Zeus, the King of the Gods, was having an affair with the goddess of the harvest, Demeter. They conceived a beautiful goddess named Persephone, who was loved by all for her lighthearted kindness.
One day Hades, the God of the Underworld, happened to glance up at the world above and noticed Persephone playing in her fields.
He ended up going back to watch her every so often, feeling his old heart soften each time. Finally he went to Olympus and ask Zeus for Persephone’s hand in marriage. Zeus was pleased with this turn of events and he gave his consent to the marriage.
One day when Persephone was alone in her fields, the ground suddenly split open, and out sprung a huge chariot being pulled by black horses. Hades leaned over the side and scooped Persephone up and plunged back into the earth.
Demeter quickly noticed her daughter was gone and searched frantically for help. Eventually she found a farmer who had witnessed all of it, and Demeter grew livid, vowing that the ground would never produce a stalk of wheat until Persephone was returned.
Down in the Underworld, Persephone was distraught. Hades was kind to her and showered her with gifts, but she missed her mother. He put Persephone’s thrown right next to his and, unlike the other Gods, allowed her equal rule alongside him.