Empirical and Imperative

“Always be driving the action forward,” Doctor Davis said to the class, “it is imperative to continue the story going strong. Remember, unless unreliable a narrator is empirical, so make something happen and do it creatively.” Dr. Davis would be dead by the middle of this story: it would involve chalk, an esophagus, and placement there via human hand; it would only be an accident in that Raymond Hessler did not actually anticipate the chalk he absently flicked would become lodged in her throat – he did not wish her harm but some unconscious aspect of him was aiming.

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