I originally started my story with my MC being a thirteen year old orphan trying to find a safe place to live in a Dystopian world. In the beginning of her journey she has serious trust issues with the first person she meets who is actually trying to help her. I felt like I was forcing the trust issues on my character and it just didn't seem to work well. I tried flashbacks, but I am horrible at writing them correctly as they fall flat and don't evoke the emotions I'd like. So I've decided to go back and start her story earlier. Between the time her parent's died, and the time she found this friend, which is a gap of about 6 years. In these six years I establish what happened to her to create her trust issues. This resulted in two new chapters at the beginning, then I am now editing the rest to ensure I've woven in these two chapters when necessary. This creates two problems for me that I'm hoping to be helped with: 1) Now my character is 7 years old to start, so I'm struggling with not making her language too mature for her age. 2) Have I now wasted the readers time with these two chapters, since the characters in these two chapters are hardly mentioned again since they are out of the picture when she's older?