I plan to write the prologue with a limited third person view of a man delivering a 5 year old girl to a secluded city.
His reason for doing this, even though he's not related to her, is because he's connected to her origins. Which will be one of the clues for readers to connect.
The scene opens up with the man finding the secluded city after weeks of blind searching. As an outsider, the appears normal enough, but has a strange vibe, and the weird close-knit citizenry. This is the reader's introduction to the setting of the story.
In the city, they find the only willing relative who could take care of the girl.
The man would (probably) never appear again, only some passing mentions of him at some parts of the story.
Part of me thinks this character is useless. But I do have some reasons to write the story this way:
- The man is connected to her past
- It will be a mystery that connects the protagonist to the readers, as it is slowly explained over the course of the story
- The parting words that the man gives to the protagonist will deeply impact her, causing a chain-reaction for her developing personality
- As an outsider for a "weird" city, he will be like the reader, seeing and reacting to what the city is like.
- Could be used for abandonment issues that the protagonist would tackle as the story progresses
Thoughts? Is my start of a story too much? A story starting on someone else instead of the main character is not unheard of but am I doing it in a wrong way?