One more note on story. Constructing a story from pieces of evidence is the principal way detectives solve crimes. Stories organize the facts of the situation and provide understanding. The story is incomplete but often leads to conclusions that reveal other clues or even the answers.
The broken window, the missing door key, the cigarette butt on the floor, the fact that the homeowner doesn't smoke, the size 12 shoe print, etc., all are combined to create a probabilstic story about what happened and who the likely perpetrator was.