I'm writing the first chapter of what I am hoping to become two novels. The plot is fleshed out significantly and there are chapter synopsis's throughout but I've finally set down to do some of the difficult work. The first chapter begins with the MC as a six year old girl and a doctor making a housecall to tend to her. The issue at hand for Mary (the young girl) is that her mother died in this bed some three years ago and she is wondering if she too is going to die. I would like to flashback in the middle of the chapter while the doctor and her father talk and review Mary's memories of her mothers death. It was a significant event in her life, of course, and colors much of what comes after both directly and indirectly. I have considered writing of her mother's death in a first chapter and then jumping ahead three years in the second but the short response is that for many reasons, it just doesn't work. Can anyone suggest a method to make a smooth transition to a the past and flash forward again to the present?