Hello everyone, What are some ways to describe or indicate the passage of a short span of time (I use "a few moments later" presently, but I find it awkward)? For instance, your protagonist overhears a conversation in the next room, and the conversation is about her. She doesn't want to hear any more of it, so she walks away and weeps quietly on the balcony far away from the previously mentioned room. The next scene doesn't take place until this conversation is over and one of the participants walks out of the room. What is the best way to illustrate the passing of this short period of waiting time? On a different but related note, what are some techniques that you use to switch between scenes (besides opening a new chapter)? I find it really admirable that accomplished writers can switch between scenes so smoothly (without necessarily using transition words) that you barely notice. Please give your answer in regards to third person limited. Thank you.