... if I DIDN'T use it to stage the world and explain everything, but if I merely used it to introduce the cast on their last day of normalcy before that something rolled right into the plot, planting the seed for what's to come? It was actually shown and not told? Just so you know, it had never once occurred to me to use a prologue to explain a world, quite frankly because I don't like explaining things much ahead of time, I merely unrolled gradually and revealed a few things along the way. So I had a laugh when I had pretty much just NOW learned that prologues are typically used to explain worlds... and even in the highest fantasy, I never explained the world right there, or even the history. I have a plot rolling, and since it takes place in a suburban area, a school, and then woods, and revolving around a handful of children... I wanted to know if it could viably be called a prologue if I SHOWED the last day of normalcy of the cast... and then a little seed will be sown near the end of that... and Chapter One will take place merely some weeks later, hereby making the plot start immediately? If so, then I think I might be ready to start the story. I had also had people criticize me in the past about a prologue that I had written long ago for another story, though it wasn't because of "infodump"; it was the LACK of information for one person, since I didn't NAME the desert that the character was in... and the other was because he had no idea what it had to do with the rest of the story (and he was right... THAT was what I thought that prologues were; something unrelated to the story that was thrown in, and NOT infodump, since I didn't even hear of the word until... last year, actually) Any help would be appreciated, and thank you.