I am currently writing a short story that has two intertwined narratives told in inverse chronological order from each other. The two narratives meet/converge at the moment the protagonists receive information about the consequences of a particular action (the main conflict of the narratives), and diverging from each other thereafter. Instead of having the exposition twice (there is no difference in the information relayed), I am trying to interleave the information in a way where there is no redundancy to the reader, but still maintains the inverse chronology of the narratives. Are there any efficient ways to go about this?
In one narrative you show the dialogue. In the other narrative you use indirect dialogue.
To paraphrase from the link provided: indirect dialogue is a summary that informs the reader that the conversation took place and provides some cues as to the content, but it is not a transcription of the actual spoken words.
Bob:"Thank you for coming by at such short notice."
Alice:"Tell me everything."
Bob:"The problem started yesterday."
Bob began telling Alice about the problem.
Choose Different Conflicts
All scenes center on conflict. A character wants something, and something opposes them getting it.
To do the same scene twice, from two different points of view, you can give each character a different conflict. For best effect, each character should be so caught up in their own issue that they miss the other's problem entirely. You can give hints, but each conflict should only be fully understood when the scene is presented from the appropriate character's point of view.
You can also resolve these conflicts separately - the two scenes share a core dialog portion, but diverge as the character's interests pull them apart.
If there's an answer to that question, isn't it something like this, said to be written by Chanie Gorkin, an 11th grader from Brooklyn, New York:
Today was the absolute worst day ever
And don't try to convince me that
There's something good in every day
Because, when you take a closer look,
This world is a pretty evil place.
Some goodness does shine through once in a while
Satisfaction and happiness don't last.
And it's not true that
It's all in the mind and heart
True happiness can be attained
Only if one's surroundings are good
It's not true that good exists
I'm sure you can agree that
It's all beyond my control
And you'll never in a million years hear me say
Today was a very good day
Now read the same thing backwards, from bottom to top…