Simple Instructions

45E4DBA6-32E7-437E-9276-1FD0C3369B10“There’s been a complication,” Larry said. “I’ve got a few leftover peg thingies, and I’m short a few of these screw thingies. And I can’t get this last piece to fit properly.”

“There’s nothing complicated about this,” Anita said. “You just have to follow the instructions, step by step. Can’t you follow simple instructions?”

“I have been following the ‘simple’ instructions and I’ve been at this for three hours and now I’m going to have to go back and start from scratch,” Larry groused.

“Seriously?” Anita said. “It looks like you’ve got most of it put together.”

“Yeah, that’s what I thought,” said Larry, “but I messed up somewhere.”

“Should I call my father?” Anita asked. “He’s a mechanical engineer.”

“No way,” insisted Larry. “I’ll figure out how to put this damn crib together without help from your father. But I tell you what. We’re never buying another piece of furniture from IKEA ever again.”03C1BEB7-358F-49D4-A76D-5BA2B44E3833

Written for today’s one-word prompt, “complication.”

10 thoughts on “Simple Instructions

  1. newepicauthor May 19, 2018 / 10:14 am

    I remember having to assemble a gas grill back in the 80s, it had numerous parts and the instructions were very complicated. Now they come fully assembled.

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  2. Viola Bleu May 19, 2018 / 10:40 am

    Hilarious photo to back up and cracking dialogue. Super use of the prompt.

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  3. Marilyn Armstrong May 19, 2018 / 12:29 pm

    Not only do I never shop at Ikea ( I don’t think there is one in this county anyhow), but if I did, i would get someone else to put it together. Then leave while they curse and scream and carry on. At least I know I’m not good at it!

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  4. Sight11 May 19, 2018 / 12:53 pm

    Wasn’t their an earlier post about IKEA too..?


  5. cagedunn May 19, 2018 / 3:29 pm

    The only reason I can put these things together is because – I don’t read the instructions! Creating my own logic creates a finished product that works.

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  6. The Haunted Wordsmith May 19, 2018 / 7:31 pm

    I had to put together almost all my son’s furniture (cheap crap, not from IKEA…lol). I have had extra pieces, missing pieces, instructions written in Korean, missing instructions, and even one that was nothing but a blowout image of where all the parts were supposed to go. It is always an adventure…lol. Great story!

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