  I am so much more than I was before.  Flower Power looked fondly at his Sensei.  A large smile came over his face, and he pulled Goldie into a huge hug. 

"I will never forget your teachings, Sensei."

“Please, come and visit, Flower, anytime.”  Goldie had tears in her eyes that matched his. 

He turned and got ready to leave the pond.  I am Flower Power, superhero to all!
 
                                                                                                CHAPTER 13
Flower Power flew over the pond, sadly waving to all the friends he made over the weeks.  I can always come and visit, though!

He noticed it was quite dark for the middle of the afternoon.  Strange!  Sensei told him earlier a storm was headed their way – maybe even a tornado!

Now, what do I do?  Hmm, maybe I will go visit Grandmother Daisy, then Rose, and then see how Jay is doing.  Word had spread around the pond about Jay's wife is or was expecting babies!

Whistling as he flew, he couldn’t help feeling happy.  I will spread the lessons I learned from Sensei Goldie to everyone, but I need to be an example. For one thing, I will always use my words and never fists – unless the situation couldn’t be handled with only words.  Acceptance and help for all will be my motto.  Hmm, that is a neat idea, to have a motto!  Bullying, mocking, and making fun of another, is mean, and I need to spread that lesson around.  I will cherish all life --.

Look at that!  He stopped thinking and flying.  Hovering in the air, he watched a large cone-shaped cloud touch the ground. 

“Oh, no! Sensei was right.  A tornado is going to rip through the neighborhood.”

Just then he heard a slight cry.  He zeroed in on the sound, pushing all the noise to one side. 

“My babies! My babies!” A female voice cried. 

“Honey, the tornado touched down near our nest.  All we can do is hope for the best.” 

That’s Jay!  Flower Power used his super-sight to hone in on their location.  In a flash, he headed towards the nest.  He scanned the area, listening for   squawking babies.  He couldn’t quite pick them up with his hearing.  There they are!

“Don’t worry blue jay babies, here I come!”    In no time at all, he scooped them up and clutched them tight to his chest.  Flying faster than ever, he started around the tornado. 

“It’s okay, little ones,” Flower said gently, “your daddy is my friend.  You’ll be with your mommy and daddy in no time.”

The wind was very strong and blew hard against Flower.  He held fast to the babies, hoping he wasn't crushing them.  With his other hand, he pulled his cape over them. 

The wind whipped around him and he blew backward.  That is when he saw a poor cow blowing in the wind.  He would help her after the babies.

“No!”  He pushed with his free hand through the wind.  The other one clutched the frightened baby birds.  He spread his leaf to cover all the babies, and then forced his way through the mighty wind.  I am Flower Power – this tornado will not best me!

Finally, he came out on the other side of the tornado.  Looking back, he saw the poor cow mooing and tossing about.  He turned to a cheering Jay and his wife. 

“Flower Power!” Jay ran over to him and pulled him into a hug. 

“Careful, Jay.”  Flower pulled the cape away to reveal three bird infants with their heads buried into Flower’s stem chest. 

“My babies!” Jay’s wife took her crying kids from Flower Power’s leaf.  She looked tearfully into his eyes.  “Thank you, so much.” 

The poor cow!  Flower said, “I’ll be back later.”  He bent to kiss each baby bird on the head, then he jumped into the sky. 

As Flower entered the tornado, the cow looked at him like he was crazy.

“Hey, get out of here, don’t be stupid.”  The cow mooed and waved his hoof to indicate that Flower should get out now. 

“No!”  It was so loud it was amazing he could hear what the cow said.  He flew over and grabbed the large creature by the tail.  After much pulling, he proceeded to yank the creature out of the tornado.  He lay on the ground by the cow, exhaustion creeping up his stem. 

Jay and his wife ran over.  “The tornado is heading down the valley – it will destroy lots of homes.”

Flower Power stood up feeling drained.  He closed his eyes and then reopened them.  Wow, I feel so strong suddenly. 

“Not if I can help it.”  He shot off into the sky again, this time not entering the tornado.  He stopped and fluttered in front of the gigantic funnel cloud.  For a second, panic froze him.  He thought back to how Sensei told him to deal with fear. 
                                                                                                ***
“Flower, if you feel fear, just see it as a large butterfly that cannot hurt you, then do what you need to do.”
                                                                                                ***
Flower pictured the tornado as a large, harmless, butterfly.  He smiled and felt his confidence spread.  He took a deep breath, hoping that this would work, and blew towards the tornado. 

“Go away!”

The funnel cloud started to shrivel. Then it receded into the cloud. After that, the clouds blew away leaving a bright, shining sun sparkling down on everyone.

Flower Power slowly alighted on the ground, surrounded by his friends.  It is a very good day.
 

Author Notes I would appreciate any help with tenses; I feel I really messed this up. They are my nemesis! :D TY, so much. :D

Chapter one: Flower Power saves Rose, his love interest, from being thrown out by her owner. He is hesitant, a bit when asked what he would do to save Rose.
Chapter two: He meets Jay, a blue jay, who laughs at him. He handles this by punching him. Jay sees that he may need some training so he tells him about a golden dragonfly, Goldie, who has some magic.
Chapter three: Flower flies over the pond in search of Goldie. Finally, he discovers her and is invited into her home.
Chapter four: Goldie teaches Flower Power Aikido, and why superheroes don't resort to violence.
Chapter five: (missing chapter--if any of you find it please let me know where in my portfolio it is. Thank you.) Flower Power apologizes to Jay.
Chapter six: Flys back to Goldie for more training.
Chapter seven: Flower Power gets a lesson in not hurting anyone's feelings and why.
Chapter eight: Flower Power learns the lessons of personal hygiene, and keeping your living space clean.
Chapter nine: Flower Power meets Black-eyed Susan's.
Chapter ten: Sensei Goldie talks with Flower about why he is a superhero.
Chapter eleven: Sensei Goldie talks with Flower about disabilities.
Chapter twelve: Goldie and Flower part ways. He is done with his lessons and ready to embark on his adventures!
Continued.


Chapter 14
Manners matter!

By Rasmine

Author Note:Dedicated to children everywhere!

News of the tornado and how Flower Power blew it away spread quickly.

Mrs. Petals, his old elementary teacher, wanted Flower to come to her class and talk about manners.  She told him about a lack of manners in the floral community.

When she asked him to come and speak, he swallowed hard.  He was a superhero, not a teacher. But he did learn from Goldie.  He had called her sensei, which in Japanese means ‘teacher’.  He would go to the school.
                                                                                ***
Flower got up, showered, ate, brushed his teeth, and then flew towards his old school.


Mrs. Petals was standing on the school stairs when he came in.  She smiled and gave her former student a huge hug. 

“Oh, my word, Flower, you have grown big!  I’m so proud of you and what you do.  The daislings will love you!  Come on!”

They walked down the hallway and stopped outside his old classroom door. 

“They will go wild when they see you.”  She shook her head.  “They have been a bit unruly this morning waiting for your arrival.”

He smiled.  “This brings back lots of memories, Mrs. Petals, that’s for sure.” He grasped the doorknob.  “And Mrs. Petals, thank you, for believing in me when I was a daisling.”

She blushed.  “Come on,” she grasped his leaf.  “They will probably start chanting your name, or cheer.”

He and Mrs. Petals walked through the door.  Suddenly, Flower was surrounded by many young daislings, as they swarmed around him eager to touch the superhero. 

“Flower Power!”

“Yay!”

“We heard how you saved a bunch of houses from the tornado!”

“I love you, Flower Power!”

Mrs. Petals finally intervened and pulled daislings off Flower’s cape.

“Okay, Okay, daislings, go to your seats.”

When all the students were seated, Flower decided to introduce manners the best he could. 

“Okay, daislings, today we will talk about manners.  Do you know what they are?  Anyone?”  He looked around at eager young faces that were excited about him being there.  No one answered, he bit his lip and looked at Mrs. Petals.  She nodded back encouragingly. 

“Like, um, if one of your classmates holds open the door for you, what do you do?” Flower cringed inwardly thinking that he sounded stupid. 

One student raised her leaf.  “You walk through.”

“What do you say, though?”

“Hello?”

Flower smiled.  “Yeah, you could say that, but think of something else.”

“I know…I know,” said one enthusiastic student.

“Yes?”

“You say ‘thank you’.”

“That’s right.  It’s being polite.”  Flower smiled, this wasn’t as bad as he thought it would be.  “What other manners can you think of?”

“Saying please.”

“Yes!”

“Excuse me?”

“Yes, that is another form of manners.”  He was a teacher!  Flower grinned at Mrs. Petals, and continued.  “When do you say ‘please’, and ‘thank you’, and ‘excuse me’?’” No daisling said, ‘excuse me’, but he thought he would teach it anyhow.

“When you burp.”

Everyone burst out laughing. 

One student in the back stood up, “How about when you fart?”

Now everyone was laughing even harder, including Flower and Mrs. Petals.  After a few seconds, she stood up.

“Okay, class, simmer down.”  She glanced at the clock on the wall.  “Class is almost over, and Flower will probably have superhero stuff to do.”

“There is just one more manner,” Flower wanted to get to this manner before he left, “after someone says, ‘thank you,’ what do you say?”

No one raised their leaf.  Then one little daisling raised her leaf.  He pointed at her, and she cleared her throat.  “You say, ‘thank you’.”

“No honey, I mean what do you say after they say it?”

“Oh,” she laughed, “that’s easy Mr. Flower Power, you say ‘you’re welcome’.”

“Yes!”  He looked at Mrs. Petals.  “How much time do I have?”

She looked at the clock.  “About five minutes, Flower.”

“Thanks.”  He turned to the class, feeling more confident than when he first came in. 
“You’re welcome, Flower,” Mrs. Petals replied.  They smiled at each other, then he turned back to the class.  
“Okay, let’s practice for five minutes.”  He nodded at one student. 

“Please open the door when I knock.”  The student walked to the door as Flower walked out of the classroom. He knocked and she opened it. 

“Thank you,” he nodded to the daisling.

“You’re welcome.”

He nodded at her.  “Thank you, sweetie.”

Now almost all the class had their leaves raised in anticipation of being called.  Some of them were standing next to their seats.  Flower called one of the daislings who didn’t raise his leaf.  He stood up shyly and walked towards the superhero. 

Flower picked up a book and then dropped it.  “Could you pick that up for me, please?”

The daisling picked it up, and timidly handed it back to Flower.      
                                                             
Flower nodded and the student returned to his seat. 

“Now everyone, what did I forget?”

“To say ‘thank you’,” many daislings said at once. 

Mrs. Petals stood up.  “Thank you, Flower Power, for coming to our class and talking about manners.”  She addressed all the daislings.  “Even if you hear adults and see them without manners, remember yours.” 

“Thank you, students and Mrs. Petals,” Flower said in departing, “for having me speak about manners.  It’s been really fun.”

