A story is taking place in the present but then it is like "5 years later" or "5 years ago", what will be a natural way to express that:
5 years ahead:
The story has gone a few years ahead. (Or being specific: 5 yrs ahead)
The story has gone into the future. (When not being specific) [I guess this one doesn't sound natural....]
A few years ago or 5 yrs ago:
The story has gone a few years behind.
The story has gone into the past.
I don't think either of my sentences sound natural... So how will you express it?