Her plot is a highly sophisticated parquet of past and present events.
But his understanding of the gambling phenomenon, before the present events, had been theoretical and scholarly.
No concept of what the present events were leading to had yet taken root on any significant basis.
His art was seeing future possibilities and manipulating present events to reach the desired end.
This phantom of darkness knew the turn that present events had taken.
Whether this image was that of a present event, or one yet to come, I had no way of knowing.
The instruction manual also describes the "past" and "present" events of the game's back story.
Flashbacks can also follow this rule, and become part of a present event.
"I can't see what it has to do with present events."
Disappeared without a trace before the present events of the story.