“You’re welcome,” the class said in unison.

Mrs. Petals walked Flower Power to the door.  “Please, come again, Flower.  They love you.”

He bent down and gave her a kiss on the cheek, walked out the door, and flew home.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Author Notes Chapter one: Flower Power saves Rose, his love interest, from being thrown out by her owner. He is hesitant, a bit when asked what he would do to save Rose.
Chapter two: He meets Jay, a blue jay, who laughs at him. He handles this by punching him. Jay sees that he may need some training so he tells him about a golden dragonfly, Goldie, who has some magic.
Chapter three: Flower flies over the pond in search of Goldie. Finally, he discovers her and is invited into her home.
Chapter four: Goldie teaches Flower Power Aikido, and why superheroes don't resort to violence.
Chapter five: (missing chapter--if any of you find it please let me know where in my portfolio it is. Thank you.) Flower Power apologizes to Jay.
Chapter six: Flys back to Goldie for more training.
Chapter seven: Flower Power gets a lesson in not hurting anyone's feelings and why.
Chapter eight: Flower Power learns the lessons of personal hygiene, and keeping your living space clean.
Chapter nine: Flower Power meets Black-eyed Susan's.
Chapter ten: Sensei Goldie talks with Flower about why he is a superhero.
Chapter eleven: Sensei Goldie talks with Flower about disabilities.
Chapter twelve: Goldie and Flower part ways. He is done with his lessons and ready to embark on his adventures!
Chapter thirteen: Flower saves a bunch of homes, including his friend Jay's babies, from a strong tornado.
Continued.


Chapter 15
Bullying be gone!

By Rasmine

This part was supposed to be in the last Flower Power chapter:

Inside the classroom, all the daislings along with their teacher watched with awe as Flower flew across the cornflower sky. 

All but one … the timid daisling that helped Flower when he dropped the book sat in quiet, sad thought. 

                                                                                                      CHAPTER 14

“Flower Power, I wish you would come to talk with a daisling.  He is troubled.”

The smile that had spread across Flower’s face slowly faded.  A daisling in trouble!  He frowned with concern.

“Did you mean the very quiet student?”

She looked sad and slowly nodded.  “Yes, he seems very sad, and I don’t know why.”

“I could definitely speak with him.  Maybe I should talk with him alone, though.”

“Yes, that is what I was thinking.”  Mrs. Petals grasped Flower Power’s leaves.  “Oh, Flower, that would be great!”
                                                                                                ***
That afternoon Flower flew over to ‘Daisy Quill Elementary School.’  Seed-ling Mow waited for Flower after class. 

Mrs. Petals told him that Flower Power would walk him home.  Flower walked over to the young daisy. 

“Hello, Seed-ling,” he smiled, “how are you?”

“I’m fine, Mr. Flower Power.” He raised his sad eyes to Flower. 

As they walked down the steps of the elementary school, Flower asked, “Seed-ling, is something wrong?  You don’t seem very happy.”

The daisling shrugged his shoulders.  Flower just smiled, he knew he may have to wait for an answer.  Sensei always told him that others would tell him when they were ready to.  

“Want to fly home?”

Seed-ling grinned for the first time since Flower met him.
                                                                                                ***
Flower flew Seed-ling home every day for a week.  On Friday, they stopped at a corner market and Flower purchased two freshly squeezed grass waters. They sat on the grass under an oak.

“Do you know why I am so sad, Mr. Flower Power?”

“I was wondering, but I know you will tell me when you are ready.”

“Well, my dad lost his job and now we can't pay for the patch of land we call home -- so we are homeless.”

Flower closed his eyes tightly.  “I am so sorry, Seed-ling.”

“And my sister is being picked on at school because we can’t afford the styles all the other daislings have.”

“What?”  Flower had to think for a second … styles … clothes.  “Okay, she gets bullied for being different?”

“Yeah.”  He looked down at his drink.  “I don’t want to get bullied, so I try not to say too much.”

Flower closed his eyes again.  He recalled being bullied in school. 
                                                                                                ***
During recess had been the worst time.  He sat by himself, and there were a handful of mean students that would surround him.

“He can fly.”

“Yeah, he thinks he’s a bee!”

“… freak … “

“He’s a daisy, not a bird, duh!”

“He’s so weird!”
                                                                                                ***
Being bullied is not much fun.  He knew what he needed to do.  He would talk to Seed-ling’s class and then his sister’s class about bullying.  If the daislings understood what it is and how it makes another feel bad, maybe it would stop. 
                                                                                                ***
Mrs. Petals welcomed Flower at the class door. 

“Hello, again, Flower.  Thank you, so much.  I can teach and talk to them, but you,” she shook her head, “they love you and will listen to what you say.”

Flower took Mrs. Petal’s outstretched leaf and kissed her on the cheek. 

“The students are waiting eagerly for your arrival.  Last week they wouldn’t stop being polite to each other.”  She smiled. “The practice went on quite a while after you left.”

He grinned as they entered the classroom. 

“Flower Power, Flower Power, Flower Power!” came a chant from the daislings, including Seed-ling, which made Flower very happy.  Seed-ling looked happy, and he was talking to other students and laughing.

“Okay, class, we are going to talk with Flower Power today about bullying.  Here he is.”

The daislings started to chant his name again.  He laughed.  “Okay, please, daislings.”  They wouldn’t simmer down.  Flower Power raised his voice slightly and said, “Please, quiet!”

All the daislings quieted down.  Flower made sure not to smile at that point.  If he did, the daislings would go wild again. There were times when daislings had to be quiet; it was one of those times. 

“Today,” he said in a normal voice, “we will talk about bullying. But, first, let’s talk about why you must be quiet at times.  When should you be quiet?”

“When you’re talking.”

“Yeah, okay.  How about another time?”

“When Mrs. Petals or another teacher is talking.”

Flower nodded at the daisling.  “Good, when is another time?”  He sneaked a peek at the clock and saw he had forty minutes left.  Thing is, this was a teachable moment that could not be overlooked.  He probably wouldn’t be able to finish his lesson on bullying.

“I know,” one little daisling waved his hand wildly, “I know.”

Flower was very pleased to see it was Seed-ling.  “Yes,” he smiled and nodded at him.

“When adults must talk about something very important, like an emergency.”

“And why is that?”

“Because we are young and want to play instead of taking care of an emergency.  So, we got to be quiet so they can hear each other.”

Two little flowers stood up; they weren’t daisies, they were Black-eyed Susans. Flower always thought in terms of 'daislings', but he would change his thinking to include all flowers by calling them 'flowerlings'.

“We would be in the way,” one twin said.

The other twin spoke up, “Because they can move things, and we are too small to do that.”

“Sometimes we can say important things,” the other twin spoke. 

“My sister’s right.  We helped,” she pointed at herself and then her sister, “when my grandmother got sick.”

Flower listened to all of this.  “Yes, you are all correct.  All of you – every one of you,” he looked at Seed-ling, “are very important.  At times, adults need to take charge and talk to each other.  But you all matter.”  He smiled lovingly at the daislings.  “When you can like yourself, bullying isn’t needed.  If you like who you are, why would you need to make someone feel weaker or not as good as you think you are?”

“Let’s do a round with the whole class.  We will say what we like about ourselves.”

                                                                                                              ***

At the end of the lesson, Flower left feeling good about himself, and happy to have the daislings say something good about themselves.  As he flew home, he felt like he made a difference.  It was a really great day.

AT THIS POINT, TEACHERS AND PARENTS PLEASE ASK YOUR CLASS, AND OR CHILDREN WHAT THEY LIKE ABOUT THEMSELVES.  THIS SHOULD BE QUALITIVE, NOT QUANTITIVE.  DON'T FORGET TO ADD YOURSELF TO THIS EXERCISE!  ENJOY! DO THIS EVERY DAY IT HELPS WITH SELF-ESTEEM!
 
 
 
 
 
 

Author Notes I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE FOR THE EDITS!! THIS IS AN IMPORTANT CHAPTER SO I'M GOING TO RE-PROMOTE IT BEFORE CONTINUING TO OTHER CHAPTERS.
Chapter one: Flower Power saves Rose, his love interest, from being thrown out by her owner. He is hesitant, a bit when asked what he would do to save Rose.
Chapter two: He meets Jay, a blue jay, who laughs at him. He handles this by punching him. Jay sees that he may need some training so he tells him about a golden dragonfly, Goldie, who has some magic.
Chapter three: Flower flies over the pond in search of Goldie. Finally, he discovers her and is invited into her home.
Chapter four: Goldie teaches Flower Power Aikido, and why superheroes don't resort to violence.
Chapter five: (missing chapter--if any of you find it please let me know where in my portfolio it is. Thank you.) Flower Power apologizes to Jay.
Chapter six: Flys back to Goldie for more training.
Chapter seven: Flower Power gets a lesson in not hurting anyone's feelings and why.
Chapter eight: Flower Power learns the lessons of personal hygiene, and keeping your living space clean.
Chapter nine: Flower Power meets Black-eyed Susan's.
Chapter ten: Sensei Goldie talks with Flower about why he is a superhero.
Chapter eleven: Sensei Goldie talks with Flower about disabilities.
Chapter twelve: Goldie and Flower part ways. He is done with his lessons and ready to embark on his adventures!
Chapter thirteen: Flower saves a bunch of homes, including his friend Jay's babies, from a strong tornado.
Chapter fourteen: Flower teaches an elementary class about manners.
Continued.


Chapter 16
Bullying be gone Part II

By Rasmine

Flower Power flew over to the elementary school.  He had a meeting with Mrs. Petals.  He landed on the stairs, and Mrs. Petals stepped out of the door. 

“Flower!”  She gave him a warm hug. 

“Mrs. Petals!”  He hugged back. 

“Flower,” she said stepping back, “it’s been months!  The children are doing their self-love statements every morning.  They seem to be getting along better.  I did hear one argument between two flowerlings saying ‘I’m more loving than you.’  I was confused.  Did you teach this so that they would learn more self-love and then not want to bully another flowerling, or is this the beginning of something else?”

He grinned at her.  “Yes.”

“Is it what they like about another?”

“Yes.  I thought loving themselves would come naturally, but this may be harder, however, it may be easier if you are leading them.”

“Are you going to come in and teach them this?”

“I can.  What time is good for you?”

She looked towards the door.  “How about nine tomorrow morning?”

He nodded as she entered the door. 

“Thank you, Flower.”
                                                                        ***
The next day, the superhero daisy flew through the sky towards Quill Elementary.  He stopped on a branch hoping to see his friend Jay, but he wasn’t there.  He then started to smile; he would surprise Rose.  He took off and flew to her human’s sill. 

“Flower!”

He ran over to her and they hugged. 

“I can’t stay long Rose; I have to be at the elementary school for a lecture I’m giving."

