Drive Me Crazy


© Claire Sheldon

I never understood her side of the desk we share. My side looks like a cyclone blew through the room. Papers, DVD cases, and coffee cups scattered everywhere. I’m always losing pens.

She’s so precise, so neat, except she’s a little careless with the stuffed animals our grandson gives her so she’ll be safe.

When she’s home, she drives me crazy, but after she’s gone a day or so, I find that I miss her. I like to think solitude doesn’t bother me, but in the end, I get lonely.

Come home soon, dearest. Please drive me crazy again.

Written for Rochelle Wisoff Fields’ Friday Fictioneers writing challenge. The idea is to use the photo above as a prompt to write a piece of flash fiction no more than 100 words long. My word count is exactly 99.

This is an apt description of the desk my wife and I share in our den and how I feel when she goes on a trip.

To read more stories based on the prompt, go to

76 thoughts on “Drive Me Crazy

  1. The first thought that came to my mind was that this was no fiction. And I was real glad to learn that at the end. This is beautiful, James. Cheers, Varad


    • Actually, as I started writing, I was still considering this fellow having lost his wife, but as I continued to compose, I decided on a softer ending.


  2. That was totally me and Mick – only he’s the one who drove me crazy with his neatness! What I wouldn’t give to hear him complaining about the mess now…

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  3. Well captured, know the feeling. Absence makes the head saner, but most of us would rather chose to be crazy in love. Bravo.


  4. Summed up my weekend here. I was so happy to send Hubs off for the weekend “respite care” for me. But, yet, I worried and fretted so the whole time he was gone that it wasn’t restful at all. You captured that feeing well with your story. 🙂


  5. So, you know my wife. 🙂
    She’s gone on a 4-day camping trip with the Sisters of the Fly.
    I do enjoy getting the extra time to write, but it’s only day 2 and I’m starting to miss her.


    • Well, it’s not OCD or a fetish or I’d have driven her nuts a long time ago. She just likes things more picked up than I do. Believe me, her standards have become more relaxed over the years, especially after we had kids.


    • Hi Tanya. You’re comment ended up in my spam bucket because it’s worded just like spam. Since your link leads to a legitimate blog, I “unspammed” you. I’ll have a look when I get a moment. Thanks.

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