Hello Tangled fandom! This is the prologue of a four chapter story (six if you include prologue & epilogue) about Rapunzel and Eugene's life together. You could think of this as a series of oneshots that are not in chronological order, but they involve elements of previous or coming chapters. It's based off of Fun.'s song The Gambler, hence the title. It's going to be an adventure. Enjoy!

Slow down, we've got time left to be lazy
All the kids are bloom from babies into flowers in our eyes
We've got fifty good years left to spend out in the garden
I don't care to beg your pardon, we should live until we die

"Eugene!" I scolded him as he purposefully kept walking away, ignoring my request. "Come here." I ordered. He stopped, staying in place as he debated whether or not to listen. Finally he turned on his heel, not meeting my eyes until he was a few steps away.

We were in the palace courtyard, the sun shining low on the horizon, another perfect summer day past. We decided to walk around the grounds of the castle, just for some time for ourselves after the busy month. Corona had to renegotiate peace treaties with other kingdoms and it was a long, grueling process for everyone involved.

Eugene and I had been King and Queen of Corona for a little over four years, after my mother's passing, and due to my father's loneliness. But they had a long and successful rule, as it were; Eugene and I were more than ready to take over the duties that the kingdom provided for us. But while we waited for our time patiently, two perfect heirs were produced, our son Xavier and our daughter Elizabeth. Already grown, they were leading lives here in the palace, Xavier in finances, for he had his father's knack of presenting a price on any item, and Elizabeth in foreign affairs. She travelled often with her husband to neighbouring kingdoms, improving our relations with them. Xavier, the first born, was simultaneously learning how to run the kingdom, but gradually. Eugene and I had just delved into our reign, after all.

We were very proud of our children and their successes. It was a bit of a relief that they turned out okay after the unusual upbringings that Eugene and I had. But now, without the responsibilities as parents, we were more than happy to run the peaceful and prosperous kingdom. Other than the peace treaties, there was little to tend to in the next few years. My parents had left the kingdom to us in good repair.

So, to enjoy the quiet of our lives, we had decided to go on a walk. Eugene, even in his older age, had the energy of a child, and was always actively doing something. Whether going hunting with some of the other royals, or taking us on an excursion into the village, he had to be moving. It was sometimes exhausting, especially when I was with child, but I admired that quality about him and often found myself tagging along. Once we got around the perimeter of the castle and into the court yard, I made a small comment on how the hive had returned. I didn't mean for him to rush off and take care of it that very instant, but that's what he perceived from the statement.

"Relax," I told him, taking the step forward to rest my hand on his cheek. His hand came up to dwarf mine and hold it there, smiling sheepishly at me. I smiled back, leaning it for a light kiss. He gladly returned it, before pulling back, taking my hand to tuck in his arm and we continued our stroll.

"You've got to slow down before you burn yourself out." I said jokingly, nudging him slightly.

"I'm hurt, Blondie," he said, pressing a hand against his heart. "You think that this magnificent being could possibly burn out?"

"I'm just saying that we have the rest of our lives to relax and not rush anything."

"I know. I'm looking forward to it immensely." He waggled his brows at me. I could only laugh. Twenty five years of marriage and we still got the heat. Eugene certainly aided to keep the flame alight with his constant flirting.

"That would make the two of us." I added, giving him a seductive smirk of my own.

Smirking at me, he diverted our course from the garden, where we usually would sit until the sun was gone, to the castle entrance, the intent clear.

I wasn't about to stop him.

How was it? Terrible? Awesome? Let me know! I'll be updating again on the tenth of September. :)

Chapter preview:

Our daughter laughed from the side, clapping her hands to the music that Rapunzel provided with her voice. I watched hypnotised, her voice sending me into a trance that left my heart pounding. The swirl of her skirts and the utter joy in her expression as she taught Xavier the dance was absolute perfection.

R&R for me please :)

Love, Ella