“It’s okay, Flower.  I’m excited about something.  My siblings are still sleeping so let me be more quiet.”

Flower watched her pull her stem out of the dirt.  She then stood upright and walked on her leaves to him.
 
“Your friend Goldie came here and showed me how to walk.  Isn’t that great?”

“That’s great Rose.”  He gave her a big hug and then kissed her on the cheek.  “Can you go for a ride with me after class?”

“Yeah!” 

They hugged again, and then Flower took off. 
                                                                        ***
“Hello, Flowerlings.”

“Hi, Mr. Flower Power.”

He was glad they didn’t go wild like they did before, but then they started to chant.

“Flower Power, Flower Power, Flower Power.”

“Okay,” Flower began, “please, Flowerlings, we have some important work to do.”

“What are we doing Mr. Power?”

“Today, we are going to say what we like about another flowerling.  You did a few months of self-love statements, and now it is time to say what we like about others.”  He smiled at Mrs. Petals.  “If Mrs. Petals will come up, I will demonstrate it.”

She came up to the front of the class and stood next to him smiling.

“Okay, Mrs. Petals, I will say what I like about you.  Are you ready?”

She nodded up at him.  “Yes.”

“I like that you are a caring teacher, Mrs. Petals.  I like that you support and care about young Flowerlings.”

The teacher had tears in her eyes.  She took his hand. 

“Oh, Flower!  Let me do it too.”

He nodded at her.

“Flower, I like the grown-up daisy you have become.  I am so proud of you.”

They gave each other a hug.  Mrs. Petals then went to sit back down.

“Okay, can I have a couple of volunteers?”  He smiled.  “They will come up here and do what Mrs. Petals and I just did.”

Everyone raised their hands, waving them wildly.  Flower called upon Aurora, one of the black-eyed Susan twins, and Seedling-Row, the depressed flowerling he had helped. 

“You two know what to do right?”

They both nodded and grinned at each other.

“Okay, I’ll be over there with Mrs. Petals.”

For the first minute, both Flowerlings laughed and looked at each other shyly.

“Okay,” Flower called, “Aurora, what do you like about Seedling?”

She looked at her sister and back at Flower Power.  “I like that he is funny.”

“Okay, sweetie, but say it to him.”

She nodded and turned to Seedling.  “I like that,” she lowered her eyes and voice, “you are funny.”

“Okay, Seedling, your turn.”

“I like you, Aurora, because you are nice.”

Aurora blushed, her petals becoming a dark gold.  “Thank you.”

Seedling smiled at her.  “Thank you, too.”

They both turned to Flower and Mrs. Petals. 

“Okay,” Flower said, “that was great you two.” 
                                                                        ***
Later, when Flower was heading home, he thought what a great day this turned out to be.
 
TEACHERS AND CAREGIVERS, PLEASE, STOP AT THIS POINT AND TAKE A TURN WITH THE SAME EXERCISE THAT FLOWER AND THE CHILDREN DID. 

*IMPORTANT TEACHERS/AIDES/PARENTS/CAREGIVERS ALSO PARTCIPATE AND HAVE FUN!
 
 
 

Author Notes TY, MKFlood, for your very awesome art!!!!!!!

I wrote this very long ago. We have to combat bullying in the classroom, and so on. If children learn to love themselves and then see the good in another that is the first step.


Chapter 17
Mrs. Petals meets Goldie

By Rasmine

Flower Power met with Mrs. Petals the following day after his second lesson on bullying.  She wanted to know more about his lessons and who taught him. 

“Hello, Mrs. Petals.”

“Hello, Flower.” She reached out and took his two leaves.  “Thank you, for your lessons on bullying.  Can you tell me more about your ‘sensei’?"

“Sure.  Even better than telling you, I can show you.  Come on.” He eagerly took her leaf and they started flying.  Flower looked at his old teacher.  She looked scared. 

“Mrs. Petals, are you okay?”

She grabbed one of his leaves with both of hers.  “Yeah, I guess so.  I just am not used to flying.”

Flower flew a bit lower and in no time they were over his sensei’s lily pad.

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“Sensei!”

“Flower!  You have come back with a friend.”

They hugged, and then Flower introduced Mrs. Petals.  Goldie smiled and nodded. 

“You have taught a very special daisy.  He has a very big heart,” Goldie said.

“He has said wonderful things about you, Goldie.”

“Sensei Goldie is a very magical dragonfly.”

Goldie glanced at Flower.  “Not that magical, Flower.”

“Well, you gave a frog wings.”

Goldie looked from Flower to Mrs. Petals.  “Okay, maybe I did.”

Mrs. Petals turned to her former student.  “Please, tell me about your lessons on bullying.”

“Okay, well I’ll start at the beginning.  When I came here, I felt silly at calling myself a superhero.  I had punched one of my friends for laughing at me.  I didn’t have to do that – it was a form of bullying.”

Mrs. Petals nodded.

“I learned to like myself, to not show off, or try to say I’m better than another.  The basis for a bully is not liking themselves -- some disagree, but their 'sel-esteem' is fake.  If someone loved themselves really, they would not need to harm another.  If someone with a lot of self-love is being bullied – they will know the one bullying is not telling the truth.”

Goldie wiped her eyes.  She was very proud of Flower Power.  He was a superhero to all!
 
  
 

Author Notes In the current psychological literature, it is reported that bullies have high self-esteem. I do not think so. I have a BA in psych, and was studying for a MA in the subject, so I'm not some silly person just making something up. This self-esteem that the bullies have is not true self-esteem. If someone truly loved themselves there would be, like Flower Power says, NO NEED TO HURT ANOTHER!

MK Flood, again, thank you, for your awesome artwork!

Chapter one: Flower Power saves Rose, his love interest, from being thrown out by her owner. He is hesitant, a bit when asked what he would do to save Rose.
Chapter two: He meets Jay, a blue jay, who laughs at him. He handles this by punching him. Jay sees that he may need some training so he tells him about a golden dragonfly, Goldie, who has some magic.
Chapter three: Flower flies over the pond in search of Goldie. Finally, he discovers her and is invited into her home.
Chapter four: Goldie teaches Flower Power Aikido, and why superheroes don't resort to violence.
Chapter five: (missing chapter--if any of you find it please let me know where in my portfolio it is. Thank you.) Flower Power apologizes to Jay.
Chapter six: Flys back to Goldie for more training.
Chapter seven: Flower Power gets a lesson in not hurting anyone's feelings and why.
Chapter eight: Flower Power learns the lessons of personal hygiene, and keeping your living space clean.
Chapter nine: Flower Power meets Black-eyed Susan's.
Chapter ten: Sensei Goldie talks with Flower about why he is a superhero.
Chapter eleven: Sensei Goldie talks with Flower about disabilities.
Chapter twelve: Goldie and Flower part ways. He is done with his lessons and ready to embark on his adventures!
Chapter thirteen: Flower saves a bunch of homes, including his friend Jay's babies, from a strong tornado.
Chapter fourteen: Flower teaches an elementary class about manners.
Chapter fifteen: Flower teaches children about bullying and helps with self-love exercises.
Chapter sixteen: A continuation of bullying lesson with appreciating others.
Continued.


Chapter 18
Bullying be gone Part IV

By Rasmine

It was six weeks since Flower Power introduced Mrs. Petals to his sensei, Goldie.  One of the parents had said he disagreed with bullies having low self-esteem.  The same parent said that bullies have high self-esteem.  Flower was going to a meeting with parents, flowerlings, teachers, and students. 
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Flower stood next to Mrs. Petals near the podium.  She smiled reassuringly and then went to sit in the audience.  He recognized all the flowerlings in Mrs. Petal’s classroom.  Then he got a shock – Rose was right in the front row.  He had just mentioned this and didn’t know that she was going to come here.  She smiled at him; he smiled back. 

He walked up to the podium and tapped the microphone to see if it was on.  It was, so he cleared his throat. 

“Hello, I’m Flower Power.”

The flowerlings started their usual ‘Flower Power’ chant.  Then he noticed Rose was also chanting.  He grinned and addressed the flowerlings. 

“Please, flowerlings, please.”

It grew quiet.  Flower began.

“Hello, I hope everyone is doing well.  I teach the flowerlings in my former teacher’s classroom.  Some parents have questioned my saying that bullies have low self-esteem.  Let us begin.”

One parent stood up, but only one.  “Mr. Power, I read a bully is found to have high self-esteem.”

Flower noticed Seedling Row was sitting next to the parent.  He smiled at Seedling and looked back at his father. 

“Mr. Row, do you think a bully would be able to hurt someone else and really like themselves?”

Mr. Row frowned.  He looked at Flower then at his son. 

“No, I guess not.”

“Then maybe the self-esteem isn’t real.  A bully would probably say ‘Yes, I am always right’, making them seem to have high self-esteem.”

He nodded and sat back next to Seedling Row. 

The mother of the Black Eyed Susans stood up. 

“Mr. Flower Power, my flowerlings love you!”

Flower Power blushed and looked down.  “Thank you.”

“I have a question, though.  If someone feels really good about themselves, wouldn’t they point out the faults in another?”

Flower frowned and then grinned.  “Well, I think if they wanted to help them.”

She smiled and sat down. 

Mrs. Petals stood up.  “Hello, Flower.  If a flowerling picks on another, maybe something could be happening at home.  What do you think?”

Flower smiled at her and nodded.  “If the self-esteem exercises do not work, maybe there is a problem somewhere else.”

“Okay, thank you, Flower.”

No one else got up.  Flower Power took a deep breath and then glanced at everyone; his glance was longest at Rose, he was so happy she came.  It had been a great evening.   
   
 

Author Notes In the current psychological literature, it is reported that bullies have high self-esteem. I do not think so. I have a BA in psych, and was studying for a MA in the subject, so I'm not some silly person just making something up. This self-esteem that the bullies have is not true self-esteem. If someone truly loved themselves there would be, like Flower Power says, NO NEED TO HURT ANOTHER!

MK Flood, again, thank you, for your awesome artwork!

Chapter one: Flower Power saves Rose, his love interest, from being thrown out by her owner. He is hesitant, a bit when asked what he would do to save Rose.
Chapter two: He meets Jay, a blue jay, who laughs at him. He handles this by punching him. Jay sees that he may need some training so he tells him about a golden dragonfly, Goldie, who has some magic.
Chapter three: Flower flies over the pond in search of Goldie. Finally, he discovers her and is invited into her home.
Chapter four: Goldie teaches Flower Power Aikido, and why superheroes don't resort to violence.
Chapter five: (missing chapter--if any of you find it please let me know where in my portfolio it is. Thank you.) Flower Power apologizes to Jay.
Chapter six: Flys back to Goldie for more training.
Chapter seven: Flower Power gets a lesson in not hurting anyone's feelings and why.
Chapter eight: Flower Power learns the lessons of personal hygiene, and keeping your living space clean.
Chapter nine: Flower Power meets Black-eyed Susan's.
Chapter ten: Sensei Goldie talks with Flower about why he is a superhero.
Chapter eleven: Sensei Goldie talks with Flower about disabilities.
Chapter twelve: Goldie and Flower part ways. He is done with his lessons and ready to embark on his adventures!
Chapter thirteen: Flower saves a bunch of homes, including his friend Jay's babies, from a strong tornado.
Chapter fourteen: Flower teaches an elementary class about manners.
Chapter fifteen: Flower teaches children about bullying and helps with self-love exercises.
Chapter sixteen: A continuation of bullying lesson with appreciating others.
Chapter seventeen: Mrs. Petals meets Goldie. Flower talks more about self-esteem.


