A Complicating Link. A link is, at its very core, a kind of emphasis. It’s a way of, quite literally, highlighting parts of the text and of course the sections to which they lead. At one stage in the story, the fiancé decides to go bug her apartment.

He mentions Knowing her schedule is a plus, knowing what kind of things she does when she comes home. He’s referring to knowing where to place certain bugging equipment and why, when to come to her house and install his surveillance equipment. But in a sense this whole story is about what kinds of things she does. Instead of linking to a node that tells what kind of thing she does or is doing—which is essentially the story—it links to an instance of her doing something she has never done before and something, he, the fiancé who is declaring his knowing of her does not in fact know. It is telling in that literal sense. However it links to a kind of thing she does now that he would have no idea about, things she does now with her lover that she didn’t do before.

Read the example below, then click the Complicating Link (for the purposes of this essay all other links have been removed from the text).

It should begin to raise concerns and tension then, especially as these nodes feed into the nodes where he’s actually bugging her house while, since he “knows what  kind of things she does,” he suspects she’s out. The very action of using this link then may foreshadow and highlight an aspect of the narrative that otherwise might be buried. While he’s breaking in and out of her house, it’s absolutely vital he know her schedule. This proves he does not know it as well as he thinks he does, and ups the stakes.