First I wanted to say I am new to the forum and so far I am enjoying it. Everyone seems so helpful with great ideas. In my story I am trying to explain how things came to be the way they are. Basically how/why the main character(s) exist and where they come from. I have written all about the people my main character(s) descend from but I am trying to figure out placement within the story. Initially I thought about doing a very short prologue. That tells you there was an event in the past but you don't know exactly what or what the outcome was of said event. And I planned for my main character(s) to find out about their history as they went along. But the more I write the more I realize that their ancestor has such a major history that she needs her own story within a story. I really would like to avoid an extended prologue. I also thought about switching back and forth between past and present but I'm not sure I like that. Have I exhausted all my options? Do I just need to pick from one of these: prologue, switching back and forth or let the main character(s) find out as they go along? Which sounds more interesting for readers?