First let me welcome myself as a writer. Anyways...I have a quick question. I've been asking this same question around the net to avail. And so I decided to ask it here. Can an epilogue take place in the past i.e before the time period of a story? Correct me if I'm wrong, but an epilogue is suppose to explain everything like the major problem in the story. That's exactly what my epilogue does. It covers/explains everything 100% that has happened in the story, but it takes place in the past, when the rest of the story(chapters) took place in the presents. So can an epilogue take place in the past? Or does it HAVE to be in the future? I.e like what happened to the characters and how the plot impacted them. My epilogue does not do that at all, but it does explain to the reader what the problem originally was/is, because rest of the chapters never did, but kept it in secret. Creating a big surprise to the reader. My epilogue also acts sorta like a cliff hanger. Some will say I should make my epilogue the prologue instead, but then it'll mess up/spoiler the surprise I have for the reader at the end. The problem is: 1. It takes place in the past instead of future. 2. Does not address how the plot has impacted the main characters. PS: thanks in advance.