One day, the sun named Sunflower found himself once again at the gates of The Garden — a galaxy at the far ends of the universe, and where he had turned from a sunflower into a sun. The Gardener, keeper of the The Garden, was there.
(Now if you had read about the Sunflower in his tale, you would remember that we had left the Sunflower and our dear friend Flare in a beautiful ending in the Garden. How is it, you may ask, that Sunflower had left The Garden and went elsewhere? What happened to Flare? What I will tell you is this: that all stories are real and truthful but at the same time, they are allegories. This is a big way of saying that every story contains a truth about the world we know, even when the story is about impossible things. You will grow up to understand that truths in this world are complex, and writers like myself try to make them simple and beautiful by writing stories that even children like yourself can understand.
When I told you that Sunflower and Flare were left on a beautiful planet in the Garden, with the dying embers of Flare forever kept alive as a sunset in a painting, and with the Sunflower always rising as a sun on it, it was my way of saying: what is important to us will never diminish. But truly, Flare felt the stilling of his gaseous heart and his last light ray of light dim. You might be very sad to hear this, as the Sunflower was, for a long long time. And it was during his deep grief that the Sunflower returned to the Garden.]
“Hello,” the Gardener greeted him. “You are back. Are you here to stay?”
Sunflower thought for a moment and replied, “No, not yet.”
“Then what are you looking for?” the Gardener asked.
And because Sunflower was still very sad about Flare, he answered, “I would like to be with Flare once more, on the golden planet. Can you do that?”
The Gardener gave a small smile and replied, “When Flare first found you, he had to complete a task so that he can stay here, in the Garden. To fulfil your wish, you too, must complete a task.”
“Tell me what it is, and I’ll do it!” Sunflower said eagerly, glad for the chance to see Flare once more.
“On the way to the golden planet, Flare passed by ten planets of dust and snow. One of them, the closest to the golden planet, lives a flower named Dandelion. Speak to her and help her with her wish, then come back, and I will tell you how to meet Flare again.”
And so, Sunflower blazed into the outer reaches of the Garden once more.