There’s an old saying that goes something like, “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.” While I admire that sentiment, it is, of course, nonsense. Obviously it’s about the destination. Sure, sure, the journey helps, especially if the journey builds and builds, making the destination that much sweeter. But even if the journey is a boring, monotonous mess, the destination can normally make up for it.
And there we have it: the first unnecessary metaphor. I’ll try not to do that too often, but I can’t make any promises. Anyway, the journey is, in this instance, a story. Any old story has a journey, but only the best stories have the destination. Okay, yes, the worst stories have endings, but that’s not what I mean. A destination isn’t just an ending; it’s a meaningful, entirely appropriate, conclusion. You see, if a story is great and the ending is trite or confusing, then the journey didn’t matter. But if the story is good … Well then you have reached your destination. And you’re likely to visit again and again.
Of course, you’re probably wondering where I’m going with all of this. Well, I’ll get right down to it. I’m a Narrator; an Omniscient Narrator to be precise. I tell stories to people who would, otherwise, have no way of hearing them. Perhaps we’ve met before, although there are so many of us that it’s likely you and I have never met at all. But here we are.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret: If you want to be a good Narrator, you have to know where to find a good story and if you want to find a good story then you have to know where to look. It just so happens I know exactly where to look.
As far as how you should address me, that is entirely up to you. Some of the other Narrators call me Ford (short for Narrator Forty Eight Thousand Three Hundred and Eleven). But you can call me whatever you’d like.
Just don’t call me Ishmael.