TITLE: Geoffrey and the Flower Kingdom
Geoffrey Greene kept his head down and pretended that he couldn't hear Ms. Lark and Principal Barker talking on the other side of the door. He tried to focus on his scuffed-up sneakers, but his eyes kept wandering. He looked over the newly ripped holes in his jeans, his shirt that was caked in mud and the fresh scrapes on his pudgy knuckles.
"He never acts out like this. Getting into a fight is the last thing I'd expect out of Geoffrey," he heard Ms. Lark say. Her quiet voice was cut off by the thundering of Principal Barker.
"Well, bring him in and I'll ask him myself!"
Ms. Lark opened the door and gestured Geoffrey into the room with a thin, but warm, smile. Geoffrey watched his feet as he entered Principal Barker's office, too frightened to meet his eyes.
"Mr. Greene, your teacher tells me that you attacked three classmates at recess today. Is that true?" Principal Barker boomed. With the state he was in, Geoffrey couldn't deny it. He nodded his head once.
"And why is that?" Principal Barker shouted. Geoffrey shrugged and kicked his dangling feet.
"Geoffrey," Ms. Lark said kindly, "you can tell us. It's okay."
Geoffrey looked up at Ms. Lark with tears in his eyes.
"They were trying to ruin it," he said.
"Ruin what, boy?" Principal Barker asked. Geoffrey could only look at Ms. Lark as he answered. His eyes still watered, but his voice was serious and steady.
"The Flower Kingdom."