Persephone and Demeter lived happily together on Mount Olympus. Demeter was always watchful of where Persephone was because she loved her more than anything. Persephone was so beautiful and cheerful, loving flowers that Hades the dark god of the Underworld fell in love with her.
One day Persephone left her mother when she was picking flowers. Hades took advantage of this and had the ground split open. Out of the crack came Hades with his black chariot. He kidnapped her and the ground closed quickly with him, Persephone, and a herd of pigs. Persephone's pleas for help weren't heard.
Above the Underworld, Demeter searched for her daughter frantically. She grieved and so did nature. Plants died and flowers wilted. People begged for Demeter to bless the earth but she refused. She wanted her daughter back. Demeter wandered around until she met Triptolemus. He told her that his brother saw his pigs disappear. Demeter realized at last that Hades took Persephone and demanded that she be returned.
Demeter said to Zeus that she would never make the earth prosper again until Persephone was back with her. Zeus did not want the world to fall apart so he sent his faithful messenger Hermes to get Persephone. Hades had to obey even Zeus so he said goodbye sadly. Persephone was joyful that she did not realize that she had eaten pomegranate seeds. Those who ate the fruit of the Underworld had to stay there.
Demeter was joyful when she saw Persephone but that joy turned quickly to sadness. Persephone admitted that she had eaten the pomegranate. Zeus decided however that the two should not be separated, He decreed that Persephone was to spend months in the Underworld depending on how many seeds she had eaten.
And so, every year when Persephone was not with Demeter, no plants prospered. Whenever she was with her, the earth sang. Demeter was kind. She told the man who helped her, Triptolemus to teach mankind how to sow and store plants during the time Persephone was gone.