Last night I was thinking about how to rewrite part of my short story. In it, scientists involved in a time travel experiment are captured by the gov't but then released. I was thinking about how to get them out of federal jail (their experiment released radiation into the air.) In my first idea, the scientist who sets the experiment into motion strikes a deal with the federal agents, to do ANOTHER experiment, so they can see how it's done. The part where he strikes the deal is SHOWN to the audience. The other characters have no idea what he's done, of course. I could write the part where he is interviewed by the corrupt federal officials and show what happens to the reader, or.... I could just foreshadow that he is involved with the shady feds by showing that he is being called to meet with them. BUT in this scenario, I don't explain what was said or how the deal was reached. THEN, in the climax of the novella, Experiment #2 is under way. Everything is going according to plan...when the federal officials walk in and take over. In THIS scenario, the appearance of the corrupt feds is a surprise (somewhat) to the reader. I did hint that this would happen, but didn't show how it came about. Which one would be better? Thanks for any insight, M.