Chapter 19
Bullying be gone Part V

By Rasmine

Flower Power, once again stood in front of an assembly.  Dr. Aster stood next to him.  Flower met him after his last talk.  Dr. Aster had told Flower he shouldn’t classify all bullies as having low self-esteem.  This was because of some of the bullies having ‘narcissism’.  It’s a psychological term that describes bullying to a tee, Flower thought. 

It describes someone as thinking they are smarter, more good looking, more popular, then someone else. 

Flower looked at everyone sitting down.  He wasn’t sure of how to proceed, but Mrs. Petals told him to let the doctor speak and then Flower could explain it so that the flowerlings could understand.  If he had trouble, she would help. 

He cleared his throat.  “Hello, I’m Flower Power.”

Again, the room filled with flowerling chants of ‘Flower Power’.

“Okay, flowerlings, please.”

It became quiet in the room. 

“I’m here today to correct what I said last time.  I said that bullies have low self-esteem.  After, I met Dr. Aster,” he indicated the doctor, “and he corrected me.  He is a psychologist.”

He now addressed the flowerlings.  “A regular doctor, as flowerlings understand, fixes the body. We go to them when our bodies are sick, and they help us.  Sometimes the mind gets sick, also.  Then we may visit a psychologist to help us with our thoughts and emotions.  Okay, here is Dr—”

“Mr. Power, Mr. Power!”

He recognized a young female flowerling from the classroom next door to Mrs. Petals’. 

Flower smiled at her.  “What is your name, Sweetie?”

“I’m Violet.”

“Do you have a question or comment?”

She nodded.  “What is emotion and thoughts?”

He hoped he could explain this to her, so she could understand.  Flower looked at his old teacher for help.  Mrs. Petals nodded and smiled her encouragement. 

“Okay, umm, thoughts are what you think in your head without saying them out loud.  And emotions are how you feel – like happy or sad.”
The student smiled brightly.  “Thank you, Mr. Power.”

“You’re welcome, Violet.”

Mrs. Petals mouthed ‘Good job’, to him. 

He relaxed a little.  Even though he had super powers, Flower still got nervous in front of a group of people.  He was happy to give it to Dr. Aster. 

“And now, Dr. Aster.”  He walked to the edge of the curtain and leaned against the wall. 

“Hello, everyone.  I’m Doctor Field Aster.  I studied psychology at Garden University.

“I would like to focus on bullies and self-esteem.  Sometimes flowers or flowerlings have a sickness in their minds that isn’t physical.  Their thinking or emotions are ill, and they come to a psychologist for help. 

“The psychology of a bully is that some have low self-esteem or high self-esteem.  If they are mean to others to make themselves feel better,” he nodded his head, “that is an example of a bully with low self-esteem.  Okay, any questions about a bully with low self-esteem?”

One flowerling got up with their parent.  “Um Dr. As…”

“…ster.”

“Dr. Aster,” she smiled up at her parent, “what if someone doesn’t have a mommy or a daddy, do they have low self-steem?”

“Esteem, honey." He smiled at her.  “And yes,” he nodded, “they may.”

The small iris flowerling turned pulling her parent back to their seats.  No one else approached the microphone that sat in the audience. 

“Okay, now we will look at a bully with high self-esteem.  Flowers, birds, insects, people – anyone can have these illnesses in the mind.  The characteristics of a bully with high self-esteem are beings who think they are smarter than everyone, they may talk loudly about others and not nicely, they may act like they know everything. 

“What you flowerlings may do to not get hurt by them is to just ignore them.”  He took a drink from a glass of water on the podium.  “Any questions?”
A young daisy stood up.  Seedling Row smiled and waved at Flower Power, who waved back. 

“Mr. Dr. Aster, my sister was being picked on because we,” he looked around, “couldn’t pay the garden fee and became homeless.”  He looked down. 
“Does this bullying still happen?” Dr. Aster asked. 

A teenage daisy got up and stood next to Seedling.  “No, it doesn’t.  My class is now doing the exercises that Flower Power suggested.  It stopped.”

Flower closed his eyes and smiled at the doctor.  He hadn’t known that bullies could have high self-esteem.  He was glad he was told.  It was really turning out to be a good night.

 
 
 

Author Notes Thank you, Mark, :)

In the current psychological literature, it is reported that bullies have high self-esteem. I did not think so. I have a BA in psych, and was studying for a MA in the subject, so I'm not some silly person just making something up. This self-esteem that the bullies have is not true self-esteem. I still believe this, but they do have diluted self-esteem. If someone truly loved themselves there would be, like Flower Power says, NO NEED TO HURT ANOTHER!

MK Flood, again, thank you, for your awesome artwork!

Chapter one: Flower Power saves Rose, his love interest, from being thrown out by her owner. He is hesitant, a bit when asked what he would do to save Rose.
Chapter two: He meets Jay, a blue jay, who laughs at him. He handles this by punching him. Jay sees that he may need some training so he tells him about a golden dragonfly, Goldie, who has some magic.
Chapter three: Flower flies over the pond in search of Goldie. Finally, he discovers her and is invited into her home.
Chapter four: Goldie teaches Flower Power Aikido, and why superheroes don't resort to violence.
Chapter five: (missing chapter--if any of you find it please let me know where in my portfolio it is. Thank you.) Flower Power apologizes to Jay.
Chapter six: Flys back to Goldie for more training.
Chapter seven: Flower Power gets a lesson in not hurting anyone's feelings and why.
Chapter eight: Flower Power learns the lessons of personal hygiene, and keeping your living space clean.
Chapter nine: Flower Power meets Black-eyed Susan's.
Chapter ten: Sensei Goldie talks with Flower about why he is a superhero.
Chapter eleven: Sensei Goldie talks with Flower about disabilities.
Chapter twelve: Goldie and Flower part ways. He is done with his lessons and ready to embark on his adventures!
Chapter thirteen: Flower saves a bunch of homes, including his friend Jay's babies, from a strong tornado.
Chapter fourteen: Flower teaches an elementary class about manners.
Chapter fifteen: Flower teaches children about bullying and helps with self-love exercises.
Chapter sixteen: A continuation of bullying lesson with appreciating others.
Chapter seventeen: Mrs. Petals meets Goldie. Flower talks more about self-esteem.
Chapter eighteen: Flower Power addresses an assembly of parents, teachers, and flowerlings. He expresses his belief that bullies have low self-esteem.
continued.


Chapter 20
To hurt another is not good

By Rasmine

Warning: The author has noted that this contains the highest level of violence.

“Hello, Flowerlings, what do you want to talk about?”

“Flower Power!” a young flowerling yelled, and soon they were all chanting. 

“Okay, please.”  He noticed one little girl daisy wasn’t saying anything.  She kept looking out of the window with a scared expression. 

Flower Power walked down the aisle to her.  “Honey, do you want to share anything with us or maybe alone,” he said quietly. 

She nodded slowly then looked out the window again.  “Mr. Flower Power,” she spoke then broke out in tears. 

“What’s the matter, sweetie?”

She looked up.  “In my friend’s school way down in the state, a teenage tiger-lily came in very angry.”

“Angry, honey?”

“Didn’t you hear, Flower?” Seedling Row piped up. 

“I didn’t.”   Rose and he had had a date last night, and he missed ‘Daily Daisy,’ the news show on television. 

“He brought bees with him.  Nasty hornets also.  He made them attack the flowerlings at the school!  They were hurt really bad!”

“Some of them died, Flower,” Seedling finished. 

Flower was at a loss for what to say.  He shook his head and looked out the window.  No wonder the little daisy girl was watching.  She was scared that someone would come here and do the same thing. 

“Why was he so mad, flowerlings?”

“My daddy,” the young daisy looked nervously out the window again, “said it could happen anywhere.”

Flower wiped at his eyes.  Why would anyone want to harm flowerlings?  Also, a teenager was a child! 

“Okay, give me a little while, I need to do something.”  He needed to ask Sensei Goldie why he didn’t hear any cries.  Maybe others far away may not know of him. 

“Don’t worry, I’ll get someone to be with you guys.”  Mrs. Petals was out sick for today.  He would get someone to spend about an hour watching the class.  He looked at all the students, gave a sad smile, and walked out.  A substitute was walking by.  He asked her to watch his class.

“Sure, but I only have an hour to spare.”

“I’ll be back in an hour or before.”
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Flower landed on Goldie’s lily pad.  She looked up and smiled. 

“Flower!”  They hugged.  “Please have a seat.”  They sat opposite each other. 

“Sensei, there was a bee and hornet attack at a school across the state.”

Goldie looked down.  “Yes, they are also becoming too frequent.  This is the sixth one of the year!  It is only April.”

“Sensei, why can’t I help them?”

She frowned.  “Because, you are supposed to be a superhero to those around here, not where it happens.”

Flower got up in frustration.  “Why can’t I stretch my superpowers?”

She looked at Flower and nodded, as if a secret was only known to her.  “Where there is a desire … come back tonight.  I will research.”

“Yes, Sensei, I need to get back to class.  I’m subbing for Mrs. Petals.”

“Tonight.  Right after supper.” 
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That evening Sensei Goldie had Flower sit in the middle of her pad.  She waved her legs over Flower’s head. 

“What are you doing?” Flower asked her. 

“I’m trying to open your hearing and inner sight to long distances.”

“Oh,” he fell silent. 

I’m going to make them pay.  The bees and hornets will fit in this leaf.  They will never see it when I enter the school.

Flower opened his eyes and stood up. 

“I hear something.  I heard thoughts.  I need to go.”

Goldie looked shocked and then shook her head.  “No.  Not yet, you need to see where this is first.”

He sat down obediently.

“Concentrate and then let go so you can see where to go.”

Flower concentrated and pushed hard with his psyche.  He saw a street.  He tried to look closer and saw a sign. 

“Lawrence, no Larabas Street.  Okay, but what county?” 

He concentrated and finally let go.  Then he entered the human’s house with his mind.  A piece of mail that’s all he needed.  There!  He floated to a table that housed some open mail.  It came into focus and he opened his eyes. 

