Chapter 10.1 – Road to the Underworld
“Sister Hestia, it is Persephone. She had an accident.” Demeter donned a touch of sadness as she cried to Hestia.
Hestia looked surprised. “What happened? Did not Persephone live with you all this time in Sicily?”
Hestia knew her sister regarded her daughter, Persephone, as her treasure that she’d gone as far as taking her into seclusion in the island of Sicily for she feared something would happen to her.
Like many other goddesses, Persephone loved flowers very much, even going as far as to play in the wilderness all day long. One day, as she collected flowers in the fields of Sicily, a crack opened in the cliff and came Hades and Pluto speeding out from a golden carriage. At first sight, Hades had fallen in love. Since he’s unable to grab hold of her mother’s’ heart, then let Persephone be his wife! Hades then dragged Persephone into his golden carriage and drove back to the Underworld.
When Demeter heard her daughter’s cry for help, she quickly rushed to the flower field, but she was too late. Her daughter was long gone. Demeter searched all over Sicily but she found no signs of her whereabouts. Depressed, she neglected her duties. All the crops on the island withered and the whole island of Sicily became barren and dead, devoid of life.
On this very day, Helios, the Sun God who drove a chariot daily from east to west across the sky, saw what had happened. He could not bear to see the sufferings of the people on the island so he told Demeter of her daughter’s whereabouts.
When Demeter learnt of the news, she immediately went to his brother Zeus, the father of Persephone, pleading that he help her, but who knew the god who once had a deep-seated infatuation on her, and moreover, the father of her child, sat on his throne without a word.
Her sister, Hera, had even attempted to persuade Demeter to give up stating that she’s able to become Queen of the Underworld.
Dismayed and desperate for help, she turned to Hestia for help.
“You really do not understand the nature of the King of Gods. For the sake of his throne, let alone his daughter, he may even give up his wife, Hera.” After listening to Demeter’s speech, Styx smiled with a sneer. “But, Hera, she truly is a match for him. I do hope Zeus will sacrifice her one day if ever comes a day where he’d have to choose her or the throne.”
Hestia shot Styx a look of warning before turning to console Demeter. “Do not blame Zeus. Though he sits on the throne, there stands on the opposing side the ancient gods. The Titan’s hold malicious intent. At any time he could be overthrown by the gods causing his life to be in danger. Our family isn’t as good as theirs. They have many brothers and descendants so we must be patient. We two sisters do not have the power to help him. He can only rely on the strength of Poseidon and Hades. It’s impossible for Zeus to fight with Hades at this time else he’d give the enemy an opportunity to take advantage of them.”
“What you speak of… I also understand, but what of my Persephone who is less than twenty years old… will she stay in the Underworld all her life? Me too… I already knew Hades is dissatisfied with me… I do not know how to be careful.” Demeter shed a tear.
After the decade long battle with the Titans, fell for Demeter and attempted to court her, but she did not like his ever-gloomy countenance so she chose Zeus who was handsome in appearance and seemed ever so bright, confident, and cheerful. Since then, Hades’ feelings towards her grew sour that he ceased speaking to her.
The goddess beauty cried and Adelos felt wretched.
Hestia looked westward and whispered softly. “Hades, don’t make your sister sad.”
“Come on, I’ll go to the Underworld with you and ask Hades for an explanation. What’s the use of crying?” Adelos comforted Demeter. Then, he turned to Styx. “Aunt Styx, I don’t have time to entertain you anymore. Are you going back to the Underworld with us or continue to play?”
“Of course I’ll go back to hell. You’ll be there. What am I going to do here? It’ll be boring!”
“Thank you, Sister Hestia and Sister Styx.” Demeter was moved by the compassion of the two goddesses and the little boy next to them.
Styx stretched out her hands. “Don’t thank me. I’m not helping you fight. It’s just been so long since I came out. It’s time to go home and have a look. I don’t know if the river is in its high tides right now.”
Regardless of Styx’s joking mannerisms, Hestia smiled lightly. She understood fairly well that though she did not show, Hestia knew Styx worries for the well-being of her sister.
On the other, Adelos’ heart palpitated wildly.
Finally, he’s going to the Underworld!
Soon after, the group went to the Underworld together and no one for the love of Hades would be able to stop them.