Hello all, I'm sure what I want to accomplish can be done in one of three ways, as the title suggests. I'm trying to figure out the most appealing way of handling it for the readers. I'm not sure the exact details matter all that much. A rather mundane Event A happens in 2006. This results in a major Event B a few days later; this the event shapes the main character and provides the basis for much of the story's conflict; the rest of the story takes place in the present day. My original plan was no prologue, just reference the events in flashbacks, memories, etc. The benefit, as I see it, is that I can start the story off in a more exciting manner and try to hook the reader. However, I want to avoid info dumps and spending too much time at the beginning going back to the past, and the rest of the story moves pretty fast so I don't have a lot of time to bring the reader in the loop. The next thought I had was to do a prologue. Seems to work in that it provides a good deal of the back story...but starting the book with something that is sort of routine (Event A) doesn't seem like a great way to bring in the readers. Yes, I'm sure it depends a great deal on how its written and Event A does have its own conflict, but in my mind it isn't the best way to start a book. So...what I'm thinking is a prologue with a flashback. Start the book off with Event B, with references back to the routine Event A. It allows me to start the story off stronger. What I don't like about it, though, is that it removes a little bit of the mystery surrounding the main character. And, if I did a prologue I wasn't planning on having it be very long which means I'm going to have cram quite a bit of information into it. Of course, as I write this out I'm wondering if the prologue is just Event B, then I can flashback to Event A throughout the story. That is my very long way of saying I still haven't decided which way I'm going to do this and I'm looking for some advice. Thanks.