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It is said that everyday, Helios pulled the sun across the sky in his golden chariot.
His friends knew that his father was important but they avoided Phaethon because all he ever did was brag.
His son, Phaethon, bragged about his father's duty to his friends, and he said that he would one day carry on that duty himself.
However, Helios did not want Phaethon to drive the chariot in fear that he would mess up.
When Helios let Phaethon use the chariot, he flew too low and made forests into deserts.
Thinking it was a sleeping Helios, Zeus threw a lightning bolt at the chariot in an effort to wake him up. Instead of this, Phaethon fell out of the chariot and Zeus had to drive the chariot himself.
Phaethon was lost forever, and Zeus assigned Apollo to drive the chariot. This was because Helios made mistakes because he was so heartbroken over the loss of his son.
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