It all depends on if there are video or audio clips on parallel tracks that are keeping it from being a true "gap".
I'm not sure I understand. What is the difference between a true gap and and an apparent gap? There were no gaps in either the narrative or the video until I inserted (or deleted a clip). I'm only using one track (the first one). And I've added the narrative just below it. There is nothing at all on video 2 or audio 2 (except for the title at the very beginning).
How do other people add a short clip into the video 1 timeline without introducing a comparable gap in the narrative line below?
This is maddening when I'm trying to finish what is really only a 12 minute video. Attempting to close everything back up again literally stops me cold. I assume more sophisticated users have ways of dealing with this. I wish I knew what they were.
If you will post a screen capture of your timeline with all of your video and audio tracks displayed, we can easily tell you which gaps are true gaps and which gaps will not delete-and-close because of video or audio on parallel tracks.
Here is an example of a non-deletable gap that opened when I deleted a
short video clip. As you can see (except for the title) I'm only using
video1 and audio1. The audio track on audio 1 was not created at the
same time as any of the video clips so they shouldn't be linked in any
way. I made the audio track on my video camera (which has excellent
sound quality) and imported it and put it under the video clips. What I
don't understand is why, when I delete a clip, the rest of the files to
the right just don't move over and close the gap. To close these gaps
manually has been a bit of an ordeal because I have to move over every
clip to the right of the gap. Or perhaps you know of an easy way to do this.