I am in the process of editing (or re-writing one could say) the first draft of a novel I have been working on, and I have stumbled across a problem. The story is told using 3rd person omniscient from the POV of three people. One of them is the protagonist and the male lead and from the other two one is the female lead and the other plays an important role up to halfway into the story, from where on she gets significantly less attention. The problem i am having is that at the beginning of the story, the two less significant characters need to appear first for things to be chronologically consistent. If I write it this way, the protagonist will be introduced in the 3rd chapter, and i am afraid it might confuse the readers.