Through my searching I found this thread but it wasn't entirely relevant to my problem. I'm conveying the notion that someone dies (I have already written that) but in reality the person is merely sedated during an attack. His body is then transported by the attacker and the attacker's actions are followed closely for the remainder of the chapter. What I want to do is vaguely hint that the attacker is carrying something on their shoulder and keep the reader assuming the man is dead (in the name of surprising the reader the following chapter). My problem is I fear the reader will be too confused when the truth is unveiled unless I devote an entire paragraph explaining how he was saved / carried. What are your thoughts on doing this sort of thing to the reader? Bad habit or fun if done correctly (and sparingly)?