After we touched down, the examiner instructed me to do another takeoff, this time a short-field demonstration. I was fairly certain this would be my last circuit in the pattern. Nail this, and you’ve got your ticket, I thought. On the downwind, like clockwork, Michelle failed the left engine. As I was securing it, the controller cleared me to land on Runway 9L, and then, seconds later, he threw me a curveball, amending my landing clearance to Runway 12. But far from causing me problems, the switch actually did me a favor. Besides being pretty much directly ahead as I was making the base turn for 9L, Runway 12 was also perfectly aligned with the wind. Thank you, Mr. Controller.