The Shift #FlashFiction


Everyone who walked across the cream-hued corner house of Carter Lane, in that idyllic little town, paused and took in the sight.

After all it was not commonplace to see a scarecrow dressed in feminine attire perched in all its glory amidst the flowery bed.

Well, the residents of the house were firm believers of gender-equality and such mumbo-jumbo. It was a big deal for them to bring home this fact to their two mischievous boys.

A few months elapsed and gradually the startled looks became a thing of the past.

As for me, I reveled in the attention that I used to get all those days.

But, I guess it was time for people to accept the new ‘me’- the redefined and revamped girl scarecrow.


(Word Count: 126)

Written as part of Sunday Photo Fiction. Write a story of around 200 words or less based on the photo prompt given (above). Hosted by Susan Spaulding.

(Photo Credit: Anurag Bakhshi)


About Meha Sharma

Dreamer,Writer,Mother,Fauji wife...all while striving to overcome something called 'Procrastination' :) I dabble in writing and write for @huffpostindia, @womensweb , @mycity4kids. I worked as a Business Analyst in an elite IT firm and as a professor in management colleges. Having earned an MBA degree in Human Resource Management and an MA degree in English Literature, I now pass on my wisdom to management students. To keep my sanity while striving to be a 'decent' mom to my ever inquisitive daughter, I tell myself, what Winnie the Pooh says,"My favourite day is today" :)
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18 Responses to The Shift #FlashFiction

  1. Akshata Ram says:

    Through the eyes of a female scarecrow.. nice one Meha

  2. Iain Kelly says:

    A shame she misses the attention now! 🙂

  3. Nice perspective there Meha.

  4. Ravi S says:

    She made the surrounding beautiful too. Lucky too, as the scarecrows are generally in crop driven areas than flowers.

  5. Nice! I considered using the scarecrow’s POV, too.

  6. Anagha Yatin says:

    This the lightest ever post on gender equality! I’m sure, you have many arrows in your quiver Meha, to hit the bull’s eye.

  7. Susan says:

    Maybe if she got a new dress the town would take notice again.

  8. Yay! Here’s one for gender equality. Loved it, Meha!

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