The Golden Flower

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Literary Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
A short story about a young boy and his journey to help his family.

Submitted: January 08, 2011

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The Golden Flower

 

A long long time ago there was a golden flower at the very tip of the Himalayan Mountains, the highest peak.  Around this glowing golden flower there’s no snow around it like everywhere else on the mountaintop.  Around the golden flower there is lively green grass that always stays the same length and it’s in a perfect circular shape around the flower.  The flower and patch of grass does not take up much space. It is just a tiny area of grass around this beautiful golden flower that looks like a rose.  The stem of this flower is average in length and it even has golden thorns. 

Now, as the legend goes, this golden flower was there for a reason.  All of mankind knew about this golden flower and the powers it holds.  They say that, any man, woman, or child who can reach the top of the summit of the highest peak of the Himalayan Mountain and can touch the golden flower with be able to have a long and rich life.  A life of luxury and longevity, but if you make it to the top and see the golden flower and you touch the flower with greedy thoughts in your mind or wishes of untold riches you will not life to make it back down the mountain.  There are stories that it ages you right then and there and you die of old age right away.

Well, one day little Billy Bob Smooly who is all of thirteen years old, who lives with his parents who are struggling with finding work and keeping food on the table, decided he wanted to help his family get through the hard times.  Billy Bob was so sad that his parents were always trying to find work and fighting with each other.  He thought that if they could have just a bit of money and a home that is paid for and a car paid for, things might be different.  Now, Billy Bob is a great kid, always did his homework after school and hardly ever got into trouble since his parents always told him to get through school and college and make something of himself so you do not have to go through this when you are and adult.  So, he did what he was told.  He did not want to be poor when h was an adult.  Billy Bob decided that he would take on this legend to see if it was true.  Billy Bob decided that he would make plans to climb this mountain and touch the golden flower.  He thought about this and thought to himself “We only need enough to get by”  “Just enough to help a little bit”. 

Billy Bob told his schoolteachers that he would be out of school for a month and asked if he could get his class work and homework that he would miss so he could do it while he was away but the teachers asked why?  He didn’t know what to say.  His teachers all told him he needed a note from his parents first stating that he will be out of town and needed the school work.  So, Billy Bob figured out that he would write the note and hive it say that he was going to be out of town for a month and have his mo sign it since she signs anything for him, EVEN WITHOUT LOOKING AT IT! 

Well, she signed the note!  She didn’t even ask why or what for!!!!  How cool is this – thought Billy Bob.  Ok – now off to school to turn this not into the office Billy Bob said to himself.  I will be able to leave this weekend!!!  I have everything I need.  Backpack full of a month’s supply of food, a tent, and lots of winter clothes!

Now, Billy Bob started his journey on a Saturday.  Billy Bob was able to get to the airport and got onto the airplane with out any problems.  The plan was able to make it to Asia with out any problems either! It was such a long flight that Billy Bob was able to get enough sleep so he could start on his journey well rested and full of energy. 

Billy Bob was on his way to the mountaintop and during his weeklong trek to the top he encountered several hurtles.  One was a massive snowstorm that kept him at his base camp that he set up for a whole day, and then he encountered other people traveling to the golden flower as well.  They were really mean to him.  These people kept demeaning him.  Billy Bob did not let this bother him.  He kept on moving and kept thinking about helping his family.  He only allowed positive thoughts in his mind.  He did not let any negative thoughts in at all since he knew about the legend and how negativity can kill him.  Now, Billy Bob is almost to the top is running out of food but he didn’t care, he kept going. 

Billy Bob made it to the top of the mountaintop and he couldn’t believe that he did it!  He was so excited that he made it that his exhaustion and windburns didn’t bother him any more.  It’s like he was numb all over with excitement.  He was bursting at the seams that he made it to the top!  Billy Bob started to look around for the beautiful glowing golden flower and saw other people standing around in a circle, so he walked over to them, but he did it slowly since his legs felt like jello from all that he has been through.  When Billy Bob reached the other men he was overjoyed to see the beautiful golden flower that had a blinding yellow glow to it.  He looked at the three men standing around and the other two men lying on the ground.  The three men standing told Billy Bob that they touched the flower and didn’t make it.  The other men told Billy Bob that they are too scared to touch the flower and decided not to touch it.  The three men just kept saying over and over again: “Don’t touch it, don’t touch it, don’t touch it!!!!” 

Billy Bob just looked at the three men and then proceeded to walk towards the yellow glowing golden flower and told the men:

“I came all this way for help for my family, I’m not gonna stop now!”  I’m gonna try any ways!” “I’m not greedy, I’m loving, caring, helpful, strong and confident!  I know it will help me!”

Billy Bob looked at the flower again since he is within touching distance and said: - WOW!  What a golden yellow glow this flower has!  It’s so beautiful and almost blinding! WOW!

The three men looked at Billy Bob “What glow” I don’t see any yellow glow!  How do you, why do you see a bright yellow glow?  What does that mean?”

Billy Bob replied: 

“I don’t know but it’s beautiful!  I think you are right men, I don’t think I will touch this beautiful golden flower with such a blinding yellow glow!  I will bow down to this flower and pray and kiss the ground it grows on. 

The three remaining men looked at Billy Bob with puzzled looks on their faces.  One of the men exclaimed – “But you came all this way for help, why don’t you touch it for the rewards and eternal life!  You see something we don’t see!  You could have it all kid!  Why stop now?!

Billy Bob didn’t answer.  He just looked at them and did what he said he was going to do.  He knelt down, took out his digital camera took a picture of it and then prayed.  He prayed for help for his family to survive, to be happy and to love each other. That’s all they need, just to be happy with what they have and when the time is right things will turn around.  He had all positive thoughts for his prayers during this time.  No negative thoughts of greed came into is thoughts at all during his praying to this flower.  At this point he bent down and kissed the ground.  When he stood up he saw the flower open up all of it’s petals, as wide as it could possibly go, and glowed to a blinding yellowish orange color and then snapped shut back to it’s original form.  Billy then turned around and made his journey back home.

 

The End


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