Author's Note: Thanks for checking this story out! I'll try to keep this short and simple. This is just the prologue of the story – don't worry, future chapters will be longer and more in depth, and won't be comprised of mostly author's notes. I love Tangled, and I'm going to endeavor to fill in what I feel are plot holes during the final scene of the movie, in order to properly tell what I believe happens afterward. Obviously, I don't own the movie or its characters, or those plot holes wouldn't exist! This is going to be an epic story which I have already outlined, so don't worry, though it may take a while, it WILL get finished! There will be love, loss, adventure, intrigue, and more! So sit back and enjoy!

Another Door Opens

This is the story of how I came back to life.

My name is Eugene Fitzherbert. I used to go by Flynn Rider (because really, who'd want to be saddled with a moniker like that?), until someone told me that she liked Eugene better, and that made me realize that I do, too. I have to use it now anyway, whether I like it or not, thanks to the fact that I used to be a thief, and if you cover up the nose on all of the "Wanted: Flynn Rider" posters of my face that were plastered up around Corona, you'd recognize me, report me, and try collect the reward, so Eugene it is. By the way, just so you know, the issue has already been addressed, and no use beating a dead horse, or rubbing it in the face of the king of Corona that there's an ex-thief dating his daughter, the princess. (Trust me, no one else likes it either, based on the dirty looks I've gotten from those who know who I am – or who I used to be. But for whatever reason, she seems to like me, so I'm staying put.) After all, His Majesty might end up changing his mind about pardoning me, and we wouldn't want that. But I'm getting ahead of myself here.

How, exactly, did said ex-thief end up with said princess? Well, for starters, he's a catch, if I do say so myself – and I do. But that's a story for another day, and a story that's already been told. In truth, I really couldn't tell you. The best way to sum it up is probably just destiny. I didn't use to believe in Fate, but I'm starting to. Y'see, there's this old quote, "When one door closes, another one opens.'' I'm normally not into all of that philosophical stuff, being a man of the world and all. Being an ex-thief, I know about doors: how to pick their locks, how to climb walls to get around 'em, if need be. And if we're being literal, I know opportunity well. In fact, some people might call me, instead of a thief, an opportunist, a euphemism which plenty of people are happy to saddle me with. A scavenger, really; I just took what was lying around. True, I was a better and more earnest scavenger than average, seeing how I would have to break into places to get what was laying around, and when you think of scavengers, they're usually scavenging for unwanted leftovers while I went for more of the very-much-wanted expensive jewel-encrusted type stuff. Anyway. That chapter of my life is over now.

Now, I'm living with the princess - albeit as far away as physically possible, on the other side of the castle; but hey, I'm in the castle I've always dreamed of, so I can't complain - who just found out she was a princess, if you can imagine. That's a lot of fun. But there's more to the story than that. No one ever said that life was just about having fun, and if it was, this story would be a lot shorter than it actually is - a word of warning there for ya. So sit down and get comfy; you're in for a wild ride. (And I'm not just referring to Maximus when I say that.) There's a part of my life that's over now, part that I'm never going to get back. I'm done being Flynn Rider. Flynn Rider died. Now I'm just plain ole Eugene Fitzherbert. But you know, that's the way I like it. Because when one thing ends, another begins.

You already know the story of how I died. This is the story of how I came back to life, and how – with my help, of course - the girl who made it happen got a new life of her own.

Not much to go off of, but let me know what you think! The next chapter will be up shortly - more to love, I hope! I'd also like to give a quick shout-out to the other writers of the fandom who have inspired me and perpetuated the art of Tangled fanfiction. Thanks for reading!