Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: Hidden Camera


This feels like a prank, either that or I’m being paranoid but every time I walk by a scarecrow in this maze, it whacks me on the head with a branch. Is it mechanically operated? Is it supposed to whack someone on the head every time they walks by?

“Okay,” I tell myself quietly, “the next scarecrow hits me’s gonna get it.”

Around the corner, a scarecrow stands tall, facing me. He wears plaid shirt, vest, a sunflower on its chest, and a blue scarf. I pause and glare at the scarecrow before sprinting past. I didn’t get whacked. “Okay, maybe I’m just paranoid.”

I stop and walk toward the scarecrow until I’m within touching distance, staring up at its nylon face while watching the sunflower turn toward me and before I can react, a stream of water sprays me in the face. I shriek and back away. “What the hell?”

“Gotcha!” A man runs out from out of nowhere with a camera crew. “You’re on Gotcha!, the hidden camera show…” I punch him.

(~174 words)

I am participating in Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writer, where we write a piece between 100 and 150 words (more or less 25 words) in length inspired by the photo prompt above. 

33 thoughts on “Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: Hidden Camera

  1. There was a Candid Camera show here in Blighty in the 60s/70s and one of the pranks back fired on the host and he ended up being thumped (the picture cut to black and you just heard the words “put that on your sh.”o

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  2. Well, that was a great surprise ending! We had a TV show over here years ago, called Candid Camera – a similar idea to what’s been mentioned in comments above. I really don’t blame her for punching the man. I’d say, she’d had enough silly pranks played on her for one day. 🙂

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