“Sensei!  It is in Concord, New Hampshire.”  A laugh escaped his throat.  “You opened me up to halfway across the nation!”

Goldie just sat cross-legged, smiling. 

“I’m going.  Thank you, Sensei.”  Kissing her on the cheek, he got ready to take off. 

“Flower, just keep the address in your mind.  It will lead you there.” 
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Later, Flower hovered above the garden bed where the troubled flower was.  He took a deep breath and then flew closer. 

Tomorrow will be the day.

Flower let the thought lead him to a small house near the human’s steps.  Landing, he still wanted to be sure.  He tilted his head and listened. 

Tomorrow, I will be famous.  The bees and hornets will do my bidding.

It was here!  He walked to the front door and knocked.  A pink orchid answered the door.  This wasn’t the attacker. 

“Hello.  I’m looking for,” he listened to the thought of the name and was not disappointed.

Fielding Forest will be a famous name.

“…Fielding.”

“He is right down there,” the orchid, which was probably his mother pointed, “on the left.”

“Thank you, Mrs. Forest.”

She smiled and then walked back into another room. 

Flower knocked wondering if he should have called the flower police or not.  He knocked. 

“Yeah?”

“I’m Flower … a friend."  Flower waited a few minutes, then called out, “Fielding?”

“Yes, just a second, everyone is always rushing me. Man!”

“Fielding, just open the door for the nice daisy, for daisy sake!” his mother called. 

“Yes, mother.”  Fielding did not sound too happy.  Flower could hear him swear under his breath. 

The door opened, and Flower stood opposite a young orchid looking at him with anger in his eyes. 

“Yes?”

“I’m Flower Power and I heard your thoughts.  I know what you are planning to do and I’m here to stop you.”

“Get in here!  I don’t want my mother to hear you.” 

“Why do you want to let bees and hornets loose on innocent students?”

The orchid looked him in the eye, but Flower stood his ground.  Then he finally turned and sat on his bed. 

“Because … “

“I’m listening.”

“They made fun of me.  They all think they are better than me.  And no one cares.”

“I want to stop you, and I care.  I don’t think you really want to hurt other flowerlings.”

“Are you going to tell my mom?”

“No.  As long as you go to talk to someone about how you feel and give me the hornets and bees.”

“Why should I do that?  They are my weapons.”

“I will set them loose way deep in the woods where they will hurt no one.”  Flower said.  “If you do not give them to me, I will tell your mother and the police.”

“If I go to the school counselor will it help?”

“That is up to you.  But I will be listening, okay?  I don’t want you to hurt anyone, or yourself.”

The orchid looked around his room.  He got up and opened his closet.  He took out a large leaf and handed it to Flower. 

Flower could hear the buzzing of many bees and hornets. 

“What are you, a superhero or something?”

Flower smiled at him.  “Something like that.” 
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As Flower walked past the room where Fielding’s mother was, he bade goodnight to her.  It turned out to be a great end of the day!
 
 
    
 
 
 

Author Notes TY, Mark, for the artwork.

I had to write this Flower in response to the latest deadly shooting in a school where children died! We cannot become numb to this. Yes, these shootings are becoming more prevalent, more popular to students in desire of revenge, or simply fame. What a way to become infamous then to commit murder in a school system. This needs to stop, but how? This is one reason why I invest my time in writing these book or chapters to a novel. It is supposed to be for children aged six to nine, but I hope everyone can enjoy them and take away a valuable lesson.

I was going to write a small report about school shootings in the USA, but after hours of reading about Columbine, Sandy Hook, and the Florida shooting, I decided not to. Actually, I couldn't.

Please, enjoy this Flower Power book. We need more enjoyment in the world, more flowers to smell, more love to give, more hugs to experience, more chocolate to eat. Love is for everyone.


Chapter 21
An interactive with audience!

By Rasmine

Flower Power knew that more had to be done if bullying was now becoming so dangerous.  He flew to the school to speak with Mrs. Petals. 

“Flower!  I’m just getting out of work.  Let’s get a grass water.  Bring Rose if you want to.”

“She is babysitting some baby roses tonight.  But, I do want to talk with you.”

“Yes, Flower?”

They walked toward “Tulips”, a teenage hangout, and where Flower had taken Seedling Row.  They entered and sat. 

“What’s on your mind, Flower, you have been so quiet and didn’t answer me on the way here?”

“You heard of the bee/hornet attack?”

She sighed.  “Yes, I did.”

“We need to do more about bullying.”  He then told her all about his hearing and sight improvement by Goldie, and filled her in about Fielding, the orchid teenager. 

“He was bullied and felt this was a way to handle it.”

She smiled and took his leaves in hers.  “My goodness, Flower, you are becoming a national superhero.”

Flower blushed and laughed.  “I was glad to help, otherwise there would be another tragedy.”

“Have there been other’s, Flower?”

He nodded.  “Yes, I have met with a few of them across the nation.

“Mrs. Petals, I have to do something more – remember that saying ‘It takes the cooperation of the farmer and flower to grow many flowerlings’?”

She nodded.  “Yes, I do."  She turned to the readers and listeners of this story.  "What do you think?”

AT THIS POINT, ASK THE READERS OR LISTENERS (CHILDREN AND ADULTS) WHAT COULD BE DONE TO HELP THE PROBLEM OF BULLYING IN THE CLASSROOM, HOME, IN PUBLIC, AND SO ON.) 
 

Author Notes Chapter one: Flower Power saves Rose, his love interest, from being thrown out by her owner. He is hesitant, a bit when asked what he would do to save Rose.
Chapter two: He meets Jay, a blue jay, who laughs at him. He handles this by punching him. Jay sees that he may need some training so he tells him about a golden dragonfly, Goldie, who has some magic.
Chapter three: Flower flies over the pond in search of Goldie. Finally, he discovers her and is invited into her home.
Chapter four: Goldie teaches Flower Power Aikido, and why superheroes don't resort to violence.
Chapter five: (missing chapter--if any of you find it please let me know where in my portfolio it is. Thank you.) Flower Power apologizes to Jay.
Chapter six: Flys back to Goldie for more training.
Chapter seven: Flower Power gets a lesson in not hurting anyone's feelings and why.
Chapter eight: Flower Power learns the lessons of personal hygiene, and keeping your living space clean.
Chapter nine: Flower Power meets Black-eyed Susan's.
Chapter ten: Sensei Goldie talks with Flower about why he is a superhero.
Chapter eleven: Sensei Goldie talks with Flower about disabilities.
Chapter twelve: Goldie and Flower part ways. He is done with his lessons and ready to embark on his adventures!
Chapter thirteen: Flower saves a bunch of homes, including his friend Jay's babies, from a strong tornado.
Chapter fourteen: Flower teaches an elementary class about manners.
Chapter fifteen: Flower teaches children about bullying and helps with self-love exercises.
Chapter sixteen: A continuation of bullying lesson with appreciating others.
Chapter seventeen: Mrs. Petals meets Goldie. Flower talks more about self-esteem.
Chapter eighteen: Flower Power addresses an assembly of parents, teachers, and flowerlings. He expresses his belief that bullies have low self-esteem.
Chapter nineteen: Another assembly is called to introduce Dr. Aster, a psychologist, who informs flowers of 'narcissism', which is a bully with high self-esteem.
Chapter twenty: (not under Power of the Flower but loose in my profile) This is a response to the latest school shooting in Parkland, FL.
Continued.


Chapter 22
The meeting

By Rasmine

Flower Power and his new friend Daffy held tightly to the post.  Where is my power? I need my power back!

“Flower,” Daffy screamed, “is your power in your cape and bandana?”

“I don’t know,” Flower yelled back above the soaring of the wind.  He felt like crying.  But thinking back, he was holding on to this sign post before his garments blew off.  “No!  I don’t know what is happening!”

Jay, his blue jay friend, had been told by Roxy the racoon, his neighbor, that a terrible hurricane was headed their way.  They weren’t sure exactly when it would hit.  Flower had helped board up windows with sticks and branches.  He helped pile sandbags around Goldie's, his teacher’s pond, so if it flooded it would be contained.  He even helped Rose’s human mother to tape up her windows.  But now what was happening?  Did the hurricane blow my powers away? 

He looked up into the sky at some movement.  He was expecting a large funnel cloud to form.  It looked more like a human hand and it was heading their way! 

Suddenly, he was picked up off the sign and pulled upward.  The hand that grasped his was very gentle.  Daffy was next to him.   They both screamed!
                                                                                                ***
MK Flood pulled his hand back into his world.  His eyes twinkled happily, as he put them on a chair. 

“What?  Where are we?”

“Hello, Flower Power and Daffy.  I’m Mark Flood, your co-creator.”  He turned and indicated a woman with long hair.  “This is Nome Rasmine Morgan.  She writes the stories that you star in.”

“Hello, Flower and Daffy.”

Flower Power looked around nervously.  Then he sat there with a worried look on his face. 

“Flower, we didn’t know what to do when you lost your power.  This was Nome’s idea.”  Mark winked at his creation.

“I thought that if we brought you out of your world and into ours, it may help all of us to start the magic again.”  Nome shook her head.  “No, it’s not in your cape or bandana.”

“I didn’t think so,” said Flower.

“But it is your trademark – maybe something about it…”  Mark picked up some cardstock and a sharpie pen.  He quickly drew Flower complete with cape and bandana. 

Nome leaned forward and watched a cape and bandana appear on Flower. 

Daffy gasped and backed away.

“No, no, Daffy, don’t be afraid.”  She looked at Mark now drawing the hurricane scene.  She frowned.  “Why are you drawing the scene again?”

“Because,” Mark answered not looking up, “they will be able to re-enter their world through this illustration.”  He winked at Nome.  “Get ready to type.”  He put the illustration in between them. 

“Okay, you two, fly into the picture.”  Nome took the laptop and then positioned her fingers ready to type.

Flower turned to Daffy.  “Okay, get onto my back.”  Daffy climbed on his back, horsey style.  Flower nodded to both of his creators and then started to fly towards the illustration.  He started to feel afraid that this wasn’t going to work. 

“It will work, Flower.” Mark said quietly and winked.  “It’s time for Nome to do her magic.”

She smiled at both flowers as they disappeared into the drawing.  Her fingers started to fly, as Mark picked up a Bic pen.
 
 

 

Author Notes This is for Mark, now probably cleaning up Mother Nature's mess. I thought I would illustrate his drawing. :P I thought it would be cool to have Flower meet his two creators.
As I write this CNN is on, the word's 'Florida's Power', flashed onto the screen. I just thought how close that is to Flower Power.


Chapter 22
Danger of the Stranger

By Rasmine

Flower arrived at the school and lithely ran up the steps.  Mrs. Petals was there, and they hugged. 

“This is very important Flower.  They will listen to you, of course.”

