Arash and Andrea are the last two remaining pieces of pollen on a dying flower, and they now must make the treacherous jump from the dying flower to a fresh one. Arash has taught flower-jumping courses to the Andrea in order to make their jumps successful, yet Andrea is terrified to jump the next wind, afraid of falling and being lost forever. As the leader of the pollen, Arash risks his own safety, remaining to help her make this jump. The winds are fading, the flower will be destroyed by Cat that night, and Andreaa doesn’t look any closer to jumping.
The statistics aren’t real. I made them up.
Please don’t lose faith in me, Andrea! I tried to get the statistics! I really tried! I asked the flies, but they’re too fickle. They forget what I’ve asked them to do almost immediately after they leave, and they don’t remember me when they return. The friendlier bees tried to help, but then, even the most honorable ones told me upfront there was a conflict of interest. The birds don’t care. The Talls don’t understand us. There was nowhere for me to get the statistics. The statistics aren’t real…but…
The statistics are true. Pollens survive the ride so much more than they used to, because they believe they can. They believe they’re prepared, and The Statistics Aren’t Real.