Once upon a time, in ancient Greece, there were two boys having a race.
The yellow-haired boy, Phaethon, had won the race but Epaphus the black-haired boy was angry at this and began to brag. However, Phaethon did not like how Epaphus was trying to undermine his victory and made a promise he could not keep.
That's not fair! You may have beat me, but at least I can say I am the son of Zeus.
I think you are making it all up, Prove it.
So what! I am the son of Apollo, he even lets me drive the sun chariot!
Eventually, Phaethon made it to Apollo's palace with the help of Apollos sun hawks. He was worried about what Apollo would say because they had never met and he was unsure if he would be able to use the chariot.
I hope this goes well
Apollo promised to let Phaethon use his chariot and showed him how to use it but was very reluctant to do so.
Pleas reconsider your request. If you cannot handle the chariot then you might burn the earth.
Father, I must prove to my friend that I am your son
I wonder if Epaphus can see me... OH NO! what have I done!
Phaethon, in an attempt to make himself more visible to people on earth, steers the chariot closer to earth causing it to burn. He then pulls away and it freezes. The chariot dives back to earth for the last time as Zeus sees the chaos and hurls a lightning bolt at Phaethon killing him.
In the end, Phaethon's lies and pride cost him his life. His journey forever changed the world, mountains still rumble trying to spit out the fire started in their bellies by the diving sun and the ends of the earth are still covered in icecaps.