I think it started by accident. I don’t even remember who started, but my roommate, L., pulled a nursing textbook out of her bag and a shoulder pad fell onto the classroom floor.
The next day I was at the library when I found shoulder pads in my bag. Shoulder pads in pockets. Shoulder pads in the refrigerator. In glove boxes. Behind towels and in makeup bags.
I went through my closet with scissors to check every blouse and jacket. I had 18 shoulder pads. In the living room I stood on a chair to put the shoulder pads on the ceiling fan blades.
I wish I’d been home when L. flipped on the switch.
Readers like surprises, right? How do you know which surprises work? What is a book you’ve read with great surprises? When does a surprise annoy you?