“Yes.  There can be scary beings out there.  We need to help them know the difference between good strangers and scary ones.”

She nodded with enthusiasm.


                                                                                        ***

After the usual chant of ‘Flower Power’, he began. 

“Okay, there is a difference between good strangers – flowers or any beings you do not know – and scary ones.  You need to stay away from the scary ones.  If you are not sure, stay away from them.  Does anyone know how to do this?”

One daisy said, ‘Oh, oh’, and raised her hand swinging it around. 

Flower noticed that she was a new student.  He called on her.


“You run away.”

“Good, are there any other ways?”

“You tell someone else.”

Flower nodded, “But what if they are scary too?”

“You tell FLOWER POWER!!” Seedling Row yelled and jumped up and down. 

“Seedling, please.  Now, what if I’m not around?”

“You tell the police?” a little boy tulip said. 

“That is really good.”


“Okay,” he glanced at Mrs. Petals who nodded back, “now we will do some practice okay?

“Can I have a volunteer?”

The new daisy raised her hand waving it wildly around.  It was all Flower could do not to smile but he wanted to pick someone that didn’t have a turn.  He picked a tired looking dandelion. 

“You okay, sweetie?”

“Yeah.  My parents had an anniversary last night and I didn’t get a lot of sleep."

“I’m sorry, bet you had fun. What’s your name?”

“Dandy.”

“Okay, Dandy.  I’m going to pretend to be someone else – a stranger, okay?”

The dandelion nodded. 

Flower walked over to the desk and then turned around walking over to Dandy. 

“Hello, little 
flowerling, could you help me look for my pet ladybug?"  Flower closed his eyes and sighed.  He never explained to the flowerlings why they don't go with a stranger.  "And please wait, okay, I’m not pretending now, and I'm sorry to you," he turned to the class, "and all of you.

“Sometimes the scary strangers will ask you to go with them or offer to walk you home or want your help.  If you are alone, or even with a friend, you should make sure you know who they are.

“Okay, Dandy, I forgot to say that.  See even superheroes make mistakes.”


Dandy smiled, and Flower winked.  “Now Dandy, remember I’m no one you know, okay?”

He nodded, and Flower walked a few steps away. 

“Hello, little 
flowerling, could you help me find my pet ladybug?  I think she flew into the woods.” 

“Okay.”

Flower looked worried and bent down.  “No.  Everyone remember you need to know who the being is first.  They may want to hurt you.  Please, this is very important.”  He looked at Dandy again.  “Are you ready?”

Dandy looked up at Flower with a scared look. 

“Don’t worry if you make a mistake here, just know what your mistake is.”

He straightened up.  “Hey, little
 flowerling, can you help me find my pet ladybug – she flew into the woods?”

“No!  Flower Power said if I don’t know you to not go with you.  He will kick your butt!”

Everyone laughed, and Flower Power suppressed a smile.  “Well, okay, you can say that.”  He looked over at Mrs. Petals and they both smiled at each other.  This went lovely, but there would be a lot more to do.
 

 

Author Notes Chapter one: Flower Power saves Rose, his love interest, from being thrown out by her owner. He is hesitant, a bit when asked what he would do to save Rose.
Chapter two: He meets Jay, a blue jay, who laughs at him. He handles this by punching him. Jay sees that he may need some training so he tells him about a golden dragonfly, Goldie, who has some magic.
Chapter three: Flower flies over the pond in search of Goldie. Finally, he discovers her and is invited into her home.
Chapter four: Goldie teaches Flower Power Aikido, and why superheroes don't resort to violence.
Chapter five: (missing chapter--if any of you find it please let me know where in my portfolio it is. Thank you.) Flower Power apologizes to Jay.
Chapter six: Flys back to Goldie for more training.
Chapter seven: Flower Power gets a lesson in not hurting anyone's feelings and why.
Chapter eight: Flower Power learns the lessons of personal hygiene, and keeping your living space clean.
Chapter nine: Flower Power meets Black-eyed Susan's.
Chapter ten: Sensei Goldie talks with Flower about why he is a superhero.
Chapter eleven: Sensei Goldie talks with Flower about disabilities.
Chapter twelve: Goldie and Flower part ways. He is done with his lessons and ready to embark on his adventures!
Chapter thirteen: Flower saves a bunch of homes, including his friend Jay's babies, from a strong tornado.
Chapter fourteen: Flower teaches an elementary class about manners.
Chapter fifteen: Flower teaches children about bullying and helps with self-love exercises.
Chapter sixteen: A continuation of bullying lesson with appreciating others.
Chapter seventeen: Mrs. Petals meets Goldie. Flower talks more about self-esteem.
Chapter eighteen: Flower Power addresses an assembly of parents, teachers, and flowerlings. He expresses his belief that bullies have low self-esteem.
Chapter nineteen: Another assembly is called to introduce Dr. Aster, a psychologist, who informs flowers of 'narcissism', which is a bully with high self-esteem.
Chapter twenty: (not under Power of the Flower but loose in my profile) This is a response to the latest school shooting in Parkland, FL.
Chapter twenty-one: Flower and Mrs. Petals talk about school bullying. This leads to the teacher or parent/caregiver asking the children about what could be done about bullying.


Chapter 23
Flowerling Practice Perfect

By Rasmine

Flower Power stood next to Mrs. Petals in the school gymnasium.  He sighed with relief.  This would be a great way for the flowerlings to learn. 

“Look at what you started, Flower.”

He smiled as he watched the children file into the room.  They had no idea of why their teachers brought them here.

Actors that worked across the pond were going to be at the school today.  The principal, Polly Wog, the first non-flower to work at the school, made sure they were unknown to the f
lowerlings.  The actors would approach the flowerlings and try to get them to go with them.  Practice would help to be able to recall what to do if the need arose.  Teachers would be stationed throughout the gym to watch and direct the students. 

“The students also need to be aware of some people they may know.”

“Yes,” Mrs. Petals answered Flower, “there may be something.”  She sucked in her lips and looked at Flower.   “I will let you know.”

Flower frowned.  I wonder what she was referring to. 

He would find out very soon.
 
 

 

Author Notes Ty, Mark, for the art.

If you see any nits, please, let me know!! Thank you, very much, fellow FanStorians. :)

This is a very short prelude to the next chapter. :)

Chapter one: Flower Power saves Rose, his love interest, from being thrown out by her owner. He is hesitant, a bit when asked what he would do to save Rose.
Chapter two: He meets Jay, a blue jay, who laughs at him. He handles this by punching him. Jay sees that he may need some training so he tells him about a golden dragonfly, Goldie, who has some magic.
Chapter three: Flower flies over the pond in search of Goldie. Finally, he discovers her and is invited into her home.
Chapter four: Goldie teaches Flower Power Aikido, and why superheroes don't resort to violence.
Chapter five: (missing chapter--if any of you find it please let me know where in my portfolio it is. Thank you.) Flower Power apologizes to Jay.
Chapter six: Flys back to Goldie for more training.
Chapter seven: Flower Power gets a lesson in not hurting anyone's feelings and why.
Chapter eight: Flower Power learns the lessons of personal hygiene, and keeping your living space clean.
Chapter nine: Flower Power meets Black-eyed Susan's.
Chapter ten: Sensei Goldie talks with Flower about why he is a superhero.
Chapter eleven: Sensei Goldie talks with Flower about disabilities.
Chapter twelve: Goldie and Flower part ways. He is done with his lessons and ready to embark on his adventures!
Chapter thirteen: Flower saves a bunch of homes, including his friend Jay's babies, from a strong tornado.
Chapter fourteen: Flower teaches an elementary class about manners.
Chapter fifteen: Flower teaches children about bullying and helps with self-love exercises.
Chapter sixteen: A continuation of bullying lesson with appreciating others.
Chapter seventeen: Mrs. Petals meets Goldie. Flower talks more about self-esteem.
Chapter eighteen: Flower Power addresses an assembly of parents, teachers, and flowerlings. He expresses his belief that bullies have low self-esteem.
Chapter nineteen: Another assembly is called to introduce Dr. Aster, a psychologist, who informs flowers of 'narcissism', which is a bully with high self-esteem.
Chapter twenty: (not under Power of the Flower but loose in my profile) This is a response to the latest school shooting in Parkland, FL.
Chapter twenty-one: Flower and Mrs. Petals talk about school bullying. This leads to the teacher or parent/caregiver asking the children about what could be done about bullying.
Chapter twenty-two: Flower Power teaches about going with a stranger. There is a classroom practice.


Chapter 24
Saving Tulip

By Rasmine

Flower Power flew up to the elementary school; Mrs. Petals was standing by the front door. 

“Thank you, for coming, Flower.”

He smiled at her.  “It was nothing—you do have my curiosity, though.  What do you need?”

She looked at him and took one of his petals in two of hers.  “Flower there is a little girl flowerling—Tulip Row—her father isn’t very nice to her.  Oh, Flower,” she looked worried, “he is hurting her!”

Flower Power stood up sternly.  “No one hurts a flowerling when I’m around!  Do you know the address?”

She nodded. 

“Okay.  Lead the way, Mrs. Petals.” 

He took her whole leaf in his and they flew over the lawn, under a great oak, and right up to the human house where Rose’s mother lived.  They landed in front of a row of tulip houses. 

Mrs. Petals nodded towards a dark house in the middle.  He gave a nod and marched up to it.  She ran to catch up to him. 

Flower waited to knock until she joined him on the steps.  He breathed out slowly and raised his leaf.  There was no answer to his polite knock, so he banged on the wood door. 

“Just a minute for crabgrass sakes!” 

Finally, the door opened, and a middle-aged tulip stood there. 

“Yeah?” he said in a gruff voice. 

“I’m Flower Power, and this is Mrs. Petals.”

“Is Tulip okay?  I haven’t seen her in class for a few days.” Mrs. Petals said this with a nervous smile.

“My daughter is fine—just fine.”  He slammed the door, but not before crying could be heard coming from the back of the house. 

Flower set his lips in a firm line and knocked again. 

“Flower?” Mrs. Petals asked. 

“We will help Tulip tonight.”  He looked over at his old teacher.  “I need to get in.  Please, stand aside.”

He raised his leaves and bent at the knees.  Lithely, he quickly drew his leg up and kicked the door in.  They both ran inside. 
                                                                                                                           ***
He wished that he had heard Tulip crying before, but one thing stood in the way.  If he knew there was a problem or was listening intently, he would have heard her.  She didn’t call to him so he didn't hear her but now he did.

“No, Daddy, don’t!”

“Get over here, Tulip.”

“No, please!”

Flower turned to Mrs. Petals.  “You stay here, call the police and an ambulance.  I’ll be right back.”  He started to walk away.

“Flower!”

He turned to his old teacher.  “She will need you when I send her out.” 

