One day, the king of a
small village in the mountains was busy trying to come up with an idea to solve
the town's fresh water problem. He saw Jupiter fly by, carrying a lovely river spirit
in his arms.
sighed the king. "What a trouble maker!"
Soon after, the river-god
flew by. “Have you seen my daughter?” he bellowed at the
“If you’ll give my
city a source of fresh water, I’ll tell you what I saw,” the king
shouted back. Immediately, a crystal clear stream of fresh
water bubbled up.
“Jupiter took her that
way,” the king pointed.
The king knew Jupiter would
be angry when he heard what the king had done. But his town desperately needed a source of fresh water. And now they had one.
Sure enough, Jupiter was
furious. He told his brother Pluto to take the king down to the
“When they tell you I
am dead, do not put a gold coin under my tongue,” the king
quickly whispered to his wife. Being a good wife, she did exactly as the
king had asked her.
Because the king was,
well, a king, Pluto personally met the king at the River Styx, the
entrance to the underworld. Because no gold coin had been placed under
his tongue, the king arrived at the entrance to the underworld as a poor
“Where is your gold coin?”
Pluto demanded in shock. “How can you pay for a trip across the River
Styx and arrive in the underworld?”