Fiction story plausibility check (mystery)
I found a critique forum that is set up in a way that stories can be posted for review without actually being "published on the Internet".
In my second story I put up, people are taking issue with one part that really confuses me. it has to do with a photograph of the site of a crime/accident, and what can be inferred from it, and by whom.
The details are as follows:
There is guard rail about 18 inches off of the ground. On the far side is a drop of about 100 feet to the obligatory jagged rocks below. On the near side is a blacktop surface covered with pea gravel.
On the railing, right at the top, are a pair of blood stains about 8 inches apart, and more or less equal in every way.
On the blacktop just in front of the railing are a pair of scuff marks that run directly to or away from the blood stains. The scuffs are basically uniform in length and appearance.
There are three ways the victim could have gone over the edge; jumped, tripped, or pushed.
My main character says that if she jumped, she would have climbed over the railing first, or taken a running start at it. If she had tripped, there would be only one scuff mark on the ground. It would be from the foot that initially made contact with the rail. The foot wold hit the rail, then step down quickly to regain her balance, as the other foot tried to step up and over the obstacle.
The only explanation is that the person was standing by the rail and was pushed from behind, her shins scraping the top as she went over, and both feet scuffing the ground as she went.
The problem people are having with it is that the person that figured this out is a "19 year old intern" at the magazine company. So far, 5 of 5 have said that it was too unbelievable that a "19 year old intern" would know that sort of "CSI Stuff".
My question is: is it? Is it really implausible that a 19-year old person who has a habit of falling down a lot would be able to put that together? To be clear, they don't have an issue with the deduction, only the person that made it.
I'm Not Evil.
An evil person would do the things that pop into my head.