I recently began transferring a plot from my head onto paper, but I hit a roadblock. To give you the blurb, Alaska Malone (and yes, that Alaska) meets a man best known as "John Doe" (unless a specific somebody wants me to change his name). However, she first endures a relationship with Carlin. The realtionship spans over four years and includes most of the lows of Alaska's life. It's because the relationsip with Carlin is so important to who Alaska is when she meets Doe that I started my narrative where it all begins-Carlin and Alska's first date. Here's where I need help: I really want to be concise about their relationship because it's really just the prologue to the "good-stuff," but I don't want to skip over the mundane so that I can hit the important parts of the relationship such as the abuse and pregnancies. Is this a "wanting to have your cake and eat it too" kind of situation? Does anybody think they could help me bet at least a cupcake out of it all?