I honestly despise the whole kidnapping affair, yet somehow my favorite Greek mythology headcanon has become Hades/Persephone, but my modified, improved version.
I’m all for Persephone following Hades to the Underworld out of her own volition (maybe she wanted to escape Demeter and discover herself and make her own choices, and the Underworld was the only place Demeter would not search?). I’ve read stories where Hades kidnaps her and then she falls in love, but the Stockholm syndrome connotations make me feel a bit ill. I prefer a free-willed, fiery Persephone who chooses her own Path and a strict, seemingly severe yet gentle, kind-hearted Hades who names his puppy ‘Spots’.
@Rohie’s interpretation is very real, and while we all disapprove of Hades tricking Persephone into eating the pomegranate seeds and essentially making the choice for her because “she was too scared to face Demeter”, I think it is a masterful portrayal of his character. It shows how he turns his loneliness and desperation and yearning inwards until it becomes less love and more selfishness. Yet he (probably) also knows that if Persephone wishes she can reverse it through the pantheon. He has a distorted view of boundaries, but he still has them, and I’m really curious to see the depth of this internal conflict.
I really do miss the chance of having Hades as my dad.