Like politicians and celebrities, even Gods have their little foibles that they try to keep quiet. APOLLO was mad about HYACINTHUS, who was a prince and not a princess.
One fine day they were playing frisbee with APOLLO’s discus when the West Wind ZEPHYRUS and the North wind BOREAS became a teensy bit jealous. These were both given to whispering sweet nothings into the lad’s ears, but this time they both took a quick puff and oh horror, the frisbee went spiraling out of control.
It came down and hit HYACINTHUS a blow on the head. Being made of heavy metal nothing much could be done after the blood had been mopped up, but APOLLO commemorated his memory by turning the mortal remains into a hyacinth. Isn’t that sweet?Even sweeter, HYACINTHUS was apparently whisked up to Olympus to live happily ever after as the tutelary deity of a flower festival held in his honor.