Skipping time is an integral part of storytelling. It's your job to bring attention to the events that are important to the story, and create a piece that isn't unnecessarily long.

Skipping time also serves to highlight changes that are less obvious because they occur gradually. The skip serves to emphasize the magnitude of the change.

Vague prompt: in 500 words, write a piece that occurs in two parts with a time skip in between. Focus on one character's development and maturation between the scenes while still maintaining core characteristics.

Specific prompt: Jesse is a normal kid. In 500 words, depict him/her (your choice) at age 15 (beginning of high school) and age 22 (end of university). Focus on his/her character development and maturation while still maintaining core characteristics.