Chapter 1

The Golden Red Flower

Once upon a time, many years ago, a small speck of light from the ever shinning sun descended from the heavens. When it landed, the speck seeped into the soil and on that exact spot, a beautiful golden flower with red specks and streaks around the petals bloomed. This beautiful flower had the mystical powers of healing, it could even be used to save a life.

Then, a century later, on a large island, a kingdom is formed. The kingdom is ruled by a kindhearted king James Utonium and his beautiful queen Rebecca Keane. She's about to have triplets, but she was very sick. Knowing that his queen is running out of time and worried that his young ones won't be able to make it into the world, James send out the royal guards to search for the golden red flower that could save Queen Rebecca and their little ones.

However, this one woman that was the first to discover the golden red flower a century ago, Sedusa, instead of sharing the sun's gift she used its healing magic to keep her young for hundreds of years. All she had to do to activate its magic was sing a special song:

Flower, gleam and glow

Let your power shine

Make the clock reverse

Bring back what once was mine

What once was mine

And so, within seconds, Sedusa turns back into a beautiful young woman in her twenties with long, straight black hair and her wicked smirk back on her face. Hearing voices approaching, Sedusa hides the flower with some old weeds but as she was leaving, her lantern knocks a couple of the weeds away, allowing the flower's light to shine. One guard saw the light and when he went to take a closer look, he pushed the weeds aside to find what they were looking for; the golden red flower.

Two guards carefully picking up the flower along with some of the soil and the roots, Sedusa watches with anger that she is losing her ticket to eternal youth and beauty.

Back at the castle, the doctors used the golden red flower to create an elixir to heal the queen. Then, a week after she was healed, Rebecca gave birth to three healthy, beautiful little girls, princesses. One little princess had bright blonde hair in pigtails and gentle blue eyes, the second had smooth black hair and tough-girl green eyes, and the third princess had beautiful red hair in a small red ribbon and eyes the color of roses.

The three princesses were named Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup. James and Rebecca loved their daughters with all their hearts. To celebrate their births, the king and queen launched a flying lantern with the symbol of their beautiful kingdom, a beautiful sun pattern, into the sky as the sun was setting over the horizon with the whole kingdom cheering for the three little princesses. For that day was perfect for the royal family and the entire kingdom.

But, the happiness came to an end that night. While the whole kingdom was asleep, someone broke into the castle and entered the princesses' chamber, singing to figure out which of the small girls was the golden red flower.

Flower, gleam and glow

Seeing that Blossom's beautiful red hair was glowing the same light as the flower, Sedusa took a part of the princess's hair, feeling her youth return and reviving her beauty.

Let your power shine

Make the clock...

But her singing was cut off when she cut the lock of hair, only to see it lose its glow and turned into a normal red color. When she saw that her youth and beauty was snatched away within seconds, Sedusa had no choice but to steal the child. Roughly picking up the small princess, Sedusa was running through the great halls when the small child started to cry, waking up her parents and the castle guard. But before the king, queen and the guards could stop her, Sedusa disappeared, taking the little crying princess with her.

The kingdom had spent the next couple of years searching for her, but they could not find the princess that had been stolen. For deep in the forest in a tower hidden away, Sedusa raised her as her own.

Save what's been lost

Bring back what once was mine

What once was mine

As she brushed the girl's hair as she sang the song for her, Sedusa knew that she had found her new magic flower that will keep her young and beautiful. And this time, she is determined to keep it hidden from the world. "Why can't I go outside?" asked young Blossom as Sedusa continued to brush her ever growing long red hair.

Shaking her head slowly, Sedusa answered as little Blossom held the piece of her hair that had been cut as she watch the flames in the fireplace dance, "The outside world is a dangerous place, full of horrible, selfish people that could harm one as innocent as you. You must stay here where you're safe. Do you understand, my little flower?"

"Yes, mommy."

But the walls of the tower could not hide everything from the innocent girl. Each and every year on her birthday, King James and Queen Rebecca would release thousands of lanterns into the night sky, hoping that their one lost daughter would return to them and her sisters. Blossom would get up late that night of her birthday to watch the floating lanterns that shine brighter than the stars. She's always loved to see those lanterns and dream about seeing them in person when she's older.