The Handy Man

Welcome to day 13 of 30 Days of Writing, a creative writing challenge for the writing impaired.  Today’s prompt is “The other one”. Enjoy, and don’t forget to  link up at the end of this post if you’ve participated in today’s challenge, against your better judgement.


The Handy Man

hammer, screwdriver, wrench, tools

My kingdom for a screwdriver!


He was determined to fix it, finally. It was just a wobbly-legged chair, the kind of thing you know will only take a minute to fix. Just tighten a few screws and it’s good to go. It was also one of those things you just never get around to. Well today, he was getting around to it!

Except he couldn’t find the screwdriver. His wife had done some spring cleaning and now he couldn’t find anything. Where did she put the damn tools? He picked up the phone and called her at work.




“Hey babe, where are all the tools? I’m going to fix the stupid chair already.”

“Great! They’re in the basement.”

“I’m in the basement. They’re not here.”

“Where in the basement are you?”

“In the laundry room.”

“Oh, no. Go to the other side of the basement. They’re on the shelf right when you walk in.”

“Ok, hang on… they’re not here.”

“On the second shelf, from the bottom?”

“Nope, don’t see them.”

“Wait, are you looking on the orange shelves or the wood shelves?”


“Not that shelf! The other one, the wooden one – right when you walk in.”

“Oh, okay… got it!”


And then he fixed the chair. Finally.

The End


Yes, it’s another story about a guy who can’t find stuff. I started to write a different story about a friendship between two women, except that I got to 800 words and I still hadn’t made my point and the words “the other one” were nowhere to be found. And then I remembered imagined the above incident, so I ditched the other story. And no, of course the characters in the story are completely fictional and Jepeto and I never had that conversation.

Now go, read all the other participants’ posts. You won’t regret it!







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