I'm in the middle of my first short story. It's science fiction and takes place in the future. I would like to explain to the reader how the circumstances in the story came to be. I wanted to be clever about it by weaving the explanation into the story itself, however the main character, who is also the narrator, is somewhat inarticulate and wouldn't have any understanding of the complexities which led to the current state of the world. As far as I can tell a prologue, such as something you would read at the beginning of an H.G. Wells novel, would be the only way to go about this, but this is a short story, and I have yet to read a prologue in any of the ones I've read. What do you think?