The Greek goddess, Persephone, was very beautiful. She filled the world with happiness.

Her mother was Demeter, goddess of the harvest. She helped crops like wheat and corn grow.

Demeter loved her daughter very much. When they were together, the sun shined, flowers bloomed, and plants grew.

Hades was ruler of the underworld. His world was dark and cold.

One day, Hades saw Persephone picking flowers. If anyone could warm the cold heart of Hades it would be Persephone. Hades fell in love with her.

Hades knew Persephone would not agree to marry him. He also knew Demeter would never let Persephone go to the underworld.

So he came up with a plan.

Late one night when the world was sleeping, Hades left the underworld. He snuck into the house of Persephone and Demeter.

Then very quietly, he stole Persephone away.

When Persephone awoke, she found herself on a boat with Hades. “Hades, where are you taking me?” she asked.

“I am taking you to the underworld,” Hades said. “You will be my queen.”

Persephone was trapped. She had no choice but to go with Hades.

FAZ Reading Level Detail

Lexile Score 500
Word Count 685

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