Persephone lived happily on Olympus with her mother Demeter. Demeter loved her daughter very dearly, and never let her out of her sight. When she went to earth to check on the fields and trees, Persephone came with her. Whenever Persephone danced flowers sprung out of the Earth. She was so graceful and happy, even Hades noticed the girl.
Hades fell in love with Persephone and wanted her as his queen. But, Hades knew that Demeter would never let him marry her, so he kidnapped her. One day when Demeter and Persephone were on earth, Persephone strayed off picking flowers. A ginormous crack opened in the ground and Hades came out with his black horses and chariot. He grabbed the terrified Persephone and left as soon as he came.
Sadness overcame Demeter and went from a beautiful, golden goddess she turned into a grey, old women. Nothing grew. Trees lost leaves, flowers dried up, and people and animals starved. Persephone was just as bad. No matter how much gold and jewels Hades gifted her, she was sad. She wanted the sun, the earth, and most of all, her mother.
One day, when Demeter went back to the field where her daughter vanished, she asked the sun if he knew anything, but the sun said there were clouds covering his face. She walked further and met a man, Triptolemus. He told her about how his brother, who was a swineherd, saw his pigs disappear and frightened shrieks of a girl. Furious, she went to Zeus and told him to demand Hades to give Persephone back., or she would never make earth green again.
Zeus would not let the world wither and die, so he sent Hermes down to retrieve Persephone. Hades reluctantly gave Hermes the queen, even the king of the dead had to obey Zeus. Overjoyed, Persephone jumped to her feet. She was finally leaving, she was going to see her mother again. Little did she know, when she was in the garden, she absent minded ate six pomegranate seeds. Hades smiled darkly. His queen was going to come back, for she ate the food of the dead.
When Persephone returned back from the Underworld, Demeter leaped to her feet to greet her daughter. Demeter was now a radiant, young goddess. The earth came to bloom. Demeter told Persephone they shall never be parted, but Zeus said Persephone has to return to Hades. Zeus ruled that Persephone would stay with Hades for six months and Demeter the other six. In those six months where Persephone was gone, the world withered.