I have a ten year time lapse between an event in my first chapter and the second chapter.
The first chapter has an event that takes place during the protagonist's teenage years that lays the foundation for the rest of the story, and the second chapter continues ten years after the event that took place in the first chapter.
How can I let the readers know almost immediately that it is ten years later in the second chapter?
Some additional points:
- The protagonist does not appear in the second chapter as other characters are introduced in this one, so the solution from This similar question may not work.
- There was no place to really mention the date in the first chapter so having a date mentioned in the second chapter may not work out either.