He turned and rushed back to where the cries were coming from.  He swung open the door.  Flower was both shocked and appalled by what he saw. 
Tulip was laying on the bed while her dad was towering over her.  Flower walked over...
                                                                                                                          ***
“Flowerling Services will be called in the morning, but,” Mrs. Petals bent down to eye-level with Tulip, “would you like to stay with me tonight?”

The little flowerling nodded.  She was shaking and crying. 

“Flower, what about her father?  The police and ambulance are on their way.”

He grinned.  “He’s all tied up, right now, and ready for the police.”  He bent down to Tulip.  “Hello.”

She wrapped her leaves around him.  “Thank you, Mr. Power.” 

No one will hurt a flowerling when I’m around!
 
 

Author Notes Chapter one: Flower Power saves Rose, his love interest, from being thrown out by her owner. He is hesitant, a bit when asked what he would do to save Rose.
Chapter two: He meets Jay, a blue jay, who laughs at him. He handles this by punching him. Jay sees that he may need some training so he tells him about a golden dragonfly, Goldie, who has some magic.
Chapter three: Flower flies over the pond in search of Goldie. Finally, he discovers her and is invited into her home.
Chapter four: Goldie teaches Flower Power Aikido, and why superheroes don't resort to violence.
Chapter five: (missing chapter--if any of you find it please let me know where in my portfolio it is. Thank you.) Flower Power apologizes to Jay.
Chapter six: Flys back to Goldie for more training.
Chapter seven: Flower Power gets a lesson in not hurting anyone's feelings and why.
Chapter eight: Flower Power learns the lessons of personal hygiene, and keeping your living space clean.
Chapter nine: Flower Power meets Black-eyed Susan's.
Chapter ten: Sensei Goldie talks with Flower about why he is a superhero.
Chapter eleven: Sensei Goldie talks with Flower about disabilities.
Chapter twelve: Goldie and Flower part ways. He is done with his lessons and ready to embark on his adventures!
Chapter thirteen: Flower saves a bunch of homes, including his friend Jay's babies, from a strong tornado.
Chapter fourteen: Flower teaches an elementary class about manners.
Chapter fifteen: Flower teaches children about bullying and helps with self-love exercises.
Chapter sixteen: A continuation of bullying lesson with appreciating others.
Chapter seventeen: Mrs. Petals meets Goldie. Flower talks more about self-esteem.
Chapter eighteen: Flower Power addresses an assembly of parents, teachers, and flowerlings. He expresses his belief that bullies have low self-esteem.
Chapter nineteen: Another assembly is called to introduce Dr. Aster, a psychologist, who informs flowers of 'narcissism', which is a bully with high self-esteem.
Chapter twenty: (not under Power of the Flower but loose in my profile) This is a response to the latest school shooting in Parkland, FL.
Chapter twenty-one: Flower and Mrs. Petals talk about school bullying. This leads to the teacher or parent/caregiver asking the children about what could be done about bullying.
Chapter twenty-two: Flower Power teaches about going with a stranger. There is a classroom practice.
Chapter twenty-three: Flower attends a school practice dealing with going with a stranger.
Continued.


Chapter 25
Don't touch me there!

By Rasmine

“We know Tulip.”

“When is she coming back, Mr. Power?”

Flower looked over at Mrs. Petals.  She stood up. 

“Tulip is not going to be here for a while.  She has to attend to something.”

A flowerling stood up.  “I heard her father touched her where he wasn’t supposed to.”

Mrs. Petals turned to Flower.  She had tears in her eyes. 

“I have an idea, Mrs. Petals,” Flower whispered into her ear.  She nodded, turned and walked slowly out of the room. 

Flower smiled at the flowerlings.  He cleared his throat and stood up straight.

"I can't say what happened.  But she is okay now and will be back later on.  We will do something different today." He looked at every flowerling.

How innocent they look.

“If an adult or another flowerling, or any being, touches you where you don’t want, please, please, tell someone you trust, someone that will make it stop.”

“Like you, Mr. Power?”

Flower nodded.  “Yes, or Mrs. Petals, or a police flower, or you can even call Flowerling Protection.”

An idea came to him.  He will be here for another hour.  Mrs. Petals came in and quietly sat down.  Flower could tell she had been crying. 

“Okay, let’s practice saying ‘Stop, I don’t like that.’ Let’s see how loud we can get.”

“STOP, I DON’T LIKE THAT!” all the flowerlings shouted as loud as they could. 

“Great,” he smiled at Mrs. Petals, she nodded with encouragement at him, “then what do you do?”

Seedling sat up, “You tell someone.”

“Good!  But if you can’t tell at that time, you can—any ideas?”

“You can run away,” said one of the Black-Eyed Susan twins. 

“Hon, that is great!  Another thing you can say loudly is ‘Don’t touch me there!'  Flowerlings?”

“DON’T TOUCH ME THERE!” came a chorus of eager flowerlings. 

“Then?” Flower asked. 

“We run off and tell someone.” 

Flower felt tears well up in his eyes.  An assembly would have to be planned to get all the flowerlings in the elementary school involved. 

“Okay,” he said, “if someone touches you in a place you don’t want them to, what do you say again?”

“STOP, I DON’T LIKE THAT!”

“And then?”

“DON’T TOUCH ME THERE!”

Flower nodded as Mrs. Petals walked next to him. 

“And then what do you do?”

“TELL SOMEONE.”

A little rose called, “And run.”

Flower smiled at her.  "Yes!"

“Okay, who wants some grass water and honey candy?”

All the flowerlings ran up to the front as Flower and Mrs. Petals poured some grass water and a honey candy on napkins. 

“It’s been an important day, Mrs. Petals,” Flower said, “but there is more to do.”

“There certainly is, Flower.”

AT THIS TIME, CAREGIVERS/TEACHERS/PARENTS/BABYSITTERS PLEASE HAVE THE CHILDREN LEARN ABOUT 'GOOD AND BAD TOUCH', AND HAVE THEM PRACTICE SAYING 'DON'T TOUCH ME THERE' AND 'STOP, I DON'T LIKE THAT!' 
 
  
 

Author Notes Chapter one: Flower Power saves Rose, his love interest, from being thrown out by her owner. He is hesitant, a bit when asked what he would do to save Rose.
Chapter two: He meets Jay, a blue jay, who laughs at him. He handles this by punching him. Jay sees that he may need some training so he tells him about a golden dragonfly, Goldie, who has some magic.
Chapter three: Flower flies over the pond in search of Goldie. Finally, he discovers her and is invited into her home.
Chapter four: Goldie teaches Flower Power Aikido, and why superheroes don't resort to violence.
Chapter five: (missing chapter--if any of you find it please let me know where in my portfolio it is. Thank you.) Flower Power apologizes to Jay.
Chapter six: Flys back to Goldie for more training.
Chapter seven: Flower Power gets a lesson in not hurting anyone's feelings and why.
Chapter eight: Flower Power learns the lessons of personal hygiene, and keeping your living space clean.
Chapter nine: Flower Power meets Black-eyed Susan's.
Chapter ten: Sensei Goldie talks with Flower about why he is a superhero.
Chapter eleven: Sensei Goldie talks with Flower about disabilities.
Chapter twelve: Goldie and Flower part ways. He is done with his lessons and ready to embark on his adventures!
Chapter thirteen: Flower saves a bunch of homes, including his friend Jay's babies, from a strong tornado.
Chapter fourteen: Flower teaches an elementary class about manners.
Chapter fifteen: Flower teaches children about bullying and helps with self-love exercises.
Chapter sixteen: A continuation of bullying lesson with appreciating others.
Chapter seventeen: Mrs. Petals meets Goldie. Flower talks more about self-esteem.
Chapter eighteen: Flower Power addresses an assembly of parents, teachers, and flowerlings. He expresses his belief that bullies have low self-esteem.
Chapter nineteen: Another assembly is called to introduce Dr. Aster, a psychologist, who informs flowers of 'narcissism', which is a bully with high self-esteem.
Chapter twenty: (not under Power of the Flower but loose in my profile) This is a response to the latest school shooting in Parkland, FL.
Chapter twenty-one: Flower and Mrs. Petals talk about school bullying. This leads to the teacher or parent/caregiver asking the children about what could be done about bullying.
Chapter twenty-two: Flower Power teaches about going with a stranger. There is a classroom practice.
Chapter twenty-three: Flower attends a school practice dealing with going with a stranger.
Chapter twenty-four: Mrs. Petals tells Flower about a flowerling, Tulip Row, who is being hurt by her father. They fly to the Row home and Flower saves her.
Continued.


Chapter 26
It's a start

By Rasmine

Flower Power would arrive late to the assembly hall.  Someone else wanted to attend, and after he got special permission, he went and picked her up.  It had been last minute. 

Rose had sent him a message by telepathy.  He called the principal, Ms. Polly Wog, and she agreed to let Rose attend. 

He landed outside the gymnasium where flowerlings could be heard shouting the phrases he had taught Mrs. Petal's class. 

“Flower,” Rose said, smoothing her petals.  “Thank you, for picking me up.”

“Any time, Rose.” She smiled at him and his heart melted. 

“Flower, what you do is amazing!” She stood on the tips of her leaves and planted a kiss on his cheek. 

With soaring spirits, he simply said, “Let’s go in, Rose.”

“Okay.”  Lightly she brushed her leaf against his and they grasped leaves. 

As they crossed the threshold into the gym, they saw Mrs. Petals.

She rushed up to them.  “Hello, you both missed the opening remarks by Polly Wog.”  She turned to Flower, “She is very impressed by you and would love to meet.”  Mrs. Petals took Rose’s leaf.  “How are you doing, dear?”

“I’m great, Mrs. Petals.  How are you?”

“I’m great, too.”

The last few minutes of their conversation they had to shout at each other.  The room was filled with flowerlings yelling, “I don’t like that,” and “Don’t touch me there!”.  Teachers were now backing away and let the flowerlings take over. 

Flower smiled and let out a breath.  This is so impressive!

“Look, the flowerlings are prompting each other!” Mrs. Petals exclaimed.

“Flower and Mrs. Petals, this is a great idea to help end some of the abuse, if not all, of flowerlings.  It’s giving them the power,” Rose said excitedly. 

“I hope so,” the superhero daisy replied.

Rose smiled up at Flower, “It’s a start.”

They joined leaves again and stood next to Mrs. Petals while watching the happenings in the gymnasium.
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The day progressed nicely.  Every flowerling participated.  Near dismissal time the entire school was yelling, then fell into pits of laughter.  It was a fitting end to the day.

Flower Power let his eyes roam over the gym, then down at his leaf in Rose’s grasp.  It was a wonderful day!

NOTE: 

Babysitters, parents, teachers, and so on, please let the children yell as loudly as they can with any catchphrases like this.  So often abuse is done in private and quiet.  Once we get the children to stand up for themselves verbally and loudly, perhaps the perpetrator will back down.  I wish and I hope.  

