I'm trying to find the best ways to subordinate one action happening before or after another. From what I can tell, most authors use "when" and "after," but I don't want to use those words too often. At the same time I don't want to write many simple or compound sentences, which I would have to do with a paragraph containing a lot of action, unless I use complex sentences. Are there better ways to subordinate action sentences/clauses? Here is the sample paragraph written with simple and compound sentences. The leader released my hair and approached Michael. I scuttled back and crabbed walked to get away from him. I kept going until far enough away from the creep, and then I hugged my knees and felt like a little girl. Now with complex sentences using subordination. When the leader released my hair and approached Michael, I scuttled back, crab walking to get away from him. Once away from the creep, I hugged my knees, feeling like a little girl. Thank you in advance. P.S. What is a better way to say "far enough away from"?