This is one of those "lesser of two evils/greater of two goods" questions. As it sits, the novel I want to self-publish before the end of August has a prologue. In it, we see something that happened to the female protagonist when she was a child, and it starts several themes that will be important in the rest of the book. I want that info in there. And they are scenes (yeah, two scenes, plural). All nicely shown, not told. But the common wisdom about prologues is Don't Do Them, They're Never Needed, blah, blah, blah. And it occurs to me there are a couple of places wayyyyyy farther on in the story where I might be able to work that info in. But it would have to be the female protag saying to someone, "I remember when I was a kid, this happened, and I did this," and so on and so forth. In short, it would be Telling. And all that Telling might well derail the scenes I might put it into. What's more, on the last page I cite a line from the prologue, to bring the plot full circle. No prologue, that line gets cut, and right now I'm at a loss for what to do instead. None of my beta readers have complained about the prologue. On the other hand, I rather like my first chapter and wonder if the prologue is upstaging it. I'm so close to the story I'm not sure if it would hurt or not if the reader didn't get this info about the FMC until over halfway through. It's kind of late for these kind of self-doubts, but what do you think?