Please, if you have your own ideas, use them!  We need to work together as a community to raise each and every child.  Remember the old African proverb, 'It takes a village to raise a child'.  Well, it really does.  Let's all rise up and do what we can with what we have.  (A pen is a very good weapon, by the way).

I hope with all my heart and soul these stories help children to not feel alone and know they have a voice and when to use it. 

With the uprising of the teenagers across the USA against the National Rifle Association and the politicians that support the organization (usually because they get money from them), I have a gleeful and hopeful heart.  Let's always listen to the children!

Peace and love, 
Nome 

 
 

Author Notes TY, for finding SPAGS!! It's much appreciated. :)





Chapter one: Flower Power saves Rose, his love interest, from being thrown out by her owner. He is hesitant, a bit when asked what he would do to save Rose.
Chapter two: He meets Jay, a blue jay, who laughs at him. He handles this by punching him. Jay sees that he may need some training so he tells him about a golden dragonfly, Goldie, who has some magic.
Chapter three: Flower flies over the pond in search of Goldie. Finally, he discovers her and is invited into her home.
Chapter four: Goldie teaches Flower Power Aikido, and why superheroes don't resort to violence.
Chapter five: (missing chapter--if any of you find it please let me know where in my portfolio it is. Thank you.) Flower Power apologizes to Jay.
Chapter six: Flys back to Goldie for more training.
Chapter seven: Flower Power gets a lesson in not hurting anyone's feelings and why.
Chapter eight: Flower Power learns the lessons of personal hygiene, and keeping your living space clean.
Chapter nine: Flower Power meets Black-eyed Susan's.
Chapter ten: Sensei Goldie talks with Flower about why he is a superhero.
Chapter eleven: Sensei Goldie talks with Flower about disabilities.
Chapter twelve: Goldie and Flower part ways. He is done with his lessons and ready to embark on his adventures!
Chapter thirteen: Flower saves a bunch of homes, including his friend Jay's babies, from a strong tornado.
Chapter fourteen: Flower teaches an elementary class about manners.
Chapter fifteen: Flower teaches children about bullying and helps with self-love exercises.
Chapter sixteen: A continuation of bullying lesson with appreciating others.
Chapter seventeen: Mrs. Petals meets Goldie. Flower talks more about self-esteem.
Chapter eighteen: Flower Power addresses an assembly of parents, teachers, and flowerlings. He expresses his belief that bullies have low self-esteem.
Chapter nineteen: Another assembly is called to introduce Dr. Aster, a psychologist, who informs flowers of 'narcissism', which is a bully with high self-esteem.
Chapter twenty: (not under Power of the Flower but loose in my profile) This is a response to the latest school shooting in Parkland, FL.
Chapter twenty-one: Flower and Mrs. Petals talk about school bullying. This leads to the teacher or parent/caregiver asking the children about what could be done about bullying.
Chapter twenty-two: Flower Power teaches about going with a stranger. There is a classroom practice.
Chapter twenty-three: Flower attends a school practice dealing with going with a stranger.
Chapter twenty-four: Mrs. Petals tells Flower about a flowerling, Tulip Row, who is being hurt by her father. They fly to the Row home and Flower saves her.
Chapter twenty-five: Flower Power teaches the children some catch phrases to try to help the flowerlings if they find themselves in a tough spot.
Continued.



Chapter 27
Flower Power Love

By Rasmine

"Oh, Rose, how I love thee," Flower Power smiled at her as she walked up to him. 

She smiled and reached her leaf towards his face.  She brushed his cheek and kissed him where she touched him. 

"You understand about my responsibilities, though?" 

Rose glanced at him with love blooming out of her eyes.  "Oh course I do.  If you get a call to help someone, I know you need to go." 

"Oh, Rose."  He never felt this way before.  His emotions were all aflutter -- like a dandelion blowing its seedlings in the breeze.  Flower felt something inside and the idea of fatherhood shook his mind and grasped his heart.  He wanted flowerlings with Rose!  He breathed deeply, plumping his stem-chest, and bent slightly bringing his lips to hers. 

The kiss lingered on both of their lips longer than the actual one.  But as the union lasted, fireworks went off over their head, the Earth shook, and everyone alive stopped and looked up with hope to the heavens.  A sense of goodness, if only for a few seconds, settled on all beings inhabiting the Earth.   

If only Goldie was here, but she had passed on last year in her home country!  Flower held Rose tightly, tears steaming down his face. 

I'm here, Flower, I see all.  Love is the most beautiful emotion on Earth and the whole cosmos!  I give my blessing from where I am.

Flower heard this old sensei speak in his mind.  He smiled and started to fly lifting Rose in his leaves. 
 

Author Notes TY, Mark, for the art. This doesn't go with the story, but I couldn't save any of his pictures for some reason.

This is due to Mark telling me Rose needs a bigger part in these books. He is right. To make Flower well-rounded, he needs to experience love. :)
Love is the most beautiful of all emotions -- we need love now on Earth with all the violence humans are capable of. Of course, there is a flip-side to that -- violence is one part -- but what about capable of deep love? We all need to embrace this now, guns need to be turned into heavenly scented flowers and we need to hug each other and join hands in brother and sisterhood. Please enjoy this story.


Chapter 27
Flower Power's Full Circle

By Rasmine


Flower Power stood by the door in all his superhero glory.  He had by now, helped millions of living beings, including humans, all over the globe. 

Goldie, his beloved Sensei, had moved back to her home country before passing into another life.  She had wanted to see Vietnam.  On the way, she spread the news of Flower Power. 

Flower looked down at what he was holding in both leaves.  He watched his twin babies sleep.  Rose, his love interest for over eleven years, called to him from their bed. 

“I’m so tired.  Could you please take care of them for a few hours?”  She closed her eyes and soon quiet snoring filled the room. 

I’m complete.

His eyes filled with tears as he hugged his babies to his stem chest.  Flower smiled at each baby as they slept. 

Everyone is sleeping but me.

At that moment, he realized everything was balanced by everything else.  And the universe was complete on his end. 

He had asked Rose to marry him last year.  Now in August, 
his flowerlings had been born.  

The flowerlings he first taught were graduating high school!  Mrs. Petals had retired and now lived with Flower and Rose.  She wanted them to call her Violet, but Flower always addressed her as Mrs. Petals.  It was the same way he had always addressed Goldie as ‘Sensei’. 

I really miss her! 

He wondered where her spirit went; his eyes filled with tears again. 

Wish she could see the babies.

“I am here Flower.”

“What?”  He looked over at his wife but she had rolled over on her side.  Flower smiled hoping she was having good dreams. 

A mist formed in front of his eyes.  He blinked away the tears.  Goldie’s form filled his vision.  The mist fading but not altogether. 

“Flower, I am in the next realm.  It is beautiful here.  You have come full circle.”  She looked lovingly at his baby girl and boy.  “They are adorable, Flower.”

“Sensei,” Flower’s cheeks flooded with tears and he couldn’t continue. 

“Don’t cry, Flower.  Let me see the babies.”  She walked over and looked at one baby and the other.  One was a rose, the other a daisy.  “Are they boys?”

“No, Daisy,” he indicated the girl 
flowerling, “is a girl, and Rosal,” he held up the Rose, “is the boy.”

Goldie smiled with her diamond eyes twinkling. 

“Sensei, what is it like there?”

“On the other side of life?”

“Yes.”  Flower held his babies close.

“Flower, there is nothing to be afraid of, it is beautiful and full of love.”  She looked behind her.  “Flower, I need to get going.  Just keep doing what you are doing.  I see, know, and am so proud!”  Goldie kissed both babies and touched Flower’s cheek.  “Goodbye, my dear Flower.”

He smiled goodbye, then turned to a waking Rose. 

Life is awesome!



ROSE WAS HIS LOVE INTEREST FROM CHAPTER ONE, NOT A FORMER FLOWERLING THAT HE TAUGHT!! 
 
Everyone, always think, speak, and act with love.  Teach the children to do this!  It is hard; I struggle all the time. 
 
 
 

 

Author Notes





TY, for finding SPAGS!! It's much appreciated. :)





Chapter one: Flower Power saves Rose, his love interest, from being thrown out by her owner. He is hesitant, a bit when asked what he would do to save Rose.
Chapter two: He meets Jay, a blue jay, who laughs at him. He handles this by punching him. Jay sees that he may need some training so he tells him about a golden dragonfly, Goldie, who has some magic.
Chapter three: Flower flies over the pond in search of Goldie. Finally, he discovers her and is invited into her home.
Chapter four: Goldie teaches Flower Power Aikido, and why superheroes don't resort to violence.
Chapter five: (missing chapter--if any of you find it please let me know where in my portfolio it is. Thank you.) Flower Power apologizes to Jay.
Chapter six: Flys back to Goldie for more training.
Chapter seven: Flower Power gets a lesson in not hurting anyone's feelings and why.
Chapter eight: Flower Power learns the lessons of personal hygiene, and keeping your living space clean.
Chapter nine: Flower Power meets Black-eyed Susan's.
Chapter ten: Sensei Goldie talks with Flower about why he is a superhero.
Chapter eleven: Sensei Goldie talks with Flower about disabilities.
Chapter twelve: Goldie and Flower part ways. He is done with his lessons and ready to embark on his adventures!
Chapter thirteen: Flower saves a bunch of homes, including his friend Jay's babies, from a strong tornado.
Chapter fourteen: Flower teaches an elementary class about manners.
Chapter fifteen: Flower teaches children about bullying and helps with self-love exercises.
Chapter sixteen: A continuation of bullying lesson with appreciating others.
Chapter seventeen: Mrs. Petals meets Goldie. Flower talks more about self-esteem.
Chapter eighteen: Flower Power addresses an assembly of parents, teachers, and flowerlings. He expresses his belief that bullies have low self-esteem.
Chapter nineteen: Another assembly is called to introduce Dr. Aster, a psychologist, who informs flowers of 'narcissism', which is a bully with high self-esteem.
Chapter twenty: (not under Power of the Flower but loose in my profile) This is a response to the latest school shooting in Parkland, FL.
Chapter twenty-one: Flower and Mrs. Petals talk about school bullying. This leads to the teacher or parent/caregiver asking the children about what could be done about bullying.
Chapter twenty-two: Flower Power teaches about going with a stranger. There is a classroom practice.
Chapter twenty-three: Flower attends a school practice dealing with going with a stranger.
Chapter twenty-four: Mrs. Petals tells Flower about a flowerling, Tulip Row, who is being hurt by her father. They fly to the Row home and Flower saves her.
Chapter twenty-five: Flower Power teaches the children some catchphrases to try to help the flowerlings if they find themselves in a tough spot.
Chapter twenty-six: Flower Power attends an assembly where the whole school is taught and practices, the catchphrases.
Continued with the last chapter up above.


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